The Judgment Stone by Robert Liparulo


A few months back I read the first book in The Immortal Files series, ‘The 13th Tribe’ and found it a very interesting book. Recently I had the privilege of reading the second book in the series and even though I still feel the idea of a group of people condemned to living for centuries due to their evil acts at the foot of Mount Sinai is not biblical, I once again found myself drawn into the story and found it interesting and even encouraging in places.

This book in the saga of The Immortal Files, finds Jagger, Beth, Tyler, the St. Catherine’s monks, and Owen once again battling with immortals. This time an evil group called The Clan, bursts into their quiet sanctuary and Jagger and Owen set off to protect mankind only to find that Beth, Tyler, and the monks have their own battles to fight when The Tribe drops in for a visit.

My favorite part is what the judgment stone does for the characters in the story.  Not just seeing angels and demons, but what they see is influenced by how close or far away from God the character is in his or her spirit.  The characters closest to God see the demons as the most vile and ugly. The more evil the character, the cuter and more desirable the demons look to them.

The immortals known as The Clan are even more blood thirsty than The Tribe were in the first book of the series.

I recommend this as an action story with lots of little gems of truth.

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Purposes of Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion of it in a review on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo


3500 years old and trying to earn their salvation.  A group of men, women, and children who live together as a 13th Tribe of Israel.  No indication that they are related to one another physically but they consider themselves a family.  A family which is trying to right the wrongs of the world by killing off the wrong doers, and thus atone for their own sins and be allowed to spend eternity with God.  This group is a highly trained black ops team with a strong code of acceptable behavior based on their interpretation of the Bible.  Almost everything is going fine until they cross paths with Jagger Baird, his wife Beth and son Tyler.

The story has plenty elements of suspense, drama, romance, and twists.  I like a mystery to progress in a way that I don’t have the end figured out within the first few chapters and this one threw in surprises clear up to the end.

Overall there was a certain tension throughout the story but it wasn’t overly frightening which I appreciate.  There was a little sadness too because most of the main characters had twisted theology that they were living by.

I didn’t like the fascination and focus on death that the members of the tribe had in the story, but it seems a plausible outcome of wanting for so long to die and go to be with God.  I also didn’t like the slice and dice scenes but thankfully Mr. Liparulo didn’t feel obligated to put multitudes of them in the story as so many writers do.

Overall the plot, development of characters, dialogue, and most of the descriptions flowed naturally.

It is an entertaining story.  I recommend it to people who already have a deep walk with Jesus and enjoy a mystery/action novel.

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Purposes of Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a temporary digital copy of the book mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”