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Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade #1)

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Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound by a special blood oath, he is a vampire. Cade battles nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream, enemies far st ...more
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by Putnam Adult
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After avoiding the vampire genre for so long (thanks to Stephenie Meyer turning it into one giant suckfest of romantic longing), I've lately been wallowing in it. Between watching seasons 1 and 2 of SyFy's Being Human, reading DC's excellent The New 52 I, Vampire, as well as Scott Snyder's American Vampire, my faith in the genre has been restored. Bring on the bloodsucking fiends! So I was more than ready to tackle Blood Oath, which, based upon several excellent reviews, I thought would also put ...more
Put aside the notions of vampires, Indiana Jones adventure tales, and Dan Brown style conspiracy thrillers. No matter that Blood Oath stirs up all three in a satisfying summer read. This is a moral tale whose moral should be taken very seriously by all aspiring political types.

The Moral?

Never sleep with the president's daughter in the Lincoln Bedroom. It's a bad career move.

You just might get saddled with a 160+ year old vampire who lives in the White House's basement and takes on all the real t
Excellent debut novel! Even though it was about vampires, like so many other current books, I found this story to be original & fresh. It was well written & interesting. Cade was an awesome vamp! At first I didn't like Zach. He was a whiny, pompous, spoiled brat. Experience & circumstance made him grow up & become a stand up guy in a hurry! Bring on The President's Vampire #2!
May 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Blood Oath is the best vampire book I have ever read. It is a thrilling paranormal adventure, oozing with action and intrigue.

Nathaniel Cade is cursed, or to be more precise, is committed with a blood oath to serve and protect the president and defend the United States. Cade's past cases are the stuff of legends. Literally. Conspiracy theories barely scratch the surface of what he's faced.

Zach, Cade's new liaison to the president, is completely authentic. His words and actions completely match w
It was only a matter of time, given the current vampire craze, that someone attempted to fuse political intrigue with everyone's favorite blood-suckers. Unfortunately Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth seems to be made up of clichés rather than anything of substance.

Nathanial Cade is a vampire who serves at the leisure of the President of the United States. Agreeing to be bound by a blood oath cast by a voodoo priestess, Cade has served since the presidency of Andrew Jackson and has protected
William Bentrim
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth.

I had reservations when I got this book. Another vampire story just seems to be over the top. Imagine my surprise when I discovered it was a fast moving, captivating story. A vampire serving as a secret agent for generations of American presidents was a storyline that worked out surprisingly well.

Nathaniel Cade has served his nation for 140 years. Protecting an unsuspecting population from a veritable Ripley’s Believe it or Not cast of villains. A vampire w
First things first--the cover of the book that was letting me know it was an advance copy said (and I'm guessing here because I gave the book to Robin to read) "The perfect secret. The perfect agent. The President's vampire." And I have to say, as much as I like the title, I still think The President's Vampire would've been a cooler title. But that aside, this was a great book. Plus, once you get to the point in the book where the title is explained, it makes sense and is pretty cool.

Zach Barrow
Okay, I have to say that the tag lines on the cover did not impress me and I thought it was on the edge of rediculous, but I decided to open the book anyway (Blood Oath is a far better title). To my surprise I haven't been able to put it down!! It's well written and the action starts right away. Of course there is some gore (always good), but what I like the best is that the characters are very believable. I'm only about 100 pages in, but so far I'm impressed. I am reminded once again to not "ju ...more
Adding to my previous review: BUY THIS BOOK!!! It is available in bookstores Tuesday, May 18 and worth every penny! Such a good read! If you can't buy it, request it from your local library!

Super-fun, super-fast story of a vampire who swore a blood oath to the office of the President of the United States in the 1860's and has been investigating paranormal occurrences since.

It's smart, funny and perfectly paced. And I love that the author gave his own book 5 stars on goodreads! I totally agree.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
I am very particular about the books I read. When I initially received this book, I thought I would not like it. I thought it was some political thriller and not up my alley. Boy was I wrong. Scanning the first few pages turned into reading 50 pages straight while trying to get ready for work. The book just “sucks” (yes, the main character is a vampire so “sucks” is appropriate) you right in.

