Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

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 even ...

See more details below
Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade Series #1)

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$9.99
BN.com price

Overview

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 even more dangerous-than civilians like Zach could ever imagine.


Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

Nathaniel Cade is a 160-year-old vampire who has sworn to protect and serve the President of the United States. In this very gripping series starter, the Commander in Chief's very own Oval Office blood sucker has personal secrets that could complicate national security. An imaginative concept that plays out well in this debut novel. A new author to watch. Now in mass market paperback and NOOKbook.

Elizabeth Hand
Christopher Farnsworth's taut thriller…is an irresistible page-turner…complex and unnervingly realistic…The supernatural elements here are dazzlingly clever. With its labyrinthine plot and byzantine layers of government deceit, Blood Oath is a 21st-century riff on themes explored in such classics from America's first Paranoid Age as The Manchurian Candidate and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
This action-filled debut by scriptwriter Farnsworth reads like a cross between P.N. Elrod's historical vampire adventures and Thomas Greanias's conspiracy thrillers. Nathaniel Cade, “the president's vampire,” swore to fight on the side of President Andrew Jackson and all his successors. In the present day, Zach Barrows, a rising political star caught canoodling with the president's daughter, suddenly finds himself training to be Cade's handler after tough, wise special agent William Griffin retires. As they try to stop Cade's old nemesis, Dr. Johann Konrad, from creating an army of Frankensteinian monster soldiers, they uncover a deeper government conspiracy. Entertainingly plausible historical documents at the beginning of each chapter and a sense that this fight is just a skirmish in a larger war help elevate the book above its sometimes bland characters and their predictable motivations. (May)
Kirkus Reviews
There are secret agents and then there are secret agents, like the undead predator protecting the White House. Debut novelist Farnsworth expands his cinema-ready concept for a screenplay into this rousing if ridiculous mash-up of spy stories and vampire vogue. Our point of view is provided by swaggering D.C. political operative Zach Barrows, who is rewarded for his service as deputy director for White House affairs with the weirdest appointment ever. Secret Service Agent Griffin takes the new kid into a secret trophy room hidden in the Smithsonian's Castle, where a young, pale warrior awaits. Barrows soon learns that he's to be the liaison to Nathaniel Cade, a real-life vampire who was drafted into service after he was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson in 1867. Cade's role is to protect the country from ghouls and bogeymen that make al-Qaeda seem friendly. Like all good bloodsuckers these days, Cade can go out during the day and only drinks animal blood. "Someone has to hold the line," Griffin says. "That's what we do. We fight every incursion they make. They invade; we repel. Forget the War on Terror, Zach. This is the War on Horror. And you've just been drafted." Farnsworth does an admirable job of integrating his cliched creation into American history (Nixon wants to unleash his pet vampire against Woodward and Bernstein, but Cade's deal precludes it) and into a juicy techno-thriller story. This first entry finds a rogue scientist, Johann Konrad Dippel (the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein), plotting to use the corpses of American soldiers as weapons. The book, complete with clipped prose and wildly unbelievable action sequences, strongly recalls the supernaturalthrillers of Matthew Reilly. Fun stuff if you like this sort of thing, but its amalgamation of concepts from Twilight, 24 and CSI make it feel like it was cooked up in a focus group. A paranormal thriller begging for a slot in airport bookshops.
Library Journal
The President has a vampire. Screenwriter Farnsworth's series debut asks the reader to set aside disbelief and buy into this premise, among other more fantastic concepts, and it's almost easily done with his adept writing style. The galley's back cover promises a hero that can out-Bauer Jack Bauer, and Nathaniel Cade does just that with his preternatural talents. Bound by voodoo to serve the President as his secret agent, Cade is truly inhuman, but the villain he's up against errs more toward the inhumane and has a terrifying scheme. To balance out Cade's vampire coldness, we're given young agent Zach Barrows, a wisecracking spin doctor who is not at all prepared to believe the world is not what he's always thought it to be. VERDICT Lacking humor, this is no Sookie Stackhouse paranormal mystery, and readers may find themselves as confused as Barrows seems to be throughout the novel. Recommend only to readers who would enjoy a preposterous supernatural twist on Vince Flynn's thrillers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/10].—Stacey Rottiers, Ann Arbor, MI
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101187739
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/18/2010
  • Series: Nathaniel Cade Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 54,236
  • File size: 416 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Farnsworth

