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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758255667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758255662
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,103,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Hello, readers! A little bit here about Deadworld in the hopes that I can encourage you to give it a try. I like to consider this story a paranormal thriller. Unfortunately, this is not a shelving category for books, and so it is classified as an Urban Fantasy. You'll likely find this book in the sf/f section of your bookstore.

Personally, I love stories with supernatural elements in them. As a writer it always sparks my imagination to wander in all kinds of directions. The possibilities truly are limitless here. The title for my story comes from my pondering what lies beyond the world of the living. What happens when we die? While this is not the focus of the story, it certainly forms the backdrop from which the ongoing story develops. This book is the first in a series, which will look into this world beyond, and how it might interact with our living world.

Jackie Rutledge is the protagonist for these novels. She's hard-nosed, a little abrasive, and struggling to cover a part of herself that threatens to undermine the tough, FBI agent lifestyle she has been leading. I like characters who have to really work to succeed. While this can obviously play out in the effort to take down villains, which it does in this story, it's more intriguing to me, to have characters struggle emotionally. And Jackie does, trust me.

So, if you desire to read a bit of thriller, crime fiction, paranormal, and an emotionally struggling heroine, I hope you'll give Deadworld a try, and subsequent books in the series too! Deadworld #2 will be out Oct. '11. Thank you. Enjoy!

About the Author

Interesting things to be found here. Okay, perhaps not, but a little about myself. I'm a father of four, two in college and two in grade school. I write fantasy, currently of the urban variety. I'm admittedly overly fond of the paranormal. Give me a good ghost, demon, vampire, etc. story and I'm a happy camper. I'm an aspiring teacher. Nothing gets me going like turning the light bulb on for other people, especially kids. I'm an admitted gamer geek, and you can find me regularly dinking around in World of Warcraft. And, I'm also a lover of anything astronomy. Almost nothing is more fascinating than things outer space. Well, not so interesting I guess, but I did warn you. Hopefully my stories will be more so.

More About the Author

Interesting things to be found here. Okay, perhaps not, but a little about myself. I'm a father of four, two in college and two in grade school. I write fantasy, currently of the urban variety. I'm admittedly overly fond of the paranormal. Give me a good ghost, demon, vampire, etc. story and I'm a happy camper. I'm an aspiring teacher. I'm an admitted gamer geek. I'm also a lover of anything astronomy. Almost nothing is more fascinating than things outer space. Well, not so interesting I guess, but I did warn you. Hopefully my stories will be more so.

For those of you who are readers of my Deadworld series or are pondering picking it up, check out my short story, Blood Justice, which details the hero's initial confrontation with the villain, and began the chain of events that led him to where the series starts.

Customer Reviews

Not only is the main character somewhat unlikeable, the book is riddled with technical flaws.
Raven Corinn Carluk
The characters didn't feel authentic, the plot lacked depth and certain aspects of the story were revealed too slowly.
Dark Faerie Tales
I found Deadworld to be a very fun read, with interesting characters and a plot that kept me wanting to learn more.
Troy Dutton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jackie Rutledge made a bad first impression on me which didn't improve over time. Chapter one opens with Jackie arriving on a murder scene where a little boy has been discarded like trash in a park and her response is all about her hangover: "She absently rubbed at her throbbing temple. There should be laws against committing crimes on Mondays...'Why can't killers keep better hours?'" I don't care how tough and jaded she is after years with the FBI, that's never the kind of response someone should have at seeing a dead kid. And sadly, Jackie was just the first in a string of uninteresting, unsympathetic characters.

Jackie and her partner Laurel wanted to come across as the next Rizzoli and Isles. Jackie as the tough cop and Laurel as the softer influence in her life. Not so much. Laurel barely registers and Jackie was obnoxiously hard-nosed. Predictably, she had an abusive childhood that turned her into a promiscuous man-hater. She gets drunk and goes home with strangers most nights. One night in specific triggers a flashback while in the middle of rough sex. The situation was seedy to begin with as she's begging some guy to hurt her, but then she reverts back to a horrific episode from her childhood and it got ugly enough that I almost stopped reading. I kept going only so I could write this review.

That scene and character aside, the writing was equally lackluster. Redundant and overly tedious are the words that come to mind. This book should have been half this length. At 400+ pages, it came across as bloated with a sluggish pace that did nothing for its rather flimsy plot.

Overall, I really wanted to like this book.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on April 6, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
DEADWORLD heads straight to my "Favorite Urban Fantasy" shelf.

With shadows of Jim Butcher and James Patterson, J.N. Duncan's FBI agent Jackie Rutledge is one kick-ass heroine I'm going to be following for a while. If you like detective stories with a hint of supernatural, DEADWORLD is not one to be missed. If your adrenaline isn't pumping when you dive into Jackie's world, you've got to be dead.

Jackie Rutledge is one rough, self-destructive, determined FBI agent with a past I still haven't fully figured out. It would take a team of therapists to work through her "issues". Fortunately for us, she has focused all of her rage and self-loathing on the bad-guys of Chicago.

Jackie's psychic partner, Laurel, knows there's more out there than meets the eye. Together, the two are no strangers to supernatural crimes. But this latest mystery has both of them in over their heads.

P.I. Nick Anderson is more than he seems. He's a vampire with a ghost and female vamp as partners. Together, they are trying to track and kill the evil force that has haunted Nick all of his undead life. It looks like Drake is back, and once again he's got killing on his mind.

The question is if either the FBI or Nick's team will be able to stop him once and for all, or will history repeat itself.....again.

There are so many twists and turns in this book a pretzel maker might even get dizzy. The pacing was amazing, leaving me clutching my book, unwilling to tend to my poor starving and neglected children. With every page, a new facet of the case or the characters was revealed. I loved how the information on Nick and Jackie's pasts, Laurel's hidden secret, Shelby's role in Nick's life and the whole Drake drama leaked out slowly over time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dark Faerie Tales on April 21, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Quick & Dirty: Deadworld misses the mark with an unlikable heroine and a forgettable supporting cast. As far as urban fantasy novels go, this one isn't a great success.

Opening Sentence: A misty rain swirled down into the darkness between the two brick buildings.

The Review:

FBI agent Jackie Rutledge and her psychic partner, Laurel, have been assigned to a new murder investigation. There is nothing normal about the crime scene or the way in which the victim was killed. As luck would have it, Nick Anderson, a private investigator, is already working hard to track the killer. Jackie, Nick and their rag-tag group of supernatural friends set out to stop the killer.

The introduction to this urban fantasy world isn't particularly well executed. The world-building is superficial and the foundation for a compelling plot never materialized. Urban fantasy tends to be character driven, but I was unable to connect with any of these characters. The narrative is tedious and the meandering plot developed far too slowly, causing me to lost interest. The characters fall flat and I just didn't care about any of them.

I think many readers might find it difficult to really connect with Deadworld's protagonist, Jackie. She lacks an authentic female voice. With a simple find and replace command you could quickly change the gender of the protagonist and no one would notice. Jackie isn't the type of dynamic urban fantasy heroine that I enjoy reading about. I don't mind reading about a flawed heroine with baggage, but if the personality and attitude are off - it just doesn't work for me. For a character with so many flaws, Jackie isn't remotely interesting or likable. Jackie's damaged past translated into some pretty outrageous behavior.
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