Series: Nathaniel Cade #1
Published by Putnam Adult on 5/18/2010
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal Fiction, Thriller
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, Cade has spent more than 140 years in service to the president, battling nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream.
Immediately Zach and Cade receive their first joint assignment: one that uncovers a shadowy government conspiracy and a plot to attack the Unites States with a gruesome new biological weapon. Zach soon learns that the world is far stranger, and far more dangerous, than he ever imagined . . . and that his partner is the least of his problems.
Blood Oath is an original, exciting twist on a genre that has seen just about everything. Approximately 140 years ago, Nathaniel Cade was an innocent youth, working for a living on a boat, when he was turned by a creature hunting the crew in the night. After committing an abominable act, he’s captured and thrown into a holding cell. President Andrew Johnson gives him a pardon, but on one condition: he swear on an oath to protect the United States of America from its enemies….for the rest of his undead life. I really liked Blood Oath. Instead of the usual paranormal fantasies that are saturating the industry, Christopher Farnsworth gives us an intriguing story of a vampire playing a secret agent for the President, protecting us from things that go bump in the night. It’s Men In Black meets 24 meets Dracula and it is FUN. The story line is fast-paced, exciting and witty (see my Teaser Tuesday for a great quote). Don’t be afraid because this book involves politics; politics play a backseat role in this story and yet make it at the same time. It reads like a really awesome movie (I hope it gets made into one, because I love action flicks!) and I had a great time reading it. Blood Oath is completely unlike any vampire book you will ever read and you will LOVE it. I don’t like spoilers, so I won’t go into plot twists and details; they are all pretty important. The characters are likeable (or not, in some cases) and realistic; I especially like Zach’s cocky I’m-god-turned-omgisthisshitreal attitude. It’s an excellent characterization of a pompous, self-important staffer and completely believable. Farnsworth weaves our real history with imagination expertly. Blood Oath is not recommended for the squeamish; it does contain gore, but it’s done exceptionally well. So go grab this little gem…you will NOT be disappointed!
“You’re the strong, silent type, I get that. I’m sure the ladies love it,” Zach said. “And I know you think I’m nothing but a useless douchenozzle. But I’m here. I am doing this job. So maybe you could talk to me like a frigging grown up, huh?”
This book was provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. Blurb courtesy of Goodreads.