When I was reading the description of Blood Oath, a vampire secret agent bound to the President, I thought this had potential. I am happy to report, I was right! Nathanial Cade was turned into a vampire in 1867, was shortly caught, imprisoned, tried, and sentenced to death by hanging. Before his sentence was carried out, President Andrew Johnson pardoned him and had him blood bound to the Office of the President of the United States.
Zach Barrows is a young white house staffer whose ambition got him to the White House and the man whom the President trusts to be the replacement liaison for Cade, much to his surprise and initial resistance.
Cade is like the supernatural Man in Black. If something really weird is found or reported, Cade gets sent to check it out, along with his sidekick. Zach’s first assignment with Cade is to a port near Washington D.C. where a shipping container has been found with rotting human body parts. Someone has been modifying them ala Frankenstein and this points Cade to one person as the most likely suspect. Cade and Zach fly to sunny California to ask the suspect, Konrad, if he has any knowledge of someone trying to reanimate the dead. Things get even crazier from there…
Overall, Blood Oath was a fun, action packed book that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Each chapter had a little excerpt from different books and reports, quite often from the scientist who studied Cade and tried to explain his supernatural abilities via science. These excerpts were both informative and entertaining. The story and the plot held together fairly well; there were some inconsistencies surrounding Cade and the things that were supposed to be ‘true’, but I didn’t find that they detracted from the story. If you like conspiracy thrillers and vampires running around in today’s world, I think you will enjoy this read.
Caleb is a software engineer and amature woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
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