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Red, White, and Blood: The President's Vampire 3
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I almost didn't bother with this - I loved the first one in the series, but the second was an utter mess. But I was advised that this was back to form and worth the effort...

Cade is a vampire that has been operating in the service of US Presidents for generations under a blood oath. He is no friendly vampire but a deadly creature in the employ of the US, he's a great character working in an interesting context.

In the previous book, the author lost what was good about his character and went for a story that was too big and silly, here he goes back to basics. The bad guy is The Boogeyman, an immortal bad guy that re-appears in various guises to cause havoc via serial killings. The backdrop is a Presedential election, but there are clever asides about what creates the Boogeyman and elements of society that support evil.

Delighted to see the author and character back on form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2012
I have been an avid reader of this series since I accidentally stumbled upon Blood Oath in the local bookstore, and was eager to purchase the newest addition to the action packed series.

However, this book was overly formulaic to me, and lacked some of the originality that was what had initially drawn me to this series. The style of moving perspectives is predictable, and most times completely unnecessary, serving only as a constant reminder of his unique writing style. As for the characters themselves, because the author tries to fit so much in for every character, not enough depth is conveyed, even the main characters that i have followed from the beginning of the trilogy have remained two dimensional and almost superficial in their consistent characterization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
The third installment in the adventures of Nathaniel Cade, the President's Vampire. Cade is, well... exactly what the title says: a vampire sworn to obey the US President. Cade lives in a secret chamber underneath the Smithsonian, and with the aid of his human handler, Zach Barrows, he fights all the dark and forbidding nasties that conventional operatives cannot. His previous adventures have seen him come to blows with Osama-the-Lizard-Demon and zombie Nazi super-soldiers animated by Victor Frankenstein. Plus a shadowy occult cartel (or two).

It is all exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.

In Red, White and Blood, Cade's up against his oldest foe: The Boogeyman. (Stop laughing.) The Boogeyman is something like The Saint of Killers, something like the anti-Christ and something very much like Jason from Friday the Thirteenth. He's an ancient spirit, worshipped by back-alley Satanists and corporate conspirators alike. Every generation or so, he arises - taking a mortal host and going on a killing spree.

The Boogeyman is a meta-entity straight out of a (good) Wes Craven film. Phones die around him. The weather is always stormy when he appears. Luck always runs his way. He's never dead the first time (or the second) and he'll always kill the sexually active first. There are rules he must obey, but the game's hugely broken in has favour. Fortunately, he's always stuck to low-profile targets and he's always been out-fought by Cade.

This time, The Boogeyman's picked one doozy of a target: the President himself. Cade and Zach's first impulse is to lock down the President. Keep him safe in the White House and far away from homicidal demon-gods. Except the President refuses: it is election season and he's getting hammered. His advisors say he needs to go on the road, and President Curtis would rather get re-elected than hide under the bed. Much to our heroes' chagrin, President Curtis packs up the family and goes on a trip around the Midwest... coincidentally, The Boogeyman's favourite stomping ground.

Cade and Zach need to stop The Boogeyman before he carves up the President and his family. But The Boogeyman has some friends of his own...

Again, this is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds.

But it is also awesome.

For one, Mr. Farnsworth is a master of pace. There's never a dull moment, and he balances the thrills between violence, sex, politics and emotional outbursts. Even the rare chapter where nothing happens will be used to great effect - a bit of mounting tension or some ominous foreshadowing. It was easy to race through Red, White and Blood, and once I hit the end, I was ready for the sequel.

The Cade series is also surprisingly smart, although never pretentious. There are dozens of tiny references to the rest of the horror genre - from Crystal Lake to "The Horror at Red Hook". Similarly, the author peppers the book with political references, both contemporary and historical, with figures from Ulysses Grant to Bill O'Reilly all making an appearance. The universe of Cade covers our own world, the Cthulhu Mythos and everything in-between. Critically, and this is what keeps Red, White and Blood from being self-congratulatory - the adventure is still self-contained. A reader doesn't need to be conversant with horror movies to 'get it' - these tiny Easter Eggs make everything more fun, but aren't central to the thrills or the tension.

This intelligence is revealed within the plot as well. For something set up as a 'predictable' meta-horror novel, Red, White and Blood throws in a dozen surprises. Twists, turns, deaths, appearances... all good for keeping the reader on their toes. And, perhaps more importantly, Cade, Zach and the other key characters are smart. They come up with strong plans and clever schemes, very rarely resorting to the obvious.

Smart, fun and wonderfully goofy, Mr. Farnsworth's series keeping bounding from strength to strength. He combines outlandish plots with captivating storytelling and the result is joyously and atmosphere contemporary pulp.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2014
The third book in the Nathaniel Cade series sees everyone's favourite vampire squaring off against the Boogeyman. What's not to like?
Cade and Zach are up against their toughest opponent yet and the President himself is in grave danger. Can Our heroes stop the baddies before it's too late?
Blistering pace, action, violence and humour come together in a ludicrously fun romp that will keep you turning the pages well into the night.
It'll be very interesting to see where the excellent Chris Farnsworth takes Cade and Zach next and how they'll cope with the upheaval in their lives.
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on 10 August 2012
I've just finished RED,WHITE and BLOOD and I thought it was excellent. The ending was fantastic and left me really drooling for the next book just to see what Cade does. Also loved Helen Hale, even though I was sure I knew what would happen to her at the end of the book (trying to avoid a spoiler here).I have enjoyed all three books so far, the pace is always fast, the dialogue snappy and the entire read very satisfying. If I have to quibble, I found Candace quite annoying and I personally wouldn't have minded if Cade had eaten her instead of the other character (spoiler avoidance), but I suppose she is Zack's little playmate and the poor boy needs some leisure pursuits. Roll on next book.
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I love a good story that brings Urban Fantasy into the world of the secret agent and this series by Christopher Farnsworth is one that has been a real guilty pleasure, after all when things go bump in the night, the US President fight's fire with fire with his own Vampire bewitched by Voodoo Priestess Laveau for eternal service.

It has some cracking characters and each time he's called into action the enemy has foes to call in on their side that means that this is no easy walk in the park. Back this up with great prose, a pace that doesn't let up from the beginning and keeps you hooked to the last page and you know damn well that I'm a happy reader. Cracking.
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on 18 June 2012
i really like the blend of flippancy, action hero moves and something a little deeper and darker in the Nathaniel Cade series - kinda reminiscent of John Carpenter at his best.
In Red, White And Blood Cade and Zac face down The Boogeyman, a serial killing,seemingly immortal entity that has targeted the President. The formula works well again and this time Chris Farnsworth has upped the satire and social comment quota - the american electorate take quite a few hits here.
Red, White And Blood is another well written thrill ride in a series that is just crying out to be optioned for the movies.
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on 25 September 2013
this series of books just gets better and better and the secondary story (who's out to get who) gets more convoluted behind a good read of the main story
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on 12 September 2013
Loved this as much as the other two of the Cade series. There is nothing not to like if you like this genre. Action, monsters and Cade!!!!
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on 6 September 2013
A great story. Full of action, blood and guts as well as subtle humour and conflicting emotions. Can't wait for the next Cade adventure!
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