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Undead to the World: The Bloodhound Files [Kindle Edition]

DD Barant
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Undead to the World

A Bloodhound Files novel from DD Barant

Jace’s return to Kansas is an instant reminder that there really is no place like home. The tavern is still brimming with losers, practical jokers, and motorcycle chicks. Even the town’s only Goth is still wearing eyeliner. But just as Jace is about to click her heels and hightail out of there, she’s roped into a brand-new case. Somebody is possessed. And the bodies are piling up…

They call him the Gallowsman. According to legend, he was sentenced to hang—though his crimes still have not been specified. When he was strung up to die, his spirit stuck around waiting for people to hang themselves…so he could steal their bodies. Now, with the undead rising up and going on a rampage, Jace must put her own neck on the line. Can she get the Gallowsman to give up the ghost?



Editorial Reviews

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Praise for DD Barant and THE BLOODHOUND FILES 

 

“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 

 

“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 

From the Back Cover

Vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts—profiler Jace Valchek thought she had seen it all. Until now…

Jace’s return to Kansas is an instant reminder that there really is no place like home. The tavern is still brimming with losers, practical jokers, and motorcycle chicks. Even the town’s only Goth is still wearing eyeliner. But just as Jace is about to click her heels and hightail out of there, she’s roped into a brand-new case. Somebody is possessed. And the bodies are piling up… 

UNDEAD TO THE WORLD

They call him the Gallowsman. According to legend, he was sentenced to hang—though his crimes still have not been specified. When he was strung up to die, his spirit stuck around waiting for people to hang themselves…so he could steal their bodies. Now, with the undead rising up and going on a rampage, Jace must put her own neck on the line. Can she get the Gallowsman to give up the ghost?

“Fresh and original.”—RT Book Reviews


Product Details

  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031254507X
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085UEP58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,106 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, lousy ending. February 10, 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the 6th --- and presumably final --- book of a fun and very imaginative series. But the ending didn't bring closure as much as it left on a cliffhanger. This didn't leave me wondering, it left me feeling cheated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a drag December 29, 2012
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The story was sooooo dragged out. I skipped through a lot of it and don't feel that I missed a thing. Another alternate reality...everyone has had their memories manipulated. Takes the entire book to sort them out. Bad situation, no escape, dead people and I didn't care at all. Read it if you must but I can't recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What was Barant thinking? January 5, 2013
By FDP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Love the rest of this series. Can't get through this one. Horrible choice to go in the direction she took it. Have started and stopped at least three times.

March 2013 update. Finally picked it up again and made it through the book. It was ok and got better, but not great compared to her other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars And that's it? September 11, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
So...I checked the author's page and this is the final installment in the series.

And this is how it ends? I don't want to give spoilers but I've enjoyed the series overall and felt like it was just starting to get good.

Considering this is the final book in the series, there are a ton of loose threads and the ending is...abrupt to say the least. I definitely had higher hopes than this. This book felt rushed and didn't flow, like the author was just trying to fulfill a contract for a 6th book, get it done and move on to his next series. I think I'll avoid books from him again - while I enjoyed this series, I don't want to get involved in another one for this lack of payoff.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, bummer ending December 2, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

The Bloodhound Files is a series unafraid to disregards the laws of physics for the sake of a great story, and UNDEAD TO THE WORLD is one of the best yet. Though heavy on plot and a little light on character, Jace's banter and action has always been enough to keep me coming back for more.

Barant is not afraid to push the boundaries of his world outward in every book, and his mind bending plots often have me questioning "reality" alongside the characters. UNDEAD TO THE WORLD is a prime example of this mechanic, opening to a recognizable world that is oh so askew from where I had expected to find Jace. Much of a reader's ability to try and unravel this puzzling plot hinges on recognizing hints of familiar characters in their new incarnations, so I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who isn't caught up on the series.

