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.
Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant’s quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.
Now he must face another evil 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.
©2014 eChristian (P)2014 eChristian
This book is set back in the days of Jesus. Randy Singer writes with such a passion. He brings this age-old story to life with incredible imagery. The last hour of this book will keep you spellbound. All of his books are 5-star, and we highly recommend this one!
Yes, I would listen to this book again. This was a book that I would not have normally purchased, but I was intrigued and to my surprise it was great. This is a "can't put it down" book. Loved it and will read it again.
Theophilus the main character was my favorite. He was a man of great knowledge, character and pursued the truth. He faced many trials and triumphed it all.
The last chapter.
If I could give this book more stars, I would and will recommend it highly to all of my fellow readers.
I don't usually like historical fiction but this book was fascinating. The famous figures of history seen as children being educated by another famous scholar was delightful. You could see future personalities developing. There was conflict and action in the first chapter. This book kept the story moving, the intrigue going strong and never bogged down with historical facts. The character growth was believable and not overdone. A truly enjoyable book even without the historical framework.
I am a Randy singer fan and in my opinion, this is his best work to date. I am of the belief that no narrative will do this book justice- you just have to listen to it. This is definitely a life changing book well worth listening to twice. There is just too much to get it all in the first time around.
I loved this book it has inspired me to continue my research into the early church history. The production with excellent the narration was spot on and I'd recommend this book to everyone Christian and non-christian alike.
Its up there with the best of them.
I liked his inflection and different voices for character dialog. Although sometimes Caligula and other female rolls sounded the same. Good Job overall.
Yes, 15 hours in one day would have been much but 2 days while working was great.
A must read(listen) if you love history, story telling, and faith.
As a fan of historical fiction and also being a Christian, I loved this book. It brought to life not only that time. But also characters both known and unknown of at the time. A real joy to listen to.
This novel was able to weave Roman history, philosophy, religion and politics with the Christian message of salvation, love, forgiveness, and faithfulness.
The story follows the main character, Theophilus, as an advocate (lawyer) in Rome... from his work advising Pontius Pilate, at the trial of Jesus, to a defense attorney for the Apostle Paul before Nero. Singer is able to show the real character traits of the Roman leaders like Caligula and Nero while keeping Theophilus the "main" character.
This has become one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction. You'll learn something about history and about faith!
The pacing. The story kept my full attention from beginning to end.
Has to be the advocate. He experiences the emotions and regrets many people feel.
When the Christ followers were gathered to be killed and while they stood in line to die they worshiped the Savior.
Crucifixion, the view from many angles
The audio book was well done
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