After reading my first Randy Singer book last year I was hooked and set out to read all of his published books. The Advocate did not disappoint. Singer took his legal thriller writing style and wrote about Theophilus, a young man from the New Testament. Theophilus while a real person in the Bible is used as a fictional character in this book as he embarks on his journey of rising in the legal ranks of Rome. He is there while Jesus is tried and crucified and personally feels the pain of the crucifixion after his former classmates tried to crucify him. He feels the pain of not being able to save him when he suggested Barrabbas as a trade hoping the angry mob would choose Jesus. I really enjoyed this book- the author has a way of drawing the reader into what ever situation he writes about and providing all the details needed so that they feel they are really a part of the story.
Randy Singer in his book The Advocate published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a legal thriller featuring Theophilus from The Bible.
From the Back Cover: 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 deathsRoman 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 tyrants 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 Neros deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?
The advocates first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.
Ever wonder who Theophilus is when you read the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts? Remember that when Luke was writing what we consider those two books was really just one long letter. And it is believed to be a legal brief in defense of the Apostle Paul whom Theophilus was defending before Nero. Now Randy Singer has taken that bit of information and expanded it into one of the best historical fiction novels I think I have ever read. Mr. Singer is always good for a wonderful read however I think, this time, he has outdone himself. The Advocate is entertaining and will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read but, be prepared, it is also thought-provoking. This is a multi-faceted story with interconnected subplots that will keep you guessing until the end. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Randy Singer is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as he tightens the suspense. I recommend this book highly!
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Randy Singers The Advocate is a dramatic story about a Roman named Theophilus from his days as a student through his maturing years. The author portrays the history of Rome during the days when the Caesars were to be worshiped and exalted as well as many other pagan gods. The story of Jesus trial, death and resurrection is key to the plot that unfolds as Theophilus is witness to what he sees as the death of an innocent man. Theophilus serves in several key offices in the Roman government. Working under Pontius Pilate was one of his early positions. Then he proved himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire often times speaking up on behalf of unpopular or not politically correct issues. The times of the gladiators and the tortuous punishment of criminals in the arena is also vividly depicted. The days of Romes demise begin to be seen through the eyes of Theophilus as he tells the story of his life. The loss of a friend to cruel and brutal entertainment gives him the chance to win the love of his own heart. Paul of Tarsus is part of the story, too, and Theophilus faces the challenge of another unpopular representation as well as the challenge to decide for his own spiritual life. A very intriguing and interesting story is shared by this author. I appreciated the great detail of the historical background. The story comes alive as it unfolds; quite believable even though it is a work of fiction. Inspirational and thought provoking as it presents the Gospel for those who do not yet believe. Ones time is not wasted in reading and learning from this mans work.
This reminds me of a courtroom drama, only better, with more depth and intensity. Mr. Singer is masterful at drawing us into the world of the first century. The historical scenes and figures were fascinating. He portrayed them from the viewpoint of Theophilus, the advocate, then he created narratives from various other viewpoints, making a compelling drama. He used real figures and added details, extra characters, and dialogue that really sound feasible. I loved the quotations from philosophers. It is a tragic story but has a message of hope. The research really made this exceptional.
The Advocate by Randy Singer was an interesting novel set at the trial of Jesus. Theophilus is a smart young man who was raised as a Roman aristocrat and works around Pontius Pilate. During the trial, he whispers to Pontius Pilate to offer the crowd of people to release Barabbas in exchange for Jesus. However, this plan doesn't go as was hoped and Jesus's death has affected Theophilus for the rest of his life. About thirty years later, Theophilus has had much success in the empire, endured countless hardships, and survived the cruelties of Roman emperors. However, things are about to get worse when Paul must stand before Nero. Theophilus defends Paul and is determined not to allow another innocent man become victim to Roman justice again. Will Theophilus be able to save Paul from an execution? This was a great novel and I loved the historical aspect of the book and I found the story to be so captivating. Another great book by Randy Singer.