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An Explosive Secret.
An Invaluable Code.
An Unreliable Witness.

Three ambitious law students at a local legal aid clinic watch as their routine case representing a man named David Hoffman ignites an incendiary trail of deception and betrayal. A member of the witness protection program, Hoffman has defrauded the government and eluded the Mob’s pursuit of his stunning secret
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by WaterBrook Press
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Natalie Vellacott
Mar 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received this book free as it was damaged. I was interested in the plot after reading the back cover although I wouldn't usually choose the action/suspense genre. I only managed to read about a quarter of it and had to give up due to the graphic torture scenes and constant violence which actually made me feel ill at one point. The main character turns virtually into a madman within the first few chapters and his behaviour spirals into uncontrollable violence which he himself cannot believe.... ...more
Cheryl
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Professor Kumari and his business partner, Rajat have developed a program that tons of business owners would kill for. In fact that is exactly what happens when a business meeting goes south, Kumari finds himself on the run and a wanted man.

Professional bail bondsman, Clark Shealy finds himself in a situation that he can not lose. Some really evil and desperate men have kidnapped Clark’s wife. Clark only has forty eight hours to track down and turn Kumari into the men. Just how much is another
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T
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns in the book.
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Clark Shealy was a Las Vegas bail bondsman, and he was pretty good at his job. His assistant was none other than his wife Jessica, who was a good partner, keeping things in order. When Clark finds out Jessica is kidnapped by the Chinese Mafia and he only has 48 hours to supply them with a professor, and alive not dead, he is devastated. Professor Kumari has the algorithm, an internet code that could break all the encryptions on the internet and the Chinese Mafia would do anything to get their ha ...more
David Yount
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I like legal thrillers, but this one was a little too murky for me. I like a good twist, but this one had multiple twists - some that I saw coming and some that I didn't because they didn't add much to the story. I wished it would have been better.
Nora St Laurent
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant story! Randy Singer has written a masterpiece that I’d like to see on the Big Screen! False Witness is filled with an array of multi-dimensional characters. Some of them I felt for and others were nerdy but fun. There were also a few bad guys that I loved to hate! Randy helped you not to feel bad about their demise!

Randy hooked me from the first page and never let me go! I liked how the author paced this story by breaking down the book into sections which helped build the suspense, and
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Dina M Coulter
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did not put it down

Great read. Randy can weave a fantastic tale that keeps you turning the page. You will not be disappointed when you pick up this book.
Laurie B
Sep 22, 2017 rated it liked it
The beginning section was too violent for me. I almost gave up, but it was ok in the end.
Renee
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Randy Singer is donating every penny from the sale of his novel False Witness to the Dalit Freedom Network. “Singer was moved by the plight of the Dalit children, struggling to throw off the yoke of oppression and replace it with real freedom and dignity, so he committed to do his part. He believes that ‘no child should be untouchable.‘” Here’s what Singer’s press release shares about the Dalits . . .

“India is a land of civil rights, in theory, but of brutal oppression, in fact—especiall
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Katie
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Randy Singer, and, wow, is it an awesome thriller! I loved every second I spent in this book, breathlessly reading and unable to stop. (And, yes, it is now a favorite thriller!) I was a bit confused how this book would be, since the synopsis has Clark going through something, and then Jamie goes through another thing four years later. I didn’t understand how the time-lapse would work into the story, so just decided to start reading. And I am glad I did! It a ...more
Tiffiane
Apr 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I wish that Goodreads had an option for half stars, because this book is one of those. I would give it a 3.5.

When I first read the description of this book, I was very excited to read it. After the first 25 pages, I was thinking to myself, "huh? am I reading the right book?" because part 1 in it's entirety had nothing whatsoever to do with the summary of the book I read. Then when I finally got to part 2, I realized that part 1 was like a back-story, a summary of "what came before", leading up t
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Laura
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Randy Singer’s book, False Witness, starts out with the gritty, hard scenes of a bail bondsman’s detective work. It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s believable, especially when we find out the Chinese mafia are involved. Clark Shealy is the bail bondsman doing the detective work, and the bond is the release of his wife after he finds the abacus algorithm and the Indian Professor, Kumari, who created it.

