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
As I stated in the headline, this book starts out slow, but gains a little bit of momentum in the middle and finishes ok. Overall, I believe the story is mildly entertaining, but it is a story that has been done before and lacks originality. The main protagonist of the story is a vampire by the name of Nathaniel Cade, who is forced to work for the government because of a "blood oath" he made years ago with the U.S. president in office at the time. And to be honest, the vampire character in this story is both flat and uninteresting. The author fails to make a connection between the main character and the reader, and I believe this is the downfall of this novel. As a matter of fact, the only interesting person in this story in my opinion, is the "Dr. Frankenstein" character that is introduced about midway through the story. This is the main reason why I think the story picks up for me a little in the middle is because of this character. Without him, I think the story would just collapse in on itself.
If stories containing monsters, supernatural beings, and government intrigue interest you, then I would recommend you skip this book and take a look at Larry Correia's Monster Hunter series of books. Mr. Correia is a much better writer and story teller than Farnsworth, and the Monster Hunter books are much more entertaining.
Bronson Pinchot narrates this story, and as always, does a great job. Mr. Pinchot's performance is the only reason that the overall rating for this book gets bumped to 3 stars.
Have always loved to read. Life is busy, marriage, work, the kids. Time is limited. My commute is now listening to my books. Heaven!
great character storytelling
The characters and their relationships
Pitch perfect, captures the characters and keeps the narrative moving at break neck speed
Very hard to turn off, turned from late night into early morning listening
Would recommend this book to anyone!!!
I really enjoyed this book. It's a bit of a spy novel, gov. conspiracy novel and vampire novel that has a touch of "Men in Black" mixed in. I also like the hint of a classic 50's horror movie: This is a version of Dracula Vs. Dr. Frankenstein. I wish there was a better description of Zach & Cade. Maybe I just missed it but I think he never describes how they really look. Griff reminds me so much of K from "Men in Black".
Bronson Pinchot was a good narrator too.
Overall a good book in that the concept was different and it combined suspense with some mythology.
The whole concept of the "Black World" just outside the public knowledge and Nathanial Kade's demeanor and the exact interpretation of his oath are a solid foundation for the books. The relationship between Nathanial and his handlers as well as his recognition of who he is and how he fits into the whole scenario is so creative and well written. Don't want to say too much.
DON'T MISS IT!
One of the top 5.
Very good performance.
The President of the U.S.A. has a secret weapon...
I really enjoyed this book, so much so I listened to it in one shot. I found the plot had several twists and turns with creative characters drawing me in more and more.
This is not your typical vampire book but that shouldn't discourage you from buying it! I don't want to give anything away but the author has a real talent for writing sarcasm.
I'm on to book 2 now!
This was an exciting read. I was drawn by the concept and really got hooked right away. This book never let's you lose interest. I really looked for every opportunity to get in my car and drive, and listen to the tale unfold. I can't wait until the next adventure of the President's Vampire. I hope someone is smart enough to turn this vampire story into a major movie!!
This is not your bubble gum vampire book. Nor is it the sexy seductress variety. The Blood Oath is an action packed story, starting off on a secret mission you learn that there is something different going on. Then you learn that the main character in the story is a vampire, sworn to protect the President and the innocent people of The United States. He's not your average vampire, he's your special ops Marine vampire with the highest security clearance! Kuddo's to Christopher Farnsworth in his research and portrayal of the characters. I was sad to see this one end.
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