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Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade) Paperback – March 1, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I love good guy monsters!! This book was just non-stop awesomeness! I'm looking for the next in the series right now!Published 1 month ago by Anne Stiebing
Love this writer books very much. Hope more books will be writing in future. If you love books about vampires this an must read.Published 5 months ago by peru
Just finished reading it, not my usual read but the thought of a vampire protecting the president was a unique concept and just had to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was introduced to this series at Emerald City Comic Con this year when I found a booth giving out free books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Laurie D
I love this type of genre. A very well written book, there are no annoying spell check misses. I hope this series goes on for a while.Published 8 months ago by MScott
As a fan of the vampire genre I read everything I can get my hands on. Having said that, I was growing tired of vampire romance. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David R Bishop, author of The Children of Cain: House of Dvanaesti
This was an extremely well written book. I found it hard to put down. Very reminiscent of Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series. Just a different hero. Read morePublished 14 months ago by James