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"Until recent times, Calumet County had never been known as a place of killing and violence..."

A peaceful valley in the mountains of Colorado becomes a battleground pitting the federal government against a rural sheriff's department. Beleaguered Sheriff Bear Ellison finds himself outnumbered, over-matched, and increasingly isolated as he is forced to decide between risking his life protecting a local hero, or reneging on his oath and handing him over to federal prosecutors.

©2015 Troy Grice (P)2016 Troy Grice

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An awesome ride

As the federal government seeks to reopen the War on Drugs, Oathkeeper feels very timely. Set in Colorado, a small town sheriff finds himself in the crosshairs of a corrupt federal official. A David-VS-Goliath showdown is brewing, and right from the start things don’t look very good for our heroes. Given the fact that Oathkeeper is published by a company called Prepper Press, you can imagine what kind of position the book takes, but don’t let that fool you - Oathkeeper is a great ride that will keep you guessing right up until the very end.

Fans of Quentin Tarantino will feel right at home here. Oathkeeper has a grit to it, and it does it well - finding its footing somewhere between No Country for Old Men and Reservoir Dogs. Troy Grice has put together a world that will feel instantly recognizable to anyone who has spent time in an impoverished rural community. Grice has no problem heading headlong into the brutal results of drug addiction and crippling poverty facing small towns struggling to exist as a world apathetic to their existence passes them by.

There is a lot of moral ambiguity in Oathkeeper, and it pairs well with Grice’s language which ranges from almost pastoral descriptions to cartoon violence. Grice’s characters and locations have history, good, bad and random and that gives them welcome depth. Are there good guys in Oathkeeper? Yeah, I suppose so. Are there bad guys? Yeah, I guess. However, one of the most refreshing parts about Oathkeeper is that it also has a lot of middle ground, and it doesn’t go out of its way to hold your hand about it.

Grice also sets up one of the most entertaining uses of Chekhov's gun - in the form of an armored all-terrain vehicle equipped with a massive cannon - that I’ve seen in a long while. It’s introduced in the very first chapter and readers are left guessing “are we going to see the tank?” - and while I won’t say exactly when that happens, I will say that it was supremely satisfying.

Gabriel Zacchai’s narration is pitch perfect. He switches back and forth between dramatization and narration perfectly, keeping welcome pace with the tempo of the book. Fans of storytelling and of the oral tradition are in for a treat with this book's production.

At the end of the day, how you feel about this book may be determined by how you feel about the War on Drugs, however, I’d urge you to give it a shot regardless of your opinion on that front. Oathkeeper is smart, and there is plenty here to like - you’re in for a thoroughly enjoyable ride.

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  • Jason
  • Nebraska
  • 05-12-16

really good

one of the more riviting books I've listened to in a while. I suggest it.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 04-29-16

In small-town Colorado who has more power?

Oathkeeper takes place in fictional Calumet County in rural Colorado. Inside you will find Bear Ellison, the town’s sheriff. A stand-off between federal agencies and the local sheriff ensues as a man is tried for a murder that he might not have committed. The sheriff must decide if he is going to take on the seemingly endless number of federal agents while protecting this local hero.

The narration for Oathkeeper was done by Gabriel Zacchai who does a wonderful job. It’s a combination of a narration and a dramatization. There were a few times that Zacchai got into character more than others, but overall it was a really enjoyable audiobook.

This was one of those books where I couldn’t really tell what was going on in the first parts of it. But, once the story was formed and I realized that it was a deeper story than at first glance, I was happy.

Troy Grice has a way of writing that really makes you feel like you’re there. He’s able to be descriptive of each new scene without being overly so. Some authors can either leave out large details that really help the reader understand where they are in the story. While others seem to drone on about seemingly mundane details. Grice walks the tightrope between these two lines and explains scenes and situations in vivid detail without droning on.

The overall story was really interesting. As a reader, I found myself actually feeling like this was a real court case and a real investigation. I felt like these things actually happened. Kudos to Grice for being able to write a story that is obviously set in fictitious places, but feels incredibly real.

The whole story, once it got going reminded me of a lot of shows on TV like Law & Order and the likes since it dealt with federal agencies. But unlike that, it was more from the point of view of this small-town sheriff’s eyes and mind.

Overall, Oathkeeper was a really good story. It was riveting and original without feeling unbelievable. I definitely enjoyed this audiobook, and I’m glad that I read/listened to it.

Without spoiling anything, the ending surprised me a bit. But doesn’t take away from the story at all.

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kept me guessing through the entire thing

Calmut County, Colorado is about as rural as you can get.  Bear Ellison the town sheriff lives here and is thrust into a battle between federal agencies and the local law enforcement over a man (who is also a local hero) who may or may not have committed a murder. Sheriff Ellison must decide to take on the seemingly endless number of federal agents to protect this local hero.

Oathkeeper was narrated by Gabriel Zacchai.  Zaccahi does a great job with Oathkeeper and makes the story easy to follow and enjoy.  Her style was both a normal narration and dramatization because Zacchai had some characters that she would really give her all for, and others were just there to move the story along.  I thought her narration really made the book enjoyable.

Sometimes I can tell within the first few chapters what is going to happen, but Oathkeeper kept me guessing through the entire thing.  Every time I thought I had the story figured out it would twist and turn and totally change my opinions. Keeping me on my toes in a story that I thought was going to be very simple was a nice surprise.

Tony Grice wrote Oathkeeper so well that I thought I was there.  I felt immersed into this situation with Bear to where I was feeling things for him even though he's fictional. Grice perfected walking the fine line between too much and not enough information giving the readers enough to wet their palate, but not giving them too much to drown them in details.

Overall, Oathkeeper was an interesting story.  Deeper than I thought and much more detailed than I was expecting. A true gem of a book when I was expecting much less.  I don't know if I should raise my expectations next time or if it was good to be so caught off guard.

The story felt so real to me that I had some curiosity to whether something like this actually happened in Grice's life.  It just had that true-life feel about it.  A riveting story without feeling false.

And I am not trying to ruin or spoil the ending, but it caught me way off guard.  Check out Oathkeeper and see what I mean!

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