The main character “Cade” is a vampire. He is working for the President via a “blood oath” that began lo
Poppy Fields
I lucked out and found this at my local library. I read the first page and was hooked. It took me two days to read it and everytime I had to put it down ( work, family obligations) all I would think about how soon I could get back to it. I hope Mr. Farnsworth is a fast writer because I can't wait for the next book.

The story is original with intriguing characters and a captivating cadence that makes you reluctant to put the book down. There are clever historical references and journal entries tha
Suspense Magazine
It isn’t often when a book leaves me at a loss for words and far less often that a debut novel leaves me physically longing for the next installment. As bewitching as early Anne Rice, Christopher Farnsworth has done just that with the introduction of “Blood Oath” and the President’s Vampire, Nathanial Cade.

Only a select few over more than a century have been privy to the true secret of success behind the oval office. The weapon that stalks the night—compelled to follow presidential order—effect
Darcia Helle
Blood Oath is not your typical, light vampire novel. Farnsworth's writing could easily stand beside all of today's best thriller and suspense authors. Cade is a vampire who has sworn a blood oath to protect the president and his team. But not just one president - every president for the rest of Cade's existence. His job is to seek and destroy those things that live in the shadows and that the average person never knows about.

Each character is unique, the dialogue is perfection, and the plot keep
Kathleen Kelly
Blood Oath is a book that combines vampirism and politics. According to history, there was a person that was pardoned for being a bloodsucker by President Andrew Jackson. The vampire in this story, Nathaniel Cade's assignment is to protect the president at all costs and he has been sworn not to hurt either the president or any of the agents working with him. Cade actually refuses to drink human blood at all and exists by drinking animal blood. Into the picture comes Zach Barrows, who is assigned ...more
James Bond with pale skin and a sensitivity to sun light But then 007 wore shades at times didnt he? A vampire with a concience, attitude, a dry sense of humor, faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, fighting to protect our country from the truly evil - and all without being a doey-eyed, love lorn tween (shades of Hell Boy anyone?).

The flood of vampire novels over the past few years had me running screaming to the nearest book store exit - until I found 'Blood Oath'.

Dane Jackson
So far, this is my favorite debut novel of 2010 (even though it hasn't come out yet). I had as much fun reading Blood Oath and discovering Christopher Farnsworth as I did with Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell last year.

Blood Oath follows the story of Nathaniel Cade, a vampire sworn to protect the President of the United States. The novel reads like a Vince Flynn political thriller mixed with Hellboy and the Universal Monsters. If you ask me, those three traits are the equation for a great book.

This political thriller has it all. suspense, action, and a story line that will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Beau Smith
For 147 years Cade, a vampire, has been protecting our Presidents and our country. Think of Jack Bauer, only as a vampire and more.

I don't read a lot of fiction, but I must say, BLOOD OATH is one of the best fiction books I've ever read. It covers everything an action/thriller/horror reader could want. The story and the characters are filled with layers and twists. Not the usual story twists just to shock and be a twist, I'm talking about smart turns and dialogue that will make you re-read this
Thought I would try this because I rather like a good Vampire story as long as it's not too vapid and well, nobody...sparkles. I also am a fan of Robert Ludlum's books, and this rather reminded me of them in some spots with the action sequences.

My favorite approach to the Vampire mythos--well any fantasy/science fiction really--is when an author has a very logical world set up, definite rules for how the Vampire or fantastic creature must live and act, and a good back story for how they got tha
Apr 29, 2010 Clare rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: see my review
At this moment, there are eight separate conspiracy groups plotting to destroy the U.S. government. And Nathaniel Cade, the President’s Vampire, is working against the non-humans who would bring us down.
This book was awesome! From the very first page, when Zach Barrows, a self-titled “young Karl Rove,” is reassigned as the presidential liaison to the President’s Vampire, I read with accelerated heartbeat and eager anticipation. His new job: “Forget the War on Terror, Zach. This is the War on
Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth is a thriller with real bite. The first book in a three book series of supernatural thrillers that make you afraid of the dark once again.