Four years later in the time warp of the book, the story turns into a legal thriller when three youn
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Tammy
May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not having read any books by Randy Singer I wasn't sure what to expect. I can
only say, "WOW!", "INCREDIBLE!" How did he come up with THIS story? I know he tells
us at the very first of this read on the Author's Note page how he came up with this story but
REALLY this story is INCREIDBLE!
In researching Randy Singer I found out that this book, False Witness, was originally published on June 28, 2007. Because of the many recent historical events and advances in technology, the author believed it
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Michelle Padrelanan
Wow, wow and wow! False Witness by Randy Singer is such a great read! Randy Singer is a great storyteller, weaving a suspense, legal thriller with truths about God and the Bible. This book is so good! Okay, I’m raving here and I haven’t even talked about the actual story yet. So here it goes.

Professor Kumari, an Indian Math professor and a computer genius, had cracked the code to break the world wide web’s security with his Abacus Algorithm. Along with his protege, Rajat, they try to sell the al
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Chitra Iyer
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
It's my first time reading one of Randy Singer's books. False Witness is a legal suspense, although not entirely John Grisham-ish. Let's get to the plot and I'll share my thoughts after.

Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman whose wife, Jessica, is kidnapped by the Chinese mob. What they want in return from Shealy is to find an Indian mathematician named Professor Kumari and deliver him. Professor Kumari is the designer of an algorithm, which gives the user access to all kinds of sensitive information
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Tina Peterson
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
False Witness (Noun) "a person who deliberately gives false testimony"
Algorithm "a set of steps that are followed in order to solve a mathematical problem or to complete a computer process"

** Note: possible spoilers (sorta) here **
I really enjoyed this book. I happen to be a HUGE fan of Numb3rs and Criminal Minds and the book kind of brought me back to those shows. The book begins on a bang and continues to fast forward all the way to the end. Opening with a professor and his assistant trying t
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Jolene
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of suspense and mystery.
When Clarke Shealy's wife is taken hostage by the Chinese mafia, he must use all of his bounty hunter skills to find an Indian scientist with a powerful algorithm. An experience such as that is not easily forgotten. Four years later, Shealy's witness protection identity and location have been compromised and the enemy is ruthlessly pursuing the algorithm. Complicating matters is the question of who can be trusted and who cannot. When local law students become involved, the stakes increase. Is th ...more
Abbie Riddle
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and filled with twists and turns this book keeps the reader's attention from page one!

This was my first legal-thriller to read - and I think I am hooked. If Randy Singer writes like this all the time - I want to read all of his books!

Clark Shealy, a bail bondsman, finds himself looking for a criminal in exchange for his wife's life. Up against the Chinese Mafia, The Manchurian Triad, Clark is in a race for his wife's life. During this time he develops a rap sheet a mile long and is p
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Wyndy
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, stayed up most of the night to read it. It was fast paced although I did not care for the graphicness of the torture scenes even though most of them were what Clark was imagining in the first part. I also didn't feel that the first part moved smoothly into the second part. There was quite a jump from the bounty hunter's life to the law students' lives. Other than those 2 problems I enjoyed the book. The good guys weren't necessarily good and the bad guys were totally bad. I ...more
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On one hand we have Professor Kumari and his young protégée trying to sell an algorithm, but the dealgoes sideways and soon Professor Kumari is on the run. Enter Clark Shealy, a professional bail bondsman, whose wife has been kidnapped and has 48 hours to locate Professor Kumari or his wife suffers the consequences. Then we have Attorney Jamie Brock and a man named David Hoffman to account for in the same plot. Deceit, betrayal, murder and lots of action packed into one novel – False Witness.

