Red, White And Blood by Christopher Farnsworth (book review).

Careful. You might slip on the blood. There is plenty of gore and associated material in ‘Red, White And Blood’ because this is the third novel about Nathanial Cade, the president’s vampire. I’m certain he’s modelled on Clint Eastwood’s character in the ‘In The Line Of Fire’ movie as his immovable face and strong jawline would suggest Clint’s cragginess without or perhaps with the underlying humour.


Certainly, the plot is sent to try him but really this book is mainly about Zach who used to be a political aid. Think Rob Lowe with all the attendant issues and imagine if President Barton had told him that monsters were real and they had a very special one working to keep the President alive. Cade is under a blood oath and it applies to the office not the man (or woman, that’s maybe you, Hillary?).

Zach has seen his career slip away as he’s effectively the vampire’s minder and as for sleeping at night? Well that’s a luxury.

Now the President is on the campaign path for re-election with the one slight hiccup that someone is also on the trail and he’s covering it with blood. A series of horrific murders of campaign works leads Cade to the inevitable conclusion that the Boogeyman is back. Although Cade can just about defeat him, the Boogeyman is a devil using a human form until it breaks. Like the bad penny he keeps turning up.

With Zach and Cade on the campaign bus and various people running interference from advisers and bloggers, this is going to be a bumpy ride.

I loved this book, although it’s a bit on the gruesome side for my delicate sensibilities. I like the mix between the politics and the horror and, boy, do they go together which means a great ending and assurance that Cade will return. We’re going to need the scene of crime cleaners again.

Sue Davies

July 2014

(pub: Hodder & Stoughton. 383 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-340-99821-2)

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