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Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade #1)

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Zach Barrows is a cocky, ambitious White House employee until he's abruptly transferred out and partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the president. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound 140 years ago by a special blood oath, Nathanial Cade is a vampire. On the orders of the president he defends the nation against enemies far stranger-and ev ...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Jove Books
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Nov 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, blog, bloodsuckers
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
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by:
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
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advance, own-print
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
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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
Having accidentally read book 3 first, and having just finished this book (book 1) all I can think of is...why isn't this series a movie franchise? Nathaniel Cade should totally be the next action, adventure star. From the first pages of this book the action, suspense, and intrigue rolled through my mind like a filmstrip.

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 p
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
Dec 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
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
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
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
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
Mar 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.

Apr 13, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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.

Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine-book
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
Beau Smith
Jun 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I feel like there are two types of readers. I would announce, "Hey everyone! There's this book about a 140 year old vampire who is blood bound to serve the President of the United States against all supernatural enemies foreign and domestic. Want to read it?" One type would immediately think it sounds awesome and run out to get it. The other type would roll their eyes at the camp. Honestly, after reading it, I'm not sure which side I would fall into.
This book is to vampire novels what Sharknado
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I plan on running Curse of Strahd in the coming months, and want to read some cheesy genre fiction to get in the mood. This was dumb but fun as heck.
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Είναι το δεύτερο βιβλίο που διαβάζω από τον συγκεκριμένο εκδοτικό οίκο. Το βιβλίο μου άρεσε πολύ και θα έβαζα πενταρακι, αν η επιμέλεια του κειμένου δεν ήταν τόσο κακή (όπως και στο άλλο βιβλίο).
Cyn Armistead
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Blood Oath is an interesting and fairly refreshing variation on the vampire riff. Most of the current tales give us a suave, sexy predator who mesmerizes his or her prey, leaving humans pining for their presence. They might even fall in love with a human. Nathaniel Cade, however, refers to humans as food, saying, "Would you have sex with a cow?" That makes much more sense to me. It's a good thing he isn't interested, either, as the typical reaction people have to encountering him is utter panic, ...more
Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like vampires...a lot. This is a love affair that started with Bram Stoker's Dracula, read way back in elementary school. Vampires used to be for adults only - scary, threatening, evil, and yet sexy - and I was okay with that. Then, the trend became to make them young, cool, still sexy, but not so evil; I was okay with that trend too. However, every once in a while, it does not hurt to go back to your roots, to where vampires were evil, scary and not friendly. Blood Oath does just that. Fright ...more
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Christopher Farnsworth is the author of the Nathaniel Cade series, THE ETERNAL WORLD, KILLFILE, 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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