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Blood Oath | [Christopher Farnsworth]

Blood Oath

The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.
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Publisher's Summary

The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound by a special blood oath, he is a vampire. Cade battles nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream, enemies far stranger-and far more dangerous-than civilians have ever imagined. Blood Oath is the first in a series of novels featuring Nathaniel Cade-the President's vampire.

©2010 John Vornholt (P)2010 Penguin

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    Teresa Randolph, MA, United States 12-14-12
    Teresa Randolph, MA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2011

    Kindle Andrew

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    "Not your average vampire story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. Blood Oath crosses genres in a unique and interesting way. Fans of the vampire genre will enjoy the unique character of Nathaniel Cade. He is otherwordly in ways that are not reflected in most current vampire fiction these days. The supernatural themes require some obvious suspension of disbelief but that is expected with "fantasy" fiction. Those who like the more standard chick-lit vampire fare will be disappointed. Nathaniel is handsome but he is not of the loveable, sexy type. Christopher Farnsworth does an excellent job presenting an engaging and fast-paced adventure. Fans of adventure and action books will enjoy the ride. Cade's blood oath to the President of the US is a unique and clever plot device.


    What other book might you compare Blood Oath to and why?

    Blood Oath is unique. Perhaps closest to Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan as a vampire chasing Frankenstein.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Bronson Pinchot amazed and surprised me. Knowing him mostly from the screen fron the 80's Bosom Buddies I was delighted by his rich voice and the nuances he brought to the characters. Which character was my favorite? It is hard to decide. I liked so many. His portrayal of Cade was dead on. I loved Zack Barrows and look forward to seeing him grow and develop in future books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Zack was very funny and provided alot of humor in what could have been very serious situations. Pinchot's portrayals were great.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a very enjoyable listen. I was eager to get through the book and sorry when it ended. The big bad character is set up to reappear again. Great start to a new and exciting series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K.Pell 09-25-12
    K.Pell 09-25-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Highly Entertaining -- More, Please..."
    If you could sum up Blood Oath in three words, what would they be?

    Monsters are REAL


    What did you like best about this story?

    Zach and Cade's interactions are well written and draw you ever deeper into the story. The mini-flashbacks provide great insight into the beginnings of Cade's story, but their brevity allows the main story to continue it's fast pace toward a very satisfying crescendo.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Fantastic work. My first listen to Mr. Pinchcot, and I'm now a dedicated fan of his work.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Monsters are real, and want to end us all. But we have a secret weapon... our very own Monster.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book! And then get the next two! And then wait impatiently (like me) for the next installment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Denver, Colombia 09-07-12
    Amazon Customer Denver, Colombia 09-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This would be a good movie or video game"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood Oath the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is very good at the various character's voices.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I purchase audio books so that I can do other things at the same time that I listen, (pay bills, check email, do things around the house). I got nothing done, I just listened to the book.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but I am impressed with him.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Cane fought the order to drink human blood. It was sad.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-16-12
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "And It is a HIT"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. it is a new twist on a vampire without a "love" story under tone


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Oath?

    The mission with Zach and Cade. Funny. You have the reluctant sidekide Zach and a Vampire you have a problem with the 20th century spoken word.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yep and really tried. I would listen as I was falling to sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I Immediately purchase the second book in the series. I found this series to be very good because you don't have the doe eyed love struck interest. Cade is a man on a mission and it is great to see him doing his thang.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis United States 06-18-12
    Alexis United States 06-18-12 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "Supernatural Secret Service"

    The premise for this book is so much fun! It's a good story, but not quite great.

    This sounded like a supernatural version of the television program "24" and in many ways it was, but I found it to be less emotionally involving, and the action was more packed toward the end.

    This might have gotten five stars from me if I'd connected more with the characters. Cade himself is pretty interesting, and the way he holds himself aloof makes perfect sense. But the rest of the characters could have used a little fleshing out. The bad guy is purely dislikeable and would have been more interesting if he'd had some redeemable features. The plot takes place over a few days so there wasn't time for Zach to grow much as a person, and he could sure use it. Perhaps I just prefer complicated characters!

    Pinchot handled the various accents very well, but he was a bit drier as a narrator than I'd expected from an actor. This was the first time I'd heard him narrate, and I couldn't decide if he was purposefully playing up Cade's reserve or if that's par for the course with him.

    I'd listen to the next book in the series but didn't rush right over to download it. I'll probably get to it sometime when I'm in the right mood.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john Wake forest, NC, United States 06-01-12
    john Wake forest, NC, United States 06-01-12

    I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.

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    "I really enjoyed this book."
    Any additional comments?

    The book and series was really enjoyable, although the action scenes were at a minimal. It was more of a mystery, but still worth the money and time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Homer, NY, United States 03-21-12
    Sean Homer, NY, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Sean

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    "Very Cool Twist on a Vampire novel..."
    What did you love best about Blood Oath?

    The Character of Cade is just cool


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    very much so. There are lots of twists and turns I enjoyed it.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    I actually enjoyed all his characters. He did a GREAT job!!! I sincerely look forward to listening to this whole series provided HE is the narrator... just downloaded the second book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Cade called Zach by his first name.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy the supernatural book and got this one on sale and enjoyed it thoroughly! I can't recommend it strongly enough. It just grabs you and pulls you in and when the car stops you just want to listen more...!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Short Ferndale, MI USA 06-28-11
    R. Short Ferndale, MI USA 06-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Entertaining!"

    If you want to listen to something that will spark your imagination and have you chuckling once in a while, be sure to get this book. I thought that the characters developed nicely, and the story line is original, to say the least. I quite like Cade and his handlers, Griff and Zach. Am looking forward to the next one, which I will be starting today.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 06-07-11
    Cheryl Long Beach, CA, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2004

    All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!

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    "Write more, Christopher!"

    So sad, I've finished both Cade books, now there are no more! These are totally engrossing, Zack is a great character, a perfect foil for Cade. More, more, more!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelbey Clovis, NM, United States 07-07-10
    Kelbey Clovis, NM, United States 07-07-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Original and Excellent"

    I didn't think I would like this book because of how overhyped Vampires are these days. On the contrary, it was amazing! Assuming this will be a series, I can't wait until the next one comes out.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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