Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

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Author: Christopher Farnsworth
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Copyright Date: 2010
Foundational Characters: Nathaniel Cade, Zach Barrows, Agent Griffin, Dylan Weeks
Standard Rating: YA
Reviewer Rating: 2 Stars
Available Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, Audiobook, Kindle, Audible
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399156356
ISBN-13: 978-0399156359
Book Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.3 inches
Page Count: 400
Genre: Fiction
Sub-Genre: Action, Adventure, Vampire, Fantasy, United States, Supernatural, Unexplained Phenomena
Tags: Fiction, Action, Adventure, Vampire, Fantasy, United States, Supernatural, Unexplained Phenomena


Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he’s partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant. Bound by a special blood oath, he is a vampire. Cade battles nightmares before they can break into the daylight world of the American dream, enemies far stranger-and far more dangerous-than civilians have ever imagined.

Blood Oath is the first in a series of novels featuring Nathaniel Cade—the President’s vampire.

“Christopher Farnsworth’s taut thriller Blood Oath is an irresistible page-turner…A complex and unnervingly realistic tale in which vampire Nathaniel Cade is far less of a monster than his human colleagues at the CIA and FBI. Dazzlingly clever.” —The Washington Post

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

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

“As someone who thinks Stoker’s Dracula has never been bettered, and who would happily stick a stake through the heart of most modern vampire fiction, it almost pains me to say how much I enjoyed Blood Oath. Witty, exciting, and compulsively readable, with a central character who seems destined to become a favorite of both skeptics and true blood believers, this may just be the best debut vampire novel in many years.” —John Connolly, author of The Lovers (From the publisher’s website)


This much is true…

In 1867, a young sailor was convicted of murdering two crew mates and drinking their blood.

The papers called him a vampire.

The President of the United States pardoned him, sparing his life. He spent the rest of his days in an asylum for the criminally insane.

At least, that’s the cover story…(From the author’s website)

The Revelation

Blood Oath is about a vampire named Nathaniel Cade that was essentially locked into a presidential protective position in the U.S. Government (this is how the title comes into play). Cade was a sailor in his early twenties, and through a series of events, Cade’s ship was discovered moored on a beach full of blood-drained bodies. Cade was found covered in the crew’s blood.

What, you might ask, is a vampire supposed to protect the President of the United States against? Well, to make a long story short, monsters. I mean, isn’t it obvious?

I recently read a Q&A article in a popular writing magazine that featured top youth genre editors. The theme of the Q&A was something to the effect of “If I am a writer and want to enter the youth market, what do I need to do?” One editor commented that paranormal subject matter is overly saturating the market. There is too much of it out there, and if you are a new writer, avoid it…for a while. This book may or may not have been written for the youth market (I’m thinking that it wasn’t), but readers, avid or not, need more than vampire stories to read. Even if the vampire serves as an occult Secret Service agent.

Farnsworth had a pretty good idea with this book, but it fell far short of its potential. He becomes extremely verbose where it is not needed, and short on detail and description where it would have favored the reader. I would have expected a level of suspense from a novel dealing with this subject matter-vampires, politics, paranormal activity-but there wasn’t any. The plot was very dull and dry; if a novel is judged by the number if yawns it causes, this would be at the top of the charts. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.

Did I like the novel? Yes and no. Yes, I liked Farnsworth’s idea. A vampire protecting the White House is a cool idea. What I did not like about it was that it involved terrorist plots, jihad, and other stuff that it didn’t need. All of that would have been perfect for a different novel. There were so many possibilities with the surface idea that I literally cringed as I forced myself to keep reading. The specific features of the plot Farnsworth added cheapened, and literally ruined, the storyline.

All in all, pass this one up-unless you have nothing else better to read on a dark and stormy night. Then, by all means, go for it.


This novel was not written for the youth market. It is full of adult subject matter and language. Reader beware.

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