The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo is a thriller based on a twist in the Biblical account of the golden calf. In Liparulo’s version, the Hebrews who worshiped the calf are not killed by God, but instead are sentenced to live forever, on Earth, apart from God, a Thirteenth Hebrew tribe. Members of the Tribe, as they call themselves, are immortal, and think that they have to win God’s favor by killing immoral people such as child molesters and accused murderers who are acquitted or released on a technicality. Over the centuries, the Tribe has brilliantly assimilated the latest knowledge and technology. Now the Tribe is preparing to launch a major assault that will surely earn God’s forgiveness for their sins.
Jagger Baird is enjoying life as security expert at a major archaeological dig on Mount Sinai, a job that allows him to spend time with his wife and young son. But all is not well, because Jagger is still angry with God for the accident that took the life of his best friend and left Jagger with a hook where his left hand should be. He has never heard of the Tribe, and his focus is on climbing out of the pit of despair that he sank into after the accident. But all that is about to change.
Liparulo alternately weaves the story between the Baird family and the Tribe. All is not as it seems, and the twists and turns will surprise even the most discerning suspense reader. I highly recommend this fast-paced novel.
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