False Witness [NOOK Book]

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Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm—an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption.
Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the ...
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Overview

Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm—an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption.
Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the government and have the encrypted algorithm in their possession. After a life-changing trip to the professor’s church in India, the couple also has the key to decode it.
Now they’re on the run from federal agents and the Chinese mafia, who will do anything to get the algorithm. Caught in the middle, Jamie and her friends must protect their clients if they want to survive long enough to graduate.
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Publishers Weekly

In this gripping, obsessively readable legal thriller, Singer proves himself to be the Christian John Grisham. At the outset of the tale, bounty hunter Clarke Shealy gets an ominous phone call—a Chinese mafioso has taken Shealy's wife hostage, and if Shealy wants to see her again, he must track down a missing Chinese mathematician, who has discovered an extremely valuable algorithm that could change Internet technology forever. The first half of the novel follows Shealy as he tries to rescue his wife. Then Singer takes readers to a prestigious law school in the Southeast, where three top-notch students work at a legal aid clinic. Supervised by a professor who may not be what he seems, the students find themselves involved with a couple in the witness protection program. The two halves of the novel tie together seamlessly, and Singer introduces Christian faith with a very light touch. The three students—an African-American ex-jock who aims to be the next Johnnie Cochran, a feisty woman who wants to be a prosecutor so she can avenge her mother's brutal death, and a nerdy but endearing math whiz who wants to practice patent law—are especially well-developed. Indeed, readers may want to meet them again in a sequel. (May)

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Kirkus Reviews
The hunt for a code that would end the Internet as we know it pits three spunky law students against an unscrupulous FBI and vicious Chinese gangsters. Squeaky-clean Christian thriller-writer Singer teases with a fast-moving, semi-zany opening section in which repo-man David Hoffman, working his jittery trade in Vegas, learns that he has 48 hours to locate Professor Dagan, whose Abacus Algorithm easily undoes the Internet's most deeply imbedded security safeguards. Committed Christian Dagan planned to sell his secret to the world's three most powerful private security firms and send his profits to churches in China, but the buyers were actually Triad gangsters who hold Hoffman's peppy athletic wife Jessica hostage until they have their hands on that handy algorithm. Hoffman flounders for a few seconds, but comes up with a strategy in which he pledges every cent he has plus some he doesn't to get information about Dagan from the local and well-informed community of bail bondsmen and repo-people and, within the deadline, he's got his man. Then, in the handover of Dagan, the noble professor has to sacrifice himself to keep the Hoffmans alive. Cut to Atlanta, where the action bogs. Laser-focused third-year law student Jamie Brock and her Criminal Procedure classmates-studly, flamboyant, African-American Isaiah Washington and brilliant, nerdy, prodigy Wellington Farnsworth-have to endure the tiresome Socratic teaching methods of pudgy ex-Californian super-attorney-turned-professor Walter Snead. Snead, whose reputation is as unpleasant as his classroom manner, is also the supervisor of the legal-aid clinic where Jamie and Isaiah meet the downtrodden, including a client who doesn't fit the usualprofile when he first seeks help from Jamie and then takes it on the lam and disappears. Before you can say "witness protection program," Jamie, Isaiah and Wellington are surrounded by bad guys, some of whom are so awful they kill a totally blameless Labrador retriever in cold blood!A rousing opening degenerates into a routine legal thriller.
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Great suspense; gritty, believable action . . . make this entry Singer’s best yet. Booklist
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Great suspense; gritty, believable action . . . make this entry Singer’s best yet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414360430
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 268,587
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Randy Singer is the best-selling author of five legal thrillers, including The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney, Self Incrimination, and Directed Verdict, which won the Christy Award in 2003 for best Christian suspense novel. He also wrote the novella, The Judge Who Stole Christmas, and two nonfiction books. A veteran trial lawyer, he teaches at Regent Law School and serves on the Board of Legal Advisors for the American Center for Law and Justice. He and his wife, Rhonda, and their two children live near Atlanta, Georgia.
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False Witness


By Randy D. Singer

WaterBrook Press

Copyright © 2007 Randy D. Singer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781400073344

Prologue
THE PROFESSOR

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Dorothy Bernard

If anything happened to this kid, the professor would never forgive himself. The young man was more than just a brilliant protégé; he was like a son. He reminded Professor Dagan so much of himself at that age. Too much, sometimes. Except that Chow was brasher, bolder than Dagan had ever been.