Christopher Farnsworth is a scriptwriter and former journalist. He lives in Los Angeles.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 188 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(90)

4 Star

(63)

3 Star

(23)

2 Star

(7)

1 Star

(5)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 188 Customer Reviews
  • Posted March 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Readers will relish Christopher Farnsworth's satirical tale of vampires dining in the White House.

    Twenty-five years old Zach Barrows is already a veteran of senate and presidential campaigns; having delivered three states in the last race. The Washingtonian calls him the next Rove as he is now the youngest ever deputy director for White House affairs.

    Caught with the POTUS' nineteen years old daughter, Zach is being escorted by Secret Service Agent Griffin who takes him to the oldest part of the Smithsonian; a hidden room buried inside the Castle that the Griff calls the Reliquary trophy room where some of the oddities of history are "buried". Zach has joined a very exclusive club as the White House liaison to Nathaniel Cade vampire; pardoned and pledged by President Andrew Johnson in 1867; he leads the global war on horror. Their first assignment as a team is to uncover a conspiracy from within to use biological weapons against the United States.

    The two key elements that make Blood Oath an entertaining espionage paranormal thriller are the clever intermingling of history with the supernatural mostly through Zach but also with artifacts and the plot never takes itself seriously. The wild story line lampoons American mythos like president-journalist relationships via Nixon and the Washington Post, Frankenstein, Roswell, and the GWOH. Fans who relish an over the top of the Washington Monument and under the Smithsonian will relish Christopher Farnsworth's satirical tale of vampires dining in the White House.

    Harriet Klausner

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 25, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A Fun Read!

    I had a lot of fun with "Blood Oath". The author, Christopher Farnsworth is a scriptwriter and I think it shows in his book. The book reads like you are at a movie. In this book, Zach, the whiny overprivileged staffer reassigned after a indiscretion with the president's daughter meets the mother of all predators, the vampire, Cade. However, instead of being annoyed by Zach, he quickly proves his worth and become likable. We also get to find out how Cade becomes a vampire and how he earns his blood oath. This makes it a great rounded out book with no annoying blanks of critical information. There is also no information overload with this book, so it becomes quite entertaining.

    There is more than one bad guy in this book and the stories meld into an exciting end with zombies on the attack! The book is a stand alone but the ending does leave room for the sequel. I, for one, would love to continue the adventures of Cade, the president's vampire. I gave this book 5 entertaining stars. Don't forget the popcorn when reading this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 23, 2010

    Leaves You Wanting More

    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-effectively keeps us safe from the nightmare beings that slither in the shadows.

    Nathaniel Cade, the President's Vampire, is a thinly leashed monster and has been for so long that only a sliver of his previous humanity still lingers. Some would argue-even Cade himself-that all traces of humankind left his body the day he became a monster.

    Tasked with solving or stopping a number of atrocities over the years, Cade's newest assignment is no different. However, he doesn't realize-until much too late-that not all the monsters are working to prevent his success are on the outside.

