In small-town Colorado who has more power?
4.5 out of 5 stars
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.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
“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.
Troy Grice has been an avid reader of dystopian novels and science fiction since his teens. He describes his own stories as “abrasive satire” and “counter-propaganda.” His fiction questions authority attacks establishment corruption and decries the semi-lucid who enable it. He believes that true journalism is extinct and that the novelists, musicians, and bloggers comprise the last Fourth Estate.
When he’s not working or writing, he enjoys making noise on his Gibson Les Paul and spending time with his family in the foothills near Evergreen, Colorado.
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