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Dying Bites: The Bloodhound Files [Kindle Edition]

DD Barant
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Book Description

DD Barant launches The Bloodhound Files with Dying Bites--a "fresh and original take on urban fantasy" (Romantic Times) with a heroine who's "remarkable, strong-willed and smart" (Publishers Weekly).

Her job description is the "tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers." What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek's brave new world-one in which only one percent of the population is human is that a woman's work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day…
Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she's the best there in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves. David's world--one that also includes lycanthropes and golems--is one with little knowledge of mental illness. An insane serial killer is a threat the NSA has no experience with. But Jace does. Stranded in a reality where Bela Lugosi is a bigger box office draw than Bruce Willis and every full moon is Mardi Gras, Jace must now hunt down a fellow human before he brings the entire planet to the brink of madness. Or she may never see her own world again…

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    From Publishers Weekly

    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



    Product Details

    • File Size: 482 KB
    • Print Length: 311 pages
    • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 30, 2009)
    • Sold by: Macmillan
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002LA0AA2
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,330 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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.

    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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    39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a little different July 9, 2009
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    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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    22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I nearly passed over this book...I'm glad I didn't August 14, 2009
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    Dying Bites - The Bloodhound Files by D.D. Barant

    I had this book on my wish list and had been hemming and hawing about it. One of the reasons I was so reluctant was that even though it sounded very good, I wasn't sure I could suspend my disbelief enough to imagine a parallel universe; one that consisted of43% Lycanthropes, 37% Vampires, 19% Golems and 1% Humans. Then last week I received this from a friend of mine as part of my birthday gift. I had finished everything else and said "Oh what the heck." I picked it up,looked at the back cover and shrugged, started it, and couldn't put it back down until I was done with it! Let me tell you that it is one of the two best speculative fiction debut novels I have read in this past 2 months and I'm sorry I waited so long to get to it.

    "Dying Bites" starts with FBI Behavior Analyst and Profiler, Jace Valchek in bed and dreaming after getting a little drunk the night before, and it seems like a fairly typical dream...or is she really dreaming ? Nope, she is not asleep; she has been taken from our reality and been plunked down in another that mimics our own except for the previously mentioned creatures!
    She is being asked by the head of their NSA, vampire David Cassious, to help profile and catch an insane serial killer, since this universe has no experience in dealing with insanity. Unfortunately, it seems that this killer may be human. Now what is Jace supposed to do? What will happen if she does deliver this human, who may very well be protecting the last 1% of humans left in this universe? But, she has agreed to the contract and the terms state that the contract will be "successfully concluded with the capture or elimination of the target of the mission." Then she can go home.
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