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The Advocate (The Advocate #1)

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For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it all...or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a juvenile court attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any length to obtain custody. Sabre finds herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered question ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Silent Thunder Publishing (first published July 5th 2009)
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A.G. Lindsay
Jan 11, 2013 A.G. Lindsay rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it did seem that the author threw everything but the kitchen sink into it.

With the "mysterious past" of the parents, the kidnapping, the missing child, the missing/dead brother, bad cops in Atlanta, the FBI, Crazy Carla, the fire, etc. it was all just a bit much. However, the author did tie up (most, if not all) of the loose ends, and I found it a solidly written book. I consider it much more of a "beach read" -type of book than something you plan to exercise your brain
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JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Lynda Kelly
Jan 15, 2014 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This got a little rushed towards the end as all the ends needing tying up were sorted out. I thought it was a tiny bit farfetched in the odd place but I did really enjoy the story and I'm going to stick with the series. I liked Sabre a lot although I thought her name was daft, especially when her brother had a normal name ! I thought that a little strange. I liked her relationship with her coworker Bob too. There was a whole chunk of the story missing, I thought, where she went to meet and stay ...more
Jim
May 29, 2014 Jim rated it it was amazing
Teresa Burrell's "The Advocate" is a spellbinding tale that features an intense plot that's fighting evil elements who prey on children. The protagonist is Sabre Brown, a child's advocate and lawyer. Sabre stands for those who are too young and cannot fight back for themselves. Sabre's newest case features the outrageous parents Gaylord Murdock, and Peggy Smith. These two are the parents of Alexis Murdock and Jamie Smith. Sabre must protect Alexis and Jamie from a man who just oozes evil in Gayl ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Advocate, is the first book of a series by Teresa Burrell. It was a very interesting book, which i liked very much. It starts up with introducing us to Sabre, AKA as Sobs to her good friend Bob. She is an attorney for the juvenile court, as is Bob. Five years previously, her brother Ron disappeared. Sabre is assigned to Alexis and Jamie and a newborn infant girl. The baby's mother is a drug addict who is linked with Gaylord. Sabre must determine if the children stay at the Home or be returne ...more
Jenni
Jul 31, 2009 Jenni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, 2009
I'm a lawyer. Therefore, I try to stray from legal dramas, thrillers, etc. I save the legal drama for my office. But, then along comes a goodreads firstread prize and changes my mind completely.

This book was, in a word, breathtaking. The pace was impeccable and I was on the edge of my seat from page one. And, without giving anything away, just when I thought all was won there was one final twist. Burrell has an amazing grasp on character development and knows just how to play with the reader's
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Lois Caddell
Sep 16, 2014 Lois Caddell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished The Advocate and I am very much looking forward to reading more from this Author. I love the way she takes the blinders off and surrounds the plot with everything that goes on around them. Immerse yourself in each character and get the real feel for what is happening to and around them and how that intertwines them. This story has real substance, not just puff and smoke.
The story is a frightening insight into a system that tries to be just and is looked upon by those caught up in
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Norma
Oct 06, 2012 Norma rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed and I just loved Alexis. I just wanted to take her home and love her. Sabre's character was also well developed. I loved the relationship between her and Bob. The story line kept me turning the pages as well as feeling every emotion the characters were feeling. The suspense continued to build throughout the story up until the climax at the end - what a shocker! I wasn't familiar with this author and got this book as a freebie. I not ...more
Gina Basham
Jul 12, 2013 Gina Basham rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a nice fast pace. I enjoyed the information regarding the Child services - law, advocates, group homes. The book kept me guessing "who done it". I liked the characters and especially liked the friendship between Sabre and Bob. It is refreshing to see a friendship that won't be turned into a "we've loved each other all along - let's get married and fight crime!" I liked it enough to get the next book, finished that and will continue on with the series. I would ...more
Beth Agejew
Nov 03, 2013 Beth Agejew rated it it was amazing
The Advocate by Teresa Burrell will keep you on your toes. It is part thriller, part mystery and part courtroom drama. Ms. Burrell's characters are believable and easy to get attached to. I smiled and laughed with them and felt anguish with them. The story, itself, is a page turner. In fact, I spent several evenings promising myself I would read just one more chapter, and actually reading two or three more. Anyone who is a fan of suspense or mystery will thoroughly enjoy The Advocate.
Kim Reads (Read Your Writes Book Reviews)
Reviewed on: http://readyourwrites.blogspot.com

Up until I read this book, I had never read a mystery/suspense novel before. I met Ms. Burrell at a Barnes and Noble and decided to buy her book and read it. I'm extremely happy I did.

The Advocate is the debut novel by Teresa Burrell, a former attorney and child advocate.

