False Witness by Randy Singer

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False Witness by Randy Singer (Tyndale, April 2011; originally published by Waterbrook in 2007), 432 pages

False Witness by Randy Singer

Bounty hunter Clark Shealy gets a call: His wife’s been kidnapped by the Chinese mafia and to get her back Shealy must bring them Kumari, who developed an algorithm that could break the internet (it quickly discerns the prime factors of very large numbers). Also, three law students get involved in case with a couple in witness protection.

Most of the way through, as I was reading, I really enjoyed this book. It’s suspenseful, and I found it promising. And I liked the parts about the Dalits in India (what there was of them). But in the end, False Witness was annoying.

I’m still greatly disappointed at the key to this giant, supposedly unsolvable mystery, was so simple — and given away to the reader so early. I’m not a math whiz, but I knew it immediately. I don’t believe the simplistic nature of this code fits the character of its creator, and I don’t believe Singer when he says it’s brilliant and unbreakable. Maybe I watched Numb3rs too recently?

One other pet peeve of mine irritated by this book: use of a euphemism for a body part. They have scientific names, people! Why are these words considered embarrassing or dirty? So. Very. Annoying.

I’m not sure if it was a matter of doing too much? The book being too long? The last 50 or so pages could have been an epilogue, though, and I think it would have been an improvement for me. In the days after finishing this book, my frustration with it — by and large just the last few dozen pages — grew and compounded.

I wish I liked this book, but I didn’t. It does have some positive qualities (see my first three sentences here), but they were far outweighed for me by its weaknesses.

Rating: 2.25 stars

About the author
Randy Singer is an author, trial attorney and preacher. He and his wife live in Virginia.

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8 responses to “False Witness by Randy Singer

  1. I enjoyed this when I read it in it’s original form, but that was a while ago and I know things were changed.

  2. Bummer. I hate when a book becomes more annoying after you’ve finished it as you think of the problems with it!

  3. I know this authors name but can not remember why… I think I read something by him…

    Bummer this one wasnt better.

  4. I did not find this book lengthy… maybe because I had reviewed a 500-page+ book earlier! 🙂 In fact, False Witness is one of the shorter books I’ve reviewed. A euphemism for a body part? I hadn’t realized that. Which page is it on?

  5. Oh, I had not thought of *that* that way…

  6. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this one much. It did sounds like an interesting premise.

  7. Sorry it disappointed, hope the next one on your tbr pile is a fun read.

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