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Back from the Undead (The Bloodhound Files, Book 5) Mass Market Paperback – March 27, 2012

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Jace Valchek is gaining quite the rep in several universes as Barant provides readers with the next kick-ass installment of The Bloodhound Files. Her in-our-face sass keeps her opponents off guard and her fans grinning. Barant continues to shine with a series that deftly combines wacky humor and grave danger. Great stuff! (RT Book Reviews on Back from the Undead (4 1/2 Stars!))

Snappy writing, a page-turning story and fresh world-building make Dying Bites a satisfying meal of a book. (Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Men of the Otherworld and The Awakening)

Dying Bites is wacky, unpredictable, fresh and amazing. I would kill to write as well as D.D. Barant. Seriously. (Nancy Holder, author of Pretty Little Devils)

This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks…Barant's well-developed world offers intriguing enhancements to mythology and history. Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart, and she sets an unstoppable pace. Look for the Bloodhound Files to go far. (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

A heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd. [A] fresh and original take on urban fantasy…Huge kudos to Barant for spicing things up with a story that expertly integrates detective work, kick-butt action and a wacky sense of humor. Make sure you get in early on the outstanding new Bloodhound Files series. (RT Book Reviews)

D D Barant builds a strong world and fills it with fascinating characters that will delight and entertain. Dying Bites is a well-written urban fantasy with a gripping plot and a heroine who is quite believable with her very human flaws. I'm looking forward to seeing more in this captivating world. (Darque Reviews (starred read))

Five stars. An exciting new series. It has humor, mystery, and adventure. A great book! (Affair de Coeur on The Bloodhound Files)

Barant does an excellent job introducing a whole new world where vampires make up the majority of the population…quick and engrossing…a great new series. (The Romance Reader on The Bloodhound Files)

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Vampires, lycanthropes, golems, and other creatures who make up 99% of the population--these are the characters who fill FBI profiler Jace Valchek's days. And just when she thinks life is starting to seem "normal," Jace finds herself in a whole new world of trouble.

Another work day, another case for the Bloodhound Files. But this time, Jace is truly stumped: How is she, a mere human, supposed to penetrate the dark heart of a child-trafficking ring of pire orphans--one that turns out to be part of a blood-farm operation, in the crime-ridden border city of Vancouver, British Columbia?


Jace is in over her head. But with the help of her former lover, Tanaka--whose family is one of the last samurai clans left in Japan--she stands a chance at seeking justice for the condemned children… Until the Yakuza tries to put an end to Jace's investigation. Jace risks more than death--this time, it's the fate of her very soul that's in danger . . .

"A captivating world."--Darque Reviews (starred read)

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312545061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312545062
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,080,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By erin on April 7, 2012
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Wow... Just wow. I can honestly say that this book blew me away. The fact that Mr. Barant can write a supernatural series while still maintaining a credible female lead and still have a twisty, edge of your seat mystery is absolutely astounding.

Book 5 of the Bloundhound Files starts rather innocently, with Jace doing the girly, agonizing over her new relationship with Cassius, while still trying to maintain her straightforward, no BS, cool chick image. She succeeds and, in an interesting twist (first in a long series of mind blowing twists), is contacted by who we can kinda call her semi arch nemesis, Stocker, in a strange bid for help. This pulls her over to Canada, which in Thropirelem (the alternate universe that Jace was originally pulled into that's mainly populated by werwolves and vampires and humans as a very small minority), is a cesspool of crime and corruption. There, he asks for her help in tracking down who is kidnapping pire children and finding out why.

Part of this amazing story is going along with Jace on this rollercoaster of a case so, like usual, I'm not going to summarize or spoil the story. What I can say is... I don't know how Mr. Barant does it. He created an alternate universe, filled it with the usual supernatural creatures and made it not only believable but credible. His world building is amazing and after reading this book, I'm still agog at the, for lack of a better term, vast world he's created. Not only that but the dialog... it makes me smile b/c it is *just*that*good*. Jace and Charlie are the best team I think I've ever read. They have the perfect partnership. They fit so well and their witty banter is sharp, sarcastic, and very, very funny.

And Jace is the perfect mix of sarcasm and wiley banter. I love how Mr.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zeenakwon on March 30, 2012
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Synopsis: NSA agent to the world of Thropirelem, Jace Valcheck has just hooked up with her boss, and now doesn't know what to do about it. He disappears on a mission and she takes a case to work with Aristotle Stoker. Yes the man she is supposed to apprehend so she can come back to her home dimension. Stoker informs her there are a bunch of missing Pire children, and she needs to help. She packs up herself, her partner enforcer Lem Charlie, and the nerdy Thrope Damon to the crime ridden Vancouver Canada.

Review: I was a bit disappointed. There was a lot of the same action and humor, but it rang flat for me. Pros--The ever funny and witty lines. I mean Barant knows how to keep them coming. Jace and Charlie's back and forth is guaranteed to make everyone who has ever had a "partner in crime" giggle. The dream sequences were detailed and felt like you were in the dream with Jace. The sex scene, pretty hot.

Cons--it was just flat. It didn't really add anything to the main plot, except for the ending which is of course a cliffhanger. But the cliffhanger appeared out of nowhere. Also, we barely saw some of our favorite characters, and one was glaringly missing. And the villain was not very scary. It was just . . . enjoyable, but flat.

Sex: One hot sex scene, kissing. nothing too over the top.

Violence: some fighting, action sequences. Nothing too brutally described.

Favorite Quote:
"Then I'm going to operate on the assumption that I'm right."
"Don't you always? No, don't answer that. Very well, the Yakuza are collaborating with not one, not two, but three of the most powerful entities we know of-- one of whom tried to kill you. How do you plan to proceed?" "I figured I'd charm them with my winning personality and dazzling wit."
"Excellent. Would you prefer cremation, a closed-coffin ceremony, or burial at sea?"

Next Book: Undead to the World, coming out November 27, 2012
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacqueline on March 10, 2013
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I loved the first of the Bloodhound Files - the author created an interesting alternate universe and had a good mystery. But the books have gotten more and more complex and less enjoyable. This book isn't as bad as the "nightshade" one, but I think the author should stick to the her new world and not continue to add layer over layer of complexity, like all the magic and dream stuff. A world run by vampires, golems, and werewolves is awesome enough... keep it simple and keep the mysteries good. In this book, the central mystery (the disappearance of vampire children) was a good story, but all the alternate dimensions/heaven/hell stuff made it very very confusing and hard to follow. Still like the humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on December 21, 2012
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I recommend this book for anyone who loves to escape in another world. D.D. Barant has the all too rare talent of drawing you into the parallel universe of "The Bloodhound" so much so that you may forget that you are reading a book. If you love science fiction and a smart read, do not hesitate to dive into this series. Just make sure you do not have anything to do, because you will not be able to put the books down.
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This is the best series I have ever read in my entire life, and I have read a planet full of books! Every single book is non-stop action! I wrote to DD Barant and asked him how he got inside my head because it's like these books were written for me specifically. Amazing, flawless writer! You have sci-fi, comic books, horror, action, suspence, drama -- everything nerdy and nice! But it's not just for nerds like myself because a friend of mine, who usually hates nerdy things gobbled up these books with great relish. I actually cried at the end of the last book. Oh, I'd give my left eyeball for another book!
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