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Previously published as The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney. 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 the ultimate 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, where they must defend their beliefs ...

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Previously published as The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney. 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 the ultimate 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, where they must defend their beliefs against spiritual 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 he is trapped in a game of deadly agendas that may cost him his life. With Internet access monitored, Finney sends coded messages to his law clerk, Nikki Moreno. Aided by a teen crypto-geek, Nikki soon discovers the key to understanding Finney’s clues in an apologetics book Finney wrote and must race against time to decipher the mysteries contained in the ancient words of Christ before her boss dies defending them. Tyndale House Publishers

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Well-drawn characters and interesting dialogue combine to make this thriller one that is hard to put down. Faithfulreader.com
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Well-drawn characters and interesting dialogue combine to make this thriller one that is hard to put down.
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Well-drawn characters and interesting dialogue combine to make this thriller one that is hard to put down.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410454157
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/6/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 785
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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THE JUDGE


By RANDY SINGER

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2006 Randy Singer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-3568-1


Chapter One

THERE MUST BE SOME MISTAKE.

The room started spinning as soon as the Patient heard the words.

Inoperable brain cancer. Frontal lobe.

He gripped the arms of the chair and began the denial process immediately. He never trusted this doctor in the first place and now ... he could swear the doctor smirked when he told him. All doctors, even highly paid oncologists, envied the Patient. Hated the Patient. The doctor was wrong, his judgment blurred by a subconscious bias. Men the Patient's age do not get brain cancer. Especially men who run three times a week and drink one glass of red wine every evening.

Do not. Cannot.

In the ensuing days, the Patient would get a second and third opinion. The top oncologists at the best hospitals in the country, all singing from the same song sheet. "We're sorry, there's nothing we can do. Chemo might slow the spread of the disease, but you probably have less than a year." They ticked off symptoms like a parade of horrors: behavioral changes, impaired judgment, memory loss, reduced cognitive function, vision loss, partial paralysis.

The Patient worked quickly through the stages of acceptance. Denial turned to anger. Tragedy seemed to stalk the Patient's family. His mother died from a stroke when the Patient was in college. His sister lost a teenage son in a freak motorboat accident. A first cousin died before her thirty-fifth birthday. And now this. But anger eventually gave way to grief and then ultimately resignation—all within a span of four weeks. Yet he wasn't prepared for the last stage, and he couldn't shake the irony of it.

Remorse. Nearly a billion dollars in net assets that he couldn't take with him. Today he would trade all of his wealth for one additional year. All the eighty-hour weeks, jetting around the country, the dog-eat-dog world he faced every day, the enemies he had made—everything he did to build the net wealth so he could one day retire early and enjoy life. And now he had twelve months.

He started getting his affairs in order. He signed a living will and durable power of attorney, spurred by the knowledge that he might lose his sanity before he drew his last breath. He changed his last will and testament a dozen times but eventually lost his enthusiasm for disinheriting the estranged children of his first and second wives. For the most part, they were young and firmly in the clutches of their overbearing and greedy mothers. No sense punishing the children. He changed it one final time and made each child a millionaire, even his rebellious fourteen-year-old daughter who reminded him way too much of her mother.

The one thing he couldn't prepare for preoccupied his thoughts day and night, night and day. He wasn't ready to face whatever lurked on the other side of death. He tried praying to some vague notion of God but just felt silly. What kind of God would listen to a man who had spent his whole life denying that God existed? Yet the thought of stepping into the darkness of death without solving life's greatest mystery scared the Patient most of all. If he were God, he would judge his own life harshly. Sure, he had accumulated vast amounts of wealth, but what good had he done? Who would say that life on earth was better because they had known him?

The sad and honest truth kept him awake at night and haunted his daytime thoughts. Maybe there was still time. A lot could be done in twelve months. But even if he wanted to curry favor with God, how could he do that? He still didn't really believe that God existed. And if God did exist, which of the gods worshiped on planet Earth was the true God?

