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Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, Book 4) Mass Market Paperback – October 4, 2011
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“Choice and control are major themes of the newest Bloodhound Files outing. Despite humans being an extreme minority, FBI profiler Jace Valchek's pugnacious personality won't let her back down, even in the face of long odds. Barant continues to explore themes of persecution and discrimination with outsider Jace struggling to find her place. For Jace, events come to a life-changing crossroads, giving readers a true emotional punch. A steller addition to an already outstanding series.” ―RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars! TOP PICK!)
“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.” ―Romantic Times
“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
Welcome to a world in which only one percent of the population is human. Where fighting for survival doesn't always mean staying alive. And dying is just another part of everyday life…These are the Bloodhound Files. Enter at your own risk―if you dare.
Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe―FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don't even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them …
BETTER OFF UNDEAD
It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn't counting on being bitten…and soon she's fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote―vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won't be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires …
"An outstanding series." ―RT Book Reviews
Top customer reviews
Better Off Undead manages to do a great job of continuing the arc of the ongoing story line, including Jace's relationships with Cassius and now-transformed-to-Tair Dr. Pete, while being a self-contained story in and of itself. In this installment, Jace hunts down slavers in a mob-driven plot with all the slowly unfolding twists and turns of a police drama. She's bitten by a werewolf at the beginning of the story and her efforts to stay human, while pondering whether she would choose to be vampire or werewolf if forced to change, give greater insight into Jace's motivations and changing character as she adapts to her new life in what she somewhat tongue-in-cheek, calls Thropirelem, after the lycanthropes, vampires and golems who make up the vast majority of the population.
I've thoroughly enjoyed all the books in this series, but this was my favorite because we got to see Jace's development as she realizes she would no longer feel at home if she ever actually makes it home. This adventure leaves her poised for more as she starts to make a path of her own in her new world.
I'm sorry I didn't read it sooner. I forgot how refreshing and funny a lot of the dialogue in this series is. By far, it's one the author's strong points. There's genuinely good humor and I'll be frank and say I completely missed it and regretted not picking up this volume sooner.
Overall - great book. I was pleased with the resolution and happy that it didn't turn into another normal girl gets super cool powers ploy. Some relationships are fleshed out a bit more, though the inconsistency of Gretchen's character (as mentioned in a few other reviews) also kind of irked me.
If you're getting a little jaded with the urban paranormal genre - this is a nice change in a much beloved genre.
This is a story of inconsistency. There's a sub-plot about Cassius. It's pretty awesome. There's a plot about Charlie. It manages to redeem much of the crud that afflicted his character in the third book.
Then there's the plot about Tair/Dr. Pete. It sucks. The problem is Tair. In order for Tair to "be cool" Jace has to be a moron. Denigrating your protagonist in order to elevate another character just isn't a good plan. Guess which plot line occupies most of the book.
The first part of the book is about Jace trying to change Tair back into Dr. Pete. Apart from her pathetic inability to accept the death of her friend, Jace falls for really sad tricks. I think the idea was that she was blinded by what she wanted rather than what she had. Instead, it came off as if Jace had a brain-ectomy she didn't remember.
There's a limit to how much you can be blinded by want and still be called intelligent.
The other parts almost manage to fill in the pit Barant dug with Tair. The trick was getting far enough into the book to get to them. Great villains are about loving to hate them. This book just has villains that need to be squashed so we can stop wasting time with them.