The Judge by Randy SingerWhen a brilliant billionaire is diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, he realizes that all his considerable wealth cannot prepare him to meet his Maker. But he has an idea that might: he will stage the ultimate reality show. With his true agenda hidden, he auditions followers from all the world's major religions, inviting them to the trial of their lives on a remote island, where they must defend their beliefs against spiritual challenges.
Oliver Finney, a feisty old judge with his own secrets, is chosen to defend Christianity. As the program takes a strange twist, he quickly realizes he is trapped in a game of deadly agendas that may cost him his life. With Internet access monitored, Finney sends coded messages to his law clerk, Nikki Moreno. Aided by a teen crypto-geek, Nikki soon discovers the key to understanding Finney’s clues in an apologetics book Finney wrote and must race against time to decipher the mysteries contained in the ancient words of Christ before her boss dies defending them.
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (September 1, 2012)
ABOUT THE AUTHORRandy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned more than 10 legal thrillers and was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy runs his own law practice and has been named to Virginia Business magazine's select list of "Legal Elite" litigation attorneys. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and civil litigation at Regent Law School and, through his church, is involved with ministry opportunities in India. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Virginia Beach. They have two grown children. Visit his website at www.randysinger.net.
MY REVIEWRandy Singer is one of my favorite authors and I just loved this book The Judge. It was so full of suspense that you didn’t know what would happen next. I couldn’t put my book down.
Finney is such a fantastic character. He is a Christian, a judge and someone who loves people. I love the idea of this book about having a reality show where the contestants are from all different religions and must compete against each other in different trials and hardships to see whose faith will stand firm.
The Judge is really surprising and completely inspiring. Things happen that shouldn’t happen, there is even talk of someone dieing at the end of the show.
I especially like the relationship between Finney and Nikki. Finney’s law clerk. They have a sweet daughter/father relationship even though she doesn’t realize it at first.
The only thing I didn’t really care for in the book is how much was written about the codes and ciphers they used. I don’t mean to say that I don’t like codes/ciphers, but I believe it was explained and talked about to much. Talking about some of the codes takes several pages, when I just wanted to get back to the action and get on with the story.
Even though I didn’t care for the explaining of the codes would I recommend this book? Yes, I love it and it’s really worth reading. Another book that I love. I especially love the ending and how things played out. Quite a surprising ending, but one that satisfies.
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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255