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Blood Oath Hardcover – May 18, 2010
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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 Entertainingly plausible historical documents at the beginning of each chapter and a sense that this fight is just a skirmish in a larger war help elevate the book above its sometimes bland characters and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.
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I had a great time with this book. It was action packed and was a very fast read. The book had a nice flow and doesn't ever get bogged down in pointless details or fluff to extend the pages. I've seen some reviewers saying it read's more like a movie and maybe it's because Mr. Farnsworth write screenplay's but I think his writing fits his characters perfectly. Mr. Cade is not a deep person (at least on the outside). He doesn't bemoan his situation, doesn't sit and whine oh why me, poor me. He only does one thing and he does it well but at the same time I feel that we haven't even scratched the surface with him and belive Mr. Farnsworth has left so much more of his past for later. This was a great debut novel. It's very James Bond meets ... well Vampires. The villians are top notch. They are mean, ruthless yet at no time do they feel fake or too over the top. There are so many things going on with the villians and shadowy organizations that you just know you'll be hearing more from them in the future. The action sequences are good and you get these brief looks into Mr. Cade's mind here and there. I for one can't wait to read more. The next book is already in the mail.
Nathaniel Cade is a vampire bound by oath to serve the Office of the President of the United States. He has his own moralistic code but he is, nevertheless, a predator. And a pretty awesome one at that. The action is non-stop and only picks up speed as the various plots woven by the bad guys - and they are BAD - start to come together with the force of a runaway train. The only thing standing in the way of that train is Cade and his newbie handler, Zach Barrows.
The story is told in third person from multiple POVs. This lets the reader spend as much time with the villains as it does with the heroes. The villains were so horrible, so evil, that I was often gnashing my teeth waiting for them to get their comeuppance. They don't all get it, sadly, but hopefully the day will come when those who slipped the noose in this book get their asses handed back to them on a platter. A platter served by one Mr. Nathaniel Cade. Yes, I eagerly await that day.
On to book 2!
Another feature I liked is his quotations from other sources at the beginning of each chapter or section. Some of them described Cade in a succinct, matter-of-fact way (if you can call it that!), while other quotes contributed new information, both about Cade and other subjects.
Farnsworth writes in a fluid, easy to read method that lets you see the action and people he describes--quite an accomplishment, given this genre!
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanted a new slant on a classic horror story.