    Racing against the clock, Farnsworth blends the perfect amount of humor and horror with awe-inspiring timing to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

    Reviewed by Suspense Magazine
    www.suspensemagazine.com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    The way a vampire should be

    I'm not a huge fan of vampire storylines, but the premise of this book really intrigued me. I am hooked on this series now, both for the vampire-as-secret-agent idea and for the characters themselves. I love Cade - he's the cold predator that a vampire should be, yet he has his flaws like the rest of us. If done right, it would make a really great movie. I recommended the series to a number of people when I worked at B&N, and it hasn't disappointed yet.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted August 28, 2012

    Good series overall. I'm not a big reader and all three books ke

    Good series overall. I'm not a big reader and all three books kept my
    attention and never a long pause between action. I understand that it
    might be way out there and really impossible endings but I would
    recommend the reads to someone else .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted July 24, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    It's obvious Christopher Farnsworth is writing from a screenwrit

    It's obvious Christopher Farnsworth is writing from a screenwriter perspective; the writing here is simple, straightforward and keeps the reader interested. He adds sub-text at the beginning of each chapter to give us reason to pause and what's not to like; a fresh spin on vampires. Nathaniel Cade has been working for the Presidency for over 100 years doing the dirty work the government doesn't want us to know. Given all the things I've read about the CIA, FBI and other government operations it's enjoyable to read this type of story; history mixed with fiction. Political junkies will enjoy the jokes and references to the Presidency which some we've heard before and I love a story that has a hint of plausibility. There's also some truth in fiction. If placed in the right hands this could be a well-done movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Great!!!

    This was awesome! One of my friends told me i should read it and i loved it. I never realized how good another vampire book could be until i read Blood Oath.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Possibly the Worst Book I've ever read

    There are two primary flaws in this novel. First, many highly trained professionals act like not very bright bumpkins. Completely unrealistic. Second, as I've noticed in other mainstream writers with no technical or scientific background, Farnsworth can not keep the strength of the varoius characters' abilities consistent in relation to each other and in relation to the real world.

    The insidious element in the novel, and what makes it the worst book I've ever read, is that it's not too bad in these aspects at the begining of the story. But the deeper one gets into the story, the more severe these problems become. Since there is a natural interest in seeing how any story ends, and a delusional hope that the inconsistencies will clear up, one is suckered into continuing to read instead of cutting one's losses by throwing it out mid-way. I kept reading. By the last chapter I was (mentally) shouting at the author: "No one would be that stupid andincompetent!!!" or "If he was that strong and fast, he wouldn't have any trouble before!!!" etc.

    It was a frustrating waste of time.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 7, 2010

    Loved it!

    I just loved this book and could not put it down. I read it in two days and even told friends I was busy so I could stay home and read.
    I was hesitant at first when I heard it was about a vampire, but decided to read it anyway. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Cade and Zach and how their relationship developed. Cade is one awesome vampire and a much better one than the Twilight ones.

    I truly hope Mr. Farnsworth is writing another book about these characters and I am eagerly awaiting The President's Vampire #2!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 5, 2010

    Blood Oath is a great read

    Blood Oath review
    Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? Blood Oath is a great new novel by Christopher Farnsworth. It caught my attention because of the great cover. It has big white text with a dark red wax/blood seal for the president of the United States but with a bat instead of an eagle. The sub-title "The President's Vampire" is just something that says "pick me up; you know you want to look."
    Ok, so it is loosely based on a "true" story. Huh? Well there was supposedly a sailor who washed ashore in New England with the bodies of several shipmates and he had drained them of their blood. The sailor is sentenced to die in an insane asylum. But secretly President Andrew Johnson pardons him and binds him to serve the office of the president forever.
    The story focuses on the exploits of the vampire Nathaniel Cade and his liaison to the president Zach Barrows; who is sure this assignment is punishment for sleeping with the president's daughter. Cade is a vampire super agent that out-Bauers Jack Bauer and out-Bournes Jason Bourne and out-Fishers Sam Fisher. He is not a cuddly, sparkly, kind of guy, he is just out to do his job by any means he deems necessary, and that job is protecting the president and the welfare of the United States. He is ruthless and has been given an opportunity to use his given skill set in a profession where that is acceptable. He fights terrorism on both human and supernatural levels.
    I don't want to delve into the plot for fear of giving too much away, suffice it to say it revolves around an assassination threat to the president by supernatural means and the undead uber-soldiers created by Dr. Johann Konrad who is immortal and the model for Dr. Frankenstein, as well as a shadow agency from within our own government.
    Farnsworth is a writer who has honed his craft as a journalist and because of that his writing is tight and concisely told. I know it is a cliché but this book is a page turner. I tried to go slow to savor and enjoy this book but once I started I just had to keep reading. This book is a little "X-Files", with a bit of "24" it is a little Dan Brown meets Vince Flynn with some Charlaine Harris meets Dean Koontz and Tom Clancy. It is a political, Black Ops thriller with vampires, werewolves, and the undead.
    Chris has a three book contract with the second novel in the publishers hands right now and he has at least eight more plotted out. This book is fun and I am really looking forward to the next installment, but don't just take my word for it; Read it. Read it now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 2, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Great debut novel

