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Deadworld (Jackie Rutledge #1)

3.22 of 5 stars 3.22  ·  rating details  ·  681 ratings  ·  111 reviews
She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price…

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, an
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ebook, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 2011)
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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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, tha
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Jim
It was kind of a neat idea in a lot of ways, but it kept shooting itself in the foot. The world is ours in every respect except in a few details. The first is that Laurel, one of the two FBI agents is a psychic. That's OK. Her partner knows & respects her power, which is also OK, but no one else seems to know she's one. At least the sheriff in the beginning doesn't & no one else ever says she is. Kind of a big deal is made out of it. BUT then they find out some weird stuff about some peo ...more
Tammy
I just have to give this 4 stars!
J.N. Duncan is a new writer of Dark Urban Fantasy. This is his debut novel and series. I LOVED IT. I gave it 4 stars based on originality, true grit and believable characters.

Synopsis:
She's as tough as anything haunting Chicago's streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won't stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring ni
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Pam
This was a gritty and sometimes difficult read,but well worth the emotional investment. The characters in this book are interesting, flawed - certainly not warm and cuddly, but they settle into your bones and MATTER in a way that keeps you reading.

Thanks to J.N. Duncan for making the harder choices when it comes to the fate of his characters, I am so tired of there being no consequences to life...and death. Laurel and Jackie's relationship could have gone many different things, but I felt Duncan
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Brooke Johnson
When I sat down to read Deadworld, I truthfully didn’t expect to like it. Urban Fantasy is not my usual reading genre. I hate cop stories, vampires, graphic sex, etc. etc. etc. In all honesty, there was really no reason for me to buy this book, but since I had connected with the author through Twitter, I wanted to support him.

A lot of different readers have had varied opinions on Deadworld, ranging from hating it to loving it and everything in between, all for various and conflicting reasons. So
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Gemma
Full Review on bookchickcity.com

Thoughts

"Deadworld" is a rollercoaster of an urban fantasy book with characters that have so many issues, even Freud would have been lost in helping them. It's one of those books that you realise you have been reading for nearly two hours, without any breaks and you're still dying to find out more!

Before starting "Deadworld", I was expecting the usual run of the mill paranormal romance, where the big brooding alpha male would end up saving and falling for the tou
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Pam
I'd give it a 4.5 and trust me, I don't give out 4.5 or 5 often. I'm too darn picky
It's a good beginning to a new urban fantasy series. Yes the main female FBI agent is often abrasive and hard-edged but as the story progresses we learn what in her own background...her own fears made her that way. While some might find her attitudes and actions problematic, I found her realistic, and hoped to see her change over the course or the book and come out a little different at the end. A better woman for
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Kathy Davie

The first in the paranormal-romance series, Jackie Rutledge, set in modern-day Chicago.

The Story
An old vampire has been playing games with Nick Anderson for well over 100 years now. Taunting him with his inability to save his loved ones and now he's back, back with a nasty twist. It seems that Drake has picked up some new abilities and Nick is desperate to find and stop him while keeping the FBI agents safe.

Well, you know how that's going to go over with FBI agents of any sex. There is no way Ja
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Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: Deadworld misses the mark with an unlikable heroine and a forgettable supporting cast. As far as urban fantasy novels go, this one isn't a great success.

Opening Sentence: A misty rain swirled down into the darkness between the two brick buildings.

The Review:

FBI agent Jackie Rutledge and her psychic partner, Laurel, have been assigned to a new murder investigation. There is nothing normal about the crime scene or the way in which the victim was killed. As luck would have it, Ni
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Gemma for www.BookChickCity.com - 9/10 on the blog.

"Deadworld" is a rollercoaster of an urban fantasy book with characters that have so many issues, even Freud would have been lost in helping them. It's one of those books that you realise you have been reading for nearly two hours, without any breaks and you're still dying to find out more!

Before starting "Deadworld", I was expecting the usual run of the mill paranormal romance, where the big brooding alpha male would end up saving a
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Pam
Great Book!!

I love finding "new to me" authors. J.N. Duncan has a great debut book with Deadworld. He is added to my list of authors I will always buy books from.