It hit him while watching Survivor, nearly four weeks after the initial diagnosis. Life's greatest reality show! It seemed like such a deliciously good idea that it was either a stroke of genius or the brain cancer deluding him ahead of schedule. Powerful advocates for each of the world's major religions would be chosen as contestants. Their faith would be put to the ultimate test on a remote island. They would be forced into the trial of their lives: defending their faith against all challenges. The winner's god would gain a whole raft of new adherents, including the Patient. He would donate millions to the right causes. The ratings for the show would be spectacular.

The losers' gods would be exposed as impotent—powerless frauds in the face of death.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from THE JUDGE by RANDY SINGER Copyright © 2006 by Randy Singer. Excerpted by permission of TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted July 13, 2013

    Judge Oliver Finney is chosen for a reality show about faith, an

    Judge Oliver Finney is chosen for a reality show about faith, and he is to defend Christianity. On the island where the show takes place, he realizes there is a murder plot. He sends coded messages to his clerk, Nikki, so she can help him solve the case.

    This was a good story. There were several plot twists as the judge tried to figure out the case. The parts dealing with the codes were interesting, and the book had a nice conclusion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

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    Review From A Man's Perspective

    What would happen if you took a selection of people from all of the world's religions and put them into a "Survivor" like setting? You would get the makings of a book by Randy Singer, of course! So this billionaire is getting ready to die and he's found out that being rich doesn't provide him with any additional insight into what happens after we die. In the search for this information, he comes up with the ideal to bring together people from all different religions to a remote island where they will "battle" it out against each other to see who has the best answers for the afterlife. For the Christian perspective, we have Judge Oliver Finney. Judge Finney is a cigar-smoking curmudgeon who never dreamed in a minute he would be picked for the show, but we know that demographic studies can't be wrong! As the show progresses, Judge Finney starts noticing that things may not be exactly as they seem. The judge begins passing crypted notes back and forth with his law clerk, thanks to a book on cryptology that he had written. As the stakes appear to be getting higher and higher for the contestants, Judge Finney begins to feel a sense darkness and dread. Will this be the end of Judge Finney? Does he help the billionaire with his thoughts of the afterlife? Buy a copy and see how this one ends!

    I have been a fan of Randy Singer for a long time. I even hosted Mr. Singer for a book signing / discussion several years ago. Anybody that reads John Grisham would love any of Randy Singer's books, and this one is no different. Randy always shares his knowledge of the judicial system through his books. This book, though, allows us to not only see the inner workings of a case against Christ, but he rolls in the whole reality tv show craze that the entertainment world is abuzz about. I always come away from his books feeling like I have a little bit more knowledge of the judicial system, and that isn't always a good thing.

    Is this a "guy's book"? If you're into law and justice and reality TV, then you would enjoy this book. Do you have to be a "guy" to like it? Nope, this book would be enjoyed by everyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2014

    Another excellent book by Randy Singer Judge Oliver Finney accep

    Another excellent book by Randy Singer
    Judge Oliver Finney accepted a spot on a survivor like game show to defend his Christian faith against a
    Buddhist, Muslim, Atheist Scientist and Hindu.  The contestants are not allowed any contact with the
    outside world and when they fear for the outcome of the show Judge Finney takes matters into his own
     hands and uses sneaky computer searches to send messages to his law clerk Nikki.  The judge loved hiding
     messages and published a book that contained different messages in each chapter using a different code
     for each chapter.  Nikki  with the help of Wellington, a young code specialist deciphers the messages but
     who can they turn to and trust to save the judge?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Chridtian Christian fun reading with meat

    I love court room plots and this was a unique way of presenting the gosple while taking you through a thriller and learning what other religions believe in: you never knew who was good or bad til the very end, Fun reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    When Judge Finney, a devout Christian who can't stop smoking cig

