Monday, February 18, 2013

Book Review - The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney by Randy Singer

The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney by Randy Singer

I came across this book because I was reading review on another book by the same author (forgot which one, maybe the latest?) and one of the reviews said his/her favorite of this author is The Cross Examination of Oliver Finney instead. The premise sounds interesting ("Faith on Trial" - a reality game show about religion, and all contestants were lawyers and had to defend their faith) - now I don't have a religion, but I want to keep an open mind to learn about different ones. Anyway, it wasn't until I looked at my Goodreads record that I found I'd actually read another book by the same author -  By Reason of Insanity - back in 2008. I gave it 4 Stars then, but honestly I don't recall much of it. I don't usually remember much with this type of fiction though (legal thrillers, murder/mystery... these are my "fluffs").

Anyway this was a fun read. I especially liked the part about breaking codes, so much so that I went to reserve The Code Book by Simon Singh which the author referred to. Another interesting aspect is that the author actually wrote a non-fiction called The Cross Examination of Jesus Christ, and this non-fiction book was referred to in this fictional book, in which it was pretended that the main protagonist wrote the non-fiction one :) Now, I don't recall the previous book I read was a Christian legal thriller, and this book definitely biased towards Christianity, for no reason other than that the main protagonist was a Christian. Thankfully that it did not seem preachy and so I was able to enjoy the story.

Story wise I'd give it 3.5 Stars, Character wise maybe 3 Stars (a bit flat and stereotypical), but I really enjoyed reading about code cracking, so will change that to 4 Stars. 

Note - The book was borrowed from the library.

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