Chow Zhang possessed his mentor’s gift for complex mathematical theories, but he had something more. At heart, Chow was a businessman. A capitalist. A risk taker.

He had grown restless as a teaching assistant at the university; Dagan could see that. Chow stayed out of respect for the professor. When Professor Dagan told his protégé about the Abacus Algorithm, the young man’s eyes burned with entrepreneurial fire. To Chow, it was more than a math formula. It became an opportunity to piece together a historic agreement that might help millions of his fellow Chinese countrymen and women. He proposed the plan with such zeal and attention to detail that the professor couldn’t say no.

This meeting was the culmination of Chow’s plan.

Dagan said a prayer, his head bowed as he sat in the driver’s seat of the Ford Windstar rental van. He had a bad feelingabout this meeting, something he just couldn’t shake. He had insisted on elaborate security precautions to protect the algorithm.

“You worry too much, grasshopper,” said Chow from the passenger seat, trying hard to inject a worry-free tone into his voice. Dagan had once asked Chow about the grasshopper reference; it was an allusion, as best Dagan could remember, to some old American movie or television show, the type of thing that didn’t interest Dagan in the least.

“That the birds of worry fly above your head, this you cannot change,” the young man continued, with mock solemnity. “But that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”

Dagan did not smile. He was known for being jovial and outgoing, having a type of mad-professor personality, which, he had to admit, was a reputation he did little to dispel. But this was not a time for smiles.

Chow had never been one to pick up on subtle unspoken messages. He ran a hand over his own shaved head. “No worries here,” he said.

“Be careful, my son,” Dagan said.

This time, Chow took the cue, wiped the smile from his face, and instantly became the earnest young businessman. He looked professional in his dark blue suit, white shirt, and red tie. Professional, and almost American. Still, he was so inexperienced to be handling such a sensitive transaction.

Dagan wanted to give Chow a lecture, one of Dagan’s patented professorial pep talks, more about life than about academics. But Dagan sensed that the young man had already surpassed his teacher in so many matters of life and faith. The time for lectures had passed.

“God be with you,” Chow said.

“And with you.”

The young man climbed out of the van, grabbed his briefcase, and strode confidently toward the MGM Grand. He did not look back to see the lines of worry etched into his mentor’s face, the birds beginning to nest in the professor’s hair.

“Protect him,” Dagan prayed. He pulled away from the front of the casino, cutting off other drivers and ignoring their horns.

Twelve minutes later, Dagan entered his apartment, breathless from his climb up the outdoor steps. He disabled the alarm system, locked the deadbolt, and pulled the chain lock into place.

The living room and dining area, one long, L-shaped open space, was littered with twenty-four interconnected desktop computers and enough wiring to make the rooms look like a den of snakes. There were no pictures on the walls, no couch or recliner or television set. Just twenty-four desktop units, a small card table set up in the dining area, two folding chairs, and a beanbag.

In the single bedroom were two air mattresses.

Dagan had chosen this unit twenty days ago because it met all three criteria on his list: high-speed Internet access, a monthly lease, and anonymity. He paid cash in advance and signed the application using a phony name.

He hustled across the room, accidentally kicking one of the computers. He checked the lock on the sliding glass door that led to a small patio. He pulled the blinds on the glass door and placed his laptop on the card table so he could hook it up to his improvised network.

Each computer had been maxed out with memory upgrades, according to Chow, and then linked in such a way that the total network capacity exceeded 72GB of RAM. The network was protected by three separate firewalls.

Dagan’s screen flickered to life, and he entered his password. He connected immediately to the Internet, and an instant message from Chow flashed on the screen: Let me know when you get this. Dagan typed in his reply and simultaneously pulled up the video and audio feed from Chow’s computer. When the MGM Grand conference room came into focus, with the same grainy resolution that Dagan had witnessed during the trial runs, he began to relax just a little.

Chow, the more electronically savvy of the two, had wired his laptop with a hidden video camera on the back of the computer, inside a port that looked like an Internet connection. He squeezed a corresponding microphone inside what appeared to be an expansion port on the side. Using a wireless card that connected Chow to the Internet through cell tower technology, his computer now fed Dagan a live, blow-by-blow broadcast of the meeting.

