Oath of Honor by Matthew Betley

Oath of Honor by Matthew Betley; 2017; $26.00; 406 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-9925-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 4/5/7-4/7/17

Why did I read this?  I read Overwatch the first book in the series and really liked the characters.

Logan West, John Quick, Mike Benson and a new group of friends are tasked with stopping another attempt at world domination.  The action ranges from Alaska to Sudan and involves the Sudanese, the Chinese and a highly placed traitor within the U.S. government.  As the action moves around the world there are several new characters introduced as members of a team.  The President commissions a task force that will be a black ops team to combat terrorist treats around the world.


Order to Kill by Kyle Mills

Order to Kill by Kyle Mills, based on characters created by Vince Flynn; 2016; $28.99; 374 374 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8348-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Belmont; 1/2/17-1/4/17

Why did I read this?  Because I like the characters that Vince Flynn created in this series and because Kyle Mills is a good author and has done a good job since Vince Flynn passed away.

Mitch Rapp travels the globe again to fight against the enemies of the United States.  Pakistan’s nuclear warheads are disappearing and he has to find out how and why they are disappearing.  Mitch is being stalked by a assassin being directed by the head of state in a country that is antagonistic to the United States.  He is working with Scott Coleman and other members of the crew.  He has to deal with a decorator that scares him more than any terrorist he has every faced.  He finds a new member of his crew to deal with the decorator while he continues to fight the terrorists and make life safe for those in the United States.

Grade A


Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko

Rogue Warrior, Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko and Jim Defelice; 2013; $26.99; 367 pages; A Tom Doherty Associates Book, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-3294-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 11/17/16-11/23/16

Why did I read this?  Because I find the author amusing and the books are full of fantastical action.

Coincidences abound in this latest installment in the supposedly fictionalized accounts of incidents in the authors life.  Radical Islamic terrorists, corrupt financial institutes, illegally produced pharmaceuticals,  colorful personalities and lot of action and Mr. Murphy all play central roles.  The plot is convoluted but easy to follow and there is no way to explain it, but if you are a fan of Scott Horvath, or Mitch Rapp, here is the source of some of what they do.

Grade-B, the colorfulness of the characters is starting to gray the plots are getting more and more fantastical.

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor

Foreign Agent by Brad Thor; 2016; $27.99; 335 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-47678935-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 7/5/16-7/8/16

Why did I read this?  Because I have read every other book in the series and enjoyed them.

A covert ops team from the United States is overrun and brutalized by a terrorist organization, then the Secretary of State is brutally murdered by the same organization.  The terrorist then use social media and marketing to publicize what they have done.  It seems the CIA has a mole, so Scott Harvath is tasked with a two pronged investigation track down the lead terrorist and find his source.  Harvath travels all over the globe with assistance from some other operatives, some indigenous peoples and a team at CIA headquarters to make things better for the United States.



Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn

Pursuit of Honor by Vince Flynn;2009; $27.99; 431 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-4165-9516-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 4/22/16-4/26/16

Why did I read this?  I am trying to read the whole series to see how a new author handles the character with the newest book, The Survivor. 

Following close on the events in Extreme Measures,  Mitch Rapp and Mike Nash are feeling the political pressure that is applied after an attack.  Mitch is feeling it professionally and politically while Mike is feeling it in his personal life.  While they are dealing with the fallout there are still three terrorist on the road in Middle America looking to continue with their attacks on citizens of the United States.  Mitch and CIA director Irene Kennedy find a way to help Mike deal with his family problems and Mitch and Mike confront the terrorist directly and end the conflict inside one of the United States monuments in Washington, D.C..   Vince portrays a zealot’s mindset with one of the terrorist actions and how people’s motivations change sometimes.

Grade A- a successfully written thriller that reflects some attitudes that exist today.