Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade Series #1)

Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade Series #1)

by Christopher Farnsworth

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781101187739
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/18/2010
Series: Nathaniel Cade Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 154,434
File size: 426 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher Farnsworth is a scriptwriter and former journalist. He lives in Los Angeles.

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John Connolly

Witty, exciting, and compulsively readable, with a central character who seems destined to become a favorite of both skeptics and true blood believers, Blood Oath may just be the best debut vampire novel in many years. (John Connolly, author of The Lovers)

Mitch Horowitz

Blood Oath is the vampire novel that finally gets it right. Christopher Farnsworth has done his homework in places where most writers wouldn't even know to look-and the result is a rollicking tale of the supernatural grounded in some of the true oddities of American history. If Dan Brown wrote a vampire thriller, this would be it. (Mitch Horowitz, author of Occult America)

Brad Meltzer

Blood Oath is exactly how I like my Presidential thrillers. With vampires. (Brad Meltzer, author of The Book of Fate)

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Blood Oath (Nathaniel Cade Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 236 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Trebble More than 1 year ago
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.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Devil_dog140 More than 1 year ago
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 .
L.A.Carlson-writer More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Lolasmom More than 1 year ago
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!
Billjr13 More than 1 year ago
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.
denverbroncosgirl More than 1 year ago
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!
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
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.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We meet in these pages the most secret of the conspiracies which surround our nation, Nathaniel Cade, a vampire who is sworn to serve and protect. For his spunky sidekick, he has Zach Barrows, who grows on a reader. Much of this felt like Men in Black, only not as tongue-in-cheek or funny. I enjoyed the read, and will probably read the next one. I have issues with two of the known facts the author wants us to swallow about this world. One, why is Nathaniel beyond redemption just because he is a vampire? I see no logical reason this would exclude him. Two, why do the reanimated bodies want to kill? The second one is somewhat answered, and neither one is very important I suppose, they just stuck in my craw.All in all, the action was good, the developing relationships show promise and the setup of the next stories is well done. The gore was pretty hard to swallow for me.
snat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After avoiding the vampire genre for so long (thanks to Stephenie Meyer turning it into one giant suckfest of romantic longing), I've lately been wallowing in it. Between watching SyFy's Being Human, reading DC's excellent The New 52 I, Vampire, as well as Scott Snyder's American Vampire, my faith in the genre has been restored. Bring on the bloodsucking fiends! So I was more than ready to tackle Blood Oath, which, based upon several excellent reviews, I thought would also breathe life back into the genre. And my final verdict is . . . eh, not so much. The premise is promising: when a sailor is found aboard a whaling ship, surrounded by the ex-sanguinated corpses of his mates, President Andrew Johnson brings Marie Laveau in to bind the vampire to the office of the President for as long as he walks the earth. As a result, Nathaniel Cade has been our country's best kept secret weapon for 140 years, protecting our country against threats foreign, domestic, and supernatural. He lives in an off-limits wing of the Smithsonian Institute and uses his prowess as a hunter to serve our country. The latest threat? Dr. Johann Konrad may be helping Islamic jihadists create zombie soldiers from the parts of fallen U. S. servicemen. His credentials for doing so? He was in charge of Hitler's attempts to create Unmenschsoldaten, soldiers raised from the dead to fight without feeling pain, empathy, or hunger. Oh, and did I mention that waaaaayyyyy back in the day Johann lived in Castle . . . Frankenstein? I could hardly wait to wrap my peepers around the words that held so much promise for giddy, ridiculous fun! Alas, the more promise offered, the greater the potential for disappointment. The book reads more like a movie script than a novel and all of the characters are flat and one-dimensional. The dialogue was groan-worthy; the attempts at humor were weak and obvious; the descriptions were virtually non-existent.Now, don't get me wrong, I like a good, light read, but I also expect it to be done with a certain flair and panache that keeps me entertained. If the banter had been witty instead of predictable, if the absolute absurdity of it all could have been embraced without always bringing it back to the seriousness of politics and patriotism, and, most importantly, if there had been a vampire that was interesting, this book would have lived up to my expectations.The greatest weakness of all was the one thing that, if approached differently, could have saved it. Nathaniel Cade is perhaps the most boring, tedious vampire you will ever meet in literature. He shows no emotion, he refuses to drink human blood, he's a tortured soul because of the sins he's committed, he admonishes people for taking the Lord's name in vain, he wears a cross that causes him pain to constantly remind him of his sins. Put a sweater vest on him and he could be a Republican candidate for president. Hell, Bunnicula has more of a personality than Cade. To be of interest, Cade needs a few more quirks and more menace; he needs a dash of the devil in him (like Anne Rice's Lestat). The one bit that held promise--Cade attends AA meetings to help him deal with his "thirst"--is only briefly touched upon and a brilliant opportunity for hilarity to ensue is wasted. I wanted Cade to want to raise hell and put a brick under it. Instead, he's just being compelled by the spell of a voodoo queen and a need to right his wrongs. One gets the sense that, if let off his chain he would promptly waste himself by walking into the sunlight or driving a stake through his own heart. By the end of the novel, I kind of wish he had.
BookMason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolute silly fun, a great summer read, highly ridiculous, but great page turner. What more can be said that secret agent vampire!
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received The President's Vampire from the Early Reviewer program, and I bought and read the this book so that I could give it a fair review. I think this series is a really fun take on the secret agent/James Bond genre. The violence is extremely explicit, but it's kind of worth it for the epic vampire vs zombie or vampire vs lizardman battles. I like the humor sprinkled throughout, and I think the second book was better than the first - always a good sign. A nice change of pace from the vampire romances that are so popular currently. Cade is definitely Other, not human, and that makes it fun!
