Solemnly Swear

Joe Porrazzo
iUniverse, Inc. , English

After a career of excitement and danger, former U.S. Air Force special agent Alex Porter retires and looks forward to leading a quiet and simple civilian life. But when he comes upon an accident turned crime scene involving New England mafia don Vince Vionelli, Porter lands in serious hot water.

Vionelli is charged with murder, and Porter is the U.S. Justice Department’s star witness against the crime boss. With the trial just days away, Vionelli’s son terrorizes Porter, forcing Porter to choose between testifying against the mob and saving his own and his daughter’s lives. But when other, even more deadly threats begin surfacing, Porter suspects there’s yet another player in this ruthless game—one who wants him eliminated no matter what.

Full of danger, deceit, and revenge, Solemnly Swear is an action-packed suspense thriller that explores the fragile balance between justice and self-preservation

“Joe Porrazzo’s debut novel is an accomplished first effort. Solemnly Swear takes the reader on an exciting, top-down and pedal-to-the-metal ride in a Mercedes SL…and the story flows effortlessly toward its excellent ending. Joe Porrazzo has clearly written what he knows best. The author is a retired U. S. Air Force officer and the experience shows clearly in the composition of Solemnly Swear. The editing of Solemnly Swear is up in the stratosphere with the best. Although I love the taut editing, Joe Porrazzo’s compositional style could easily have retained my interest through twice the page count. Solemnly Swear is a very technically competent book, certainly professional enough to sit with its peers on the Barnes and Noble shelf.

I know what you’re thinking at this point: Come on, Mr. Nitpicky Book Critic, drop the other shoe. Surprise! The second shoe boots Solemnly Swear into the five-star bracket! As Alex Porter begins to defog his brain and take the offensive against his mobile captors, the author picks up the pace and heads for the goal line…the final chapters and the ending are five-star-excitement quality! Don’t you dare pick up this book and begin reading in the middle, particularly toward the end! You will seriously regret spoiling the story for yourself.” “When Joe Porrazzo whips out the plot twists from Alex Porter’s brain, Solemnly Swear kicks some serious butt.” -Floyd M. Orr, Author of Timeline of America

“Solemnly Swear is Joe Porrazzo’s first, in hopefully a long line, of suspense novels.
Mr. Porrazzo’s portrayal of the lead character Alex Porter gives the reader an instant connection with Porter’s well-developed and believable military personality. The reader bonds with Alex, a trustworthy and incorruptible friend, and Porrazzo gives us more than enough reasons to care about what happens to him. Alex is a former U.S. Air Force special agent whose retired life isn’t far removed from the dangers of his previous life as an American soldier. Riddled with guilt over the untimely death of his wife, troubled by nightmares associated with witnessing a grizzly crime scene involving a powerful mafia boss, and struggling with the obstacles of fatherhood, still Alex stands strong and resilient against the pressures of the untouchable antagonist; mobster Vince Vionelli.

Mr. Porrazzo’s thought-provoking storyline draws the reader in with one of the most impossible dilemmas a person (fictional or otherwise) can ever find themselves in – doing what’s morally right no matter what the cost – or protecting oneself and the ones we love. The narration is smooth and easy to read. The dialogue is refreshingly realistic. And each chapter ends with just enough enticement to make the novel impossible to put down.

If you’re in the mood for a good mystery/thriller, I highly recommend, Joe Porrazzo’s ‘Solemnly Swear’. The plot is unique … the pace is fast … the direction is unpredictable … and the final pages are shocking. What a great book with which to spend a weekend!” -Claudia Pemberton, Author of Love Leaves

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