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From New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lister John Jordan is once again carrying a gun and a badge—and he’s going to need them. Balancing family life with being a cop and a prison chaplain takes grit and grace—and John has plenty of both. Working two cases that may or may not be connected, John is investigating the disappearance of a young army ranger home on leav From New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lister John Jordan is once again carrying a gun and a badge—and he’s going to need them. Balancing family life with being a cop and a prison chaplain takes grit and grace—and John has plenty of both. Working two cases that may or may not be connected, John is investigating the disappearance of a young army ranger home on leave and one of the most sadistic serial killers he’s ever encountered. BLOOD OATH -- the 11th crime novel in the popular, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed John Jordan mystery series. INCLUDES A SPECIAL NOTE FROM MICHAEL CONNELLY “Michael Lister is a giant talent with a unique vision. His landmark John Jordan Mystery series is a treasure of contemporary literature.” Florida Weekly Publisher's Weekly Starred Review: "Lister gives fair clues for the surprise solution, thus combining a compelling account of his hero’s spiritual struggle with a top-notch whodunit." "Another great ride with a very assured driver behind the wheel." Michael Connelly For a limited time, get the next John Jordan mystery thriller, BLOOD WORK, for a special reduced rate. And join Michael's Readers' Group at his website: www.MichaelLister.com and receive the free series companion book, IN THE BLOOD.


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From New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lister John Jordan is once again carrying a gun and a badge—and he’s going to need them. Balancing family life with being a cop and a prison chaplain takes grit and grace—and John has plenty of both. Working two cases that may or may not be connected, John is investigating the disappearance of a young army ranger home on leav From New York Times Bestselling author Michael Lister John Jordan is once again carrying a gun and a badge—and he’s going to need them. Balancing family life with being a cop and a prison chaplain takes grit and grace—and John has plenty of both. Working two cases that may or may not be connected, John is investigating the disappearance of a young army ranger home on leave and one of the most sadistic serial killers he’s ever encountered. BLOOD OATH -- the 11th crime novel in the popular, award-winning, and critically-acclaimed John Jordan mystery series. INCLUDES A SPECIAL NOTE FROM MICHAEL CONNELLY “Michael Lister is a giant talent with a unique vision. His landmark John Jordan Mystery series is a treasure of contemporary literature.” Florida Weekly Publisher's Weekly Starred Review: "Lister gives fair clues for the surprise solution, thus combining a compelling account of his hero’s spiritual struggle with a top-notch whodunit." "Another great ride with a very assured driver behind the wheel." Michael Connelly For a limited time, get the next John Jordan mystery thriller, BLOOD WORK, for a special reduced rate. And join Michael's Readers' Group at his website: www.MichaelLister.com and receive the free series companion book, IN THE BLOOD.

30 review for Blood Oath

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Holladay

    I read this story as part of The Murder Book which has 10 full length stories. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. The number of ‘he said/say, she said/say (insert name) one right after another is very distracting. Lots of ways to let you know who is talking without the endless repetition of that. I read through chapter 31, then started skipping large sections. The writing was way to wordy (to the point of boring in many places), the author tried too hard for the touchy feeling emot I read this story as part of The Murder Book which has 10 full length stories. This is the first book I’ve read by this author. The number of ‘he said/say, she said/say (insert name) one right after another is very distracting. Lots of ways to let you know who is talking without the endless repetition of that. I read through chapter 31, then started skipping large sections. The writing was way to wordy (to the point of boring in many places), the author tried too hard for the touchy feeling emotion of men crying (a lot), the main character is so perfect he isn’t believable (try Jesus, Muhammad, and Buddha all rolled into one). Everything he says and does is perfect, even in his dealings with his ex-wife who starts out really unreasonable and seemingly unstable who, in a very short time, comes around to what he wants without much trouble. I won’t be looking for anything else by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    June

    Magnificent work. The first I have read in the series but definitely not the last. The characters are so real and complex that you can really see them as living real human beings. There are so many threads in the plot line of that are brilliantly woven together that makes the story come alive. While it is very graphic in nature it makes the story come to life. I also appreciated how much John's faith in interwoven into his daily life and both of his jobs. It is a difficult read but so compelling Magnificent work. The first I have read in the series but definitely not the last. The characters are so real and complex that you can really see them as living real human beings. There are so many threads in the plot line of that are brilliantly woven together that makes the story come alive. While it is very graphic in nature it makes the story come to life. I also appreciated how much John's faith in interwoven into his daily life and both of his jobs. It is a difficult read but so compelling that it's hard to put down. Worth every minute you spend reading it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol Simmons

