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Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Farnsworth
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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There are worse things in this world than al-Qaeda and North Korea, Zach. And they are just waiting for their chance at us.' Sharp and ambitious, Zach Barrows is on his way up. But when he gets a call from the White House, it’s not quite the promotion he expected. Zach is to be the new political liaison officer to America’s best kept secret: Nathaniel Cade. The President’s vampire. And Cade is the world’s only hope against a horrifying new terrorist threat advancing from the Middle East. The fight is deadlier than ever, and time is running out . . .

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'Witty, exciting, and compulsively readable, with a central character who seems destined to become a favourite of both sceptics and true blood believers, this may just be the best debut vampire novel in many years.' (John Connolly )


'If Dan Brown wrote a vampire thriller, this would be it' -- Mitch Horowitz 'Anyone worried that the vampire novel is stuck in a soppy Twilight rut will be relieved by screenwriter Farnsworth's hilariously over-conceived debut. The set-up alone is a joy ... Cade is a wonderful creation -- all the more satisfying for being not the usual fey aristocrat but a brutal and often charmless "apex predator". Slick, fast-moving fun for the beach.' -- Guardian 'Terrific ... Written with enormous gusto and flair, Cade seems destined to become a hero the world will find hard to forget' -- Daily Mail 'BLOOD OATH is exactly how I like my Presidential thrillers. With vampires.' -- Brad Meltzer 'Witty, exciting, and compulsively readable, with a central character who seems destined to become a favourite of both sceptics and true blood believers, this may just be the best debut vampire novel in many years.' -- John Connolly 'A political-thriller concept with bite' -- LA Times 'A super cool read ... Blood Oath is fascinating and entertaining, and adds new blood to the current vampire craze' -- 'An irresistible page-turner that makes one realize that, no matter how tough the War on Terror may be, at least it's not the War on Horror ... unnervingly realistic ... dazzlingly clever ... And as an added bonus, readers finally learn the truth behind the failed assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan and that mysterious 18 1/2 -minute gap in the Watergate tapes.' -- Washington Post 'Farnsworth has written a rollicking Washington thriller about this "Drac Bauer" -- Nathaniel Cade' -- New York Post (Required Reading) 'Reminded me of reading a great Robert Ludlum spy thriller, but with supernatural elements thrown in ... fantasy, mystery and thriller fans alike will love this one' -- The Vampire Librarian '24 meets Jonathan Maberry's Joe Ledger novels meets Fringe meets Blade ... addictively fun and entertaining' -- Fantasy Book Critic 'Do you ever get a giddy feeling when you know you have come across something that is truly great? That is how I felt after reading BLOOD OATH by Christopher Farnsworth' -- Fiction Finder 'This book was impossible to put down, and I devoured it in a weekend' -- Blog Critics 'Combines action, suspense, mystery, and horror ... a page turner from the very beginning ... Highly recommended' -- Monster Librarian 'Given the popularity of vampires, it is not surprising that they are appearing more frequently in crime and thriller titles, either as detectives or villains. The latest is Christopher Farnsworth's fast-moving thriller Blood Oath, which features vampire Nathaniel Cade, a Secret Service agent sworn to protect the American president from supernatural threats. Great fun...the characters are sufficiently well developed to ground the storyline. A good dose of humour also helps to move the story along.' -- Canberra Times 'Absolutely first-class entertainment ... edge of the seat stuff, and terrific fun' -- Books Monthly 'Surprising and engrossing ... Pulp fiction at its very best' -- 'An entertaining debut novel ... a refreshing change' -- 'A brilliant central idea' -- 'A darn sight better than any other contemporary thrillers you might find on the airport shelves, or dare I say it, any vampire romance you might care to suggest. Dracula meets West Wing (or even 24) - what is there not to like?' -- 'Tense, fast-moving, with amusing uses of improvised weapons ... a rattling good read' -- 'A fun, thrilling, fast-paced, topsy-turvy ride that kept me hooked from beginning to end ... one of those books that I enjoyed far more than I expected to' --

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 819 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (8 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JHZDC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,239 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born and raised in Idaho, Christopher Farnsworth worked as an investigative and business reporter for several years before selling his first screenplay. Since then, he has been coming up with new and better ways to kill monsters, bad guys and aliens, and his first novel BLOOD OATH will be published by Hodder and Stoughton on 8th July 2010. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Jean Roosevelt Farnsworth, and their daughter.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The presidential vampire 23 May 2010
Personally, I am getting sick of all the drippy romantic vampire drivel that's currently being churned out because of the "Twilight" craze.

So it's something of a relief to come across a book like "Blood Oath," which instead focuses on a really cool concept -- what if there were a vampire secret agent who had been serving the US president for the last century-and-a-half? "Blood Oath" at times feels like a paint-by-numbers thriller, but the fast pace, solid prose and inclusion of vampire intrigue make it a fun read.

