Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013
The presidential campaign trail, 2012: A political operative and a volunteer are brutally murdered while caught in a compromising position. Written in their blood on the wall of the crime scene: IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK.
And with that, a centuries-old horror known only as the Boogeyman returns to taunt Nathaniel Cade, the president's vampire. Against the backdrop of the 2012 presidential race, with the threat of constant exposure by the media, Cade and Zach must stop the one monster Cade has never been able to defeat completely. And they must do it before the Boogeyman adds another victim to his long and bloody list: the President of the United States himself.
©2012 Christopher Farnsworth (P)2012 Penguin
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"Wow he does it again!"
I already have two times. It's just that great!
The plot of this book seems really linear at the start but after 20 mins or so you enter a rollercoaster of plot twists and red herrings that leave you guessing about with will happen next.
Yes but only in the first two of The president's vampire books. I feel he does a great job at catching the character of each person in the book and passes this on to the listener in the nuances he uses.
To Be Continued.
If you liked the first or second book even a little you will love this one.
"Fave Audible book - bloody great fun!"
I'm recommending this widely because I enjoyed it so much. Bronson Pinchot's a WONDERFULLY talented narrator; one of the best. He brings Farnsworth's characters vividly to life -- and the writing, the dialog, is FUN. The plot is fast-moving and extremely well-written. You'll be surprised by the sturdy and strong craftsmanship of the novel -- plot twists galore; surprises, page-turning tension, nicely drawn characters... I just loved it.
I've read all three of Chris Farnsworth's Nathaniel Cade books. He's got a goldmine of a series here -- the characters are fresh and the concept innovative. It's sort of like finding the best new fusion cuisine before the rest of the crowd. In terms of surprises and pace and just plain reading (and listening) delight, I'd compare it to Mira Grant's FEED series. (FYI, those are AWESOME on Audible.) Not the same subject matter, but honestly nothing can wreck a great book like a bad narrator -- like with Grant's books, the President's Vampire series has secured a top-notch narrator who "gets it" -- who understands the sheer listening pleasure of a voice that can bring characters to life.
Oh, man! The LAST SCENE was such a twist, I was stunned -- and now I'm cursing the publishing gods that make new books take for-ev-er to be released. That's all I'm sayin' -- just get to the end. Wow. (And don't you DARE flip to the back - no peeking.) No Spoiler Alert -- just... wow. I totally didn't see THAT coming!
They've already nailed it -- thanks Putnam. Check the YouTube trailer.
This is the author's third book. I'm rooting for this guy! He is a TALENTED writer -- and I'm a really picky reader and listener. When you're reviewing for an Audible.com title, you're considering a partnership: does the narrator bring the book to life, or does he just slog through it? I HATE when books I enjoy are destroyed by bad narration. Pinchot rocks it, and makes Farnsworth's work play beautifully on the giant screen in your mind.
This is Cinematic with a Capital C. It will make a fabulous film. I generally don't "gush" about books, but this one -- actually this whole series -- just hit me with sheer delight. Even if you'd never think of reading a "vampire book" -- at least check out the promo bit for this; you'll be surprised. It's such a neat tweak to interweave vampire lore with modern-day politics, and it just plain works. But overall, it's just plain and simply great writing. This is fun, fast-paced craftsmanship.
"Makes politics fun"
What a great series. Makes the day of sewing go by quickly, but makes interruptions really, really annoying!
Listened at work, in the car, at the grocery store, went home and listened to it instead of watching tv.
When they make the movie, Jim Caviezel should play Cade!
"I want more!!"
This is a vampire series (3 books). You don???t have a doe-eyed female saying bite my neck or a Clan of vampires trying to integrate into society or take over the vamp world. What you do have is a reluctant vampire; he made one mistake and has to attone for it for the rest of eternality
Cane is bounded by a pledged but also believes in fighting for the values of Unites States of America. Cane goes out (with his sidekick Zach) to fight the monsters so you and I can sleep monster free. As a matter of fact, he is sooo good we don???t even know there are monsters. So we have got espionage, vamps, politics, the values of ???Red, White and Blue??? (our flag) and a vampire who does not understand 21st century colloquialisms.