kw50197 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable fast-paced read. Anyone who enjoyed the Hellboy movie should like this.
MonicaLynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one started out a little odd for me however I believe the reasoning for that was a little bit of the military action in the beginning. It did not take me very long though to become very intrigued by this story. The characters came to life for me and were very well played out throughout the book. It was very difficult for me to put it down. I even took it to the bus stop every morning with me just so I could sneak in a chapter while waiting for the bus to come for my step daughter. Truly enjoyed Nathaniel Cade - The presidents vampire and his agents. Very interesting take on different things with the Presidency and secrecy as well as some history in there too.
AbraLodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quite a bit, through I had low expectations for it initially. It blends fantasy and horror with a political thriller, making it unique and interesting. The characters were compelling, the pacing was great and it was fun. I look forward to more in this series.
EileenWYSIWYG on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this. I liked the relationship between the vampire and his keeper, and with all the current political conspiracy theories, what that hell on a supernatural one! Good fun!
NovelBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth, we meet Zach Barrows, an ambitious go-getter working in the White House. He anticipates a career in public service and expects an almost meteoric rise. But his career takes an unexpected detour when he is assigned to assist a Secret Service agent, Nathaniel Cade. Like all Secret Service agents, Cade is sworn to protect the president. However Cade is unlike any other agent in the service. Bound by a blood oath 140 years ago, Cade is a vampire, who protects the president and the country from enemies far stranger and more dangerous than we could ever imagine. I think I might just remember 2010 as the Year of the Zombie/Vampire. It seems like every other book I read features at least one of these creatures. And I¿m not talking about the wimpy sparkly limp-wristed Twilight vamps. Nope, I keep finding books with the rip your heart out, drain your carotid, toss your carcass aside and proceed with the mayhem types. (In other words, the good old fashioned kind of scary kinds of vamps and zombies.)Nathaniel Cade is pretty much along those lines, but like the wussy vamps in popular modern fiction ( know what books I¿m talking about), he has learned to control his baser instincts. But, since he is, after all the last line of defense for our President and the country against really Scary Things, he gets to come out and play frequently. And my, does he get the job done when he comes out to play! Blood Oath is the beginning of a series, and it¿s a bang-up start. Farnsworth mixes the supernatural with modern day conspiracy. Throw in a bit of jihad, a freakishly un-aging Nazi, some living dead Frankenstein monster types, and you¿ve got quite a tale. I¿ll be looking for the next book in the series, which I really hope the author is holed up somewhere writing. I¿m not a patient woman¿(Review copy provided by Putnam)
daisygrl09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good read. The vampire stuff didn't go over the top. Would recommend this book.
skullfaced on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Truthfully, I wasn't expecting much out of this book. Damn was I surprised. Blood Oath is an extremely refreshing action novel...none of your Laurel K. Hamilton vampires and werewolves, here. The plot's fast-paced and fun. Cade, the vampire, is one of the most interesting vampires I've run across in literature. At first I thought Zach would get on my nerves, but he turned out to be a tolerable, if not likable, character. The book reads quick, and was a wonderful change of pace from the non-fiction I've been drowning in here lately.Overall, I highly recommend Blood Oath, and I look forward to the next in the series!
Readingfanatic1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am very particular about the books I read. When I initially received this book, I thought I would not like it. I thought it was some political thriller and not up my alley. Boy was I wrong. Scanning the first few pages turned into reading 50 pages straight while trying to get ready for work. The book just ¿sucks¿ (yes, the main character is a vampire so ¿sucks¿ is appropriate) you right in. The main character ¿Cade¿ is a vampire. He is working for the President via a ¿blood oath¿ that began long before the current administration. The author brilliantly weaves actual events with make believe events and eventually, the author was so convincing, I started to wonder what was real and what was make believe (example ¿Cade¿ was stuck into the wall on 9/11 by a magic sword while the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, that was why he was unable to stop it). Cade, along with his older handler ¿Griff¿ and his new handler ¿Zach¿ protects the citizens and the President from evil forces. There are some interesting evil forces; the ¿zombies¿ that remind me of my Barbie dolls that I used to break the heads, legs, and arms off and try to put back together, and the werewolves that can scent a sniper miles away, are just a few. The story in the book is good and since the other reviews already delved into the story, I will not do it again. I cannot really say anything I did not like. It was such an easy read not because it was simplistic but because the book was like watching a movie. In fact, I would not be surprised if one day this book becomes a movie.
tottman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book, with an almost comical premise, turned out to be a very entertaining thriller. The President's vampire, sworn to protect and follow the orders of the President must chase down the latest threat to the United States and break in a new sidekick at the same time. The book never moves in a straight line and branches off in a dozen different directions, but it never feels cluttered. Being the first in a planned series, there is a lot of exposition here and loose ends are left deliberately, but it is fast-paced and entertaining. It's a quick, enjoyable read that doesn't take itself too seriously and never gets bogged down. It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to the next entry in this series.
littleton_pace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very well written; just not my type of book. I think of it as if Jack Bauer from 24 were a vampire. The idea is quite clever, and there is a unique look into the White House if there was a secret, underground task force that dealt with the supernatural; but there's a little too much politics for me, all of the women are too overly sexual or idiots, and the religious aspects are boring - this is coming from an atheist, though. I can see people enjoying it; like I said it's well written and I can't fault the style; it's just not my type of book. Still, if you're into the spy/thriller/supernatural genre; I'd give it a read :)