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Oath of Office (a Luke Stone Thriller—Book #2) Kindle Edition
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--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Any Means Necessary)
"One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are fully developed and very much enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the sequel."
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Any Means Necessary)
About the Author
- ASIN : B01B5AD6PY
- Publication date : March 18, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1704 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1632916185
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,494 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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More than that, it isn't a thriller. To me, a thriller is set in the real world - past, present or near future - and adds fictional, yet realistic, situations and people to create drama. Within the first few pages of this book I realised that it was comic book escapism. The characters are superhuman and the action is overblown and unbelievable. It might make a good summer action blockbuster film, the sort where two men fight it out for ten minutes, heads going through walls, karate chops to the neck yet neither one is seriously hurt, but it doesn't make for good reading.
Within the first few pages, we have someone who has been 'strafed' by machine gun fire but is okay, other than a minor cracked pelvis from a stray bullet, because he was wearing a flak jacket. So okay, in fact, that despite two days without sleep, he is able to go into combat, albeit sitting down.
A few points: Flak jackets can't stop high velocity rounds. Even if the author meant a bullet proof vest or anti-ballistic jacket, these are still not guaranteed to stop multiple machine gun bullets. And even if they do stop the bullet, there is substantial soft tissue damage. Moreover, a high velocity round that hits the pelvis will do more damage than simply cracking it. Being generous, I could accept that the bullet somehow didn't shatter the bone and created a simple fracture that didn't require surgical setting. But what about the rest of the damage? High velocity rounds cause immense damage around the wound. A wound in this area is highly likely to have damaged a major artery, the bowel, or the bladder. It would most definitely be infected and by the time we meet the character he would have been running a high fever, be in considerable pain and not thinking straight.
Still in the first few pages, we find:
- An FBI safe house that has been secured against attack by installing 'double steel doors'... next to a large set of sliding glass patio doors!
- Bad guys have taken over the safe house and use the FBI cameras to monitor - and kill - approaching FBI agents yet the FBI don't disable those cameras before approaching
- An FBI agent (Luke Stone) fails to warn or coordinate other agents and police and simply watches them get killed
- Stone then comes from nowhere and attacks the building without response from those other agents and police as if he was invisible
- There are hostages but neither the hostage takers nor the rescuers even consider negotiating; so why take hostages? Just kill them if you're not going to use them for bargaining
- Grenades fired at bad guys 'shred them until there is nothing left of their bodies' whereas grenades fired at good guys cause minor flesh woulds to the back of the neck. Even when exploded in a confined space a few metres away, the protagonists' hearing and sight are unaffected.
- Despite knowing that his wife and child are in the building, Stome launches three grenades into it, 'hoping' that his guess that they are in the one room that won't be damaged by those grenades is right
- Bad guy 1 - a professional mercenary, battle hardened and armed to the teeth - watches unnoticed as Stone walks into the building and shoots three other bad guys. While Stone's back is turned, does bad guy 1 shoot Stone? No. He just watches and then runs away when Stone sees him.
I could go on but you get the picture... and this all happens within the first few pages. I didn't bother with the rest so have no idea whether there was a plot.
How many times can this story be told?
+Someone killed the president and the staff and so the VP is now the new president
+White House is destroyed and contaminated with radioactive material and that’s not an issue at all
+Hero’s family is kidnapped and he goes and rescues them after watching tens of FBI’s and police officers get killed while also trying to rescue the family
+Ebola virus is stolen and replicated and ready to be released in major cities across the US
+Saudi royal family is involved
Too many things going on but nothing made me keep reading the book or not putting it down. I skipped several chapters (more than 20, there’s 46 chapters total) because they were too boring. I read up until chapter 14 and then jumped two more times until I got to read the last 10 and I felt I could’ve skipped more. The ending was meh. They solved everything in a couple of lines when it took several chapters to explain what was going on. One of the guys was supposed to be injured and in a wheelchair but somehow he got into several missions and moved as if nothing happened. He was even holding a prisoner from his shirt on the edge of a helicopter and he was not supported by any cord or harness. All the action happens in a matter of days or hours all while the protagonist has not slept well. Really? What is he and his teammates? Superhumans? Robots?
Gratefully I got it for free. Sounded as a good book but it was disappointing
Top reviews from other countries
The US has many systems and plans to stop terrorist plots, but what if someone hijacks one of those plans, and like Judo turns it against the wielder.
A nightmare erupts, while the American nation is reeling from the after effects of a nearly successful coup.
Its political and security arms are in disarray, good fortune along with masterful planning means the terrorists are able to set in motion a series of events. Many will die, the US could fall.
And Luke Stone only has a single friend in Washington, on the verge of being arrested will the US lash out and lose its only chance.
A fast paced novel, rip roaring action. Political intrigue. This is a fine second outing for Luke Stone and his crew.
Many will enjoy this as a thriller and, I suppose, it is okay for that genre. I think that it is nothing outstanding.