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
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
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.
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!
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.
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.
What a great book. The series is awesome. Can't wait for more books from Jack
This series with Stone is really pretty good. His character is a bit over the top successful, but we all need a larger than life character to make our days more exciting.
It's also nice to be able to read a military/suspense/espionage novel, where the author is good enough to lay out a believable plot without including the smutty and filthy language that some other authors feel compelled to include in their writings.
I liked the first one and was looking forward to the second...
Won't be listening to the third...
Though the characters were way too cartoonish - the plot was implausible to say the least...
The only good part was the ending - and yes we know that a lot of men and women have made huge sacrifices to keep us free and safe - but think it could have been told more skillfully
It is an ok Story with ok narration.
The story is easy to follow, has some surprises in it.
The story is in one way disturbing do to the possibility of this happen in real live! Other aspects are just not realistic still I enjoyed reading and listening
the story line was so close to the first book... but then it was still the same story, just published in a second book, so maybe that is OK. was nice to see the president developer a back bone. enjoyed the read.
waiting to find out what comes next
you get lost in the story and feel like your part of the events
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