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Even better than the last one,
This review is from: Red, White, and Blood (Nathaniel Cade Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
Though I read and loved the first two books in this series, I was in no way prepared for just how amazing this book was going to be. Farnsworth has found his winning formula and it just keeps getting better and better. This is definitely my favorite of the three books in this series. The only downside is that we have to wait for the next one.
Though it could be compared to a lot of things, I think this series of books is not like anything else out there right now. Though the anti-hero is an often used concept, it has never been taken to this level. Nathaniel Cade, a vampire bound by blood to protect the President of the United States, is one of the most terrifying heroes ever conceived. Cade is quite simply one of the best characters I have ever read and the twisted buddy cop relationship with Zach is hilarious and brilliant on so many levels. The universe that Farnsworth has constructed is a masterwork. The concept of what Cade is and what he does is truly original. You can tell that the author has done his homework because the universe is built around so many concepts from actual historical events to shout outs to other works of fiction. Searching for these easter eggs is one of the most fun parts of reading these books.
The formula is basically Cade protecting the President by killing some new hellish nightmare. However that synopsis does no justice to the books because each book has been so unique. Each story stands on its own, completely different from the others. Though it basically boils down to Cade killing the bad guy, the twists and turns they take to get there are masterful and in my opinion, this one was the best. This plot was full of Mystery, Suspense, Political Intrigue, Action, Adventure, of course no small amount of horror, and in any one of these aspects this author can go toe to toe with the masters of the respective genres. This author's interpretation of The Boogeyman is truly terrifying. I mean, this book basically boils down to vampire versus the patron saint of serial killers. What is more awesome and terrifying than that?
Candace frowned. "You're pretty scary, Cade, but I seem to be doing okay so far."
"No," Cade said. "You're not. I'm on your side. I'm leashed. And you're still terrified of me. You literally cannot imagine living in a world where the things like me--the ones that do not have to obey and protect you--are part of your everyday life. You try, in your movies and your stories. You rehearse the Apocalypse over and over. And all of those efforts are too small. Too human to grasp what any of it would mean. Those stories still have heroes and hope. You cannot fathom what it would do to you, to actually live in that world. Could you kill your six-year-old child when she woke with blood on her lips? What would you do when you found the place in the cellar where your husband stored human flesh? Could you do what it takes?"
There are so many more great things I can say about this book but I will let you read it for yourself. I can say that this was one of the best books I have read in a while. I am officially a hardcore Christopher Farnsworth fan who will be counting the days until the next book comes out.