Deadworld was just sitting on a store shelf when I walked by several times, but something about the "blurb" on the back had me picking it up and buying it. And I am so glad I did.

Deadworld is about an FBI agent (Jackie) who is trying to solve a murder with several "otherworldly" aspects about it. She is not above believing in strange th
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CJ - Drop Dead Cute
2.7

Don't know why I kept reading this book when I clearly knew by page 30 that I didn't like it. Couldn't explain what pulled me to finish it but I can certainly tell you that it wasn't Jackie Rutledge. She's a very unsympathetic character and I have to admit that I was sort of hoping that she would get killed off.

I guess that doesn't happen when you're the lead female.

Jackie is a bitch. An agressive one at that. With a gun. She's scarred emotionally and how she ever made it past the final roun
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Jessica
J.N. Duncan's Deadworld was an okay sort of read. I've had it on my TBR pile for awhile now and managed to get to it recenty. Although unfortunately I wasn't very impressed. It just wasn't the book for me.

The pacing was a little too slow for me at times. It centered around the need to find the bad guy who was killing people, which was fine. You never knew who he was going after next. Jackie was determined to find him and ends up accepting outside help from Nick Anderson who had started out as a
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Lauren
FBI agent Jackie Rutledge is at least as tough as any of the supernatural killers she’s faced before, but when bodies start showing up exsanguinated and totally clean of evidence she finds herself faced with needing help beyond the FBI’s resources. For this case she and her partner Laurel are going to have to rely on the Bruce Wane-esque P.I. Nick Anderson and his team of odd ball supernaturals. Can they trust him though? Nick’s keeping secrets that stretch back over a century that may drag Jack ...more
Tracey
J.N. Duncan is a new author for me to read and the first book in the Jackie Rutledge series was okay but not perfect. I would describe this more of a paranormal dark fantasy/suspense as the scenes with Drake and his victims were described in disturbing detail.

FBI Agent, Jackie, can only be described as an emotionally scarred hard drinking introverted woman and she is not perfect in any shape or form. Then we have PI Nick Anderson the vampire ex cowboy sheriff who has been hanging in the past 140
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smexys_sidekick (Tori-Smexybooks)
Originally posted at http://www.smexybooks.com/2011/04/rev...

Favorite Quote: "She could not decide if she was terrified or just wanted to strip him down to the gun belt and play 'ride' em cowboy'."

Blurb: She's as tough as anything haunting Chicago's streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won't stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are m
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Stacy
Reviewed By http://urbanfantasyinvestigations.blo...

Jackie is an extremely angry and jaded person. She had an abusive childhood and now has intimacy and alcohol issues. Nick was ok for a male love interest. He hides a lot and is a bit frustrating to read about but he wasn't boring. The other characters were not anything special. Most were hard to get to like. There was a bit of action. I found the writing to be a bit over worded and the pace was slower then I would have liked it to be. Honestly
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Kara-karina
I can't get into this book, so I'll have to dnf it. Sorry!
Marsha
Apr 12, 2011 Marsha rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Recommended to Marsha by: Anna
I am so weary. This is the third book I've read in a row where characters are raped and/or physically abused. I use to enjoy PNR/mysteries and urban fantasies because they were fun and helped you escape reality. But rape is not fun. Are publishers telling authors that the only way their books will sell is if they deal with this unsavory subject matter? God, I hope not!

In Deadworld we find a angry FBI agent named Jackie Rutlegde. She is good at what she does but also has anger issues stemming fro
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Michelle
Deadworld is the first book in the Deadworld series by J.N. Duncan and an Urban Fantasy from Kensington.

Book Blurb:

She’s as tough as anything haunting Chicago’s streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won’t stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price...

Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing into the ether evidence, and a city
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Ithlilian
People are turning up with the blood drained from them and our stereotypical female cop is sent to investigate. I mean, our main character Jackie is called in to save the day with her psychic friend in tow. Of course the killer could not be a vampire, because how obvious would that be. So our main character does not even consider it, and fights against accepting that anything supernatural is involved. She also has a drinking problem, and seems generally flat and boring, yet our main male charact ...more
Dawn
I think this one has the potential to be a great story the execution left a lot to be desired. The story opens at a murder scene of a young boy. The boy becomes the first who have been drained of blood, and from there we have a mystery.

