He reasoned that if this story was true, how powerful of an agent for the United States could that vampire become, and how much good would he be able to do? The unit conducts surveillance and maintains a security perimeter on a pack of Serbian thugs as night falls. The operative attempts to trade a large bag of money for the case. However, the leader refuses to honour the agreement and, despite clear warnings by the operative, has his men attack the figure.
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Bring on the bloodsucking fiends! So I was more than ready to tackle Blood Oath, which, based upon several excellent reviews, I thought would also put the bite back into the genre. And my final verdict is. The premise is promising: when a sailor is found aboard a whaling ship, surrounded by the ex-sanguinated corpses of his mates, President Andrew Johnson brings Marie Laveau in to bind the vampire to the office of the President for as long as he walks the earth.
He lives in an off-limits wing of the Smithsonian Institute and uses his prowess as a hunter to serve our country. The latest threat? Johann Konrad may be helping Islamic jihadists create zombie soldiers from the parts of fallen U. His credentials for doing so? Oh, and did I mention that waaaaayyyyy back in the day Johann lived in Castle.
I could hardly wait to wrap my peepers around the words that held so much promise for giddy, ridiculous, blood-drenched fun! Alas, the more promise offered, the greater the potential for disappointment. The book reads more like a movie script than a novel and all of the characters are flat and one-dimensional. The dialogue is groan-worthy; the attempts at humor are weak and obvious; the descriptions are virtually non-existent.
If the banter had been witty instead of predictable, if the absolute absurdity of it all could have been embraced without always bringing it back to the seriousness of politics and patriotism, and, most importantly, if there had been a vampire that was interesting, this book would have lived up to my expectations. The greatest weakness of all was the one thing that, if approached differently, could have saved it. Nathaniel Cade is perhaps the most boring, tedious vampire you will ever meet in literature.
Put a sweater vest on him and he could be a Republican candidate for president. Hell, Bunnicula has more of a personality than Cade. The one bit that held promise--Cade attends AA meetings to help him deal with his "thirst"--is only briefly touched upon and a brilliant opportunity for hilarity to ensue is wasted.
I wanted Cade to want to raise hell and put a brick under it. One gets the sense that, if let off his chain he would promptly waste himself by walking into the sunlight or driving a stake through his own heart. By the end of the novel, I kind of wish he had.
He later graduated from the College of Idaho. After the graduation, he was fortunate enough to secure employment as a business reporter and investigative. He progressed in that career for several years and in it came great opportunities such as appearing in the most reputable social firms such as Washington Monthly, The New York Post, New Republic, E online, and Windows technical manual. Blood Oath features the adventures of Nathaniel Cade.
For some reason, the last election inspired a lot of people to start thinking about monsters in the White House again. Once, he and Cade fought a shadow war against the monsters, spies, and demons that threatened the United States. Now Zach pushes papers and listens to conspiracy theories from people who have no idea how dark the real world can get. Then Zach is summoned to the Situation Room by President Lester Wyman, who is both the commander-in-chief and a possible traitor. They are told to find out why a top-secret missile silo has gone offline.