Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the B & B Media Group as part of their blogger book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Title: False Witness
Author: Randy Singer
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Christian, legal thriller, suspense
Source: Review copy provided by the B & B Media Group for an honest review.
Published: Tyndale House Publishers / May 2011 / ISBN: 978-1-4143-3569-8 /
416 pages / paperback / $13.99
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Why I Read this Book: I've been a fan of legal thrillers for many years and the premise behind False Witness intrigued me. I mean, how on earth could the plight of the Dalits in India have any relation to a bail bondsman, the FBI, and the Chinese Mafia in the United States?
Yep, from the first couple of lines to the very end of the book, I was completely hooked. I even started doing a little "research" of my own to see if there was some kind of loophole they could use in the story. (Sorry, but you're going to have to read it to find out what I'm talking about here.)
What I Liked: The characters seemed like they would fit a stereotypical mold (i.e., bail bondsman, law students, etc.) but when placed in completely out-of-character situations, the reader was really able to see the storyline shine. Not to mention all of the twists and turns along the way. (Did I mention that this is a thriller and you'll get sucked in?) Just as I thought I was figuring out what was going to happen, the storyline changed and I felt like I was fleeing/fighting just like the characters.
I also like that the author, Randy Singer, is donating the proceeds of False Witness to help the Dalits. You can visit the Dalit Freedom Network to get more information on the plight of this underserved population.
What I Didn't Like: I can't really say too much because it will give so much away. Let's just say that I was so engrossed in the story, that I wasn't too happy about some of the decisions the characters made throughout the book--although I understand completely that those decisions are what moved the story along. But that doens't mean I have to agree with them. :) (How's that for vague?)
Overall Impression: If you are ready for a lot of action and suspense, then this is the book for you. I'd tell you to buckle your seatbelt and enjoy the ride, but that might just get you killed in this book. Lock your doors, draw your shades, and stay away from the windows. If you hear helicopters, you're already dead. Yep--it's THAT intense.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Let me know what you think! Happy Reading!