The plot outline of Blood Oath didn’t seem too outrageous, and even struck me as clever: the President has a vampire as part of his secret service. But alas, it quickly went over the top: a vampire was only the tip of the paranormal iceberg. We got werewolves, aliens, reconstituted dead bodies, Evil Muslim Jihadis and even – gasp – Nazis!
There were some redeeming parts in the book: some of the characters were quite likeable, even humorous. I also liked the fake “briefing book” outlining the purported characteristics of vampires, parts of which were cited at the beginning of each chapter.
And then there were the other not so redeeming parts. Tania’s tension “dropped off her like a cheap coat.” Wow – could something that hackneyed have been used tongue in cheek, I hope? Verbs in the sex scene: lapping, arching, bucking, rocking, thrusting, writhing – the author must have had the erotica thesaurus out! Jihadis who learned devil worship in the madrassah? This takes anti-Islam propaganda to a new low. And last but far from least, the Evil Nazi who creates Unmenschsoldaten – i.e., virtually indestructible killing machines – made out of dead body parts stolen from American soldiers killed in the line of duty! (The scene of Evil Muslims assembling the body parts for the Evil Nazi would have been even better if it had been on Christmas Eve, and they were struggling with the instructions that came in five different languages…)
Evaluation: Even if you’re looking for a mindless read, I would advise skipping this one. But that’s of course just my opinion. Lots of others loved this book.
Published by Putnam Adult, 2010