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Joe Porrazzo


After a career of excitement and danger, former U.S. Air Force special agent Alex Porter retires and looks forward to leading a simple, civilian life. He celebrates the successes of his daughter, a college honor student and pilot candidate in the ROTC program, and is just starting to dip his toe into the dating pool again. 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 and his daughter, 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.

"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 Leads the Way


"…the final chapters and the ending are five-star-excitement quality!"  

                                             — Floyd M. Orr, Author of Timeline of America

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Library of Congress Control Number: 2007931739

ISBN: 978-0-595-44215-7 (paperback)

ISBN: 978-1-791-50418-2 (paperback, 2nd Ed.) 

ISBN: 978-0-595-68570-7 (hardcover)

ISBN: 978-0-595-88546-6 (ebook)

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More Book Critic Acclaim for Solemnly Swear

“Solemnly Swear is retired U.S. Air Force Officer 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 Leads the Way

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