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Overview 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 life?s greatest 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, defending their spiritual beliefs against all 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 that he?s trapped in a game of deadly agendas that may cost him his life. With internet access monitored, Finney sends coded messages to his former law clerk, Nikki Moreno. Aided by a teen crypto-geek, Nikki soon discovers the key to understanding Finney?s clues in an apologetics book, The Cross Examination of Jesus Christ. In a unique twist, readers are invited to join Nikki in a race against time as she struggles to decipher the mysteries contained in the ancient words of Christ before her former boss dies defending them. Bestselling author Randy Singer offers an innovative new suspense thriller that will have you scrambling with Nikki to track down and decipher the clues?and come away with a stronger faith.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2006
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400071666 ISBN13 9781400071661
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More About Randy Singer
Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed, award-winning author and veteran trial attorney. He was recently a finalist with John Grisham and Michael Connelly for the inaugural Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal. Randy and his wife, Rhonda, have two grown children and live in Virginia Beach.
Randy D. Singer currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney?
Fabulous Combo! Feb 28, 2007
I've read Randy Singer's Christmas book, which was great, but this one is definitely even better! I love that he manages to tie apologetics into a thriller. It takes a little while to get going in this book, but once you're hooked, it hurts to put it down!
Good fun Feb 11, 2007
This is a fun read, with plots twists and hidden messages. It would be interesting to see this done as a movie.
Attention suspense nuts and apologists alike... Sep 25, 2006
Where on earth was I a few months ago when this book and it's nonfiction companion, The Cross Examination of Jesus Christ, came out? If I had known then what I was missing, I likely would've tossed aside whatever was next in the review pile and cracked these babies open.
I don't think I can write a better review than Eric Wilson did (1st review you come to), as I agree with most of what he said. These books amazed and thrilled me. Seriously--what a grand idea to market an entertaining novel and a convicting apologetics book together. Brilliant. They made me feel great, smart, and stupid all at the same time.
I'm rambling now, so I'll stop. The novel by itself deserves just shy of 5 stars. The nonfiction deserves 5. Nuff said.
Gripping Throughout Sep 7, 2006
The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney is a great combination: A suspense novel with a very interesting premise and lots of exploration of several major world religions.
It begins with a billionaire who has terminal cancer who is desperate to find answers about the end of life and afterlife. He decides to stage a reality television show to get his answers. He sets it up with representatives of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and atheism. The contestants are placed on a remote island with no communication with the outside world.
During the course of the contest, the participants become aware of a nefarious plot. Judge Oliver Finney, the contestant representing Christianity, devises a way to communicate with his law clerk with various codes. Between the various ciphers and the dynamics of the reality show format, the author has created numerous twists and turns that will keep the reader guessing.
It is really a highly entertaining and educational (Christian apologetics) novel. I definitely recommend it.
4-1/2 stars for fun Christian legal thriller Jul 9, 2006
The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney by Randy Singer is an amazing ride of a Christian apologetics book crossed with a suspense novel. The blurb on the back of this book does not do it justice, and it's had to sum up the plot in just a few words. A mysterious billionaire is told he only has a year to live, so he coordinates a reality TV show starring proponents of the world's leading religions. Each advocate must present the case for their religion in front of the world while secluded from it on an island. Judge Oliver Finney is an unusual pick to defend Christianity, but he's up for the challenge, knowing it will be the last one he ever faces. But there's so much more going on! Singer does a surprisingly good job of mixing the apologetics arguments with the action of the story. And he manages to do it without denigrating the other religions and giving each of them support and a place to present their arguments. I was extremely impressed with Singer's fairness. In the end, Oliver only makes one convert to Christianity, but it's not because of his arguments or case in court, it's because of how he lived his life, which is a lesson for all of us. Nikki Moreno is one of the stars of this book, and I'm a bit disappointed in the lack of growth in her character. She's made appearances in all of Singer's other books, and at the end of each one seems to grow a bit and find some faith, yet at the beginning of the next book is always back to square one: egotistical and unbelieving. Maybe there's a lesson in that for us as well. I hope in Singer's next book the growth she's made in this one sticks. This is a great book no matter how you look at it, full of suspense, faith, and facts. I would say it's actually a fun book to read; I had a hard time putting it down.