A biological agent is stolen from a biocontainment lab. Weaponized, it could kill millions, and a desperate national hunt ensues to catch the terrorists before it is too late. Luke Stone, head of an elite FBI department, with his own family still in jeopardy, has vowed to walk away - but when the new president, barely sworn in, calls him, he can't turn his back on her.
Shocking devastation follows, winding its way all the way to the president, who finds her own family in jeopardy. Her strength tested as she steps into her new role, she surprises even her closest advisors. Rival presidential staff want Luke out of the picture, and with his team in danger, and left to his own resources, it becomes personal. But Luke Stone never gives up until he, or the terrorists, are dead.
Luke realizes quickly that the terrorist's final target is even more high value - and more terrifying - than even he could imagine. Yet with only a few days before doomsday, it's unlikely that even he can stop what's already in motion.
Oath of Office is a political thriller with non-stop action, dramatic international settings, unexpected twists, and heart-pounding suspense.
©2016 Jack Mars (P)2016 Jack Mars
"Very Good Book"
I began this series because of other review comparing it to the Mitch Rapp series. While I don't feel it reaches that level of writing, I understand the comparisons. Based on the current books available in this category, Luke Stone definitely nears the top. Looking forward to the next one!
"Solid espionage thriller!"
The Luke Stone series has great potential. Luke Stone is not Mitch Rapp, Jack Mars is not Vince Flynn, and KC Kelly is not George Guidall, but they are almost as good. Oath of Office is a 5 star espionage thriller except for a flaw of having Luke Stone perform one literally impossible physical feat. My issue with Any Means Necessary, Book 1 of the Luke Stone series, is exactly the same. In that case he jumped five feet off a helicopter going 100 miles an hour onto the top of an SUV going 70 MPH and managed to hold on. In this book he does something even more impossible. Except for one scene in each book I would have rated both novels 5 stars.
Audible, when will you be releasing Situation Room, the next book in the Luke Stone series? It has been available in Kindle ebook format since late June of this year.
"Ok but not well developed"
I got this book based on my suggestions for reading from audible. The story was OK but pretty thin in detail and character development. Even the story development was pretty weak. Not bad enough to return it and get my money back but I'd wait till it was on the discount rack.
"Over The Top"
We expect to suspend elements of reality when we read fiction but when nothing is solid or based in reality, it becomes too difficult to connect with the characters, story or plot. Instead the reader or listener will find themselves noting inconsistencies and flaws. It really is a shame because the story has potential it just isn't told very well. The overall recipe for this story is the same as book 1. Luke is trying to leave the group, he gets pulled in, his family suffers for it and he has to choose between them and saving the world. He is the only one the president trusts, yet he gets fired and then rehired ... Meanwhile Luke is racing around doing the impossible with his wounded friend.
"Better than first book"
A little more believable than the first book.
It wasn't bad, but the plot was a little predictable.
It is good.
"Tests rather than captures the imagination"
In a world of inept leaders who fail to see trouble that is plainly apparent to readers, only Luke Stone is able to deal with every threat. Yet he spends most of his time agonizing about his own common issues. Writing and narration are okay, but unlikeable and underdeveloped characters make the book kind of boring.
This book has same footprint as first Luke Stone book - just different bad guys. If you are looking for a stereotypical political thriller where politicians just don't get it, women are dumb and a person can live through anything...this is right book for you. This is more like a movie strip as compared to a novel with sophisticated character development. Some points are pretty annoying because they are so far fetched. I really didn't like Any Means Necessary but I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt because a couple tweaks could make for a cool series. This is a turn for the worst. As just one example, after saving the US gov from a major crisis another equally size crisis comes rolling in 3 days later. Even Batman has a break between saving the world.
"liked it even better than book 1"
I liked this book even more than the first book. I hope the others in the series are just as good.
"Well read, thrilling action, story OK"
So this is a good book. I enjoyed it and have little to criticize. Yes like many similar thrillers the storyline is a bit out there but if you can accept that it is very enjoyable.
The narrator is superb and adds much nut does not overdo anything
Only mystery is who is Jack Mars?
"A lot more exciting than the 1st one "
Much more involved story. Reading was excellant. Ending good. Hope number 3 is at least as good.
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