Surprisingly, for a mystery/suspense story, The Advocate is a little touching and emotional. You have heroes rising to the occasion and a couple of brave souls connecting the dots a
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Michelle Randall
Sabre Brown is a lawyer, but not just any lawyer, she works in "kiddie court", that means she is assigned to represent the children in cases when they are taken out of the home. Sabre is good at her job, and with her best friend Bob, they rule kiddie court as the best.

Sabre's new case, the Murdock case seems straight forward, but there is something about the way the girlfriend looks at Mr. Murdock, and the way the children act that just doesn't feel right. Sabre is sure there is something more g
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Perry Martin
May 17, 2014 Perry Martin rated it really liked it
The Advocate by Teresa Burrell Read by Summer Rona

Sabre Orin Brown is an attorney in children's court. Representing parents and children when the State of California in the County of San Diego when the State removes children from the homes of their parents.

This is a fulfilling, somewhat emotional and stressfully job as injured children and mysterious parental figures don't always tell the same stories or in her current case the do. So much so it would make anyone curious to know if they are priv
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Marty
Nov 28, 2012 Marty rated it it was ok
So many books and so little time. I received this from another web site to read and do a review. That being said, If I had not received this free, I would not write a review. But, that is what I agreed to do.
This was so over the top and out of control, at times I thought the story was on drugs. While I was pulled in at first, this went so quickly and far down hill I was glad when it was over.
There was way to much going on; this would be impossible in real life. Way to many things with endless di
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D Thomas
Oct 01, 2013 D Thomas rated it it was amazing
The Advocate
The Advocate series #1
by Teresa Burrell

This isn't my normal kind of read. I love PNR with HEA's.

That being said, I can only rave about this legal suspense by Teresa Burrell.

This story is a heartwarming and heart breaking. It shows the good in people as well as the bad. It gives you an idea of some of the struggles people go through and why they make some of the decisions they do and how those decisions, whether good or bad, have a chain reaction with so many people around them.

I was
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Nina Reed
Oct 17, 2013 Nina Reed rated it it was amazing
I started reading yesterday and couldn't put it down. Ms. Burrell has woven a wholly credible tale of deceit, drama and courage. Sabre, a dedicated young attorney, always wants what's best for her clients. When a particularly baffling case lands on her desk, it will take all of Sabre's wits to get to the bottom of things.

The Advocate is definitely a page-turner. The characters come to life with rich description and believable dialogue. It is well paced and the story flows easily. If you're a Fan
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Pamela Beckford
Oct 04, 2013 Pamela Beckford rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me from the very first page. As Atty. Saber Brown is appointed as the attorney for Alexis, the twists and turns don't stop. Alexis is a precocious ten year old who has experienced more in her young years than most adults. But Sabre can smell that something just isn't right. She continues to look for answers, even involving a detective from across the country in Atlanta, as well as her best friend and fellow attorney, Bob. There are moments in the book where my heart sped up and ...more
Jan
Nov 04, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing
In this first book of the series we meet Sabre (aka Sobs) and her closest friend and her associate Bob. Both are lawyers who work in the Juvenile Court System in San Diego. They often work on the same case, sometimes on opposite sides, but they both have a strong commitment to the children and work doesn't change their friendship. Bob is a big support to Sabre as she deals with the disappearance of her brother
A parent who is not pleased with the courts decision and takes matters into his own ha
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Diana St amand-stanford
Jun 18, 2013 Diana St amand-stanford rated it it was amazing
I started to read The Advocate's Betrayal, which I had downloaded free from Book Bub. I was about 19 pages in and realized that it was 2nd in a series, so decided I should start from the beginning. I went to the Kindle store and purchased this book. I am so glad I did. It gave me a deeper understanding of the characters. The plot (and plot twists) made it difficult to put down. The story was so engrossing that I could not stop reading. I read this in a little over one day . I am going back to th ...more
Marco Morissette
Sep 30, 2013 Marco Morissette rated it it was amazing
After reading so many good comments I choose to give it a try and thank god for this great decision! After the first pages to place the characters where the belongs I was not able to leave this book! Honestly it is well write and the author Mrs. Teresa Burrell have nothing to envy to Micheal Connelly with his Mickey Haller series.... Sabre the main character is fun to read and follow on her day to day. The plot of this book keep you hooked until the very last page and the first thing I have done ...more
Stacielynn
This was a book bub freebie. It's a fairly interesting, adequately-written mystery. I thought it was totally good value for my investment!
The author's inexperience is evident in the dialogue and some of the narrative. The plot is complex but pretty transparent. The thing that drove me nuts was the relationship between Sabre and Bob - real close friends but he refers to "my wife?" if they are that close why wouldn't. he use her name? It just seemed a little stilted and terribly forced. There woul
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Sara
Nov 20, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, epub
Wow! I really enjoyed this book! I love Sabre, she's a really sweet, good-hearted woman and she's strong and brave. Just the way I like my heroines. Actually, she even exceeded my expectations.
I also liked Bob, and their friendship was really cute and I like their bond.
Sabre's relationship with her brother Ron touched my heart. It was the sweetest thing.
Alexis was a sweet and brave kid.
I must say, I didn't expect to like this book so much, but I do. And I'm really glad I picked it up. I now
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Fittytiff
Aug 05, 2010 Fittytiff rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: any one who likes a good mystery
Recommended to Fittytiff by: The aurthor
Shelves: on-kindle
I met the author during a visit to a local bookstore. She was very nice. I was very excited to learn her books are were available on the Kindle. Once I started I could not put this down! The mysteries just kept going and twist and turns were a fun ride! I look forward to reading her newest book the Advocate's Betrayal!
Oh and the coolest thing. She even signed a card for me for since I was getting her book digitally. She gave me a card that had a picture of the cover of "The Advocate's Betrayal"
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Tere J
Oct 06, 2015 Tere J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read, creative story telling, and considering it's a series, the story and characters did come to a conclusion, which I appreciate. I hate reading a "to be continued" stories.