Though the resolution was not the best, Dagan could make out three business executives within range of the wide-angle lens. They sat across from Chow, separated by a large polished-wood conference table. The man in the middle had dressed casually; the others wore suits. All three appeared younger than Dagan had anticipated.

The Chinese American man on the right looked more like a thug than a businessman. He had a low brow and thick neck, with veins bulging from a too-tight collar on his shirt, as if he couldn’t afford a custom fit. On the right side of his face, a scar started at his sideburn and ended at his jaw. His right ear was smaller than the left, as if he had lost part of it in a knife fight and a plastic surgeon had just sewn up what was left. A tattooed cobra was coiled on the left side of his neck, poised to strike at any moment. Dagan pegged him as security.

The man on the left, pale-skinned and tall, seemed infinitely more sophisticated. Eastern European perhaps, with ice blue eyes and short, Nordic-blond hair. He slouched in his seat, a cool, disinterested look on his face.

In the middle, the position of influence, sat a young man approximately Chow’s age, probably the CEO, dressed in a black linen shirt, with long dark hair, a trim goatee, and dark brooding eyes that seemed to pierce Dagan’s screen.

Dagan had missed the introductions and casual conversation, if any had taken place. Chow was sketching out the logistics of the transaction, a complicated matter since Chow had insisted on having the fifty million dollars in the bank before the algorithm was transferred. The men opposite Chow were employed by a deal-brokerage agency that represented the three largest Internet security companies in the world. Understandably, they wanted to test the algorithm before any money changed hands.

“You will forgive my skepticism,” said the middle man, his expression difficult to read, “but the implications of your claims are enormous. Not to mention the fact that our top consultants believe rapid factorization into prime numbers is a mathematical impossibility.”

“Did you bring the numbers?” Chow asked calmly. His voice came across louder than the others, based on his proximity to the mike. Dagan could discern no wavering in it, no hint of the frayed nerves that surely had to be wracking his young partner.

“Of course.”

“Then we can talk theory or we can talk application,” said Chow. “I mean, why bother finding out the true facts if we can just sit around and speculate based on the opinions of your experts?”

“We can do without the sarcasm,” said the Nordic man.

The CEO betrayed no emotion as he consulted a folder. He dictated a long number that Chow typed into an IM message to Dagan. Next, Chow read back the digits to the CEO, all one hundred ninety-seven of them, double-checking them slowly. It took nearly two minutes just to verify the number.

Dagan smiled. Child’s play. Using his algorithm, he should have the answer in less than five minutes. His laptop could process this one by itself. He copied and pasted the number into his formula.

As Dagan’s computer crunched the algorithm, and Chow plunked away on his own keyboard, plugging in phony numbers and functions, the conference room grew remarkably quiet, tension filling the air, as if the executives didn’t dare jinx this moment by making a sound. From miles away, Dagan could almost tell what they were thinking: If this works–if this really works–it would destroy the foundation of Internet encryption.

The RSA protocol, used extensively to secure transactions on the Web, would be a sieve. It was, as Chow had exclaimed when Dagan first told him about the breakthrough, “The key to every lock!”

Dagan had started working on his formula nearly twenty years ago as the result of a challenge from a fellow professor. Dagan called it a serious academic pursuit, a scholar’s desire to break new ground. Others called it an obsession. Whatever the label, he dedicated his best and most productive years to accomplishing something unprecedented: discovering an order in the sequence of prime numbers. Most theorists believed that the numbers “sprang up like weeds among the natural numbers, obeying no law other than the law of chance.” It was impossible to predict where the next prime number would sprout, they said.

But where others saw chaos, Dagan saw the faintest outline of order. Over time, the outline became more discernible, the order more predictable, his convictions more resolute. He ultimately developed a complex mathematical algorithm, stunning in its reliability, which could quickly and accurately generate the prime factors of any number, no matter how large.

Delighted, Dagan wanted to publish the formula in a respected, international mathematics journal. But his protégé immediately saw the tragic consequences of such an approach. The Internet would be thrown into chaos until encryption technology evolved in a different direction. When it did, the algorithm would be useless in a matter of months.

Instead, Chow talked Dagan into selling the formula to a conglomeration of the top global encryption companies. “It could help them see the Achilles heel in their encryption techniques,” he argued. “They could take steps to make Internet transactions more secure, to provide better protection for privacy.” Then the clincher: “We could use the proceeds to help the underground church. We could provide theological training. Legal help. Bibles.”

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Dagan jolted back to the present when the answer popped up on his screen after only three minutes of computation. He sent the results to Chow.

Not surprisingly, Chow decided to add a little drama. “If I remember correctly,” he said, his voice gaining confidence, “a recent attempt to find the prime factors of a one-hundred-ninety-three-digit number took eighteen months, with a number of different computers working simultaneously. Altogether, about a half century of computer time was utilized. Is that what you gentlemen recall?”

The three men all looked at Chow stone faced; they did not like being mocked.

“And this number,” Chow continued, “roughly the same length, has just been factored in the amount of time it might have taken you to go to the bathroom.”

“And the answer?” said the CEO. His voice had an aggressive, no-nonsense edge to it.

Chow read the prime numbers while the CEO checked his folder. He shot a glance to his Nordic friend, received a barely perceptible nod, and flipped the page to another enormous number.

“This time,” the CEO said, “we’ll use a number the size our clients would typically use in their protocol. According to the deputy director of the National Security Agency, it should take all the personal computers in the world on average about twelve times the age of the universe to solve it by a traditional sieve method. We’ll see if your formula can do it in a few minutes.”

For ten minutes, they read and checked the digits of the new number. When everybody was satisfied, Chow again surreptitiously sent the number to Dagan, who plugged it into his formula. This time, Dagan put his entire little network on the task. Twelve minutes later, Chow read the answer to the astonished men–two prime factors, each over two hundred digits long.

The business executives no longer tried to act unimpressed. The CEO called an impromptu meeting, stepping back behind the chairs, where the men formed a little huddle, holding their folders in front of their mouths so Chow couldn’t read their lips.

When they slid back into their seats, the Nordic man eyed Chow the way a spectator might eye an illusionist at a magic show–scrutinizing, confident there was some sleight of hand that eluded the normal eye.

“We’d like to try one more thing,” the CEO said, “just to prove our own firm’s security hasn’t been breached by someone on the inside providing the answers in advance. We’re going to call a consultant for another test number, different from the ones we brought to this meeting. It could take a few minutes to get this one last beta.”

Twenty minutes later, after Chow had factored the third number even more quickly than the second, Dagan noticed a final change in demeanor on the other side of the table. Even through the grainy resolution, he could tell Chow was now dealing with converts–men who had seen something that the foremost experts in the world had assured them was impossible.

“Who else has access to this formula?” the man on the right asked.

“Why is that relevant?” Chow responded.

“Our price is based on exclusivity. If we’re the only ones with this formula, it’s worth fifty million dollars. If others have it, the value diminishes substantially.”

“Only one man has seen this formula,” Chow replied. That part was true, Dagan knew. But the person wasn’t Chow.

The men across from Chow nodded at each other, and Dagan breathed a sigh of relief. It looked like they might actually have a deal. Praise God, he murmured. Chow had been right. No worries.

“I think we’ve proven the concept,” said Chow. Dagan could hear Chow rustling papers, probably the draft contract he had negotiated by phone prior to this meeting.

“Let’s get this signed so you can wire the money.”

The CEO nodded but was no longer looking at Chow. Instead, he seemed to be focused on a spot directly above and behind Chow. Dagan heard another noise–a door opening perhaps, or someone entering the room? Chow immediately signed off the instant messenger screen, presumably covering the monitor with his back and shoulders so the intruder couldn’t detect Chow’s communication with Dagan.

The CEO gestured toward the apparent newcomer. “This is another one of our colleagues. Dr. Johnny Chin,” the CEO said, not bothering to stand. “He’s one of our firm’s best troubleshooters.”

Alarm bells went off in Dagan’s head as he watched the Nordic man smirk and heard Chow say a casual, “Nice to meet you.” Dagan was fairly certain that Chow had remained seated, probably worried about keeping his screen shielded.

A troubleshooter? For what?

Without warning, Dagan heard a frantic, “Hey, what’s going–,” followed by a sickening sound like a snake's tongue darting through the air, the deadly hiss of a gun silencer. Red liquid and white fragments spattered the table in front of the video camera and sprayed the shirt of the young CEO. Dagan heard a thud, the sound of bone hitting something.

