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Deadworld Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2011

3.4 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Jackie Rutledge Series

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From the Author

Hello, readers! A little bit here about Deadworld in the hopes that I can encourage you to give it a try. I like to consider this story a paranormal thriller. Unfortunately, this is not a shelving category for books, and so it is classified as an Urban Fantasy. You'll likely find this book in the sf/f section of your bookstore.

Personally, I love stories with supernatural elements in them. As a writer it always sparks my imagination to wander in all kinds of directions. The possibilities truly are limitless here. The title for my story comes from my pondering what lies beyond the world of the living. What happens when we die? While this is not the focus of the story, it certainly forms the backdrop from which the ongoing story develops. This book is the first in a series, which will look into this world beyond, and how it might interact with our living world.

Jackie Rutledge is the protagonist for these novels. She's hard-nosed, a little abrasive, and struggling to cover a part of herself that threatens to undermine the tough, FBI agent lifestyle she has been leading. I like characters who have to really work to succeed. While this can obviously play out in the effort to take down villains, which it does in this story, it's more intriguing to me, to have characters struggle emotionally. And Jackie does, trust me.

So, if you desire to read a bit of thriller, crime fiction, paranormal, and an emotionally struggling heroine, I hope you'll give Deadworld a try, and subsequent books in the series too! Deadworld #2 will be out Oct. '11. Thank you. Enjoy!

About the Author

Interesting things to be found here. Okay, perhaps not, but a little about myself. I'm a father of four, two in college and two in grade school. I write fantasy, currently of the urban variety. I'm admittedly overly fond of the paranormal. Give me a good ghost, demon, vampire, etc. story and I'm a happy camper. I'm an aspiring teacher. Nothing gets me going like turning the light bulb on for other people, especially kids. I'm an admitted gamer geek, and you can find me regularly dinking around in World of Warcraft. And, I'm also a lover of anything astronomy. Almost nothing is more fascinating than things outer space. Well, not so interesting I guess, but I did warn you. Hopefully my stories will be more so.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758255667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758255662
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,322,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By AJ VINE VOICE on April 5, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jackie Rutledge made a bad first impression on me which didn't improve over time. Chapter one opens with Jackie arriving on a murder scene where a little boy has been discarded like trash in a park and her response is all about her hangover: "She absently rubbed at her throbbing temple. There should be laws against committing crimes on Mondays...'Why can't killers keep better hours?'" I don't care how tough and jaded she is after years with the FBI, that's never the kind of response someone should have at seeing a dead kid. And sadly, Jackie was just the first in a string of uninteresting, unsympathetic characters.

Jackie and her partner Laurel wanted to come across as the next Rizzoli and Isles. Jackie as the tough cop and Laurel as the softer influence in her life. Not so much. Laurel barely registers and Jackie was obnoxiously hard-nosed. Predictably, she had an abusive childhood that turned her into a promiscuous man-hater. She gets drunk and goes home with strangers most nights. One night in specific triggers a flashback while in the middle of rough sex. The situation was seedy to begin with as she's begging some guy to hurt her, but then she reverts back to a horrific episode from her childhood and it got ugly enough that I almost stopped reading. I kept going only so I could write this review.

That scene and character aside, the writing was equally lackluster. Redundant and overly tedious are the words that come to mind. This book should have been half this length. At 400+ pages, it came across as bloated with a sluggish pace that did nothing for its rather flimsy plot.

Overall, I really wanted to like this book.
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What to say about Deadworld? I like Vampires and Ghosts and strong women characters so I thought this would be the perfect series for me. I started getting bored with the book about half way through, but since I had already read that much I forced myself to finish.

I just could not sympathize or connect with the main character, Jackie, I found her to be extremely foul. She had a filthy mouth, drank too much, was promiscuous, and was just too much of a "man" for my liking. The only feminine characteristic she possessed was having a cat.

I love fantasy but this story "jumped the shark" several times, even for fantasy. The storyline with Drake - Nick angle was really good and I liked the concept of it, but it was never fully explained, Nick explained it to the other characters however the author failed to explain it to the readers. Why was Drake tormenting Nick? I don't know the answer to that.

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I really feel like it would have been better if Nick had died and joined his family instead of coming back for Jackie. I was disgusted by his attraction to a woman of this caliber; men who have integrity usually aren't attracted to women who have NONE. Gwen seemed to be the complete opposite and Nick obviously still loved her so his attraction to Jackie left me feeling dirty. I'm not sure I even understood Nick's relationship with Shelby, did he turn her into a vampire? Why? I just wanted Nick to be a man, but I guess he didn't have to be since Jackie was apparently the man. Which left be confused when Nick saved the day while Jackie whined and cried in the corner.

Other questions I was left with: What happened with Archie's parents? What happened with the other kids' families? What happened to Reggie?
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DEADWORLD heads straight to my "Favorite Urban Fantasy" shelf.

With shadows of Jim Butcher and James Patterson, J.N. Duncan's FBI agent Jackie Rutledge is one kick-ass heroine I'm going to be following for a while. If you like detective stories with a hint of supernatural, DEADWORLD is not one to be missed. If your adrenaline isn't pumping when you dive into Jackie's world, you've got to be dead.

Jackie Rutledge is one rough, self-destructive, determined FBI agent with a past I still haven't fully figured out. It would take a team of therapists to work through her "issues". Fortunately for us, she has focused all of her rage and self-loathing on the bad-guys of Chicago.

Jackie's psychic partner, Laurel, knows there's more out there than meets the eye. Together, the two are no strangers to supernatural crimes. But this latest mystery has both of them in over their heads.

P.I. Nick Anderson is more than he seems. He's a vampire with a ghost and female vamp as partners. Together, they are trying to track and kill the evil force that has haunted Nick all of his undead life. It looks like Drake is back, and once again he's got killing on his mind.

The question is if either the FBI or Nick's team will be able to stop him once and for all, or will history repeat itself.....again.

There are so many twists and turns in this book a pretzel maker might even get dizzy. The pacing was amazing, leaving me clutching my book, unwilling to tend to my poor starving and neglected children. With every page, a new facet of the case or the characters was revealed. I loved how the information on Nick and Jackie's pasts, Laurel's hidden secret, Shelby's role in Nick's life and the whole Drake drama leaked out slowly over time.
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