    When Judge Finney, a devout Christian who can't stop smoking cigars, is invited to represent Christianity in a game show like Survivor called Faith on Trial to compete against a Buddhist (Dr. Ando), a Hindu (Swami), a Muslim, (Kareem Hasaan), and an atheist scientist (Victoria Kline), he decided to win the money for Christianity. The show was apparently staged to help a billionaire with inoperable brain cancer decide which God to worship before he dies. Flying with the contestants to an unknown destination, Judge Finney found the contestants interesting. They were told they would confront temptation, injustice, trauma, sickness, shame, forgiveness, and love. There would be 2 verdicts: one on the island and the jury verdict by the viewers as well as a contest between two finalists with one receiving a million dollars for their favorite charity. Because so many viewers are Christians already, the show took a poll on those planning to watch and determined the percentage for each group and the winner would be the one who was making the most converts. What was taken from all the contestants to keep them from communicating with the outside world? Despite attempts to prevent communication by the contestants with the world outside, how did Finney communicate with Nikki? She then enlisted a young code geek, Wellington, to help her figure out Finney's messages. How did Finney make friends with other contestants? Where did the contestants go to communicate with each other? What were the two hardest tests? What hurt Finney? The race to learn the truth and prevent Judge Finney from being killed was on. Would Nikki find the truth in time? Were the rumors true that the 2 finalists would be killed? Could she get help from the government in time? Whom did she go to? What ultimately happened? This is another terrific Randy SingeWhen Judge Finney, a devout Christian who can't stop smoking cigars, is invited to represent Christianity in a game show like Survivor called Faith on Trial to compete against a Buddhist (Dr. Ando), a Hindu (Swami), a Muslim, (Kareem Hasaan), and an atheist scientist (Victoria Kline), he decided to win the money for Christianity. The show was apparently staged to help a billionaire with inoperable brain cancer decide which God to worship before he dies. Flying with the contestants to an unknown destination, Judge Finney found the contestants interesting. They were told they would confront temptation, injustice, trauma, sickness, shame, forgiveness, and love. There would be 2 verdicts: one on the island and the jury verdict by the viewers as well as a contest between two finalists with one receiving a million dollars for their favorite charity. Because so many viewers are Christians already, the show took a poll on those planning to watch and determined the percentage for each group and the winner would be the one who was making the most converts. What was taken from all the contestants to keep them from communicating with the outside world? Despite attempts to prevent communication by the contestants with the world outside, how did Finney communicate with Nikki? She then enlisted a young code geek, Wellington, to help her figure out Finney's messages. How did Finney make friends with other contestants? Where did the contestants go to communicate with each other? What were the two hardest tests? What hurt Finney? The race to learn the truth and prevent Judge Finney from being killed was on. Would Nikki find the truth in time? Were the rumors true that the 2 finalists would be killed? Could she get help from the government in time? Whom did she go to? What ultimately happened? This is another terrific Randy Singer mystery you won't want to miss!!! It is a must read book for mystery lovers!r mystery you won't want to miss!!! It is a must read book for mystery lovers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

    Definitely a Legal Thriller. Recommended. This is full of suspen

    Definitely a Legal Thriller. Recommended. This is full of suspense, delivered in a way that makes this a page-turner. It kept me guessing right to the end. I was intrigued by the ciphers, since I love words and puzzles. The story had a very interesting concept, and I found myself rooting for the characters. The debates were memorable and thought-provoking. I couldn’t put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Two men face their terminal illness in very different ways.  One

    Two men face their terminal illness in very different ways.  One decides to sponsor a reality TV show on a tropical island where representatives from different faiths compete to prove which deity exists, if one exists at all, and with plenty of money, as well as his soul, at stake..  The other decides to leave his profession in search of making the biggest impact possible on the rest of the world, a choice which ultimately leads him to appear on a new reality TV show.




    Once filming begins on the island, the contestants soon discover that the show's producers haven't been exactly straight forward when writing the contracts, and when they discover that the end of season finale might be more "terminal" than they were expecting, the contestants realize that they are fighting for more than their souls.




