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The President's Vampire Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 28, 2011
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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.
There are plenty of chills and thrills... VERDICT: Readers who enjoy adventure with a compelling cast of characters will enjoy this clever, witty sequel to Blood Oath. --Patricia Altner, Library Journal
Top Customer Reviews
Cade, our titular and uber top secret vampire, is a very scary and inhuman piece of work. But, my fellow Americans, he is *our* very scary and inhuman piece of work: fighting the supernatural bad guys and all manner of evildoers (including a bittersweet-yet-enjoyable gory demise for Osama Bin Laden which will have to tide me over for the time being). Reading Cade's sections of the book is a lot of fun, as he pretty beyond "good and bad" and just channels his inner demonic Jason Bourne. But...Cade was once human, and he possesses honor and some dim recollection of emotions, elevating the character beyond a simple badass, one-note hero.
The supporting cast is great, especially Cade's government-appointed "handler," Zach. 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. I was Team Cade in Blood Oath but 100% Team Zach in TPV...the character has really grown and come into his own.
I love comic books, monster movies, vampires (gothic to Twilighty), twisty political thrillers, and just plain fun reads. TPV delivers on all levels. A great vacation/flying read when you want to lose yourself for a few uninterrupted hours...don't start this book at 10 at night as I did! Two thumbs up.
Ladies and gents, The President's Vampire is not your standard vampire fare.
Chris Farnsworth gives us the supernatural equivalent to 24 with vampire Nathaniel Cade as our Jack Bauer.
Long ago Cade swore a blood oath to protect the President of the United States and the country. He works as black ops taking care of the nasties that come from the Other Side. For the last century he's been working to exterminate reptilian hybrids -- what his handler Zach calls Snakeheads. But they keep changing and now they're showing up in the middle of enemy territory. Cade arrives and slaughters, but someone is pulling the strings now. Probably someone within The Shadow Company (a.k.a. the ultimate bad Men in Black).
Vampire Cade is very clearly not human. Everyone he encounters shies away, because there is an instinctual pull away from predators. And that's truly what Cade is: a predator who sees others as either threats or prey. Despite this, he still willingly entered the oath and is incredibly loyal. Just, you know, super scary simultaneously. You want him on your side. His handler Zach is still adjusting to working with the living dead, but Cade keeps saving his life and the work needs to be done.
We aren't about to spoil the plot on this one. It's a thriller and you need to experience each event as it unravels. But expect that The Shadow Company has men everywhere and being aware of the infiltration isn't always enough. Big plans have been set into action, and now Cade has to stop them to save not just the U.S., but humanity.
All of Farnsworth's writing is precise, but it's particularly extraordinary during action sequences from Cade's point-of-view.Read more ›
Even the whisper of Cade's existence is supposed to be top secret. Zach Barrows has his entire life turned upside down when his political career comes to an end and he is made the handler of the President's vampire. In this story the secret appears to have infiltrated so much of the Washington, D. C. political culture it seemed as if everyone in town knew about Cade and had simply decided not to talk about it. The Secret Company is a group which has long been formed to take down the government from the inside out and they use a defense contractor, Archer/Andrews which already has a dark and shadowy reputation, to carry out their clandestine activities. There is a virus being perfected which instantly turns people into, as Zach calls them, Snakeheads.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I hesitated reading this book once I discovered it was #2 in the series. It was a delight to find an author who can write a serial book that can stand on its own merits. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kimberly L. Ellis
This book is one that you can't put down. The excitement of black operations in Washington and two great main characters. I will be reading the next book in the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Edwina M. Brady
Great series! Looking forward to the fourth installment! Falling for Cade!Published 6 months ago by Tracy
im really baked right now, so roll with it. These books are awesome. I'm stuck in bed chronically ill, and these audiobooks amuse me for endless hours. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lost in NJ
Excellent read!! Good characters, lots of action, seriously twisted bad guys (and girls) and a hero vampire with ethics... how can you go wrong?? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindlekid
Blew through this book in a couple days. Fun, freaky, frightening - really enjoyed. I read a lot and it takes a lot to gross me out and keep me interested - this series does it!Published 11 months ago by BookOwl1017
Very entertaining concept. While this is (hopefully!) fiction, it makes me wonder what exactly my government is doing!Published 11 months ago by M. Lenora Staples
Audiobook: All Cade needs is a pair of sharp adamantium blades and no monster's would stand. Second book in the series. Non-stop action and good writing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer