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The Oath

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The Oath
“I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic … “

Defending the Constitution against a foreign enemy? A no-brainer!
Defending it against a domestic enemy? That becomes a little more complicated!

Forty years ago, two Naval Aviators took that Oath. Both were shot down over Vietnam a
Kindle Edition, 258 pages
Published February 26th 2014 by Pen Communication (first published March 20th 2001)
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Mike Billington
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A dying former POW, four dead women, a world-weary homicide cop and the Vietnam War are expertly woven together by Dennis Koller in a masterful piece of storytelling that will leave you guessing right until the last few pages of 'The Oath.'
Every page in this suspense novel has the ring of truth about it; from the killer's justifications for what he is doing to the steps taken by the homicide detectives who are trying to catch him before he kills again, Koller takes no false steps. He clearly und
Charlene Hirschi
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book should be a must read for every high school class in America. This is not to say it is written for high school age, but that they will gain a clearer picture of the emotional toll the Vietnam war took on American soldiers. The premise of the book rests on American protesters who actually went to Vietnam as sympathizers with not their own country, but with the Communist regime that was America's enemy. The oath refers to the oath that all military personnel take to defend American inter ...more
Tom Law
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koller’s eye for detail makes you feel that you are walking in the shoes of McGuire’s and the killer. He artfully draws from both men’s past to make the present more alive and real. Although the book is chock full of detail it does not drag. The details add color and draw you into the storyline rather than bog you down in tedium.

Juxtapositioning events from the past with the present allow the reader to understand the characters and what drives them. Obviously, the author is a student of history.
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to John by: Shari Weiss
Shelves: mystery
Before I finished the first chapter of The Oath , Dennis Koller’s San Francisco–based mystery/thriller, I was feeling uncomfortable.

Koller’s novel starts with a flashback to 1966 at the “Hanoi Hilton,” the North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp where captured American soldiers were tortured as well as paraded out to meet a delegation of U.S. anti-war protesters, clearly modeled after Jane Fonda and her colleagues.

I wasn’t old enough then to oppose the war, let alone join an anti-war delegation
Jada Ryker
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Depictions of Violence for a Mature Audience

In 1966, Tom McGuire's plane was shot down in Vietnam. For the next four years, he spent what felt like an eternity as a prisoner of the Vietnam War.

Now, thirty years later, a veteran newspaper reporter and syndicated columnist is murdered. Her killing is motivated by revenge.

Tom "Mac" McGuire is a homicide inspector in San Francisco. He and his partner Mike Irvine get the call to investigate the killing. When he hears the victim's name, Mac feels th
Denise Barney
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story begins with a young Navy pilot, brought down over North Vietnam and tortured at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton". Leaping forward, the narrative alternates between two men: one a murderer, the other a homicide detective for the San Franciso Police Department.

As the story moves, the two men are drawn together. We learn about what happened to them after their return and how one man moves forward with his life, while the other is, not quite stuck, but trapped by the past.

Mr. Koller lives in S
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Loved it. The plot is plausible, the characters are developed and interesting, the tension held throughout. For those familiar with San Francisco, it has special significance. The buildings, roads, and culture come through clearly and accurately. I was more than pleasantly surprised by the quality of this Good Read. I would highly recommend it. I haven't read this author before but will definitely look for more.

Mike Downs
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Oath is a well-crafted thriller that will have readers quickly turning pages to follow Koller's memorable characters. Mac McGuire, a Vietnam vet now a San Francisco cop, is plunged into a murder case that brings back the horrors of his imprisonment at the Hanoi Hilton. The murderer has to be a fellow Hanoi prisoner and will not stop killing unless Mac can find him. The story is both tense and enjoyable from cover to cover. I eagerly look forward to Mr. Koller's next work. ...more
C. Stuchl
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Found this book through Goodreads. Got the Kindle edition and used my voice reader app. Listened to it in one day. WOW, this is a great book. I really like Tom McGuire. He was like a hungry dog with a new bone. He never let go until he solved the murder. Way to go Mr. Koller. Keep it up.
Hildy DeFrisco
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Good solid detective novel. Could easily be a movie script! Fun to see local venues in SF mentioned. This is not the typical kind of book I read but written by a friend. This is more like the kind of movie I like.
Joe Vitucci
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
pretty good. not much thriller type stuff, but perfectly reasonable stuff. will definitely read more from this author.
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An intriguing plot and artful writing make Dennis Koller’s The Oath an entertaining read. Readers will appreciate the author’s ability to bring a scene and its characters to life with just enough detail to make it all pop, without becoming bogged down in over-descriptive narratives. Adventure and thriller fans’ appetite for a rush will be well satiated with the twists and turns throughout this book.

Koller displays an innate understanding of the plight of Vietnam POWS as well as the in
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