- File Size: 1001 KB
- Print Length: 251 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Pen Books (February 26, 2014)
- Publication Date: February 26, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00IOGHZDC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,887 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Oath Kindle Edition
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This novel warrants 5 stars, except for the need for proof reading and correction of typo's, 23 of which I highlighted as it is such a good book and worth taking the trouble to correct.
The author contacted me and the typo's have been corrected. A few were due to variations on UK (my spelling)and American English. It made me realize that that one has a duty to assist with typo's if only by highlighting them as they then appear in my clippings with the word count Location. Thank you Dennis Koller!
The Oath was a very enjoyable book to read. Koller is a talented writer, and managed to move effortlessly between characters and time frames. Not only does Koller move us back and forth between the Hanoi Hilton and present day (or, I guess, year 2000) San Francisco, he also presents the story through both McGuire’s and the killer’s eyes. Koller has clear, simple (but not simplistic) prose, and offers a lot of information with an economy of words.
Now, thirty years later, a veteran newspaper reporter and syndicated columnist is murdered. Her killing is motivated by revenge.
Tom "Mac" McGuire is a homicide inspector in San Francisco. He and his partner Mike Irvine get the call to investigate the killing. When he hears the victim's name, Mac feels the three-decades-old phantom pain of torture. The crime scene brings the phantom pain into sharp focus. The victim has been tortured like a Vietnam POW.
Dennis Koller's The Oath is an exciting thriller. The twists and turns keep the reading guessing until the surprising end.
Every page in this suspense novel has the ring of truth about it; from the killer's justifications for what he is doing to the steps taken by the homicide detectives who are trying to catch him before he kills again, Koller takes no false steps. He clearly understands how police departments work and, more importantly, he knows how conflicted cops can get when they are working a case and can understand - if not agree with - the motivation of some killers. As a former journalist who covered a lot of cop stories during my 45-plus year career, I can say that I have many times seen cops wrestle with those inner conflicts while pursuing criminals.
Koller gets it right.
His writing is clear and to the point, not overworked. He does a wonderful job of putting the reader in the moment in a few short sentences where other writers might spend paragraphs and even pages trying to do the same thing without ever accomplishing that goal.
This is an excellent book with just the right amount of social commentary woven into its pages to make it not just another murder mystery.
My advice: Buy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book tremendously. Full of surprises yet realistic. Loved the ending. I will read more books by this author.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Dennis Koller helps us to become close friends with the hero in this book. The balance of intrigue, action, romance, and world traveling was appreciated. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul Herrerias
A fast read and a lot of good twists. Lead up to a good conclusion. I also liked the relationship between Mac and Michele.Published 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great narrative, A moral dilemma dealt with skilfully with lessons to be learnedPublished 9 months ago by Tom Winant
A gripping political thriller that gets you thinking. I look forward to reading other books by Dennis Koller. -Sandra McGeePublished 12 months ago by William L. McGee and Sandra V. McGee, Authors
Good story...moves right along. Interesting characters with more than one side to them. Satisfying ending....hard to put down.Published 13 months ago by E. Aagaard
I seldom finish a book in one sitting, but I couldn't put this one down 'til well past midnight. I'd bet my house that this will be a movie soon!Published 15 months ago by Edmond G. Addeo
We met Mr. Koller at breakfast one morning in a hotel in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife were kind enough to share their table with us during a busy breakfast hour. Read morePublished 16 months ago by N. Davis
The Oath is a tightly written, delightful book. I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates good writing and a good story.Published 16 months ago by Janene Sides