My only criticism wast he timeline. I have a weird thing about timelines in books, but in reading this, either I read too fast and thought/assumed it was the next day, and it really was a few days later. Also, not sure how old this book is, but it stilled read about faxing (vs email) but a great story nonetheless. I wil
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Nina Irwin
May 19, 2014 Nina Irwin rated it it was amazing
Great read. Really loved the main characters, The author made them all come to life. Her descriptions of Alexis let me see the turmoil that child was going through, both past and present. I loved the suspense. Don't start this book late at night unless you want to be awake until you finish it. I started it after midnight with the intention of reading just a chapter or two and wound up reading until I finished the book around 4:30 AM. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
Sheryl
Apr 17, 2015 Sheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
have had this book for quite awhile and never got around to reading it. I'm so glad it, I'm I glad I finally got around to it. It's a about a juvenile court appointed attorney who is assigned what looked like to be a simple case involving a pregrant woman and her boyfriend with two children. But this case turns into anything but simple! I loved the writers suspenseful style of writting. I read this book in one setting, it was a great read and I look forward to reading the series.
Stephanie
This book was hard for me to put down. It was fast paced with many twists and turns. Having been an advocate for children abused and displaced from their homes, I felt the glimpse into "the system" was well done. There are many people like Sabre, Marla and Bob fighting for kids today. There are also many who are only in it for a job and don't give a hoot about the kids. I will read Teresa Burrell again.
Pam Whitman
Feb 04, 2016 Pam Whitman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, clean mystery!

If you are looking for a fast-paced mystery without the blood, guts, and gore; without the profanity and explicit sex scenes, then you will probably enjoy this book. I loved that the author wrote this intriguing story without all of that stuff that usually makes me cringe! Her characters are very well developed and relatable. Her novel has been thoroughly edited which makes it a smooth read.

I look forward to reading more of Teresa Burrell's books!
LLona Cunningham
Sep 23, 2013 LLona Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The writing style is similar to Grisham, and so is the attention to realistic lawyer/client interaction. I love a good legal thriller. This one reminds me a bit of Grisham's 'The Client' in the way an attorney can go beyond the courtroom on behalf of saving a child. Good form, good dialog, good characters, and good flow all the way to the end. Definitely made me a fan of the series.
Kerry
Jan 19, 2013 Kerry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I love legal thrillers, so I really enjoyed this book. I found Sabre to be a character that I respected, and her close friendship with Bob is both amusing and enjoyable. I found it refreshing to see two characters who were just friends with no romantic implications. I was also fascinated by the subplot regarding her brother's disappearance.
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Teresa Burrell maintained a private law practice where her work focused on abused minors. She has received several awards for her countless hours of pro bono work with children and their families. Burrell has also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher, working with children of all ages with diverse backgrounds and special needs. Now in semi-retirement, Burrell continues to educate groups about ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Advocate (8 books)
  • The Advocate's Betrayal (The Advocate #2)
  • The Advocate's Conviction (The Advocate #3)
  • The Advocate's Dilemma (The Advocate #4)
  • The Advocate's Ex Parte (The Advocate #5)
  • The Advocate's Felony (The Advocate #6)
  • The Advocate's Geocache (The Advocate #7)
  • The Advocate's Homicides (The Advocate #8)

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“Inseparable at court, and on the rare occasion when Sabre socialized, she usually did it with Bob and his wife, Marilee.” 0 likes
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