    Excellent story A gripping story with lots of great characters John .Anna their two daughters the police department staff the other people in the small town with lits of secrets

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Pretty good. I could have done without the couple bad guy scenes, but at least they aren't overly revealing. 3.5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mcf1nder_sk

    This was my first experience with Lister's work in general, and I finished this book impressed with his writing. His depth of characters and ability to create a storyline full of twists, yet easily followed by the reader, make him one thriller author I'd gladly read again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ardy W.

    Pros and cons for this book. The story line was interesting and solving the crime kept me reading. I liked the characters but had to refer back several times to figure out who was who and how connected. This was probably due to starting with book 11. The book needs some editing and there were a couple places that jumped from one scene and characters to something else without even a dash or chapter change and I had to go back and figure out what was happening. Distracting! My biggest dislike was the Pros and cons for this book. The story line was interesting and solving the crime kept me reading. I liked the characters but had to refer back several times to figure out who was who and how connected. This was probably due to starting with book 11. The book needs some editing and there were a couple places that jumped from one scene and characters to something else without even a dash or chapter change and I had to go back and figure out what was happening. Distracting! My biggest dislike was the foul language. Not the words totally, but the lines were out of the blue and did not seem in character (especially Anna and Sam). If the characters were frustrated or angry or overwhelmed, the author could have done a better job expressing those feelings. The author has great skill with description and so the foul language seemed to be added to sell the book or by another person. Lots of other good mystery, thriller, crime authors that I prefer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    M

