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Editorial Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Radclyffe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Thumbs up to the story, thumbs down to narrator

I'm a Radclyffe fan but have only listened to her books on Audible. I might've enjoyed this book more if I would've read it instead of listened to audio version. But I just did not connect with this one like I did others in Honor series (this one is major spinoff and segue into Honor book #8). I prefer Abby Craden as narrator for Radclyffe because she makes each character their own & gives an actual performance. That's especially true for Blair & Cam's character/ongoing love story.

I'm sorry but Betsy Zajko just doesn't do it for me as a narrator. She did not make me fall in love with Wes & Evan's story...& she did not do any justice to Blair & Cam in this book. I could never distinguish one character from another because Betsy doesn't even attempt to change her voice. There is little to no inflection, except when she's narrating a sex scene. But even then, her performances almost always cause laughter from me because it just sounds so over-performed & unbelievable. It cheapens the story in my opinion. And she makes it very difficult to follow along with the story in general. It's almost impossible for me to invest in the book and connect with it or the characters when I have trouble keeping up with who's supposedly speaking at any moment. When you're narrating a book with so many female characters, it would go a very very long way to give each of them at least a semi-unique voice. Sigh. I just did not like this one at all, sorry Radclyffe.

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Loved it

Would you listen to Oath of Honor again? Why?

Yes. I plan to when I get back to that section in the honor series now that I know it is a part of a series kind of.

What does Betsy Zajko bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoyed her a lot she made the hot scenes very enjoyable. She had a good range in voices that made it nice to listen to .

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Bad narration

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it continued outside of the other Honor books, That being said, Abby Craden should have narrated this since some characters where from the Honor Series. When you get the voices of Blair, Cam and all other characters for so many books, it's kinda hard to listen to a book with same characters with different voices, takes away a lot.

Have you listened to any of Betsy Zajko’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't. I didn't like her narration. Didn't know which character was talking, nothing distinguishing in her voice to tell or any character's apart. I was looking forward to the Justice series coming to audible, but now that I know she will be narrating, not sure I'll but them. Abby Craden who did the Honor series........ FABULOUS!!!!!

Who was the most memorable character of Oath of Honor and why?

Evan

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Great addition to Honor Series

Wonderful story for a first responders series. Finding a threat to the President is like searching for a specific seashell in the Pacific Ocean. Blair and Cameron get married and the honeymoon must wait for a search for a traitor. Great performance.

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Good Book

I like the storyline. I'm really enjoying the audible format. Keep them coming. Thank you

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Great 👍

Amazing story & even more amazing narration.
I really loved the story line, but the narrator made it an amazing experience! Great job 😊

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  • Liverpool NY United States
  • 10-13-17

Couldn't Finish This Book

I thought this book was a medical thriller mystery but it was a lesbian love story. Into chapter 10 I still didn't know what the story was about except lesbian sex and lust. A great disappointment is understated.

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good book but wish Abby Craden narrated it.

This was a good crossover book.
Wes and Evyn I felt needed more to there love story. more sexual tension or build up. there was alot of sub characters involved so the time frame was off for them to develop
But with all that was going on it's a good lead in to the next Honor book 8.
must read however if you haven't read the Honor Series yet, this book may not make sense in some areas.

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Better than I thought would be

I enjoyed this a lot. The characters storyline intertwined just right. I am not sure if there is a follow up to this I would love to see what the next champ tee would be for everyone. I found this story even more interesting with the 2016 election and how this could happen.

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All for POTUS

Where does Oath of Honor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is great! I was on pins and needles regarding who was going to attack POTUS! I found this and every series of Honor to be the best written political thriller ever! The readers both Abby and Betsy are extraordinary. This writer is so focused on the back story, the front story and the true story of love, of war and of honor -- it is outstanding as all eight -- I recommend them and this one highly. Excellent writing and suspense!! Never knew so much went on in the White House -- as a military brat -- it is all true and very, very scary -- each president and their family has to go through all I have read -- it is awesome -- and sad -- what a person will do for their country.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Blair and Cam --- true love always wins! Also loved the chief of staff and Wes. And flirty Dianne!!!

Which character – as performed by Betsy Zajko – was your favorite?

Wes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!

Any additional comments?

More Radclyffe is an awesome writer and visionary for love no matter the gender and honor of country!

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  • Julie C.
  • 05-21-16

It's all coming together

I really want to smack Russo's smugness right of the side of his face.

It's all so plausible that's the scary part. I did want to tell Evan to get a grip and Wes to stop being so nice but... that's probably the teacher in me.

Can't wait to read Firestorm and Price of Honor.

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  • 11-30-13

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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