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Undead to the World: The Bloodhound Files by [Barant, DD]
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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 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 on The Bloodhound Files

“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 on The Bloodhound Files

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: 782 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1 edition (November 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085UEP58
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kathleen on February 10, 2013
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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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So I was thoroughly enjoying this series up until this last book. It felt rushed and didn't have the normal pacing that the others displayed. And what the hell kind of ending was that? I'm an avid reader, and I've never had a book series do that to me at the end? I was fully invested in what happens to the characters and it just ends?! Complete and total BS. I had planned on looking at other books from this author, but if this is the kind of thing I can expect I'll pass. There are plenty of other authors out there that I don't have to waste my time on this.
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By kitty kat on 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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Synopsis: Jace Valcheck works as a waitress in Thropirelem, KS. She's not all right in the head, and everyone in town doesn't forget to remind her that. At least she has her favorite TV show she secretly watches, The Bloodhound Files. But now that dead bodies are showing up, and people are turning into something supernatural, Jace realizes not everything is as it seems...

Review: There are a lot of expectations in a final installment of a series. Undead to the World is the last book in the series, for the foreseeable future according to the author. I love the world Barant has created for us, and the details of his world were expanded in this book. However, there were many gaps in this installment that has left me feeling, incomplete.

First, what I did like. As I said before, the parallel worlds created in these books is unparalleled (pun fully intended). In this book, we see all the same characters from the previous books, but pictured as different people. Kansas was so different from alternate world Seattle, yet brilliant in its own way.

A fresh take on the mystery/crime plot, but story fit seamlessly into the series. Gallowsman was an intriguing villain, one we see and not see. Not forgotten were our regular villains and ambiguous bad guys. As a reader, we experience through Jace's eyes, as confusing as her own predicament. The crime and Jace's life mystery unfold complementary to each other. There were flashback moments where we got to see some of the characters' past, and those were crafted beautifully.

However, even with all of that, Undead to the World fell short. I was really disappointed in the characters. All the characters felt like their depth went AWOL. I understand why that was the case at the beginning, but why later on in the book?
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Normally I love the bloodhound series. I can't wait to buy each installament and I read it right away without stopping. This last one? Meh! It starts off in a totally different environment and the character is wisecracking to herself almost continuously. Some of the lines are funny, but after a while I just want her to get on with it. And when she gets with her 'partner' Charle, it gets worse. In this case, I think I appreciated the wisecracks more when there was less. I am so disappointed that I am thinking I won't actually finish it. I am about a third of the way and it is hard to continue. I started out confused and still am. It seems we are in yet another alternative world. Jace is suffering from some sort of mental breakdown (or is a repeat breakdown?). Anyway she is not the person she was in the other books. The plot drags on as we are introduced to people we knew before but they were different too. Story line is hard to follow, I find I am not caring about the heroine and will finish the book only because it was stated that this might be the last of the series. God! I hope there is a happy ending!
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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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