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Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 30, 2009

3.7 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Bloodhound Files Series

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Starred Review. This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks. FBI profiler Jace Valchek is abruptly yanked into a parallel universe where vampires, werewolves and golems are 99% of the population. The supernatural beings aren't affected by mental or physical disease, so they're baffled by the emergence of a crazed human killer. Vampire NSA chief David Cassius hopes Jace, who has special skills in dealing with mentally deranged criminals, can catch the Impaler. Until she succeeds, he won't let her go back home. As Jace investigates the Free Human Resistance, a terrorist group, she starts to wonder which side she wants to be on. 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. (July)
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“Snappy writing, a page-turning story and fresh world-building make Dying Bites a satisfying meal of a book.” ―Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestseller of Living with the Dead

“Dying Bites is wacky, unpredictable, fresh and amazing. I would kill to write as well as DD Barant. Seriously.” ―Nancy Holder, author of Pretty Little Devils

“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.” ―Publisher's Weekly

“Surviving in this unique alternate reality will take a heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd. This fresh and original take on urban fantasy follows the first-person exploits of an FBI profiler literally yanked out of her world. 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.” ―Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • Series: The Bloodhound Files (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (June 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312942583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942588
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SYNOPSIS:
Jace Valchek is a very good profiler for the FBI in St. Louis and she has worked very hard to earn her top-notch reputation. Suddenly her entire world is turned upside down when she finds that she has been moved by magic into a parallel universe and that no amount of clicking her heels together will get her back to Kansas. At least, not the Kansas she knows.

OPINION:
Wow, Oh Wow! Just fasten your seat belt and hang on tight for this fantasy excursion into another world altogether. Jace is pulled without any warning whatsoever into a parallel universe because there is a serial killer on the loose and the NSA in that world needs the profiling skills Jace has to help them catch their killer before another murder takes place. Now, Jace is good at her job but she has never faced situations like these before. To begin with let's just take into account the makeup of the population she is now in. The percentages are: 37% vampire, 43% lycanthrope, 9% golem and 1% human. Uh-oh! And, the NSA boss Jace is working with, David Cassius, assures her that the serial killer is not only human, but that this particular human is insane. These ritual killing victims are vampires and lycanthropes alike but all of this seems to be leading to a big picture which is likely to put the entire universe at risk.

This story started out with Jace being called in to help profile the serial killer but went on to get bigger and bigger until it involved Jace trying to save an entire world. As if that wasn't enough for a girl to handle on a good day, Jace is having some very bad days.
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I enjoyed this book. It was a different take on the vampires and werewolves. I did find the other-world kind of confusing; I never understood very well how the two worlds worked parallel to each other, and I would have liked a more thorough explanation.

Jace was an interesting main character, and I really liked her relationship with her golem partner/protector, Charlie. Charlie was probably my favorite character - he made me smile. I didn't like that she seemed to have a romantic connection with so many males in the book. It seemed unrealistic that so many of these men - I count at least 4 - would have a connection with her so immediately. I don't need it to be a romance, with a solid relationship or anything, but by the end of the book, I was wondering WHY everyone was so attracted to her, and I didn't really believe or trust in her connections to anyone.

The world-building was really interesting. When I let go of my confusion about the two worlds together and focused on the one that Jace was in, it was pretty cool. The alternate history aspect was really well done. Jace's boss and his connections to that alternate history was fascinating. I also liked the Urthbone - I was suspicious of it for a long time, but I liked that it gave Jace subtle abilities.

Overall, I liked this book, but there was too much that took away from it for me to love it. I didn't mind the first-person narration, and if you're looking for a fresh urban fantasy, this is an interesting read.
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The premise for this book is rather unusual; Jace Valchek is a talented FBI profiler who is pulled into an alternate dimension. Jace is supposed to be a no nonsense, smart mouthed, balls-y agent; which should help her survive in a world where the human population is down to one percent. Only humans are capable of getting sick in this world - physically or mentally. This is why the drastic measure of pulling someone out of another dimension was taken. None of the police are capable of dealing with the current serial killer that is stalking vampires and werewolves. They believe he is a sociopathic human. Should be interesting, right?

What you really get is an annoying, grating, foul-mouthed, patsy who is dragged around for the first half of the book. I developed a distinct dislike for the heroine half way through the book (it doesn't show, does it?). I almost don't know where to begin with how bad it was....oh! The shear lack of action until the last fifty or so pages. That was just mind numbing. In the first few pages the heroine is pulled into the alternate world, then she is shuttled from crime scene to crime scene. A lot of time is spent in transit or her dealing with the new world. Which you would think would be interesting, but it's not. Then she spends lots of time thinking about how she KNOWS that her "superiors" in the NSA of this alternate world are hiding information from her, information that is pivotal to her case. Does she even once attempt to find out? Use contacts she's made? Anything you would expect an agent working an important case to do? NO! Supposedly she is "important" for her unique training, even though this world that has anti-terrorists agencies - just no one to deal with psychopaths/sociopaths. She is personally sent to crime scenes all over the world.
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