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Final Witness [Kindle Edition]

James Scott Bell
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A cold-blooded killer is destroying all who oppose him. Will there be a final witness to the truth?

Young, idealistic law clerk Rachel Ybarra has just been handed a career-making opportunity––helping in the prosecution of an infamous leader of the Russian Mafia. But when the star witness turns up dead, Rachel discovers the case is not merely a battle for the truth––it's a battle for her life.

The Legal Thriller That Won The First Christy Award for Suspense!

"In this fast-paced story of good vs. evil, Bell expertly creates a believable picture of federal law-enforcement activities. But it's the more immediate struggle between Rachel and an absolutely chilling villain that will have readers biting their nails until the very end." - CBA Marketplace

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About the Author

James Scott Bell is the author of numerous bestselling thrillers. He is also the #1 bestselling writing coach of Plot & Structure, and is a popular conference teacher and speaker. He lives in Los Angeles.

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  • File Size: 1258 KB
  • Print Length: 389 pages
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  • Language: English
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Christian Legal Thriller I've Read April 3, 2001
This book takes you on a ride. Strap yourself in and wait for the Final Witness to appear.
James Scott Bell does many of the things that Grisham does so well: tight plotting, believable motivations, crackling dialogue. Like "The Great Divide," by T. Davis Bunn, Bell reaches for the top rungs of legal thrillerdom and succeeds. The narrative is leaner and less colorful than Bunn's, but this only allows it to race faster.
While working in some valid Christian themes, often based on legal examples, "Final Witness" tells the compelling story of Rachel Ybarra, a young paralegal working on a case against the Russian mob. The details of the courtroom seem well-researched, and the struggles that Rachel goes through--with her alcoholic father, her boss, her FBI friends, and particularly her nemesis "The Man"--move credibly to a very satisfying end with a few surprises along the way.
Bell's other books are going to the top of my wish list.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Technicolor Plus January 15, 2000
I'm not usually a fan of legal dramas, but then I'd never read James Scott Bell before. This striking, well-written novel will keep you turning pages well after lights out! Set in L.A., Final Witness deals with the Russian mafia, a subject I'd never read about before. Fascinating detail, well-rounded characters and colorful description are obvious trademarks of this author. But it is his fabulous dialogue that elevates this fast paced novel to a higher level of fiction writing. Should most definitely be a movie! You won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minor miracle April 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Final Witness is a 'minor' miracle of tight plotting, compelling characterization, and crisp dialogue. Law student/intern Rachel Ybarra becomes embroiled in a thick intrigue involving the Russian Mafia, set in Bell's familiar southern California. These complexities provide plot enough for a we-know-he-done-it-but-will-he-get-away-with-it? suspense yarn. But Bell provides a rich subplot, the role Ybarra's Christian faith plays in the secular setting of courts, cops, and federal agents. Bell handles all these elements without playing a single false note. Read his novel for the fun of it, and then read it again to learn from a fine craftsman at work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Witness November 25, 2001
I was not disappointed. James Scott Bell has written another intriguing book. I couldn't put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best novel I've read in a long time! April 18, 1999
By A Customer
This book had me hooked from the first sentence. It was a great read and I'm looking forward to Mr. Bell's next book! This guy knows how to keep his readers in suspense while writing well (excellent dialogue for example), and I learned more about the legal system without feeling like factual data was being crammed down my throat. I'd definitely recommend!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor ending to an otherwise very good read.... May 7, 2003
This book was fast-paced and difficult to put down. Parts were quite predictable such as the romantic involvement of two characters. It's a typical beautiful girl gets nice guy scenerio. They fall for each other too quickly and you're not sure who's pursuing whom.

Wouldn't you like a story once in awhile where things don't always turn out happy? Where it's more realistic? Does the main character always have to be a hero?

The main plot involves the Russian Mafia. Mafia-type stories are not my type of read, however, I've read one of Mr. Bell's books previously and that was really enjoyable so I gave this one a try.

In this one, you'll see that the government can't always be trusted. It's too bad too, that the legal system isn't really righteous, although this book portrays it the way it is. The criminal is so often portrayed as the victim, and they are often victorious! It really depends on the judge, jury, circumstances, witnesses and your lawyer. Evidence is quite often dismissed.

Anyway, yes, it is worth the read. Just expect the expected in places.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful February 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read several books by James Scott Bell and they never disappoint. This book was no exception. The book grabs you in in the first chapter. Who couldn't relate to Rachel Ybarra? A sweet law student who lost her mother at a rather young age and whose father is wallowing in grief from both losing his wife and his son. She is taken care of by a sweet grandmother Abi. Rachel gets a huge change to work on a case involving the Russian Mafia. We go through all types of twists and turns with her - many very suspenseful.

One thing I love about this book is the Christian message woven throughout very naturally. Rachel is a believer and not ashamed of her faith. Rachel's faith and the message is naturally woven throughout the book - a true to life person with a real faith.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy suspense and legal thrillers that are clean and engaging! I received a free e-copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over John Grisham! September 10, 1999
By A Customer
Couldn't put it down. Every time I tried to, Bell would end a chapter with a cliffhanger where I would have to read on...and on... This book went beyond the court-room thriller (though it does that extremely well). It delved into the motives behind the characters, their moral dilemmas,and the common theme among all people--their search for purpose. Great dialogue, visual scenes...this would make a great movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
Riveting right till the end. Really good reading
Published 6 hours ago by minnieseth
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
I could not put down. Once you start reading you're hooked all the way until the end. Great job Mr Bell!
Published 17 hours ago by Linda R. Dillard
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this read
I enjoyed this read. It dragged on in a couple of spots but for the most part was very interesting.
Published 2 days ago by Marion B. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book really captured my attention in the beginning and held my attention until the end. You must read it!
Published 5 days ago by DianaMarie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Unputdownable!!!! Grabs you from the very beginning and does not let go!!! This is my first James Scott Bell and I absolutely enjoyed it!! Absolutely GREAT book!! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Pamela Forbes
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
Liked this book a lot . The hit man was slightly unbelievable in showing such patience toward some of his targets.
Published 5 days ago by Jack. N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This book is one of the best I have read. It kept me from putting it down. The story line was fantastic.
Published 9 days ago by Yvonne Gendron
4.0 out of 5 stars but overall a good read and fun
Kept me reading. At time a bit prophetic, you knew hat was coming, but overall a good read and fun.
Published 10 days ago by Jack Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good book, I have read other books by James Scott Bell and this is the best one so far. Hard to put down.
Published 13 days ago by wt
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Witness
Amazing. The plot is very well developed. The story kept me on the edge of my seat. Thé best part is thé truth about Christ Jesus, Saviour, and how God loves us and... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Floretta Barlow
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JAMES SCOTT BELL is a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, and one of the top writing coaches in the country. He writes in both the traditional and indie publishing realms. Writing as K. Bennett, he is the author of the Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law series, which begins with PAY ME IN FLESH. In 2012 he became the first writer to have a self published work nominated for the prestigious International Thriller Writers Award (for the novella ONE MORE LIE). He was the fiction columnist for Writer's Digest magazine and has written four popular books for the Writers Digest line: Plot & Structure, Revision & Self-Editing, The Art of War for Writers and Conflict & Suspense. Jim taught novel writing at Pepperdine University and continues to teach at numerous writers conferences in the United States, Canada, London, Australia, and New Zealand. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he studied writing with Raymond Carver. He lives and writes in L.A. He blogs weekly at Kill Zone --

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