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Having read the first book in the series last year I was curious to see what Christopher would come up with next. After all with Frankenstein Monsters attacking the White House, it was going to have to be something spectacular to match up to the high octane thrill of the original.

So when I started this title I wondered how the characters would have progressed, after all it was a new relationship for the two lead characters and when you add in that its set a year later, you know that it had to have evolved further as a vampires work is never done.

As with the original it was fast paced, the characters fun and when you add "Lizard Men" to the equation it was a title that was a joy to behold. Also throw into the mix the shadowy organisation in the background trying to thwart out heroes and it was a book that really didn't let up from the first to the last page. Great fun all in.
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A couple of weeks ago I happily devoured Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth. Politics, vampires and the seriously-deranged mad scientist proved to be a real winner. I enjoyed the novel a great deal, so much in fact that I decided that I needed to read the sequel as soon as my schedule would allow.

Events pick up about a year after the first novel, and Zach Barrows has settled into his new role as Cade's presidential liaison. They have learned how to co-exist with one another and their fledgling bromance has continued since their first adventure. Barrows still makes snarky comments and Cade's drier than dry sense of humor still rubs him up the wrong way but you can feel a sense of grudging respect between the two.

Cade and Barrows foes this time out are a nasty bunch of human/reptile hybrids. Nicknamed Snakeheads their venomous claws and bite pass on a virus that mutates any exposed into the same creatures. Cade has met this horror before but where are they coming from now? Much like the events in book one the answer to that question isn't as black and white as it first seems. In the world of political power games everything is a murky shade of grey.

Farnsworth knows exactly what buttons to press when it comes to satisfying my inner action junkie. There are a plethora of terrific moments, but one in particular stands out above all the others. Like some kind of vampiric James Bond, Cade arrives on a ship in a rather spectacular fashion. This scene is just the right mix of breathtaking and utterly badass. The fact that Cade's entrance is done with such a quiet cool makes it even more fun, I'll admit the awesome one-liner he delivers helps as well.

Once again there are a few flashbacks dotted at various points in the story that help highlight key moments from Cade's long life. Farnsworth doesn't always signpost the details of a historical figure and it's become a bit of a game to try and spot the references. A member of famous American political family shows up *cough* Kennedy *cough* and there's also a nice nod to H P Lovecraft that made me smile.

Throughout the narrative there are a handful of suggestions that there is something much larger still lurking in the shadows. Two books down, and there have been just a few subtle hints as to the powers that exist on "The Other Side". I like this slow, drip-feed approach, adds a nice tension to proceedings. But this can't go on forever and it does finally appear that things are all about to kick off. The President's Vampire ends with a declaration of war from Zach Barrows, an upping of the ante so to speak. The events in this novel leave little doubt that the rules of the game have changed, and the appropriate response to The Other Side needs to change with it. I was left with a burning curiosity about where things are going to go next. Bring on the darkness, I'm looking forward to it.
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on 10 September 2012
Christopher Farnsworth's sequel to the excellent Blood Oath follows the President's Vampire, Nathaniel Cade, and his handler (don't call him a sidekick) Zach Burrows. The duo attempt to unravel the mystery of the Lizard-men.

It sounds very Scooby Doo when put like that, but there's an awful lot more to it. With flashbacks, various historical characters and another intriguing plot, Christopher Farnsworth rarely let's you draw breath as the action zips along frenetically.

Zach has grown up a lot since the first book but still has some way to go. Cade is just awesome and keeps you wanting more. The baddies are appropriately bad and Farnsworth's introductions to each chapter are always interesting and something I've not seen done by other authors.

Another cracker of a book and I look forward to more Cade / Burrows adventures.
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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2013
I was slightly surprised that this work has received overwhelmingly positive reviews as I didn't think it was that great. The title is the best thing about it (and the first in the series 'Blood Oath' - which is a rather underwhelming and generic title - should have had that moniker.)

What's good - well the concept of a vampire protecting the president remains strong; Nathaniel Cade is a cool creation and a lot of his lines are funny.

What's bad - the plot is sluggish and 'who cares?'; there are a lot of historical flashbacks that do that thing that bad historical novels do and just reference people we've heard of - Eliot Ness, Robert Kennedy - to no advancement of the story. The baddies suck - snakeheads, pah, I've known more scary grandmothers and, in lieu of any real pace, we just get one of the central characters kidnapped so they can be rescued. Dull, dull, dull..... The central conspiracy is too diffuse. It's a lumpy, overblown, everybody-is-bad thing that feels lazy. Who are the Shadow Company? What is the threat? I don't get it. It does not grip and Cade and Zach, his human handler, are not really in jeopardy - they're going to be in the next book, folks, so what is gripping?

Don't get me wrong. This isn't terrible, but Blood Oath was better and - happily - the next in the series - 'Red, White and Blood' (now there's a title - take a bow) - is much better. I am very for this series - pacy horror, it's what we want - but this outing, not so copacetic.
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on 13 April 2013
Very good book enjoyed it all the way through made me read his next book this author got me hooked
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on 18 January 2013
Loved Blood Oath & this follow up was great ... Cade & Zach are brilliant and extremley likeable characters, the story flow's along nicely with plenty of blood & gore...there's abit more humour this time which suits & the chapters are short and punchy. Long may this series continue.
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on 2 January 2015
Have now read the first two books about Cade, vampire to the president of the USA, and can't wait to read the third.
Fast paced and easy to read these stories capture you imagination about the dark side of the world and all the lies and double dealing required to protect it.
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on 13 June 2015
Entertaining sequel which kept me amused up to the end. Not as good as the first in the series, but that is often the case with series. The action comes thick and fast and the characters are well drawn so you can actually relate to some of them.
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on 10 April 2013
Well this is certainly different from the novels I've been reading in this Genre.

Nathaniel Cade is a brilliant creation.

Working my way through the previous books in the series.

A great find
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on 6 November 2012
Unusual story line and fast moving action. Characters well drawn. The plot a little convoluted at times.
Surprisingly the whole premise seems believable and very much up to date.
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