by Christopher Farnsworth
Read: May 29– June 3, 2011
Challenge: TwentyEleven Challenge
Yearly Count: 27
First Line: After two extended tours in Iraq, Army Specialist Wayne Denton thought he’d never be cold again.
Blurb: Zach Barrows is a cocky, ambitious White House employee working his way toward becoming the youngest chief of staff in history. But Zach’s political rise takes an unexpected turn when he’s abruptly transferred out of the White House and partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the president. But Cade is no ordinary servant. Bound 140 years ago by a special blood oath, Nathaniel Cade is a vampire. On the orders of the president he defends the nation against enemies far stranger – and far more dangerous – than civilians like Zach could ever imagine. And as a new threat looms, Zach has to learn to work with his undead partner, because the president’s vampire is the only thing standing between the American dream and total Armageddon.
Review: Okay, so obviously, this is not my normal type of book. I usually steer far clear from anything to do with vampires. It’s just not my thing. Mr. Farnsworth has a second book in this series that came out in April, I saw it mentioned on Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program. I was immediately intrigued, put my name in the hat for the book (did not win it) but did some more research and learned about this book, the first in the series. So I put Blood Oath on the back burner section of my brain to remember in the future. I was perusing my local Books-A-Million right before we went on vacation and saw the book on the shelf. I picked it up and bought it. Then I took it with me on vacation. It was my secondary book for vacation and I didn’t know if I would get to it. Well I did, and I was hooked almost from the first page, and read almost 50 pages in the first setting – when I had only intended to read for just a few minutes. I will admit though, that when I got to the very end and the “attack” begins, that’s where my “yeah, right” instincts began to sink in. But everything up to that point had been great and I honestly think it was just my natural reaction to anything with a paranormal/fantasy/vampire twist. Apparently Mr. Farnsworth is a screenwriter, and I will say that this book really read like it could be a really great movie. I’m definitely interested in reading the second book in this series, The President’s Vampire and hope to get to it soon (but doubt that I will, because I will not buy a hardback book new – hope my number comes up quickly on PBS!) So all in all, I would recommend this book. It was enjoyable, even for someone who does not normally read this type of book.