Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blood Oath

Nathaniel Cade is a White House operative and the President’s best kept secret and has been for 140 years. He is the President’s vampire, sworn to protect the president and his agents from harm through an ancient blood oath.

Zach Barrows is working his way up the White House ladder, about to be promoted to Chief of Staff – until he gets caught in the Lincoln bedroom with the President’s daughter. He is reassigned, his new post – Cade’s assistant.

Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade #1)Zach is thrust into a world he thought only existed in horror movies and books. He quickly finds out that is not the case when a discovery leads Cade and Zach to Los Angeles and a longtime foe of Cade’s, Johann Konrad, and Zach discovers monsters do exist in his world.

Cade and Zach must stop a deadly strike against America but time is running short. Are they on the right trail and can they stop the evil before it harms anyone?

Blood Oath is the first book in Christopher Farnsworth’s Nathaniel Cade series. I think Farnsworth hits it out of the park with his debut novel. It’s fast-paced, laced with a dry sense of humor and it keeps you on your toes.

The plot is there, the tension is there and the badass vampire agent is there. Roll all of those up and you have an awesome book that will have you flipping pages like crazy trying to keep up with Cade.

My first impression of Cade was badass. My first impression of Zach was a whiny know-it-all. While my impression of Cade didn’t change, he continued to prove his badassness throughout, Zach did grow on me and he came into his own by the end of the book. But Cade wasn’t a one dimensional vampire agent, Farnsworth gives Cade a sympathetic edge to him as well and we are given a glimpse of how Cade came to be in the position he is now in.

Though Cade claims he is no longer human and has lost touch with that part of himself, we still see glimpses of his humanity at times with Tania, with Griff and even eventually with Zach. Who can resist a badass sympathetic vampire? Not this girl.

I really enjoyed this book and when I picked it up it was hard to put down. It’s easy to be swept away into a secret world of conspiracy and shadowy somethings that the author creates.

Not everything is wrapped up nicely at the end and I’m looking forward to seeing the conflicts that are sure to be there in future novels. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series The President’s Vampire.

If you like thrillers or the supernatural, put this on your to be read list. Even if you don’t normally read this stuff, try it anyway, you might be pleasantly surprised.

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