The CEO sprang from his seat, shouting, leaning forward, his slacks taking up the full screen now.

“Get his head off the keyboard,” he shouted. “Blood will fry that thing.”

Continues...

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  • Posted June 3, 2014

    A legal thriller! Randy Singer has provided yet another fantast

    A legal thriller!

    Randy Singer has provided yet another fantastic legal thriller.  Clark Shealy is given 48 hours to save his wife's life by finding and providing an Indian professor, but not just any Indian professor-the one who is in possession of the Abacus Algorithm. Now four years later Jamie Brock is in law school and volunteers at a legal aid clinic and she gets the biggest client of her young career, none other then Mr. & Mrs. Shealy.  Who are both alive and well at the moment but on the run for their lives.  When Jamie and her classmates agree to help they are drawn into the intricate web of which person to trust with which secret.  

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    interesting

    Interesting and suspenseful. Full of surprises. Gets a little gruesome at one point, but nothing too descriptive. Sometimes hard to understand how certain parts of the story help contribute. The story jumps around a little.

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    A Government Thriller With A Legal Flavor

    Randy Singer in his book "False Witness" published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us a thriller with an international flavor.

    The plot of "False Witness" revolves around an unimaginably valuable code, the Abacus Algorithm, which could unlock all existing Internet security systems. The creators want to sell it to an internet firm but both the Chines and U.S. Governments want it for themselves. The Chinese kidnap the wife of bounty hunter Clarke Shealy and force him to go and find the code and its author. The first part of this book is about Shealy and his hunt to get his wife back. The second part focuses on three law students and their professor as they stumble upon a couple in the witness protection program who need their help. From here the action flows intensely and it comes to a showdown at the end.

    In "False Witness" Randy Singer weaves together a government thriller with a legal flavor. This book is entertaining and will have you flipping pages as fast as you can read but, be prepared, it is also thought-provoking and will show you why truth is always the best option and a false witness is not. 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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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    What would you do for justice?

    FALSE WITNESS By Randy Singer What would you do if you had the world's most powerful algorithm? Would you use it? Would you sell it? Or would you give it away? Professor Dagan develops the Abacus Algorithm which can determine large prime numbers in a matter of minutes rather than in years. He wants to sell it and use the proceeds to help the underground church in China. What follows is a tangled web of lies, kidnappings, murder, torture, and subterfuge. Caught up in this web are three college students - Jamie Brock, Isaiah Haywood, and Wellington Farnsworth. And they are out of their element and out of their league, especially when danger lands on their doorstep. Who will survive the deadly will survive the deadly struggle between the U.S. Government and the Chinese mafia over an encrypted algorithm? When the time for answers comes will the truth come out or will a false witness step forward? False Witness is a thrilling read that shows a shady underside of life that each person must ask themselves, ''Would I be willing to do that if it was me?'' The answer if given truthfully will reveal something of yourself to yourself. What will you do for justice? I did not care for the death of Jamie's dog Snowball, that was my one big problem with the book. But otherwise it was very well written and interest grabbing.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    A Masterful Legal Thriller!

    Wow, wow and wow! False Witness by Randy Singer is such a great read! Randy Singer is a great storyteller, weaving a suspense, legal thriller with truths about God and the Bible. This book is so good! Okay, I'm raving here and I haven't even talked about the actual story yet. So here it goes. Professor Kumari, an Indian Math professor and a computer genius, had cracked the code to break the world wide web's security with his Abacus Algorithm. Along with his protege, Rajat, they try to sell the algorithm to a conglomeration of top global encryption companies. They planned to use the money from the sale to build more schools for the Dalit children in India. Unknown to the two of them, the buyers whom they thought represented the conglomeration were actually members of the Chinese mafia sent to acquire the algorithm at all cost. Rajat is killed in the meeting and Professor Kumari goes into hiding. Clark and Jessica Shealy are bounty hunters and con artists. By kidnapping Jessica, the Chinese mafia forces her husband, Clark to search for Kumari. Clark finds the professor and is struck by his calm demeanor. Together they devise a plan to rescue Jessica. Jamie Brock, a law student working at their university's legal aid clinic, meets her new client, David Hoffman. David Hoffman comes in with a case of impersonating a police officer and disturbing the peace. She takes on the case not knowing that she will soon be involved in something deeper and darker than she first thought. Something that could also cost her her life. MY THOUGHTS As you can read on the first paragraph, I really, really love this book. I think Randy Singer is a master at what he does - telling a great story while expertly weaving it with the truths of God's word. From the very first page, the story moves with dynamic speed up to its explosive ending. The characters are well-developed. I got to know each character very well and there's no question to me as to the motives of their actions. The plot is very interesting and there were no boring moments within the story. A very, very great read! False Witness by Randy Singer is definitely worth your money and time. Disclosure: I received a digital edition of this book through Net Galley and B&B Media in exchange for this review.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    I absolutely did not want to put this down. Randy Singer takes you on a wild ride of deceit, greed and good hearted people. You will spend the entire novel trying to figure out who is deceiving who and who is the good guy and sometimes that line is very blurred. If you like thriller author such as Tom Clancy or James Patterson you will love this one.

