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The Oath by [Koller, Dennis]
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  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 252 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
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This novel spans from 1973 to the 1990's. The style is easy to follow and, for those who lived in those times, extremely realistic. The characters are well defined and unlike many authors there are not too many. Starting with the training and "The Oath of Allegiance" the treatment of fallen aviators as POW's in Hanoi is described. Alongside this are the young intellectual protestors of that era in America, accusing the powers that be of trying to destroy communistic ideals for their own gain. Woven into this are the abusers of young idealists who, together with the communists, finance trips into war zones where POW's are paraded to show how well they are being treated! One of the survivors vows to expose this abuse by those Americans who profited. I found myself empathizing with him and having to mentally strike a balance between the " hero " or investigating officer, and the POW. A refreshing change from the novels which are overloaded with intrigue and characters. Interesting, romantic, idealistic and historically very possible.
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.
NB:-
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!
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In 1966, Tom McGuire's plane was shot down in Vietnam. For the next four years, he spent what felt like an eternity as a prisoner of the Vietnam War.

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.
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The Oath, first published in 2000, follows two former inmates of the Hanoi Hilton, one of whom became cop and one of whom is pursuing a deadly vendetta against some of the Leftists who came to interview, abuse, and malign the American POWs (think Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden). One of those Leftists is moving towards genuine government power, so a great deal of the book asks the reader to think about McGuire’s view (“I’m a cop now and I uphold the law”) and the killer’s view (“The damage these people caused and can still cause requires extrajudicial justice”).

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.
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A dying former POW, four dead women, a world-weary homicide cop and the Vietnam War are expertly woven together by Dennis Koller in a masterful piece of storytelling that will leave you guessing right until the last few pages of 'The Oath.'
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.
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Let me start off by saying I paid for this book on Amazon: I was not given a free copy.

This was a VERY well written book that kept me turning the pages. It was NOT your typical murder mystery (which is normally not a genre I enjoy a lot). The characters were very well formed, with enough detail given to flesh them out without the overkill of too much minutia or detail that gets you bogged down. A former POW of the Vietnam war is killing people, and he has his eye on the Governor of California. Why? Well, you're going to have to read the book--I'm not into spoilers.

The protagonist (Tom McGuire) of the SFPD has to find the killer, that's his job. But it becomes more urgent as he discovers the killer's next target is the Governor of California. Early in the investigation, he meets one hot number: Michele Sullivan. And the sparks fly. Not only from Michele...the SFPD seems to have some reasons why they want this investigation smothered...and even the Governor himself wants to keep things under wraps.

I couldn't stop turning the pages, and I stayed up late over my July 4th weekend to finish it! Don't miss this book...you'll have missed a great read. It left me waiting for the author's next book.
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