Thi
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Candy
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. That was my thought as I finished this whirlwind twister of a book! The book begins with the story of a man, Clark Shealy, whose job requires him to push the limits of legality in order for the good to overcome the bad in the world. He is good at his job—too good in fact and that draws the attention of some very bad men who kidnap Clark’s wife in order to make him do their bidding. Before he knows it, Clark is in over his head an ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
False Witness by Randy Singer is an update of the writer's Christian legal fiction novel about the witness protection program. The book is told in two parts. In the first, Clark Shealy is just an everyday guy trying to make a buck working as a bounty hunter when his wife, Jessica, is kidnapped by the Chinese mafia and he is ordered to find a mysterious Indian man who has a mathematical formula that could rock the world. Clark's life is turned upside down and he discovers things he didn't know he ...more
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fiction drama fans, legal thriller fans
FALSE WITNESS

By Randy Singer



What would you do if you had the world’s most powerful algorithm? Would you use it? Would you sell it? Or would you give it away? Professor Dagan develops the Abacus Algorithm which can determine large prime numbers in a matter of minutes rather than in years. He wants to sell it and use the proceeds to help the underground church in China.



What follows is a tangled web of lies, kidnappings, murder, torture, and subterfuge. Caught up in this web are three college stude
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Evangeline Han
Jun 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
False Witness is thick with actions. After all, what more can you expect from a book with federal agents, Chinese mafia and a powerful algorithm in it? Right from page 1, I was captivated by the story and could barely put the book down until I finished it. This book isn’t a leisure read. It has violence (which was necessary, in my opinion), twists, turns and an unexpected ending. The characters – the law students, David and Stacie Hoffman, the federal agents, and the Chinese mafia – each have th ...more
Christy
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can now safely say that Randy Singer never fails to amaze me with any book he writes. He's got a knack for creating these larger-than-life tales that make me feel like I just watched a whole season of 24 non-stop. Granted, I've only read two of his novels, but simply put...he's just awesome. End of discussion. :o)

False Witness was an action-packed thrill ride, and that's no joke! There's the mob, the FBI, a bounty hunter, and this one little algorithm that everyone wanted. The problem was tha
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Maureen Timerman
May 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
Clark Shealy is a bail bondsman with the ultimate bounty on the line: his wife’s life. He has forty-eight hours to find an Indian professor in possession of the Abacus Algorithm—an equation so powerful it could crack all Internet encryption.
Four years later, law student Jamie Brock is working in legal aid when a routine case takes a vicious twist: she and two colleagues learn that their clients, members of the witness protection program, are accused of defrauding the government and have the encr
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Loren
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Randy Singer and WOW ~ What a great introduction!

False Witness is action packed, inspirational, and thrilling! As you read False Witness, you may think to yourself, "AHA, I think I've got this figured out" ~ Just keep reading because chances are YOU DON'T!! Clarke Shealy is notified that his Wife has been kidnapped! He has 48 hours if he ever wants to see her again he must find an Indian Professor who holds the extremely valuable algorithm that could change Internet tech
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Mark
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by one of my favorite authors. As always Randy Singer does an excellent job of including characters that are believable & great story lines that you feel like they can really happen. I liked how he split this book into segments when there was a major change to the flow of the story. Looking forward to reading many more Randy Singer books.

I found out about Randy Singer through the Tyndale Rewards program. Tyndale gives you points for reading books from their authors & p
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Deb
Clarke Shealy is a bounty hunter whose life takes a drastic turn for the worse after he is contacted by the Chinese mafia. There is a scientist who has discovered a powerful algorhythm and they want it and they want Shealy to get it for him. To convince Shealy they kidnap his wife and threaten to torture her. But they don't bank on Shealy's resourcefulness, and it turns out he just may be able to turn the tables on them and beat them at their own game.[return]This was a fun read, Singer delivers ...more
Tabitha
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who can handle stories steeped in "This is What God Wants From Us' BS.
I'm not going to waste too much of mine (or anyone else's) time with this review. The facts as I see them are as such:

* Randy Singer can plot like a mutha-trucker

* Randy Singer can follow up that ability to plot with a very real ability to write, both description and believable characters.

So why the two-star rating? For me it's a matter of personal beliefs.

*Randy Singer has a clear agenda of stuffing the "power" and "wants" of "god" into the unsuspecting faces of his readers.

For that rea
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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and ...more
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