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Oath to Defend (Adam Drake series) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 18, 2013
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"The terrorism aspects are fight out of the news..." Amazon Reviewer - July 22, 2015
"MAYBE HE THOUGHT HIS TARGET WAS DOWN...THE WINE GLASS EXPLODING PROBABLY LOOKED LIKE A HEADSHOT FROM WHERE HE WAS STANDING."
I don't award them often, but this thriller was deserving of the five stars in my opinion!"
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"OATH TO DEFEND IS OUTSTANDING! 5 stars because it is a timely, believable story. Adam Drake is a character on the level of Mitch Rapp. Great book. Read it!" Amazon Reviewer, February 16, 2015
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The author seems to think the government should be able to pick up and detain anyone "suspected" of being a terrorist for as long as they want to hold them. That is just asking for the abuse of private citizens rights. Heck, our past president and his government tried to paint gun-owning conservatives and truly patriotic NRA members as terrorists. It's supposed to be government "by" the people, not government "over" the people.
I was very disappointed as the stories themselves weren't that bad.
Oath to Defend takes readers into the world of smuggling, espionage, drug cartels and fanatical terrorists where death is an everyday occurrence and consciences are non-existent. Now the United States is targeted - suicide bombers looking forward to martyr themselves and then joining their 72 virgins in paradise. The terrorist seem to always be a step ahead of the people looking for them. It's a game of cat and mouse...hundreds of Americans have already died needlessly - hundreds of thousands more will perish if the terrorists succeed in their mission! Adam Drake and his team of operatives must find them and stop them from detonating a nuclear bomb.
I sat on the edge of my seat intrigued and sometimes holding my breath while watching this story unfold...aware that something like this could very well happen in the near future. The characters are well developed and the story moves smoothly. Great job Mr. Matthews! I have already downloaded book #3 and can't wait to begin that adventure. Highly recommended!
John Podlaski, author
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Having said that, there is a maturity of writing in this book not found in the first book. I don't re-tell story lines in my reviews, but this book had good plot development, by that I mean there was good rising action, followed by a definite climax leading to a resolution. The setting was well crafted so the reader has a good sense of where and when the story takes place as the setting unfolds. The theme was overall moralistic in tone. The good guys characters are well developed as are the bad guys, The book is definitely in my genre of drug cartel meets Feds resistance; although in this case it is more radical Islam vs. Homeland Security in nature.
There was good thread in that I did not have to re-read pages in order to recall where I had left off when I later picked the book back up. In short, it was an interesting story line, one that held the "punch line" as to motive until virtually the end.
This writer says he has a third book coming out and so I'll look for it.
While I really enjoyed this book for the plot, the unraveling of the secret by the HERO, and saving the lives and property of thousands of innocent people. For no fault of theirs, thousands lost their lives in the destruction of the twin towers arising out of the fanatic views of one man and his thought process, and the intolerance to other faiths.
Brotherhood, the ISIS, the Bin Laden and the likes have been up in arms over the civilized world and people who have taken the "OATH TO DEFEND" are the real heroes who are keeping the world as safe as possible for the innocent.
Drake, one had taken oath to defend indeed defends and saves thousands from disaster when a fanatic plans to destroy a dam by smuggling a nuclear device.
From the start to finish the author keeps the reader totally hypnotized. Excellent story-telling gift, simple straight plot, uncomplicated characterization, and very fast pace.
What else do you need to be entertained and engrossed in a book for the next four hours!! Go ahead and enjoy!