Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

Cade is back! And so is the Boogeyman! You heard right, the Boogeyman really exists and most of those stories you heard about the hook on the mirror and the escaped felon on the loose murdering away are the work of the Boogeyman. Cade has sent him to hell many times but his followers keep calling him back. This time he’s got a little extra help and he’s set his sights higher. Cade keeps thwarting him so he’s going to make Cade pay; his first order of business is to make Cade fail by assassinating the President.

It is reelection time and the president’s numbers are slipping. So the president and his staff decide to do a bus tour of the Midwest to try and boost his popularity. Then a brutal murder with two victims is discovered at one of the party’s branches. A message in blood is scrawled on the walls, “It’s good to be back”. It’s not the first time Cade has seen this message.

Red, White, and Blood is the third Nathaniel Cade book in the series and it’s just as good as the previous two. While the first two were a little more tongue-in-cheek and made me laugh at times, Red, White, and Blood got straight down to business.

Farnsworth still pays homage to Lovecraft with hints of Cthulhu popping up. He also seems to be giving the slasher movie makers of the 70s and 80s a nod. I enjoyed the fast-paced vampire story but the first two books took themselves less seriously. I personally hope that that sense of humor comes back in the fourth installment.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Also by Christopher Farnsworth: The President’s Vampire & Blood Oath

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.

A review copy was provided free of any obligation by Putnam Adult. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.