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Dying Bites (Bloodhound Files) [Mass Market Paperback]

D D Barant
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3 Aug 2009 Bloodhound Files (Book 1)
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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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc. (3 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312942583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942588
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 10.3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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" """ "

About the Author

DD Barant lives in Vancouver, BC, and loves monsters, chocolate, animals, reading, comics and lying naked on the beach, while hating bullies, narrow-minded people, Sea Urchin Sushi and gluten. Awful, terrible, gluten.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bitten 23 Jan 2010
By Jon Doe
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A curious novel, I can't remember the last time I read a book where the character started off as an FBI Agent in "this" world and ended up working in a Alternate Reality where Bela Lugosi is a bigger draw then Brad Pitt because almost the entire planets population is made up of Supernatural Creatures, including Vampires, Werewolves, Golems, Selkie... Particulary entertaining is Charlie, who is the Heroine's Bodguyard and a Golem himself. He has a line in dry one liners which, on occassion, had me laughing aloud:

Heroine-"How do you swim?"

Charlie-"Like an Anvil".

The world is odd for more than one reason, though. No firearms have ever existed on this world, nor were they ever even imagined apparently. "Why" and "How" are answers to read the book for, but the Heroine doesn't have to worry since, being from another world, she can and does bring her service weapon and use it on occassion. Not that regular bullets do much to Vampires or Werewolves, but still. WMD's do exist, but appear to be tied into the Mythos of H.P.Lovecraft. Vampires on this world can even have children together, apparently, magic is very real...

It's a good start with an interesting concept, but so far the Heroine seems to be the Magic Bullet for too many problems. She's a 100% human FBI Profiler who deals with the nutters nutters, those who are supposedly so insane that they have no pattern and kill randomly, or worse. Yet the Anti-Hero of the book isn't crazy, it seems, just damaged-so why did they need her so badly as to pull her across Realities? How could she have even possibly have stopped magic-wielding enemies who could teleport her into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean if she annoyed them, for example?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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'Dying Bites' is a fantastic, urban fantasy/crime novel that grips you from the first page. I was underestimating the quality of the novel, I must admit, when I first read the synopsis. It just looked to me like another attempt to re-invent a way to present vampires and were-wolves, in the aftermath of the Twilight phenomenom. Wrong. It was quirky, laugh-out-loud funny at times and the female protagonist, Jace Valchek, I found I could really identify with.
The basic storyline revolves around Jace Valchek, loner-ish Criminal Psychologist for the FBI, who is transported from her (our current) world into a world where vampires, lycanthropes and Golems make up most of the population and humans are a dying breed. Why is she sent there? Because they (the NSA) and the big boss David Cassius, need her to find a vampire & lycanthrope serial killer that is terrorising their world.
Although the idea of vampires and lycanthrope seems overplayed in our current culture in literature, you'd be surprised at how refreshing Barrant portrays them.
"Oh, this just keeps getting better and better," I mutter. "What next? Are you going to tell me the suspect is short, dresses all in green and speaks with an Irish brogue? Were there traces of shamrocks and breakfast cereal left at the crime scene?" [Page 42]
Any fans of Rachel Vincent, Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance, Devon Monk, Patricia Briggs and Kelley Armstrong would enjoy this hilarious and exciting read. The only problem is the wait for the sequel...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting variation 23 Jan 2010
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The basic idea of the story is fairly different from the usual crop of 'others' more or less hidden in our society and that allows the author to develop some nice little otherworldly touches. The story is well paced. The list of characters is sufficiently wide and varied to allow for progression and development. I liked it sufficiently to pre-order the next installment and yes, I have added the author to my list of those I look out for. Worth a read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting debut 2 Dec 2009
By Cerise
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the rather fiesty lead is clearly challenging all around her. The alternative reality idea allowed for some interesting re-writes of history and the description of a world where Vampires, Golems and Lycanthropes are the dominant species and humans an endangered one is well described. The majority of the book you spend, not knowing quite who the good guys are, in fact at the end I was still wary of most characters.

There is a lot of humour laced through the story and the politically correct clearly taking the brunt of the jokes.

I look forward to the next installment. Nice lead vampire character that really does get a rough time from the leading lady, but that makes a pleasant change ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing start to the series. 2 Oct 2013
By Bex79
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I was hooked from the first few pages and although it lost me a little in the middle it soon hooked me again. It isn't up the with my favourites but it was a very enjoyable read. There was plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and the story is quite unique. There are some interesting characters that have real development potential. Please give it a try.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The monsters have won. 12 Jan 2013
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Most Urban Fantasy novels these days have monsters coming out of the closet just before the story starts. In this one they won back in the Middle Ages and now true humans are an declining species with a worldwide population of less than a million. When a psychotic human serial killer goes on the rampage they kidnap an FBI expert in psychotic human serial killers from our world to track him down.

This is an excellent premise, there are a number of good characters, plenty of humour, gore and sexiness, the society which has evolved is interesting and the writer leaves plenty of room to explore it in future novels which she has already done as I've come late to this series which started in 2009. When I finished the book I immediately ordered the next two in the series. Give it a try and I'll be surprised if you don't do the same.
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