Book Review: Oath of Honor, by Matthew Betley

Matthew Betley joined the Marines in 1999 and spent ten years as a scout sniper platoon commander, an infantry officer, and a ground intelligence officer. His background and experience have allowed him an amazing opportunity to slip into his current role as the author of military thrillers. I read his first book, OVERWATCH, in a few days. Devoured it. Upon completing the reading of that book I dove head first into his latest novel, OATH OF HONOR. It picks up right where OVERWATCH left off. And once again, the action, and the characters, and the plot is compelling as hell!

OATH OF HONOR is a bit more complex. There is a growth in Betley’s writing. A maturing. This will please fans to no end. I saw plenty different this time around, things I didn’t realize were maybe overdone in the first book, but absent in this second novel. I consider this a good thing. The cliches were cut back (even though I know many of them in OVERWATCH were clearly made on purpose).

Plenty different this time around, things I didn’t realize were maybe overdone in the first book but absent in this second novel. I consider this a good thing. The cliches were cut back (even though I know many of them in OVERWATCH were clearly made on purpose).

An unknown group has coordinated the theft of a U.S. weapon. In enemy hands, this particular device would ruin the U.S. globally. Small, compact, and lethal, the group has plans to “humiliate the U.S.” If activated, if used a world war would be unavoidable. There is only one team up for the challenge of confiscating the potential weapon, so that is why Logan West and John Quick are offered up for the task. Time is of the essence  . . . time is running out . . . Worse, there might be a mole inside the organization, as the unknown group continually stays one step ahead of West and Quick, and the red herrings are flying fast and furious!

The best part about reading a series of books is getting to know more and more about the reoccurring characters. Betley continues growing not just his main characters, but his secondary, and third-ary (wait, what?) characters. You get a sense for who each person is, and whether you like or dislike them it is because of the talented way Betley paints them with his words. (And I did see in the back of the book that Betley has mapped out five books for the West / Quick saga. Which is fine. For now. We, as readers, may need to band together and demand more. Just saying).

Phillip Tomasso,
Author of Assassin’s Promise
and Damn the Dead

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