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    'False Witness' was suspenseful and intriguing. The fact that if the 'Abacus Algorithm' really did exist, Internet security would be non-existent was a scary thought. There were so many interesting characters in 'False Witness', from Professor Dagan, who discovered the algorithm - that is the 'key to every lock', to bounty-hunter/repo artist Clark Shealy (a.k.a. David Hoffman), to the ambitious law students Isaiah, Jamie, and Wellington. When Clark goes to arrest a highly wanted man, he instead finds out that he has been double-crossed and gets knocked out. When he wakes up, he learns that his wife was abducted by the Chinese Mafia! They give him an ultimatum: locate and bring Professor Dagan to them within 48 hours. If he fails to do so, they will start torturing his wife. Until he had actually captured Dagan, Clark hadn't thought twice about the ethics of exchanging Dagan for Jessica. The only question had been how to do it. - Page 71 What I didn't like about 'False Witness' was how some chapters ended suddenly and the next chapter didn't continue on where the last one left off. And at one point the book jumped ahead 4 years. I was relatively surprised by how much I liked 'False Witness', because the last book I was reading by Randy Singer, I didn't enjoy that much. The concept that there could be this algorithm that could cripple the Internet, fascinated me. But the fact that the mob wanted it SO much that they kidnapped Clark's wife and demanded him to bring Dagan to them, added a lot suspense and tension, making 'False Witness' (at times) hard to put down. I found Jamie's story really sad, what happened to her and the reasons why were so unnecessary and mean (I'm not going to say what happened because that would give too much away). I enjoyed Wellington's character. He's was so smart, yet he didn't gloat about it - in fact he was somewhat shy. All in all, I really enjoyed 'False Witness'! I would recommend this if you enjoy suspense books or legal thrillers.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

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    False Witness-my review

    Clark Shealy and his wife Jessica are a repo team. Johnny Chin (a member of the Chinese Mafia), has a preference for blondes. Foul play is suspected when Jessica disappears suddenly.
    David Hoffman, part of the witness protection program, is also in the repo business. He is in violation of felonies and in court is represented by a team of law students, Jamie Brock, Isaiah Haywood and Davon Jones. The law students soon find out that what is at stake is more dangerous than they realized.
    A nonstop action novel that includes courtroom drama makes for an easy flowing book! The scene and dialogue work and the reader will be thrust into a novel with many twists and turns. Well done!

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

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    Epic Thriller

    Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman. One day, his wife Jessica is kidnapped by Chinese mafia. They demand that he find Indian mathematician Professor Kumari who has created the Abacus Algorithm that is so powerful it can crack all Internet encryption. If he doesn't find Kumari within 48 hours, his wife will be tortured and killed. Four years pass. Law student Jamie Brock is working in her school's legal aid clinic when a client, David Hoffman, strolls in with a case. It is all routine, until she and her colleagues learns that David and his wife, Stacie, is part of the government's witness protection program. The Chinese mafia are hunting them down for the encrypted algorithm which is supposedly in their possession. The federal government refuses to help. Sandwiched in the middle is Jamie and her colleagues. They must do all it takes not only to help protect the Hoffmans, but also the powerful and dangerous algorithm as well. False Witness is thick with actions. After all, what more can you expect from a book with federal agents, Chinese mafia and a powerful algorithm in it? Right from page 1, I was captivated by the story and could barely put the book down until I finished it. This book isn't a leisure read. It has violence (which was necessary, in my opinion), twists, turns and an unexpected ending. The characters - the law students, David and Stacie Hoffman, the federal agents, and the Chinese mafia - each have their own agendas. All of them are determined to carry out their agendas. But at the end of the day, only the true witnesses will be successful. Upon completing the book, I remembered a saying by Nollie ten Boom (Corrie ten Boom's sister): God honors truth-telling with perfect protection. After all the twists and turns in the book, the story returns to the theme of a false witness. Indeed, it is shown that God honors truth-telling with perfect protection. A thing I particularly like about False Witness is that it touches on a controversial issue. It shows a side of the federal government most Americans are not aware of. Overall, False Witness is a mesmerizing thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with its thick action-filled plots and heavy suspense.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Page-turning Legal Suspense at its best!

