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The Advocate (The Advocate Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Teresa Burrell
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Book Description

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 questions. Her quest for the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past. Confronted with mysterious clues and strange occurrences, Sabre is threatened by someone wanting to make her suffer the unbearable anguish of losing everything--including her life.
As Sabre's passion to find the answers intensifies, she discovers a twisted history of desperation, deceit, and revenge. And she discovers how obscure and treacherous the truth can be.

Editorial Reviews


"A brilliant debut novel by former lawyer Teresa Burrell with a sharp writing style and perception of right and wrong. Legal suspense as it should be, filled with action, drama, and emotion."--Andrew Peterson, thriller author of First to Kill

From the Author

I grew up reading Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason novels until I discovered John Grisham. I hope I can bring a fraction of the reading pleasure to my readers as I have received from those two wonderful authors.

Product Details

  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Silent Thunder Publishing; 3 edition (May 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087A3EPS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow August 17, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Need a break from stories about ivory tower law firms and want to get down and dirty in the streets? My wife is a legal thriller junkie and told me it was the best novel she read in years. I do not usually read her type of books but told her I would see how I liked it. Well I did not like it, I loved it and finished the book in three days. The story tugs on your heart while you are on the edge of your seat, stange combination, but it works and works well.
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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read May 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I actually met the author in a Barnes & Nobel and bought this book partly so as not to hurt her feelings by turning her down. I didn't read the book for two years later. I am a Sue Grafton fan, so I couldn't help but compare The Advocate to Grafton's Kinsey Millhone series. The Advocate was every bit as good as Grafton's early stories and I enjoyed it very much. Obviously, as a series progresses there is more development and one becomes more attached to the on-going characters. I look forward to reading the next two books in the Advocate series, which I have just downloaded in E-book format.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, lots of twists! March 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It was a great story, and had plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. The viewpoint changed often, too, which helped keep my interest. Occasionally, there was a coincidence or small plot hole that was a bit stretched, but overall it was good.

I also liked the fact that the author refrained from throwing in some contrived romance, but instead concentrated on the story.

The writing style was a bit flat, but with more practice, I'm sure the author will improve.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great legal thriller August 2, 2009
Juvenile Court attorney Sabre Brown is contented with her life especially her work protecting children from people who might harm them. The only negative in her life is her brother Ron who remains missing having disappeared without a trace. Currently, she is working a case involving ten year old Alexis Murdock and two years old Jamie Smith; both are staying at the Jordon Receiving Home while the police investigate their respective parent Gaylord Murdock and his battered pregnant girlfriend Peggy Smith. Peggy initially blames Gaylord for hitting her, but quickly changes her tune when she realizes she will have to press charges.

Gaylord obeys court orders determined to prove he is a fit father so he can regain custody of Alexis. When Sabre talks with Alexis, the frightened tweener asks if she must go home. That question leaves Sabre wondering if Murdock is the upright citizen he claims to be. Someone is also harassing Sabre. Calls with no voice on the other end at any time night or day; items in her home are misplaced or lost; and a bat was tossed into her office through the mail slot. Finally she finds a lizard in her bed with all her doors and windows shut. Sabra discovers Peggy has a daughter Honey who has goes missing yet no police report is filed. She fears what happened to Honey will happen to Alexis and Jamie once they go home, but the law is on the side of Gaylord, so far.

Readers will admire dedicated Sabre, a strong advocate of protecting the young as she deals with adult predators to prevent them from abusing children. Not always easy as the law can be on the side of the beast; still she goes the extra kilometers to try keeping the kids safe. The story line is fast-paced and filled with action though the assault on Sabre adds suspense, but also detracts from a great legal thriller as the lives of children are at stake.

