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Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781414390789
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  1. West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Awesome Story!
    January 22, 2015
    Jean
    West Palm Beach, FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for The Advocate.
    Since I had read one other book by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was anxious to read this book, especially when I learned that it revolved around the drama of an attorney (advocate), as I love legal themes. I was not disappointed. I LOVED this book! Although it is centered around the time of Christ, it did not focus on the story that we all know. It portrayed the legal system in that era and allowed the reader to witness the many examples of how "justice" was handled. It brought the leaders that ruled the people, to life, giving us a taste of not only the events of the times, but the huge difference between how sentences were meted out at that time vs today. So often, I wanted to shout out my frustration at reading the outcome of the trials of the defendants and how the defendants were at the mercy of these emperors and their "handlers".

    Aside from the legalities, there were so many exciting twists and turns that held you riveted to the story. It centered around Theophilus, who assisted Pontius Pilate at the sentencing of Jesus Christ. He felt that he made a mistake in the advice that he gave Pilate and spent the rest of his life regretting it and attempting to make up for it. Wonderful, wonderful story!!!

    I highly recommend this book. I received this book from the author through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Different from His Other Work
    January 13, 2015
    eLynda
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Advocate.
    I have read several of Randy Singers books in the past, including one for my book club. After reading it, we were able to have a chat over the internet with him about what we read; from the time of that discussion, I have been eagerly anticipating this latest novel, The Advocate. It differs from his other work in several ways, most notably in its historical setting.

    The detail and setting are incredible. I learned a lot about life during Biblical times, especially how difficult and fearful it was to live in opposition, even secret opposition, to Caesar. The story spans four different Caesars: Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. Just the breadth of time in this novel is impressive, and we are witness to many events in Roman history, following the fictional character Theophilus through the course of his life, from student to retired advocate, or lawyer.

    Theophilus is a well-drawn character, very fleshed-out, very human. He is largely an honorable man who tries to do the right thing in the right way, despite living in a dangerous and often vicious culture. He makes mistakes, but this adds to the realism, and he struggles with many things that still plague people today.

    For me, the best part of this novel was reading a fictionalized perspective of the trial of Jesus before Pilate, and then later, of Paul before Nero. I learned many new things about how trials worked at the time, and even gained some insights that deepened my understanding of the Biblical accounts, too.

    I would recommend this novel to historical fans, especially those of Biblical fiction, but with a caveat: due to its sometimes graphic content, I would suggest it is appropriate for mature readers who arent disturbed by details of crucifixion, torture, and a few descriptions of pagan worship in Rome.

    While Singers fans will go willingly down this historical path with him, I would not necessarily recommend it for those who devour other modern legal thrillers as this book is very different from his other work; fans of Biblical fiction, however, may be encouraged to try other novels he has written after reading The Advocate.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for this honest review.
  3. Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Perservance for the sake of the Gospel
    December 30, 2014
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Advocate.
    The Advocate is an intense historical story that takes fictional liberty with a little known Biblical person. Mr. Singer does an excellent job of setting the stage of what could have been with the back story of Theophilus and what he might have experienced during his lifetime.

    The story opens with 14 year old Theophilus and carries through as he matures. Along the way, Theophilus encounters Christos and the followers of the Way. All the characters and plots are well incorporated. As a reader, its easy to cheer for the underdogs (Theophilus and Flavia). The story is not an easy read and the material is hard to stomach at times. The horrific tortures Nero encouraged are beyond comprehension. I found myself becoming enraged by the treatment that followers of the Way experienced. However, it was a good reminder that even in todays world the followers of the Way are persecuted.

    The story is engaging and it was easy to put myself in Theophilus shoes as I read and I could feel myself becoming invested in the story. I have read and enjoyed other books by Mr. Singer and this one also held my interest as he kept with his lawyer type of writing style. I would recommend this book to any current Randy Singer fans as well as those interested in legal and historical fiction. It is also a great book for those interested in biblical history. With a powerful story, Mr. Singer makes the truth of history come alive with a creative encounter. The Advocate is a powerful, intense story that will leave the reader with a sense of sorrow for the past but gratitude for the perseverance of the brothers and sisters in Christ who continue to carry the gospel regardless of the consequences.

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

  4. Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent read
    December 12, 2014
    Mary
    Minnesota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Advocate.
    "The Advocate" by Randy Singer is a work of historical fiction, (based on historical facts), yet it is so very real! I love how Singer has taken a little known biblical character and created an entire world for him. "The Advocate" starts out with the childhood of Theophilus and continues through his adult years.

    As a young man Theophilus was involved in the trial of Jesus, which he carried many mixed feelings and regrets about. As we follow Theophilus over the years we watch his career take off, and then be damaged as he stands up for the underdogs of society. Then, comes the trial of a simple man named Paul! I was fascinated by all the information, so scripturaly accurate, about the life and trials of Paul.

    While I occasionally found "The Advocate" to be a bit long and drawn out (almost 500 pages), I also found it to be quite informative and interesting. The book definitely contains some violence (crucifixions, gladiators fighting to the death, etc.), but that was only a small part of the story. If you like historical fiction based on facts, this is a great book for you!

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  5. Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    December 11, 2014
    maciemollysdad
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Advocate.
    As a big fan of Randy Singer's legal thrillers I found this particular book to be very different from his usual work. I always like it when an author takes a break from what they usually do & this book wasn't an exception.
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