Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Advocate by Randy Singer

About the Book:

At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.

When he returns to Rome, Theophilus must prove himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He endures the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials and the attempts of a cruel tyrant to control the woman he loves. But his struggle for revenge leaves a stain on both the empire and his own troubled soul.

Ultimately, he will face the most notorious Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?
The Advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.

My Thoughts:


If I had to sum up "The Advocate" in one word, that would be it.  Randy Singer has crafted some deeply moving and exhilarating legal thrillers, but nothing compares to this sweeping saga that combines history with story and brings the time of Paul to life.

I've always been fascinated by dear Theophilus, the person Luke penned his gospel for.  I've encountered him in other historical fiction, but never like this.  From his early days as a student of the philosopher Seneca until his final years as a premiere advocate of Rome, THIS is the story of Theophilus.

Like any great work of fiction, you must take your time and savor each page.  Some scenes are so intense that I had to put the book down and walk away, just to give myself enough time to soak it all in.  I was swept up into the world of ancient Rome and the Caesars, and thrilled with the majesty of this novel.

If Randy never writes another book, he has penned a masterpiece that deserves to be considered a classic.  But he must write more, because I'm a huge fan!  Still, this is the book he was created to write, and I'm so glad he took the time to tell the story of "The Advocate".

I purchased my copy, but you can get yours from Tyndale House Publishers direct, or your local bookstore.  Just don't miss this one...it's going to be the best of 2014...maybe even of the decade.

Happy Reading!



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