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 19, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    O Positive

    Did you know the President had his own private vampire, sworn by a blood oath, to follow the presidents lawful orders and to protect him against all threats? Well, Nathaniel Cade, the President's vampire, has been doing just that for 140 years. You thought Washington couldn't keep any secrets! Cade, given the choice of death or eternal service to the President, accepts and with the spell of a blood oath, administered by a mysterious Creole woman, he turns his newly acquired powers over to the government. We learn snippets of his history as he takes on both a new case and a new handler in present day Washington D.C. In this first of a series, Cade takes on an old enemy who is literally piecing together an unstoppable army to take out Cade and the President. This is a very interesting take on the vampire legend, with new twists and plenty of action. The characters are well developed and varied. Once you've taken a bite of this one, you won't be able to put it down until you have drained it dry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Wish Nathaniel Cade were real!

    Wish we had a Nathaniel Cade to fight our terrorists today! I love how the factual history is entwined with fiction and the fun of Vampires and other mystical creatures! :)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Love Vamps

    If you love vampires this book is a must read its so cool. :)

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 3, 2013

    for a modern supernatural adventure novel, this is top tier

    Vampires, rookie secret agents, grizzled veterans of government work, and vast evil conspiracies are all common in modern fiction stories. Somehow Christopher Farnsworth mixes them all together for a story that still manages to be fresh, interesting, and unpredictable. I will be buying the sequel.

    The book has plenty of adult situations, and although the descriptions are brief you may find it inappropriate for younger readers.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    A nice mix of secret agent with monsters and magic

    I really enjoyed this book. Vampiric government agent. It's just so crazy it works. A nice mix of secret agent with monsters and magic. There was one section where the language was a little saltier than I like generally (which is counter balanced nicely in my opinion by how often the main character gets upset about people around him breaking the 3rd commandment). And it seems like the author had written himself into a corner with the twist he reveals just before the climax. He needed to drop in a little science fiction to get out of it, which didn't feel like it fit in well with the rest of the story. But over all, I liked it enough to continue on with the series eventually.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 11, 2012

    I enjoy action and adventure with a large dose of science fictio

    I enjoy action and adventure with a large dose of science fiction. So naturally I enjoyed this book a whole lot. I read prior to buying this book that there was no character development and that was the main knock on this book. Well I dont think that is true at all. They develop and show the past for the main characters, they dont go into huge depth but they do more than enough to satisfy. I have already ordered the second book and will almost certainly order the third as well. I suggest you read it if you like action, mystery, and science fiction.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted June 18, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    entertaining

    A quick summer read. Different type of hero if a little strange. Gets to be a little far out. Author has original idea needs to work on story but I would recommend.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    ejoyed the the book.. liked the idea..waiting for #4

    read this and the next two...can't wait for the next one..has a little of everything i like in a story

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2012

    Could not put it down!

    I loved everything about this book. The author hooked me in the first chapter and sent me right back to the shop for another round. I have not been this enamored with a writer or the characters since W. E. B. Griffin. Loved it, loved it, loved it. Gotta stop writing this review now so that I can start reading The Presidents Vampire!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
See All Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 188 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)