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“DEATH BLOWS by DD Barant--absolutely fun & exciting adult urban fantasy. 2nd in a series, but this one has comic book alt universe, multiverse stuff that made me call & geek to Spouse over it.  Great fun. Definitely recommended.” --Melissa Marr

"The second installment of The Bloodhound Files is as impressive as the first. Barant makes the familiar seem completely fresh by utilizing an alternate universe that mirrors our own, expect that supernaturals are in charge. Heroine Jace Valchek's in-your-face style brings plenty of humor to dangerous scenarios. Fast paced, fun and not to be missed!" --Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Death Blows (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)

"Death Blows is a fine addition to the series. Jace has to juggle several different issues involving her new friends, as well as solve the murders. The pace is swift, and the author proves a deft hand at managing all of the subplots without losing sight of the main one. The irreverent, smart-mouthed Jace is a perfect foil for the oh-so-controlled vampires and other species in the NSA. She may be the minority employee, but no one takes her for granted." -A Romance Review

“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...

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Imagine a world where only one percent of the population is human, and the rest are vampires, lycanthropes, and golems. Now imagine hunting down killers in this world. These are The Bloodhound Files…

DEATH BLOWS

FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America—and her boss is a vampire.

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn’t supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she’s following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term “super-villain”…

“Engrossing… Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart,

and she sets an unstoppable pace.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


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  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Publication Date: March 30, 2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003DX0HX6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,411 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Mahala Burlingame, Notorious Lifeblood Sucker VINE VOICE on April 2, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Yes, there is one in this book along with the usual werewolves, vampires, and golems. D D Barant comes through with a intricate and fascinating second installment of the Bloodhound Files.

Barant's alternate universe and the characters that inhabit it acquire more depth and complexity as Jace is pulled into a murder investigation that has it's roots in the history of her new world. Barant is building a vivid, layered world that is both comfortingly familiar and strange as Jace learns more about its politics, magic, vampire reproduction, golem history, anthrocanines, and the ban on comic books.

The murder itself hits close to home as it involves and threatens both Gretchen and Cassius, the two vampires she works with. To add to this Dr Peter seems to be the target of a werewolf with murderous intentions who seems to know Jace. The more Jace discovers, the more questions she has and time really isn't on her side.

The plot is a good strong mystery and moves along at a fairly brisk pace. Barant has created a strong, intriguing paranormal mystery series and an enjoyable cast of characters. I really hope Jace doesn't find her way home anytime soon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tracy VINE VOICE on April 4, 2010
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Jace Valchek is a criminal profiler - she does crazy for a living. The fact that she was yanked out of our world by some major mojo and dropped into an alternate earth where the human population is a measly 1% and the other 99% are things that go bump in the night doesn't change that. She's stuck in this alternately fangy world, working for the NSA, until she can track down and catch a human terrorist out to take down the large vampire (hemovore) and lycanthrope populations so the humans can stage a resurgence. Of course, catching the guy might be a bit easier if she wasn't being pulled away from the hunt to consult on other cases every time she turned around. Cases like the murder of a pire (vampire), found green, skeletal, sparked with lightning...and dressed up like the comic book hero Flash. And you thought YOUR job was complicated?

The second installment of The Bloodhound Files series is just as extraordinary (in every sense of the word) as the first, Dying Bites: The Bloodhound Files, and in a lot of ways, just as complicated. This one throws in a very confusing (for me) plot of metaphysics and comic book mythos that I found perplexing and a bit difficult to wrap my brain around at times, and yet the power of personality of the lead character, Jace Valchek, and a strong supporting cast of ultimately unique secondary and ancillary characters lift this book into a realm of must read for me.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Hughes on April 27, 2010
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This is a crowded genre, so anytime a new voice rises above the others it's a good day. D.D. Barant really delivers with this series. Great world building, interesting characters, well written dialogue and a plot that isn't held together with wishes and scotch tape.

I think what I like about this series is that it could be recommended to men and women equally. If you're looking for paranormal romance, or romantic urban fantasy, it's not here. There are flashes of it, but they're very subdued and romance is definitely secondary to the mystery element. The author's dry wit runs throughout the book, with little jokes hidden like easter eggs on a DVD. Plus she imbues her characters with humanity and many layers. There are no black and white, clear cut heroes and villains here. It's complicated - just like a real world. And I LOVE the fact that the author never resorts to deus ex machina (oh look! A new sparkly power just manifested itself and saved the day! Wow!!) to solve problems.

I don't want to give away the plot, but I will say this. If you love the genre, but are tired of the same-old, same-old variations on a theme, this series is definitely worth dropping your money on. I'm really looking forward to what D.D. Barant serves up next.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Ralph on April 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have been waiting eagerly for the publication of this novel ever since reading the teaser at the end of Dying Bites: The Bloodhound Files and I was not disappointed. This is the second episode in the story of human forensic profiler Jace Valcheck, who has been transported into a dimension where vampires, weres and golems are the majority of the citizenry, animist magic is inextricably interwoven with science, and comic books are illegal due to their world-altering juju.

Several famous comics artists from 'our world' make an appearance, and as a long-time graphic arts fan I had a great deal of fun picking out references and shout-outs to people in the field. The story stands strongly on its own, however, and doesn't need any familiarity with the world of comic books to be engaging and moving. Jace is successfully struggling with her adaptation to her new world, but as more is revealed about the truth of her circumstances she must make difficult decisions regarding her priorities: focus on getting back home vs. her growing attachment to people in her new world.

Barant's alternate world is exactingly worked out, nuanced, and unique. I'm as fascinated by the revelations Jace experiences about her circumstances in her quest as I am by the thread of the story. I was thrilled to see the teaser for volume three included in the back of this book, and I'll be waiting for Killing Rocks (Bloodhound Files) with anticipation.
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