You get the usual Cane stuff, machinations within the oval office to get rid of Cane. Just like the Joker always comes back to get his revenge upon Batman. Cane has his own nemesis who is stabbing at his heart with a pointy stick.
"Can't Wait for Book Number Four"
I'm selective about my vampire reading because I don't like the new stuff that's popular today, so I was thrilled to find this series.
Blood Oath and The President's Vampire were very good, but Christopher Farnsworth really outdid himself with Red, White, and Blood.
I never talk to my books, but I found myself talking to Cade a couple of times, "yes, you can ... what's wrong with you ... do it".
The first thing out of my mouth when I heard the ending was, WHAT?! and I proceeded to scan the internet to see if there is any sign when book number four will be released.
I'm loving this series!
"A great series, the "Dexter" of Vampires"
The narration by Bronson Pinchot is outstanding, I had to go back and look if it was THAT Bronson Pinchot. He makes an already mesmerizing story Ultra-mesmerizing
Nathaniel Cade, he is a GOOD vampire, what else do you need to know?
His pacing is perfect, he distinguishes each character without tricks, he is the voice that anyone would want for their own internal narrator if they were reading it themselves
The ending, in the epilogue (not giving that away)
Bronson Pinchot should narrate of every other audible book, okay, maybe that is overdoing it, but he should take turns with John Lee, Pete Bradbury and Ron Perlman. The Nathaniel Cade series is not the typical "Twilight" spawned romantic vampire drivel being churned out for pubescent goth girls. This is a story with intelligence that you can sink your teeth into.
"Great combination Bronson Pinchot & Nathaniel Cade"
This is the third book in the series and I can't remember many that I like better. Great characters, performance and stories. Please write faster Mr. Farnsworth. You've done the near impossible, ended a great book and set us up for an even better one!!!
Im ejoying this series very much. Can't wait for the next book. This is most definately a series I recommend.
"Decent, but probably my last of this series"
I started with this series because I love Bronson Pinchot and will listen to just about anything he narrates. However, after three books, I think I'm probably done with this series.
My biggest problem is the character inconsistency. Cade is supposed to be super intelligent, thinking so quickly that mere mortal thoughts and reactions are like slow motion to him. Yet he consistently falls for obvious tricks, and fails to take even the most basic of precautions. It's hard, maybe impossible, to write characters that are smarter than you, but it doesn't have to be this bad.
"Still going strong"
Great 3rd book in the series!
Great action, really interesting villains that actually make the good guys work extremely hard for their wins and even then they aren't wholly defeated, clinging on to life like a tick. I find this to be a refreshing change of pace from other series where the bad guys are eventually completely overwhelmed and the good guys win the day; here the bad guys sometimes actually WIN or cause so much damage as to be almost the same thing as winning.
Another thing I really like are the continuation of the short historical blurbs about cases that Cade has dealt with in the past, or accounts regarding notorious real-life serial killers who we learn have been affected by the supernatural in this fictional universe. These anecdotes really help to further the illusion of realism, grounding Farnsworth's characters in a semblance of reality that we as the readers are able to grasp, thereby tying us even more into the narrative.
One criticism I do have however is that I am disappointed by the fact that Cade, despite being able to think faster than any human being and having over a century of experience under his belt is unable to predict the rather obvious predicaments that he regularly finds himself in. For instance during the hotel shootout scene you would think that he as well as Zack and the FBI agents would stop to think that maybe the motorcycle satanist gang took all those pounds of C4 (which they know they possess) and wired the hotel to explode, but nooooo, Cade walks right in. There have been other times in the previous books where I've thought this as well but fortunately the rest of the book is so well put-together that I don't mind it too much.
Very much looking forward to book 4 what with how this book ended, holy crap! xD
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