    This book took a long time to get into.  It wasn't until the last third that I really felt hooked.  That being said, there were lots of aspects in this book which surprised me, e.g. lack of a significant romantic subplot, a brief history of cryptography, and a climax which actually managed to stay suspenseful until nearly the very end.




    Also, it wasn't until I finished the novel that I finally caught the parallel between contestants placed on a tropical paradise island and Adam & Eve placed in the Garden of Eden.




    Plot points revolved around apologetics, religious debate, temptation, the death penalty, justice, and so on.  There are several violent scenes described with more detail than I am comfortable with, and for that reason I would only recommend this novel for older teens.




    Other than that, this book turned into a worthwhile read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    This is a great book! This book is different than the previous

    This is a great book! This book is different than the previous ones I have read by Randy Singer. The judge, Oliver Finney, is defending Christianity and he calls one his law clerk, Nikki Moreno to help him. She has to decipher codes in a race against time. This book is not a newly written novel by Randy Singer but has been previously published as The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney. I would stronly recommend this book to everyone. Randy Singer is one of my favorite authors and I have never been disappointed in any of his novels.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

    I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I loved this book. It was

    I wish I could give more than 5 stars. I loved this book. It was a great way for me to know about other religions than Christianity and why they believe what they do. Plus how they view certain parts of Christianity. I love Randy Singer and this didn't disappoint.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2014

    A stranger

    Knocks on the door with a letter to Cupid.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Hallow

    Puts him in a cell"you will be staying here till the council decies to udge you"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Cupid

    Sits in the cell" whatever"

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  • Posted June 6, 2013

    Sometimes referred to as the "Christian John Grisham",

    Sometimes referred to as the "Christian John Grisham", Randy Singer is one of my faves - and this book did not disappoint.




    "The Judge", (formerly published as "The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney") is a very interesting study in human nature and the lengths some will go to attain information.  Judge Oliver Finney is selected by a terminally ill very wealthy man, along with a panel of other "contestants"-all experts from different religions- to take part in a Survivor-like reality show.  They must defend why their religion is correct; and Judge Finney quickly realizes there is more at stake than just bragging rights.  His law clerk, Nikki Moreno and a computer genius named Wellington Farnsworth secretly assist him in solving the mystery by decoding messages from the Bible and a book on apologetics that Judge Finney has written.  As a very important side note, Nikki is led towards faith through her research and the life she has already seen Judge Finney lead.




    I really enjoyed this book and can easily recommend it to readers of all genres.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    The Review: Randy Singer is a thinking man and his books cause y

    The Review: Randy Singer is a thinking man and his books cause you to think and The Judge is no exception.

    Judge Oliver Finney is a cigar smoking judge from Virginia, with terminal cancer, but he considers himself a strong Christian. So when he has the opportunity to participate in a reality TV show, designed as a competition between World Religions, he sees it as his opportunity to make a difference for the next generation. What he gets is much more than he ever bargained for, as he does his best to represent the Christian faith and stay alive.

    As I’ve already said, this is a thinking book as you watch each of the contestants represent their faith and the interaction between the characters. Mr. Singer allows you to work through the story trying to determine who the “good” and “bad” guys really are. He adds some nice twists that keep you wondering. I missed some of the clues the author gives throughout the story, but realized they were there as Finney reveals them at the end.

    Singer subtly puts out a challenge in this book, ‘How would you defend your faith?’ As I thought about this throughout the book, I think the best way to defend your faith is to live it in a real way, developing relationships and letting people see the ups and downs but you remaining faithful.

    The only downside I felt was at times it seemed like some narratives were just too long. But I think the author wanted to demonstrate a key component in being an effective Christian witness, it requires relationships and they take time.

    Disclaimer: I would like to thank Tyndale Publishers or the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation to give anything but my honest opinion, which I’ve done my best to do.

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    Posted February 10, 2013

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