    Murder With Religion & Romance LOTS & LOTS of religion hang from the backbone-storylines of two murders. The mysteries are good on their own, but this book is cluttered with too many side-stories, plus a lot of sidetracking in general. Plus pages of preaching. I would’ve skimmed 2/3 of this book, but some attention was required because too many characters cluttered this book. 45-50 by my count, but I may have missed a few. Or over-counted by same. The chaplain/police investigator MC is too perfec Murder With Religion & Romance LOTS & LOTS of religion hang from the backbone-storylines of two murders. The mysteries are good on their own, but this book is cluttered with too many side-stories, plus a lot of sidetracking in general. Plus pages of preaching. I would’ve skimmed 2/3 of this book, but some attention was required because too many characters cluttered this book. 45-50 by my count, but I may have missed a few. Or over-counted by same. The chaplain/police investigator MC is too perfect to be believable, as are many major characters. Even the chaplain’s ex-wife—who is first written as unstable and unreasonable—whirls about and becomes a nice person. There were frequent information dumps about religious symbology (less than the Robert Langdon series), Christian concepts and long biblical quotes. More info-dumps explain law enforcement, serial killers, abnormal psychology, etc. Add discussions/lectures about cops killing black men, Black Lives Matter, and Army Ranger trainees of different races (plus one LBGT). Trainee names are stereotypes: Rashard, Khaleel, Orlando, Joshua Darden and Jayson. This book has pages of religious references, but it also contains bloody, sadistic murders AND a grisly suicide—described in detail. More: I never expected this error: author mentions a “Pascal lamb.” PASCAL? Really? Two stars: the author finished the book, and there were no cliffhangers. NOTE: I used more caps than usual, but I thought it appropriate. THE AUTHOR ACTUALLY WROTE TWO PAGES IN CAPS!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Everyone is concerned where Johanna Jordan (4, daughter/sister) will end up & with who will have custody. Wewahitchka. Annual Tupelo Festival (honey harvest). Shane McMillan (Tommy’s brother, US Army 75th. Ranger Regiment) had vanished somewhere in the Chipola River area. Cody, Matt, Megan (ADHD, depression), & Daronté “Swolle” Jackson were giving their description of what happened. Reggie Raffield, & Ralph Raffield (older brother, leader) of the Wewa S&R teams were combing the area. Tommy McMill Everyone is concerned where Johanna Jordan (4, daughter/sister) will end up & with who will have custody. Wewahitchka. Annual Tupelo Festival (honey harvest). Shane McMillan (Tommy’s brother, US Army 75th. Ranger Regiment) had vanished somewhere in the Chipola River area. Cody, Matt, Megan (ADHD, depression), & Daronté “Swolle” Jackson were giving their description of what happened. Reggie Raffield, & Ralph Raffield (older brother, leader) of the Wewa S&R teams were combing the area. Tommy McMillan (35, husband, youth minister, Shane’s older brother, Anna’s cousin) has did several times also. Nothing. Fred Hall is diligently doing the sonar scans. Sheriff Reggie Summers (40+, Gulf County, boss), & John Jordan (narrator, husband/father, Gulf Correctional Institution chaplain, Gulf County investigator, former US Army 75th. Ranger Regiment) are interviewing several PPL. Officer Nick Nichols (Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission FWC) confirmed a decomposed corpse had been found but not Shane’s. Agent Samantha “Sam” Michaels (Florida Department of Law Enforcement FDLE) had examined the remains of the young female body. Amber Matthews (17, Wewa HS Sr., Rain’s ex-GF) was the deceased name. Alcohol, & drugs were consumed by most of the teens swimming & jet skiing. Iola Landing. Vera (witness) had seen a young girl on a wake board watching a young man being pulled under by the under current. John stopped by to see Megan Stripling (Shane’s GF) because she had been missing school. Columbus. Sweet Willy’s Soul Food Station. Shane’s former US Army 75th. Ranger Regiment buddies introduced theirselves to Tommy, & John. They are Jayson (gay), Kahleel (A/A), Rashard (A/A), Orlando (Hispanic), Honor (Hispanic), & Joshua “Josh” Darden. The shots/toast was to Carl who had been KIA, & Shane. Iola. BANG! The only thing you hear up down the Apalachicola River/swamp. Megan (Shane’s GF) has taken her own life. Her lifeless body falls into the water. Kayden Reynolds name had come up. Will Shane every be found? Will Megan’s body be recovered? Warning: This book contains adult content, violence, or expletive language which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; Pulpwood Press; BookSends; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Admire the Author No spoilers. I admire Michael Lister as an author. He is prolific and remains true to his character's motivations and beliefs. The stories he tells are timely and interesting. This one in particular has several unexpected twists to keep the reader guessing. With all there is to admire, including writing a series as vast as the John Jordan books, there is something keeping me from giving this book more stars. It isn't something missing; it's a need to cut back on the attempts to Admire the Author No spoilers. I admire Michael Lister as an author. He is prolific and remains true to his character's motivations and beliefs. The stories he tells are timely and interesting. This one in particular has several unexpected twists to keep the reader guessing. With all there is to admire, including writing a series as vast as the John Jordan books, there is something keeping me from giving this book more stars. It isn't something missing; it's a need to cut back on the attempts to make characters and couples perfect. A perfect couple is still made of humans with all their flaws. Real people don't need to grease their partner's ego all the time. Good people say impatient thing occasionally. Most of all, couples madly in love don't have sex every night, especially when the are tired and worn out from caring for an infant and a toddler. It is not distracting enough to tell anyone not to read the book. The police work and prison work at the heart of the John Jordan stories are there and told well. Some of the other thing are unnecessary distractions best edited out.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    This is the second book in this series that i've read and i enjoyed them both. The protagonist is a prison chaplain who also works with the police in investigations. He is a very sympathetic character with high morals and good intentions, but that doesn't stop him from running into more than his share of problems along the way. In this book, he's working on two cases, one a presumed drowning where the body hasn't yet been recovered and the other a grisly serial killer case where the body was dis This is the second book in this series that i've read and i enjoyed them both. The protagonist is a prison chaplain who also works with the police in investigations. He is a very sympathetic character with high morals and good intentions, but that doesn't stop him from running into more than his share of problems along the way. In this book, he's working on two cases, one a presumed drowning where the body hasn't yet been recovered and the other a grisly serial killer case where the body was discovered while dragging the river for the other body. Add to this unrest at the prison where he works and custody problems with his ex-wife over their daughter, and that pretty much sums up the book. It was a very enjoyable read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    M.K. Pachan