Despite being "a book apart" from Thropirelem, UNDEAD TO THE WORLD will be immediately familiar to fans. The story runs a convoluted plot on a steady diet of witty repartee. I'll follow Jace and Charlie anywhere and my favorite parts of this book were when they were simultaneously figuring things out and bantering back and forth. As much as I enjoyed this funny, interesting book, the ending lowered my rating from 4 bats to 3. The climax of UNDEAD TO THE WORLD took a reasonable (and expected) cliffhanger and mashed on a little love triangle angst that had only the barest prior references, a move that lowered my appreciation over all.

Barant's plots, while intricate and impressive, also tend to be so over the top I feel a bit disconnected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another semi-dud December 21, 2013
By Mali
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To summarize, I really liked the first two books, hated the third, and thought 4 and 5 were just okay. After the dud the third book was - confusing and boring- I started checking them out at the library instead.
This one I picked up and put down a few times before finishing it, and I forced myself to keep going knowing it was due soon.
It starts out as a completely different story. The protagonist has the same name as the original one, but it seems to be either an alternate reality/dimension version or a case of forgotten memory or something along those lines. This one is really really annoying. She talks to herself, makes stupid jokes to herself, and is literally obsessed with a t.v show to the point of being locked up in a mental hospital and medicated upon her release over it. She is the town crazy who works two dead end jobs and is more than nosy and intrusive when it comes to anything crime related. She butts into crime scenes, breaks into houses- all because she is nosy and watches too much t.v and suddenly thinks one of the characters in said DVD series is talking to her. I found this new protagonist to be equals parts pathetic and annoying.
I forced myself to keep reading and finally. Finally it became clear that it was not a new character, but indeed a case of memory loss. The books picks up once her real personality and confidence come back, but it doesn't make up for the poor beginning, and she also seems a little stuck in my mind as annoying. The over-the-top pointless sex scene doesn't make that better.
On a final note, the cover is embarrassingly cheesy. The kind of thing you don't want sitting out for anyone to see. It looks like a stereo typical urban paranormal book with an over-the-top heroine wearing leather pants and cleavage popping out surrounded by wolves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun just like the rest of the series
Always a fun read. Using a multifaceted reality gives the series limitless possibilities that barant uses well in this book.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca L. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a series that starts off fun and opens up a new world!
Published 1 month ago by K. Marlow
2.0 out of 5 stars sigh. seriously???
I loved this series. Right up until the last book. Gotta love it when the *last book in the series* ends with a cliffhanger. NOT. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Jo DiBella
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly Entertaining
Okay so I didn't realise this book was the last in series until after I finished reading it but knowing this now actually makes the ending more powerful, though I will say it's an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by chettsgenie
3.0 out of 5 stars DDBarant
I have read all the books in the Bloodhound Files. I found this one confusing. I expected Jace to be back in her time. I missed the transition, I guess. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mary perich
1.0 out of 5 stars What the ....?!
I found out this is the last book of the series.
As such, you would think that the multiple story lines would be tied up. But no. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight out Freaky!
You did not see this coming...
She's feeling better now, and left the asylum.
Her grasp on reality remains weak, but she does like to watch that TV program in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Hisdad
4.0 out of 5 stars I like these books
Fun and some twists and some corny stuff, a little love and sex and the supernatural what more could a girl ask for
Published 14 months ago by Toni B Mertz
3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the ending?????
Love the series, but am beyond ticked at the non-ending. I want my money back...or another book with a more fulfilling ending.
Published 16 months ago by Rebbecca Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun series, but
I really enjoy this alternate reality series but this last book really left me feeling like there are a ton of unresolved issues. It wasn't as good as the previous books.
Published 17 months ago by RyN
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Likely last book
It has a serious cliffhanger. I can't believe he's going to leave it at this point. I'm already telling friends that I recommended the books to that they should avoid the last one. It's a major disappointment. Not worth reading the book for. Best to just leave it where it ended at the... Read More
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