Nathanial Cade is a vampire who has sworn a blood oath to protect the President from otherworldly monsters who threaten the United States. He takes his oath very seriously and tries not to drink human blood, the natural food for this apex predator. He is stronger than man, faster than man, and your natural instinct is to ru
Blood Oath is a fantastic opener to what promises to be a fun new series. I love dark UF and this was so new and different that it was a joy to read.

We are introduced to Zach Barrows, not yet thirty years old and already the deputy director for White House affairs. He's very sure of himself and confident in his job at the White House. That is until he's reassigned. He thinks the reassignment has come because the Secret Service caught him with the president's nineteen year old daughter in the L
I had a lot of fun with "Blood Oath". The author, Christopher Farnsworth is a scriptwriter and I think it shows in his book. The book reads like you are at a movie. In this book, Zach, the whiny overprivileged staffer reassigned after a indiscretion with the president's daughter meets the mother of all predators, the vampire, Cade. However, instead of being annoyed by Zach, he quickly proves his worth and become likable. We also get to find out how Cade becomes a vampire and how he earns his blo ...more
This book is more deserving of 2 1/2 stars.

The plot was interesting enough to keep me reading. The writing style was tolerable, but it also made the characters feel distant. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, not even when Cade flashed back to his woe-is-me days of taking the Blood Oath and the flashback to how he became a vampire. In fact, I hated the flashbacks. There were only two major ones involving Cade and they were too long and too impersonal for me to care.

There were also
Caz Edmunds
First of all, anyone and everyone who knows me know that when it comes to Vampires, I just gravitate towards them like a moth to a flame. It started with Anne Rice and went on further than that.

Now seeing a book like this with the by-line and touted as the Vampire thriller that Dan Brown would have written, if in case he ever did, was enough to make me take notice. Although at first, I dismissed it quickly thinking of whatever angles would they think of next when it comes to our fanged brethren,
With vampires and the supernatural being in vogue right now I thought this was just another author looking to jump on the bandwagon. But Farnsworth's slightly different angle was refreshingly different. He's not trying to glorify or vilify Cade, but makes him an inherently evil being that is stuck doing good things. Whether you believe it's against his will or not is up to the reader. It had some good action and several "laugh out loud" moments. I really enjoyed how Cade would use obscure or out ...more
Garrick Merriweather
Great Book. As someone who loves vampire fiction and as someone who is working on their own vampire story, I found this story to be really well written and enjoyable. I absolutely loved the concept. One of the many things I like about vampire fiction is that everyone can have their own take on vampire lore and none of it is wrong. Yes, there is even room for the likes of Stephanie Meyer in this genre. With that said, I love Chris's particular take on vampires. He actually made me rethink the my ...more
Lee Ann
I actually loved this book. It was a dark but cheeky story of Nathaniel Cade...the President's vampire. It's like the X-files, Men in Black and a Bourne Identity type action packed special ops tale all rolled into one. The book is tied into modern terror issues and creatively links back to the past through recounted news stories and classified briefings, Zack's reading of the "nightmare pet": an observational and study log of Cade over his 150+ years, or Cade reflecting when Zack asks him questi ...more
I am not sure why I can't bring myself to give this one 5 stars. This is good Urban Fantasy just the way I like it -- a little dark, funny, and outside the box. I suppose the problem is that I listened to it in audio book format instead of gaining my feel for it through physical page turning. I didn't like straining to hear what Cade/Kade was saying most of the time. The narrator did not factor in listening in a car instead of through ear buds. Whatever. It annoyed me so I took off a star.

Read and reviewed in 2010 from copy provided by Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review.

Once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down - it is fabulous! It could be described as sort of a vampire meets James Bond meets Charles Stross' Laundry (On Her Majesty's Occult Service), but with a few twists all of its own - such as the fact that the author uses actual events from the history of the US as a base for the book! (See The President's Vampire: Strange-but-True Tales of th
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Christopher Farnsworth is the author of the Nathaniel Cade series and a screenwriter and former journalist. He lives in Los Angeles.
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“Couldn’t you hypnotize her or something?"
"It doesn’t work like that."
"I thought vampires were all sex gods with the ladies."
Cade looked at him. "What gave you that idea?"
"Uh ... late-night TV, mostly ..."
"Humans are our food. Do you want to have sex with a cow?”
“Right. Just let the nice monster turn him into paste.” 14 likes
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