He defied an emperor
and inspired a faith
I've read Randy Singer in the past and have enjoyed his legal thrillers, so I was intrigued by the premise of The Advocate. A young man determined to bring justice to an empire that willingly sacrifices the blood of the "guilty" for pleasure.
When an incident in school teaches fourteen year old Theophilus the true horrors of crucifixion he determines to become a champion of the accused innocents of Rome.
But Theophilus's chosen path is not one of ease. In fact it takes him to one of the most troubled regions within the empire - Judea. And during his assignment in Judea, Theophilus has a front row seat at the trial of Jesus, a rabbi accused of threatening the power and supremacy of Rome! This is one encounter Theophilus will not be forgetting and it will set the stage for what is about to come.
As Rome falls further into the decay brought about Caesars who are more deranged than their predecessor Theophilus comes to an understanding of the message that the Nazarene brought. But this understanding could very well cost him his life.
If you like historical fiction that brings you into the story with all the detail you will love this book. Randy Singer has created an incredible and moving experience that will give you a greater appreciation of the days of Jesus and the persecution the early believers faced in the first century.
I was provided a copy of this book by the Tyndale Blogger Network in exchange for my honest review.
About the Book:
At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths—Roman crucifixion.
Three decades later, Theophilus has proven himself in the legal ranks of the Roman Empire. He has survived the insane rule of Caligula and has weathered the cruel tyrant’s quest to control the woman he loves. He has endured the mindless violence of the gladiator games and the backstabbing intrigue of the treason trials.
Now he must face another evil Caesar, defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution?
The advocate’s first trial altered the course of history. His last will change the fate of an empire.