Blood Oath by Christopher Farnsworth

Why did I love this book?

Not the plot which was, even I have to admit, over the top. A vampire has sworn to protect and follow the orders of the President, this time fighting a modern Dr. Frankentstein type character, who at one point in his long life was an evil Nazi.

Was it the characters? Not really. Cade’s a vampire fighting against becoming a monster, his new side-kick Zach Barrows is a young political whiz kid who has no idea what he’s getting himself into. Both good characters and Zach does show some growth through the novel, but neither are really unique.

Is it the lack of a love interest for the sexy vampire? I had hope, really.

“I thought vampires were all sex gods with the ladies.”

Cade looked at him. “What gave you that idea?”

“Uh . . . late-night TV, mostly . . .”

“Humans are our food. Do you want to have sex with a cow?” (pg. 122 ARC)

I thought: finally a vampire novel with no romance, and then along comes the female vampire, Tania, who Cade has apparently known for a while and of course they end up having sex. So there went that idea.

Is it the interactions between the characters or the dialogue? Funny though it can be at times, in kind of that dark humor way, the dialogue couldn’t have carried the story.

Is it the bad guys? While there are some characters who are definitely psychopaths and some whose loyalties are questionable, they aren’t outstanding.

So why did I love it? What made me pick it up at any spare moment? I think it was just pure fun. It’s like that action movie where you know there’s going to be lots of explosions and fights and the good guys are going to win in the end, so you can just sit back and enjoy the show. I haven’t read a paranormal thriller in a while that I enjoyed this much.

Published May 18, 2010 by Putnam Adult
The President’s Vampire #1
390 pages

Challenges: 100+, Speculative Fiction

I received my ARC from the publisher and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.