    I loved this book the first time it came out. So when I learned about the re-issue, I was curious to see if I'd notice any changes or if anything major would change. Instead, even though I'd read the book before, I found myself pulled into the plot as if I read it for the first time. Randy Singer is a master craftsman -- he creates plots that have the pacing of the Bourne Identity while being set in the legal environment. This book is really two stories that intertwine seamlessly. Clark, the protagonist in the first part is a guy who is forced to do things no one would want to in an effort to get his wife back from the Chinese mafia. Then the heroes in the next section are three mismatched law students. Boy, did I root for them as they were up against horrible odds. This is the kind of story where every time you assume the worse thing that can happen has, you learn in another few pages you were wrong. And the story twists literally to the last page. Even though I'd read it before, I could barely keep up with all the changes. A perfectly plotted legal suspense! I can't wait for the next Randy Singer novel to release!

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Unpredictable & captivating!

    Normally I am drawn to chic-lit, but I decided to step out of my box and read something different when I picked up this book. Not expecting to like it, I told myself I'd read the first 2 chapters and then decide whether to continue or not. I was captivated with the first chapter! Clarke and Jessica were not exactly 'good guys' but I was immedeiately endeared to them as well as to Professor Dagan. Wondering just how far he would press the limits, it was intriguing that Clarke had to consider just how far he would go to save her life after her kidnapping. At first, my heart soared that he would do ANYTHING for her, but then I also found myself wrestling along with him as he dealt with the challenges of his conscience. Despite his deep love, there were limits. His love for her was heart-warming. This book could have been 2 separate novels in a series. I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping, suspenseful story with its unpredictable twists and turns.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Unpredictable and Captivating!

    Normally I am drawn to chic-lit, but I decided to step out of my box and read something different when I picked up this book. Not expecting to like it, I told myself I'd read the first 2 chapters and then decide whether to continue or not. I was captivated with the first chapter! Clarke and Jessica were not exactly 'good guys' but I was immedeiately endeared to them as well as to Professor Dagan. Wondering just how far he would press the limits, it was intriguing that Clarke had to consider just how far he would go to save her life after her kidnapping. At first, my heart soared that he would do ANYTHING for her, but then I also found myself wrestling along with him as he dealt with the challenges of his conscience. Despite his deep love, there were limits. His love for her was heart-warming. This book could have been 2 separate novels in a series. I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping, suspenseful story with its unpredictable twists and turns.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Thrilling

    "False Witness" is full of action and suspense, it has all the components of an intriguing legal thriller...mafia, FBI, attorneys, bounty hunters.

    I found it to be an intriguing book. The story starts with a deal being made to sell the coveted algorithm that would change the internet. In comes a bounty hunter whose wife is in jeopardy, and then the team of legal aides. The way Singer brings these brilliant characters together and reveals the reason the algorithm was created is amazing.

    Corruption is prevalent, sometimes people aren't what they profess to be. An exciting and biblical tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    You won't want to put this one down!

    Professor Wang Dagan has created the abacus algorithm, a mathematical formula that has the power to cripple the internet. The Chinese mafia gets wind of its existence, and will do anything to get ahold of it. They kidnap Jessica Shealy, wife of bounty hunter Clark Shealy, in order to force Clark to track down Dagan and the algorithm. The Shealys are able to escape, but are forced to go into witness protection. Enter Jamie Brock, Isaiah Haywood, and Wellington Farnsworth, all law students working at a legal aid clinic. The Shealys approach them with an interesting request. What will happen to the Shealys and the algorithm? What happens to Wang Dagan? I can't go into a lot of detail on this book, because too much of the plot would be given away.

