Oath of Honor is the third book in the First Responders series by Radclyffe. Combining personal drama with political realism a la "The West Wing", this audiobook is the story of Captain Wes Masters, first physician to the fictional president of the United States, Andrew Powell. As if the high-stress job wasn't enough, social rivalries and romantic intrigues break out within the Presidential Protection Detail. This couldn't be good for the President's safety….
Betsy Zajko's expressive voice has a smooth, silk-like tone, allowing listeners to really digest each detail of the prose.
Navy Captain Wes Masters, newly posted to head the White House Medical Unit, is a physician with only one patient, but her job is twenty-four/seven. Her charge is simple - protect and preserve the well-being of the most powerful man in the world - the President of the United States. As the First Physician, Wes must travel by President Andrew Powell's side, in the hot zone, and with everything she needs to save his life, or in case he becomes injured or falls ill. Her job gets even harder when she has to prove she is up to the task to Secret Service Agent, Evyn Daniels, a member of the elite Presidential Protection Detail, and a woman who challenges Wes on more than just the professional front...
Evyn isn't happy about inserting Wes into PPD, especially since Evyn believes the post should have gone to her good friend, Dr. Peter Chang. The stakes soon get even higher for all involved, when Homeland Security's Deputy Director, Cameron Roberts, is brought in to investigate a possible security breach, and everyone, including Evyn, is a suspect.
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I'd read or listen to any book by Radclyffe.
Don't know if I've listened to this narrator before, because their names don't usually stick with me. This one will, though, because she's great. A bad narrator can ruin a great book. Betsy Zajko is the best I've heard. The sound editor, however, could have done a better job in a place or two where it was easy to hear the splice in the edit. Or, maybe it was just obvious because the narrator was nearly flawless.
This is a "must listen" that should be on everybody's list who likes lesbian fiction.
Kind of stale compared to her other books -
Could have used a reader with a little more energy - sounded like she was in a bathroom reading from the tub..
Maybe more actions then just the one little excitement at the end.
Depends on the book.
Book was not for me.
"Sadly this feels like too much of the same."
I saw the summary for this audio book, and honestly decided that it could easily be another cliched lesbian romance novel, full of two dimensional characters, sex, and not a lot else. However, I really loved 'Turn Back Time' and liked 'Trauma Alert' so I was willing to give this a try based on those books because they managed to avoid that trap, and have characters and plots that became three dimensional and were stories that had you caring about the characters and the way the story ended.
One advantage of being a member of audible is the fact that you can return books if you find they aren't quite what you were expecting, and because of that I decided it was worth the risk.
Sadly I wasn't wrong about my initial assessment based on the summary. And unlike 'Turn Back Time' and 'Trauma Alert' this really didn't seem to fit into the 'First Responders' category. In fact, I would have said this was more likely to have fit into the 'Honor' series of books.
Added to that, the recording and narrator are frankly really, really bad. There is an awful echo/reverberation with this recording and that constantly distracted me from the story, and it had me wondering which barn they recorded this in! Plus, at times it was hard to work out which character was speaking because there seems to be no real way the narrator was separating the characters. Far too many recordings feel as though they have been rushed onto the audible catalog with little or no consideration to the quality of the engineering behind the work, so it was a real disappointment to find that even works by the more popular lesbian authors have fallen into this trap.
Too many lesbian novels have fallen into the routine of the two dimension, which is sad because with a little thought they could be so much more. And I feel that this is such a story, that moment in time when an author sticks to what the public have decided they like, and so it gets churned out in such a way that it all could easily belong to the same story without any real separation of character or plot. Given the depth of stories with the earlier titles that I have mentioned, titles by this author that I have enjoyed, this came as a real let down. And that is a real shame, especially from an author who has exhibited such depth in the past.
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