Tyndale House Publishers, ISBN 978-1414335698
Rating: 5 ~ I Love It
Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman. One day, his wife Jessica is kidnapped by Chinese mafia. They demand that he find Indian mathematician Professor Kumari who has created the Abacus Algorithm that is so powerful it can crack all Internet encryption. If he doesn’t find Kumari within 48 hours, his wife will be tortured and killed.
Four years pass. Law student Jamie Brock is working in her school’s legal aid clinic when a client, David Hoffman, strolls in with a case. It is all routine, until she and her colleagues learns that David and his wife, Stacie, is part of the government’s witness protection program. The Chinese mafia are hunting them down for the encrypted algorithm which is supposedly in their possession. The federal government refuses to help. Sandwiched in the middle is Jamie and her colleagues. They must do all it takes not only to help protect the Hoffmans, but also the powerful and dangerous algorithm as well.
False Witness is thick with actions. After all, what more can you expect from a book with federal agents, Chinese mafia and a powerful algorithm in it? Right from page 1, I was captivated by the story and could barely put the book down until I finished it.
This book isn’t a leisure read. It has violence (which was necessary, in my opinion), twists, turns and an unexpected ending. The characters – the law students, David and Stacie Hoffman, the federal agents, and the Chinese mafia – each have their own agendas. All of them are determined to carry out their agendas. But at the end of the day, only the true witnesses will be successful. Upon completing the book, I remembered a saying by Nollie ten Boom: “God honors truth-telling with perfect protection.” After all the twists and turns in the book, the story returns to the theme of a false witness. Indeed, it is shown that God honors truth-telling with perfect protection.
What I particularly like about False Witness is that it touches on a controversial issue. It shows a side of the federal government most Americans are not aware of. Overall, False Witness is a mesmerizing thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its thick action-filled plots and heavy suspense.
Randy Singer has been called “the Christian John Grisham”. He has written 10 legal thrillers from experiences he derived as a litigation attorney. His first novel, Directed Verdict, was published in October 2002. It won the prestigious Christy Award for best Christian suspense novel on that same year. False Witness is his latest novel. Its first edition was published in May 2007 and its second edition was published in May 2011. The latter edition has important changes and especially brings readers’ attention to the plight of the oppressed Dalit Christians in India. Singer’s next legal thriller, The Last Plea Bargain, will be published in 2012. For more information about Singer and what he does, visit his website at www.randysinger.net.
Note: All royalties from the sale of False Witness is donated by Singer to the Dalit Freedom Network. For every copy of False Witness you buy, a Dalit child is sponsored. For more information about the Dalit Freedom Network and how you can help, visit www.dalitnetwork.org.
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