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There are probably some people who wonder why I decided the world needed another vampire novel, let alone one about a bloodsucker who works for the president.
But to me, changing the War on Terror to the War on Horror didn’t seem like that much of a leap.
My vampire Nathaniel Cade even has his birth in U.S. history. I got the idea when reading a weird factoid about a sailor pardoned by President Andrew Johnson after being accused of killing two men and drinking their blood. I wondered: What would a man sitting in the Oval Office do with a vampire?
Then it hit me. That was the wrong question. The right question is: What wouldn’t the president do with a vampire?
Since 9/11, it seems that the United States has struggled with one nightmare after another. There’s a feeling that the ground isn’t stable under our feet; that it might crumble at any moment and the graves will open and all kinds of nasty, hungry things will spring out.
You can see how we’re handling it in our hunger for stories of zombies and vampires and conspiracies. John Connolly’s Charlie Parker is a detective constantly fighting ghosts and demons, both symbolic and literal. Jonathan Maberry pits soldiers against what can only be called mad science; F. Paul Wilson’s Repairman Jack is a street-level fixer forced to confront undying evil. Meanwhile, Justin Cronin and Max Brooks have imagined worlds that show us what happens when humanity loses to horror.
This is where Nathaniel Cade comes in. He’s our front line and last resort in this war. He makes sure the nightmares never infect the brightly lit world of the American dream. He’s able to fight terror with terror.
There are two sayings that constantly go through my head when I’m writing Cade. The first is the old aphorism from Nietzsche: “Whoever fights monsters must take care not to become a monster himself.” The second I read in Shibumi, one of my favorite books of all time: “Who does the harsh things? He who can.”
Cade has already lost his humanity. He’s never going to get it back. So he knows the cost if he fails; he knows how easy it would be to slip into the future as it exists in The Passage. But he’s able to go into the shadows and survive precisely because he isn’t human. The shadows are where he belongs now.
To paraphrase Franklin D. Roosevelt, Cade might be a monster, but he’s our monster. And in a world filled with terror and darkness, it’s somehow comforting to think that we’ve got something with teeth on our side.
Zach is very human: charming yet emotionally isolated, too smart for his own good, and perhaps considering himself a little too untouchable with the world's best bodyguard keeping an eye on him.
Not the greatest writing and horrible knowledge of Presidential history, but the story is entertaining.
This is a great summer read, very fast and entertaining, couldn't put it down.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Zach and Cade have developed a pretty good rapport in this second novel. The Shadow Company, a rumored secret bureau of the government, really does exist, and their goals have... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Teresa
Cheap fun. Not the greatest writing and horrible knowledge of Presidential history, but the story is entertaining. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Seth K. Bush
Steven King has NOTHING on Chris Farnsworth. He pulls you in more and more with every page. Who could every imagine believing in and rooting for a "hero" who is a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ANGELA C
I wish he could write faster than I read. Cannot wait for the 4th in the series. Come on Chris, HURRY!!!!Published 1 month ago by R. M. Heeth
Farnsworth is a masterful storyteller. I have never enjoyed a suspense filled book more than this series. I immediately fell in love with Nathaniel Cade as a heartless killer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
The President's Vampire IS NOT a vampire book about glittery teenagers that glitter in the day light. This is more of a hard core take on what a vampire is. Read morePublished 3 months ago by infocyde
If you like clancy, baldacci, rollins or child but also silver screen monsters you'll like this series. I'm still waiting for his fourth book. (Rumor has it a movie is planned)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
great storyline witht he vampire angle and secret government societies. Ill be looking for more in the series. Ive read all 3 so far and thereyre great.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer