This action-filled debut by scriptwriter Farnsworth reads like a cross
between P.N. Elrod's historical vampire adventures and Thomas Greanias's
Nathaniel Cade is a 160-year-old vampire who swore to fight on the side of President Andrew Jackson and all his successors. In this gripping series
starter, the Commander-in-Chief's very own blood sucker has secrets of
his own that extend far beyond national security.
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 Frankenstein's monster soldiers, they
uncover a deeper government conspiracy.
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.
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