When 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.
©2012 Randy Singer; 2012 Oasis Audio
What a great read! Characters are so well defined that you will feel like you know them. The story takes such unexpected paths that the ending is a big surprise. Hold on for the ride!
The story was quirky and characters were not well developed. Would have liked some more back story on the main characters to give some depth. Dialogue was hokey many times and character stereotypes (including narrator voices) were abundant. I wanted a Christian based mystery novel but was disappointed in the lack of suspense. The idea of a Faith On Trial gameshow was interesting but much of the book did not feel like it would realistically translate to real life. I will probably stay away from this author in the future.
Really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. A good balance between plot, suspense, and faith. The characters of opposing faiths and positions were portrayed without the typical sterotypes and were everyday realistic people. Reader has a chance to make their decisions or not because the book is well written and throughly researched.
I had a hard time following the book. There seemed to be a lot of code breaking and redundant writing that made it hard to keep listening. I had a hard time understanding what was happening toward the end and I kept waiting for more. The performance was great. It was just too hard for me to stay interested in or to follow.
Absolutely. This book should be listened to by everyone of any faith. This book set in a stage that so many are caught up in, reality TV, is extremely thought provoking. No trashing of other faiths, just the simple truth, presented very well.
The Judge himself.
Yes, extremely well done, best yet.
The end, with the last coded message.
I didn't realize this story would be based strongly on a reality show. That made me happy as I'm into those type of shows. But the story line was so stupid, so un-real, and the story line geared toward religions that became so boring. This had to be one of the dumbest plots of a story ever written - my opinion of course. I can't believe I finished this, but when I pay for something, I'm usually determined to do so. This was silly - stupid and hard to keep going. There was almost no thrill factor. I'd pass with this one!
I listen to books as I work. It's a beautiful life.
I'm pretty sure this was the first Randy Singer book that I've ever listened to (or read) and I have to say, I won't be looking up any of his other books. I found myself annoyed/irritated with the way he wrote his leading lady. He used cliche after cliche when describing her looks or thought process. It was such an immature attempt at capturing a woman's thoughts. I was turned off but felt I should at least finish the book. The last 1/4 of the book was interesting...which is why I still gave it three stars. But no... I won't be looking for anymore Randy Singer books.
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