The challenge for me was the characters, in short they were not endearing for me; it felt like there were to many stereotypes.The tough detective, Jackie, who hides her feelings and wants to fight for justice. Tough is fine but in my opinion she was so vulgar and
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A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Jackie Rutledge is a Chicago FBI agent. Laurel, her partner of five years, is a psychic. Like any other FBI agent they hunt down and put away bad guys. However, whenever something supernatural is involved then Jackie and Laurel are the team to lead the way.

When a twelve-yr-old boy is found not just murdered, but drained of blood Laurel says that something evil is going on. Evil and pertaining to Deadworld. Their investigation leads them to a private investigator named Nick Anderson. Nick and his
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Jess
First I have to start off by saying that I probably wouldn't have read this book if not for my book club picking it as a group read, just because I had never heard of it. That's one of the things I love about reading with other people, it helps expand my selections.

So anyway, on to the actual book. I wasn't sure what I was going to think about it, the beginning dragged a little but I think that was just to get the book set up. It had an interesting mix of a police drama and an urban fantasy book
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Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
This review was originally posted at Vampire Book Club.

J.N. Duncan brings two people who have sincerely given up on real happiness together in his debut Deadworld. Both FBI agent Jackie and paranormal investigator Nick believe they are past redemption. They don’t deserve love or happiness or even a glorious ending.

Nick has just plain given up. He’s spent decades being tormented by another vampire who makes him relive the murders of his family members. And he’s never been able to catch this guy.
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Darcy
This book managed to surprise me in a couple of different ways. I found the first 50 pages to be a little slow, then things picked up, but soon after page 150 or so things took a change I didn't see happen, which effected the rest of the book.

Through the whole book I wasn't sure if I liked Jackie or not. She is rude, crude, and a big bitch. When you learn her back story you realize that she has that tough girl crust for a reason and very rarely lets people through. One that she did was her partn
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AH
Kobo free download 4/18/11

Deadworld started off slowly for me and had this book not been part of a reading challenge, I may have abandoned it. In a way, I’m glad that I made it through – the last third of the book made up for the beginning.

Deadworld is the story of FBI agent Jackie Rutledge. Jackie and her partner Laurel investigate a grisly murder scene. Laurel senses that something is off about the murder scene. Laurel fears for Jackie’s life and begs her not to take on the case. Her fears are
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Nicki Markus
This was another of the books I got for free from Kobo some time ago. The blurb sounded really interesting and I thought it would be an entertaining tale. Sadly I was somewhat disappointed.

The story idea is great: I liked the suggestion of Deadworld and the concept of a vampire feud going back over a hundred years. This could have been a great read, but it just never came together for me. The characters were so cliched at times that I couldn't take them seriously and, more importantly, I never b
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Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Rating* 3.5
*Genre* Urban Fantasy

*Review*

1. Jackie Rutledge is an interesting character to say the least. She has some serious anger issues, and a past that she won't let go. Thankfully, she has a partner Laurel Carpenter to keep her head on somewhat straight. Yet, her anger is what keeps her as one of the best FBI agents in Chicago. Jackies goes through alot over the course of this book, and nearly loses her sanity. Looking forward to what happens next with her.

2. Nick Anderson is the vampire i
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Clay Rylee
I wanted to really enjoy "Deadworld" I really did but there were several decisions by the author that I feel kept me from fully enjoying this book. First, every character in the book is reffered to by a shorted version of thier name, for example... Jackie = Jack, Nicholas = Nick, Reggie = Reg, I don't know about you but I find this very distracting. Second, Jackie, the main character, has sooooo much baggage it is ridiculous that she is able to function on a high enough level to hold her job wit ...more
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Jim N. Duncan began writing at the age of fourteen thanks to a wonderful grandmother, who was a published mystery writer. Many years, numerous false starts, and a couple of college degrees later, the dream of publication has been achieved. Duncan has four fabulous children and is an aspiring teacher.
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