    I did struggle with the intense violence in the beginning of the book. A less sensitive person may not be bothered by it, but I had a hard time not squirming in my seat at certain parts. However, I was intrigued by the age old struggle between good and evil that was represented in this book. I found myself asking myself how far I would go to protect someone I loved. Would I inflict violence on someone else? How much worth can you place on each life - is it okay to torture and kill someone in order to save another? The author did not create a Christian character in Clark Shealy. His character did have some morals, because he did experience some hesitation before the violence. But it made me wonder how differently the story would have turned out had Shealy been a Christian.

    I highly recommend this book that I could barely put down!

    **After note: I wrote this review, then went to post it on Amazon. Curious about what others had to say, I read through some of the reviews and was confused when I saw some reviews that talked about the book's treatment of the Indian Dalit Untouchables. It made me wonder if I had read the same book as them. Then I discovered that the new Tyndale edition had been revised. Professor Dagan was now Professor Kumari, and the Chinese Underground Church was now the Dalits, the lowest caste in Indian society. It doesn't appear that the storyline was changed any more than that. I do wish that I had known of these changes before I read the original, though.

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    Posted June 29, 2011

    Book of intrigue and suspense

    Randy Singer's False Witness was a fascinating book of intrigue dealing with the creation of new identities for those in the witness protection program. A question which arises is whom you can really trust in the process. If they are willing to deceive others in creating this new identity, how far would they bend the truth in other situations?

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Epic - A must read

    False Witness is a trilling novel. It has you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. A great read.

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  • Posted June 25, 2011

    have to pay attention with this one!

    This was my first read by Singer. I've heard he's a good writer so I was excited to be able to review one of his books. At first, I had a hard time understanding where the story was going - it's definitely a book you have to pay attention to. While reading it, I kept thinking if it were a movie. At times, things were happening so quickly it was hard to keep up. Overall, it was a good read. I didn't see some of the twists and some I did see coming but I definitely want to read another of Singer's books.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Fantastic!!!

    Fantastic! False Witness by Randy Singer is absolutely fantastic!!! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading, but the story immediately gripped me and I have been reading furiously ever since! Much like John Grisham, Randy Singer weaves an incredible tale in this legal thriller. I kept trying to figure out how things connected, who did what, where the connections were between seemingly unrelated characters (or sections of the book!), which characters were good guys and which were bad guys. It wasn't until the end that I finally started figuring some things out. A book that keeps me guessing until the end is certainly a winner!

    I won't go into the details of the plot because I don't want to give too much away. I will say though that there is an emphasis on the Christian church in India, persecution of believers, and ministry to Dalit children (those in the "untouchable" caste) which was an added bonus! Proceeds from this book are being donated to Dalit Freedom Network, which provides a first-class education to Dalit children and helps them escape from human trafficking.

    I think you will love this book if you like suspense, thrillers, and legal novels!

    Note: This is a repackaged and updated version of a 2003 release by the same title.

    I received a free copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Exciting!

    Awesome book. I couldn't put it down. A very exciting fast paced story.

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

    Thrilling legal novel with plenty of twists

    False Witness by Randy Singer is an update of the writer's Christian legal fiction novel about the witness protection program. The book is told in two parts. In the first, Clark Shealy is just an everyday guy trying to make a buck working as a bounty hunter when his wife, Jessica, is kidnapped by the Chinese mafia and he is ordered to find a mysterious Indian man who has a mathematical formula that could rock the world. Clark's life is turned upside down and he discovers things he didn't know he was capable of in his quest to rescue the woman he loves. The second part of the novel picks up four years later with three law students who are hired by a mysterious couple to help them renegotiate their terms in the witness protection program after someone leaks their new identities to their old enemies. Singer puts some crack the whip turns here, surprising the reader at nearly every turn. There is some brutal violence, but the crux of the story is about faith and trust. Who can we trust? How far would you go for the ones you love? And what does God excuse in extreme circumstances. There are double crosses on top of double crosses and never a boring moment. My only regret about this book was that Singer didn't use these characters again. Maybe with the rerelease of this novel, he finally will.

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