Zach Burrows is an ambitious, fast-rising young political figure... until he's caught fooling around with the president's teenage daughter. So he's reassigned to a new post: the presidential liaison to Nathaniel Cade, a vampire who is blood-oathed to the president, and who does all sorts of secret missions to destroy supernatural threats to the United States.

Their first mission: jihadist terrorists are shipping dismembered American soldiers into the U.S., intending to create Unmenschsoldat -- undead killing machines, better known as Frankenstein monsters.

So Cade and the reluctant Zach are sent to find the one man who can create those monsters, but are unable to prove anything. Even worse, they have attracted hostile attention from several different areas -- the monstrous Dr. Konrad, a beautiful vampire, and a terrifying Shadow Company which knows no mercy. They're determined to bring down the United States, even the world as we know it... and Cade too.

It doesn't come as a surprise that Christopher Farnsworth is a screenwriter, because "Blood Oath" reads like the novelization of a fast-paced action thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you were to blend the thriller stylings of Vince Flynn or David Baldacci, and mash them together with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, this is probably what you'd get. Fast-paced, engaging and great fun, this was a pleasant surprise, and a book I devoured extremely quickly. I've been studying American politics and the presidency for the past five years, and had a long-standing fascination with vampires and the supernatural. Therefore, the synopsis of "Blood Oath" jumped out at me when I first read it. The premise had the potential to go one of two ways: it could have been a disaster, or it could have been the start of something entertaining and special. Thankfully, it falls most definitely in the second category.

"Blood Oath", for me, stood out for one very important reason: it gets on with things. Other series in this sub-genre have, in my experience, had problems with getting off the ground at a decent pace. Even novels that make up The Dresden Files, perhaps the most successful supernatural-infused series, have a tendency to take an awful long time to get up to speed. Blood Oath certainly did not suffer from this, and I quickly found myself invested in the story and also intrigued by the blended supernatural-real world that Farnsworth has created. He doesn't make the reader sit through pages of exposition to get us settled in - rather, he deploys a very simple and effective literary device (briefing book excerpts at the beginning of most chapters) to give us just enough information to make us comfortable. I felt at home reading about this version of reality as I do with series I've followed for a long time. This, to me, makes Blood Oath stand above a lot of other, established series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a screen play. Not great. 28 Nov. 2010
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I found this book quite dull. It reads like an well developed outline for a novel. It is the writers first novel and it is ok for a first novel but I got bored with the plot/plots and I think he needs to develop the characters a lot more; I just didn't care what happened to them. There is lots of action but if I don't care what happens to anyone in the story then there is no point to it for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Vampire thriller 27 Jun. 2010
I was lucky that a friend in the US sent me an advance copy, and I am both glad and grateful that she did.

Cocky young White House staffer is given a rather unusual job. The White House has the use of a vampire who is used to defend the US from non human threats. The vampire is tied to the President by oath and is used as a secret weapon and his existence is known to very few.

An unusual take on the many vampire books that are about, part vamp story, part thriller and it is a lot of fun. It has excellent pace and the perfect blend of humour, thrills and menace. Yes, there may be elements that are not original but the concept is a good one and it works rather well, it almost is a guilty pleasure - as you churn through the pages you know you shouldn't be enjoying it, but you are! Even when our heroes(?) come up against a bunch of rather stock in trade bad guys, you don't really mind because you are having so much fun reading this.

Given this was the author's first book, this was impressive and he can only get better! It also looks possible that there are more adventures in store for these guys and that is very good news indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
Looking forward to the next book!!!!

Fast paced easy read would recommend especially to vampire lovers!!!!

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Published 4 months ago by Tracey Young
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Published 7 months ago by Miss Kelly Vaughan-Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Didn't expect to like and ended up loving this book. I thought it was really well written and found it hard to put down.
Published 11 months ago by Siobhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you like fantasy, excitement, and a light easy read, this is the book for you. Would recommend this to anyone
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I started reading this book after my brother had recommended it, we both enjoy sci fi, horror, thriller, action etc books. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Redleo
4.0 out of 5 stars a different type of vampire
yes i found this book quite interesting, but will need to read the other two, before i make a full comment.
Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by judy thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars The President's Vampire!
Very visual, well written tale, imagine something between 24 and Lost Boys.... can just imagine the 'Undead Soldiers' in a movie version. Read more
Published on 3 Mar. 2013 by AMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent .. Stand up Mr Farnsworth..
Loved this book ... a fantastic debut ... a great character in Cade & i enjoyed the way the story flowed with not that many obvious 'vampire' lines ... Read more
Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by JoParky56
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fangtastic Action Thriller
Like partners in a mis-matched buddy cop movie, the relationship between Barrows and Cade is at the heart of this novel. Read more
Published on 23 Nov. 2012 by Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun.
Loved Nathaniel, loved Zach. All in all a really good read.
Have already downloaded the second book in the series.
Buy it.
Published on 13 Oct. 2012 by Linda Kersh
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