Oathkeeper is not a prepper or post-apocalyptic survival story. There are no EMPs, no asteroid strikes, no plagues, no collapsing governments, and no societal disorder. No, it’s a story of the long-reaching arm of the federal Department of Justice, or maybe you could say “over-reaching” arm of the federal government. Oathkeeper is the story of Calumet County Sheriff Bear Ellison, a man nearing retirement who finds himself struggling between upholding his oath of office and succumbing to external pressure. It’s the story of Monte Turcot, a reserved veteran soldier who finds himself in a series of unfortunate circumstances. It’s the story of Kevin Sniggs, a tough DEA agent looking for arrests and career advancement.
Oathkeeper is well-written. It’s not a full-length novel, but it’s not a short story either. Troy’s writing style makes it an engaging, hard-to-put-down read. I found myself feeling the sheriff’s internal struggle in the face of the external factors he faced. This book could be classified as a crime novel, which exposed me to the type of story I don’t typically read but I am glad that I did. As the story progressed, I found myself wondering what would happen next, and what each party did. I’m likely to find my way to Troy’s other book, Indivisible: With Justice of Some.
I didn’t like the fact that Oathkeeper not a full-length novel, though that’s another indication I liked it. I also didn’t like the fact it doesn’t seem to be part of a series. Once I start relating to the characters in the book, I want to continue reading about them. There could be follow on stories related to this book.
I think Oathkeeper will be a hit with libertarian readers, states’ rights advocates, and most anyone who enjoys a good crime and political drama story. “Survival” fiction readers might find something different with this book. I think if you give this book a chance you will have a hard time putting it down.
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