by Christopher Farnsworth
Read by: Bronson Pinchot
Produced By: Blackstone Audio Inc. 05/18/2010
Approx. 10.5 hours (Unabridged)
It is common knowledge that the President of the United States is in possession of highly classified information as part of his job. In Christopher Farnsworth’s debut novel, one of the president’s secrets is a vampire named Nathaniel Cade. Cade is charged with fighting evil and protecting the United States from all sorts of threats, foreign and domestic.
Nathaniel Cade became a vampire after an incident aboard a whaling ship off the Massachusetts coast in 1867. Discovered drinking the blood of two of his shipmates, Cade was captured and sentenced to death for his crime. The then President Andrew Jackson intervened and commuted his sentence to life imprisonment in an insane asylum, where the American public was told he died. This was a lie, and the beginning of life as a secret agent serving every president thereafter.
Farnsworth’s screenwriting background no doubt helps with the dialog that takes place in this story. Dialog that doesn’t become too embellished, as some writers can do, but restrained enough so that it lends itself well to the audiobook format. A solid debut novel that reads like part Tom Clancy and part Clive Barker.
Narrator Bronson Pinchot delivers an exceptional reading in this recording. His pacing is flawless and always in keeping with the story. Character voices are clearly identifiable and unique to their character, allowing the listener to easily follow the dialog. Without question Pinchot’s performance adds to the listener’s enjoyment in addition to the totally engaging story that Farnsworth has created.
Blood Oath is not only a vampire tale, it’s also an exciting story filled with fighting action, the undead, secrets and evil of all sorts. Any reader interested in mystery, action, thriller/horror will surely enjoy Blood Oath.