“The Oath” Receives 2016 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction


I was honored recently by having my novel, The Oath, awarded the 2016 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Book Award for Fiction.

Funny how this book business works: you get frustrated because it’s so damn hard to get your work recognized by anyone but your wife and kids (and even that is sometimes dicey – ha ha). And then you get a call from a well-known and well-respected publishers’ association saying they have given your work their highest fiction award.

2016 BAIPA Book Award for Best Fiction- "The Oath"It’s two weeks later and I’m still riding that high.

In case you haven’t read The Oath, I (and now BAIPA) highly recommend it. The novel has sold well, but particularly well in veterans’ circles … especially Vietnam veterans.

The title of the novel refers to the Oath that all military personnel take “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic … so help me God.”

I knew what a “foreign enemy” was. That’s a no-brainer. But I started wondering who the heck would be a “domestic enemy”?

Forty years ago, two young Naval aviators took the Oath. Both were shot down over North Vietnam and together endured years of brutal torture as prisoners of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. 

Four decades later, one is a San Francisco Homicide Inspector. The other has decided it’s payback time and has begun killing selected Americans who went to North Vietnam to aid the enemies cause. 

The Oath they took so long ago is about to bring their lives together once again. This time with explosive consequences. 

The paperback can be purchased on Amazon or from this website. The electronic version is available on Amazon’s Kindle as well as Smashwords.com (for Nook, iPad, etc.)

8 thoughts on ““The Oath” Receives 2016 BAIPA Book Award for Fiction

  1. Dennis,

    Congratulations. I hear you knocked ‘em dead at the Police luncheon. I’m well into Custer Conspiracy right now and enjoying it.

    If you haven’t done so, please let Dick Pariseau know about that award. He was quite taken with “The Oath”.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Sarah.


    • Tom … thanks for the kind words and all you’ve done to promote the novel. I owe you big time. I’m writing Dick as sdoon as I finish this missive to you.
      Diana was so wonderful to Sarah and I at the Police luncheon. Thanks for putting us in touch. Also, Sarah and I plan on making your next meeting. Keep us in the loop.
      Wishing you and your loved ones a very blessed Christmas and a peaceful new year.

  2. Elton and Sandy Williams

    Dennis don’t ever get frustrated your writing is fabulous and don’t think there isn’t anyone paying attention because they are — keep writing your books are excellent! Congratulations! Sandy and Elton Williams

  3. Mike O'Hara

    Dennis, Congratulations. Well Deserved. Excellent work and book. Looking forward to see “The Custer Conspiracy” begin collecting awards. Mike

  4. michaelbillington9

    Dennis: Well deserved! “The Oath” is one of my favorite reads and I’m pleased that others realize just how really good it is.

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