The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo
Published 2012 by Thomas Nelson, 416 pages
Genre: Christian suspense

Jagger Baird felt like he was losing his mind  in the aftermath of a horrific car accident that took the lives of dear friends. Now he’s taken his family to a gig as a security guard for an archaeology dig at Mt. Sinai in Arabia, and things are looking up for him. He’s enjoying his beloved wife and son now, for one thing.

But soon some ruthless killers come to take out a guest staying at the monastery, and his son gets caught in the middle, then his wife. Jagger’s military training takes hold, and Jagger welcomes invervention in the form of Owen, a doctor with an airplane who explains the nature of the killers and works with Jagger to rescue his kidnapped wife.

Nevaeh, Ben, and several others are 3,500 years old so far. They’re among those who worshiped the Golden Calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai, sentenced by God to continue living until … what? They don’t know, but they keep trying to please God by killing sinners on His behalf. They are the 13th Tribe. They’ve had millennia to learn fighting techniques, and they’re good at them. Can Jagger, who has a prosthetic arm, and Owen, a doctor, hope to stop their plan to murder thousands? Can they rescue Jagger’s kidnapped wife?

I really enjoyed this book and found its plot unpredictable, its characters unforgettable, and its premise amazing. What a storyteller!

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