Harriet Klausner
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82 of 98 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it February 25, 2013
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Primary character is a female lawyer, who seems confused by her role; no boundaries with child clients, interviewing of children was way off base, inappropriate and self-serving descriptions of court processes related to child victims of maltreatment and outcomes. This is certainly not to imply sexually inappropriate content or suggestion. The liberties taken with the role of an attorney in this system are misleading and unfortunate. Probably best to leave psychological material and interventions to those who actually do that for a living! Realizing this is a work of fiction, one is left to wonder how many lay people could read this and relate this fantasy to reality. One simply doesn't set children up this way. Great opportunity to address this population was totally missed.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a first semester creative writing assignment November 1, 2013
By Stacy
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm an attorney and was really irritated at first because the description of courtroom procedures was just wrong. Even the words used to describe some of the parties and the roles of various attorneys and courtroom staff were wrong. I could get past that, though, because the legal proceedings pretty quickly became background noise thrown in just to remind the reader that main character was an attorney. You wouldn't have known otherwise because nothing she did was remotely appropriate for her role as a lawyer.

This read like a first-semester creative writing class assignment. Terrible dialogue! The author should read her dialogue out loud and rewrite the parts that do not sound like sentences any human being anywhere on earth has ever or would ever utter.

The depiction of the relationship between the main character, Sabre, and her friend, Bob, was goofy. They talked to each other like lovers and were constantly hugging or touching each other, which would have been fine except for the frequent mentions of Bob's wife and kids (who never appeared in the book).

Here is one example of the things in this book that irritated me: In the beginning of the book, Bob and Sabre called each other "honey" several times, but apparently that was just to set up a plot point. When another character wrote a letter that began, "Dear Honey," which was not the addressee's name, Sabre shrugged it off because she and Bob called each other "honey," but after that they never called each other "honey" again.

I do admire this author's persistence in completing and publishing this book. She thought up a story that was mildly entertaining, though completely unrealistic, and got it onto paper. Perhaps a good editor could have helped her turn it into a good read. If she got some editorial help, the later books in the series might be worth reading. I'm not going to take a chance on them; I'll stick to Scott Turow for my legal thrillers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this book so now I am onto Book four ...
I liked this book so now I am onto Book four they are all very good
Published 3 days ago by Marge Broadway
4.0 out of 5 stars It was a story that captured my attention. Just ...
It was a story that captured my attention. Just enough mystery to keep you interested and not too much sappy stuff. Read more
Published 9 days ago by country girl
3.0 out of 5 stars While I enjoyed reading this book
While I enjoyed reading this book, I felt that the ending was too pat. In life, things do not get sewn up this perfectly.
Published 9 days ago by LB
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Great page-turning story. Loved the author's writing style.
Published 10 days ago by Sandy Nichols
2.0 out of 5 stars Started out strong, but became implausible and storyline very thin.
I kept reading with high hopes it would get better. Not a horrible read, but it felt like the story was being stretched out to fill page count. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sheri229
4.0 out of 5 stars the Advocate surprises galore
This book was very interesting. All the characters are realistic, and there is a new twist at every turn. I was very captivated by the whole book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by E Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
easy read
Published 15 days ago by Bill Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars good
A quick and easy read. It isn,t often to find a story without foul language and sex scenes through out, how refreshing.
Published 15 days ago by Golfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguingly Interesting Story of the Juvenile Legal System
I love legal thriller/mystery stories! This is a quick read that kept me engaged throughout the entire story. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Mav
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
Good story kept my attention. I had a hard time putting it down. Did not disappoint. Highly recommended to others.
Published 17 days ago by Cynthia Baur
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More About the Author


Teresa Burrell has dedicated her life to helping children and their families in both the courtroom and the classroom.

As an attorney in San Diego, Burrell maintained a private law practice for twelve years, which specialized in domestic, criminal, and civil cases. Her work in juvenile court focused on representing abused minors and juvenile delinquents. Burrell has received several awards and special recognition from the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers for her countless hours of pro bono work with children and their families.

Burrell has also enjoyed a satisfying career as a teacher. She has taught children of all ages with diverse backgrounds and special needs. After creating an after-school program that kept kids off the street, she received a community service award.

Now in semi-retirement in California, Burrell continues to educate groups about social issues impacting children and write novels, many of which are inspired by actual legal cases. She is the author of The Advocate Series which now contains six novels: The Advocate, The Advocate's Betrayal, The Advocate's Conviction, The Advocate's Dilemma, The Advocate's Ex Parte, and The Advocate's Felony. Book #7 in the series is in the works. Burrell has recently released a children's book that is fun for the whole family--Gaspar, the Flatulating Ghost.


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