    Blood Oath is the first John Jordan mystery I have read and although I did enjoy the plot, I found that the resolution of the crime was a letdown and seemed to come too easily. Also, the character of Jordan is a little too perfect for me. Although a recovering alcoholic, he is great at both of his jobs, enjoys lots of sex without complications, and everything he tries works out. I like to read about flawed and more realistic characters. But this is book #11 so maybe I am missing something. The p Blood Oath is the first John Jordan mystery I have read and although I did enjoy the plot, I found that the resolution of the crime was a letdown and seemed to come too easily. Also, the character of Jordan is a little too perfect for me. Although a recovering alcoholic, he is great at both of his jobs, enjoys lots of sex without complications, and everything he tries works out. I like to read about flawed and more realistic characters. But this is book #11 so maybe I am missing something. The plot was engaging however and the book was hard to put down.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    John Jordan is a chaplain as well as a police consultant. When a close friend's brother goes missing in the river, it is all hands on deck. As search and rescue drags the river, the find a horrific body of a young girl tied to a cross. This mystery as well as the missing young man make up the heart of the book. There is also a storyline about Jordan's personal relationship with his ex and their young daughter as well as his new relationship with Anna.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Blood Oath was an AWESOME read!! Nothing better than a Michael Lister book to read!! A young man is lost in a river, and things quickly go south from there! Can John Jordan find out what happened and where the body went? Involved in the investigation and dealing with his ex-wife and getting visitations with his daughter. He gets all tangled up in both! This book, was a non-stop read! Loved it, especially that someone in the story, has my nickname of Rain!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ksb Nh

    My third John Jordan, I didn't realize the first 2 were related to each other and to this one until I read the writer's comments. The stories can certainly stand alone but I was glad to have the history that number 7 (the first, chronologically,) provided. The murder scenes here were quite graphic. In that regard, I preferred the earlier books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Recommend This is a good murder mystery, very readable, hard to put down. It has an overarching sense of goodness in it. Sometimes you don't know who is talking.....there are abrupt switches in scenes without a break in text. It threw me a little. Otherwise, a good mystery with good characters. I'll read more in he series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence Stancliff

    Interesting and surprising This is a good read, it moves along well without providing an expected ending. There is enough variety, thought and action to keep our reading. I rated it as average in that the story jumped a bit and sometime I had to go back to find out who was the character was there hat was talking.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Middling This is the first book I’ve read of this author and I am not in a rush to read more. The writing is reasonable but it seems an unlikely coupling for the main character to be both a cop and a preacher I got tired of being preached too and the perfectness of the hero and his perfect character.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    With this well paced read, two storylines emerge. One supersedes the other for a time but then gives way to the original. Just when you thought it was done save for the wrap up, a shocker is delivered. I like it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hovis

    Great read liked the main character in is role as cop and chaplain. This duel role adds some interesting aspects to the his character. Also loved that he is a committed husband and family man. The ending was a complete surprise so kept me guessing. I recommend it highly.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert C. smith

    A Real Thriller That Seems So Real Not every author can create a series of novels of which each can stand alone and each is as different and fresh as the previous one with any of the same characters. Great story, great surprises and great entertainment, well worth reading.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Raven

    Religious manifestations Always a twist at the end of who done it. Incorporates prayer and sex in a twist. Not sure the two are compatible. Powerful and powerless compete for resources and naive policing. In the end the righteous lose.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jim Bogue

    The author sets up the ambience well but the story is disappointing. He leaps from character to character. And he cheats. In a mystery you have to play fair with the audience and the author does not. Could have been a good book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Marie Waite

    Well done John Lister Like the suspense and the genuineness of the character. Enjoyed reading because not profane in language as most books are

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dav Hair

    I really like this mystery and sober character. I'll try the rest of the series too

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barb VanderWel

    I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars. I love this & I can't wait for more. I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon. And letting everyone know about it. So i gave it a 5 Stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Quinn

    An Unexpected Ending This book had characters you will care about, and a plot that won't wait. But the ending is disturbing and I wish it had been different.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    This is a well-written story full of surprises. John works two cases and deals with ex-wife issues with lots of action and several red herrings. I couldn't put it down!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    very good

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sharon L Wells

    A truly excellent read throughout I enjoyed the first 10 in this series and number 11 is as good as the rest. Excellently written and so many twists it’ll make you dizzy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Larry Weinstein

    Carny killings Did not really like this book. Did not feel the story held together. Do not think i will read another Michael Lister book too soon.

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