False Witness by Randy Singer

     Bounty hunter Clark Shealy has forty-eight hours. His wife’s life depends on it. Clark must find an Indian professor who has created an algorithm that could crack all internet encryption. The professor has it, and the Chinese mafia wants it. Clark must do things he never thought possible to try to save the life of his wife. Four years later, law student Jamie Brock takes on a case while working for legal aid. She soon finds out that her client is in witness protection, and the government has accused him of defrauding the government believing that he has the algorithm. Lives are in danger, as is national security, as the hunt for the algorithm pushes on and the keepers of the algorithm try to keep it safe.

     I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this one. I’ll start with the negative first: I found that the book was a bit longer than it needed to be. There were several details that I skipped over because they just seemed unnecessary, and it didn’t stop me from understanding anything. I didn’t have to go back and read anything I skipped over. All of this unneeded detail tends to slow down the pace of the story… and this one had the potential to be an action-packed page-turner. The book is split into five parts. I found myself struggling to get into the first part, even though the action was pretty well paced. I think it had a bit more to do with the characters, which I didn’t feel drawn to at all.

     But there are good points. The characterization of new characters in the rest of the book are much better and the story does grow more interesting as you become suspicious of everyone. Singer also calls attention to the plight of the church and the lower caste population in India. A special note at the end of the book explains a little more about the situation in India and Singer announces that all proceeds from the book are going to the Dalit Freedom Network to promote english-based education for Dalit children and to stop slavery and sex-trafficking. This reason alone is worth buying the book.

     While I can’t say this is one of the best books I’ve read, it does have its good points. Make it through Part I and you should be okay.

1) Overall Plot = 4
2) Characters = 3.5
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 3
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 3.5

Average of  score 3.8
Overall grade = C

Where to buy the book: CBDAmazon | B&N

I earned a copy of this book from Tyndale’s Summer Reading Program. A review was not required.

This was book 32 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.

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