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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 486 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; Reprint edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515149039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515149036
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.1 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This action-filled debut by scriptwriter Farnsworth reads like a cross between P.N. Elrod's historical vampire adventures and Thomas Greanias's conspiracy thrillers. Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire, swore to fight on the side of President Andrew Jackson and all his successors. In the present day, Zach Barrows, a rising political star caught canoodling with the president's daughter, suddenly finds himself training to be Cade's handler after tough, wise special agent William Griffin retires. As they try to stop Cade's old nemesis, Dr. Johann Konrad, from creating an army of Frankensteinian monster soldiers, they uncover a deeper government conspiracy. Entertainingly plausible historical documents at the beginning of each chapter and a sense that this fight is just a skirmish in a larger war help elevate the book above its sometimes bland characters and their predictable motivations. (May)
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From Bookmarks Magazine

Since the undead seem to be turning up in every conceivable medium (TV, books, film) and genre (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, anyone?), critics were not exactly surprised to see a novel about "the President's vampire." But overall they felt that Farnsworth handles his material with flair. A common compliment and complaint was that the book reads like a screenplay, which is no surprise, given Farnsworth's background. But even those critics who griped about the occasional movie cliché found Blood Oath entertaining fun. But if you're not a fan of the vampire novels recently populating the shelves, well, here's another to move past. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Christopher Farnsworth is a former journalist and screenwriter. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. You can find out more at and

Customer Reviews

Great book--very well written and fast paced.
N. Shelton
It's like a "buddy movie" where some of the bad guys and even some of the good guys just happen to be supernatural.
T. Karr
A really good vampire novel that is also a political thriller.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Patricia VINE VOICE on April 3, 2010
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Blood Oath is an enjoyable book about the vampire Nathaniel Cade, who is sworn by a voodoo curse to serve the president of the US and his appointed agents. It is a mystery with no complex plot twists to confuse us and has plenty of action.

Cade has pretty much lost all his humanity, which unfortunately gives us a rather cold protagonist. Thankfully, there are a few moments when Cade comes alive, so to speak, and we see glimpses of his complexity. Hopefully, the author will bring more to light in the sequels. The new liaison between Cade and the president is Zach, a political whiz-kid who got caught between the sheets with the First Daughter. He is taking over from ailing Griff, who's seen just about everything. Despite being stereotypical characters, they work well in the story and each are well-developed. The author does a great job of showing Zach's development and how he changes. Tania, Cade's sort-of romance interest, has great promise for upcoming sequels. She is a minor character, but one of the best. There's bad guys too, of course. But, if you are tired of Muslims as antagonists, as well as crazy Nazis, you'll find no relief here in Blood Oath- disappointingly, both are present.

Farnworth's style is rather spare. By that I mean he doesn't go in for much description of the scenery or the surrounding situation, but focuses mainly on the action. For me, this style gave it somewhat of a late draft flavor- the story is there but not yet completely fleshed out.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on April 2, 2010
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"Blood Oath" is a nearly perfect suspense novel that neatly combines two different genres. The first (as is probably obvious by the title) is the vampire-as-superhero genre that you've probably seen in movies like "Underworld" or "Blade." The second is the historical political thriller, the likes of which we've seen quite often from John Clancy among others. The combination of the two is quite clever, and author Christopher Farnsworth writes well enough to make this a literal page-turner. "Blood Oath" is billed as the first in a potential series and if this is so, I'm looking forward to future adventures in the world that Farnsworth has created.

At the center of the novel is the vampire Nathaniel Cale, pardoned for vampirism by President Andrew Johnson, and subsequently required to loyally serve each subsequent president of the United States. Cale is an interesting character. Most vampires in recent fiction seem to me to be either decadent aristocrats (thanks to Anne Rice), or misunderstood romantics ala Barnabas Collins of "Dark Shadows." Cale seems closer to James Bond than any vampire prototype I'm familiar with. He's a character whose found an acceptable outlet for his ruthless tendencies and takes pride in his unique set of skills and professionalism. Cale makes the novel work, although virtually every lead character is well-fleshed out. We have Konrad, a sinister German scientist who is described as the model for Dr. Frankenstein, Tania, a female vampire enthralled with Cale, and Zach Barrows, an arrogant young Washington insider assigned to work with Cale. (Zach, among all the characters, is allowed a tremendous degree of character growth for a suspense novel.) But make no mistake, these characters exist primarily in relation to Cale.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
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All most people remember about President Andrew Johnson was that he became President only because Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated and he missed being impeached by one vote. Apparently he also gave a secret Presidential pardon to a young vampire and got a Voodoo priestess to bind the vampire to whoever was currently President. It seems that there is a whole legion of other worldly threats to humanity, other vampires, zombies and of course mad scientists that the public is kept blissfully unaware of.

As the novel (the first of a proposed series) begins an ambitious young aide has been sent to begin his newest assignment. one that he is certain will not be a promotion since he had been caught in bed with the First Daughter. Little did Zach realize that he had been selected to replace Special Agent Griffin to work with the President's Vampire. The good news is that it is a lifetime assignment, the bad news is that it just might not be as long term as it sounds.

The action is quite fast paced, the outrageous plot elements are presented in such a way as to sound plausible and the characters are written well enough to come to life. As with most first novels of a series lots of time is spent establishing the premise and back stories which does slow down the first half to a certain extent. Once the groundwork is laid the action takes off leading to an exciting, if foreseeable ending. What distinguishes BLOOD OATH from large pack of thrillers-with-supernatural-aspects is the author's dry sense of humor. There are numerous little jokes sprinkled throughout, particularly in the excerpts of briefing book that open many chapters.

This is a fun read. It is unusual and complex enough to keep the reader's interest but not so demanding that it requires prolonged focus, which makes this a great book to take along while traveling or waiting for the kid's soccer practice to end. This reader is looking forward to more adventures of Cade and Zach.
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