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Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,949 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
FBI profiler Jace Valchek was pulled into this parallel realm to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. Now she works for the National Security Agency of the Unnatural States of America - and her boss is a vampire.

At a bizarre crime scene, Jace finds a bloodsucker murdered by magic, fried to the bone and dressed in the costu
Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jul 03, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
This is the follow up to the first book in the series,Dying Bites. Jace Valchek FBI profiler has been ripped out of her world and hijacked to an alternate reality where vampires, lycanthropes, golems, and the mystical do in fact exist. What doesn't exist in this reality are guns and mental instability. After the events of the previous book however vampires and lycanthropes have been suffering with mental illness for the first time. Jace has been trying to find the man responsible, Aristotle Stok ...more
Oct 02, 2012 Monique rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a chore to get through. In addition to vampires, werewolves and golems we get superheroes. I love superhero movies and the Bigtime Series by Jennifer Estep - very cute superhero series. This book, not so much.

It was an OVERLOAD of information. It was just too much! You get a lecture of time/space continuum and comic (or kamic) books, both in this world and the "real world." Turns out **spoiler alert** one of the main characters actually turns out to BE a superhero. Now what? Is he
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♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
i think i like the first one a bit better, but this book was still pretty good.
it was extremely annoying how D.D. Barant kept explaining the gun spell, otherwise it was a pretty good read i enjoyed the twist and turns
Apr 23, 2012 Marisa rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, but I thought I'd round up.

Things I enjoyed:

- Jace and Charlie's relationship; by far my favorite part in the books thus far.
- I like the idea of alt universes and how nearly each person in the thrope/pire world has a doppelganger in Jace's world.
- I like the comic aspect, I thought it was interesting.
- Jace's wit had me laughing out loud on multiple occasions.

Things I didn't enjoy:

- There's only one thing I didn't really enjoy, and it was that this book was one big information dump.
Oct 16, 2009 Natasha marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I know this is going to be a great book, I really enjoyed the first one and when I read the expert in the back of the book for this book I was instantly into it. It made me want to keep reading. I hate that I have to wait until March for the next book but I will be glad to read it.
I really want to see where she goes with her relationships and I really like Charles character so I hope he finds great happiness. I hope this is the begining of a series more than two books because I can see me likin
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jun 21, 2015 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it did not like it
Jace is from an alternate reality and she has been brought to a world were vampires, werewolves, and golems make up the majority of the population. Jace is tasked with finding and arresting Stoker, a rogue human determined to end the domination of the supernaturals and get justice for the dwindling human population. Jace is sidetracked from that mission when a superhero created by the government is murdered. When magical artifacts start to go missing the case intensifies. Can Jace follow the clu ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Mangrovejane rated it really liked it
This book hit my happy spot. Bringing comic book superheroes into the well set out lore of an alternate universe and then explaining the concept behind their existence with a twisted plot, snappy dialogue, fantastic fight scenes, loyalty, betrayal and popular culture...well...what can I say really...BRING ON THE NEXT BOOK!!!
Dec 25, 2010 Kt rated it really liked it
Jace's focus gets shifted in this book. While she is still determined to find Stoker since he is her ticket home, things get a little hairy when she gets assigned to a bizarre crime scene. The victim is staged like the comic book character, The Flash. There's one big problem however, comic books have been illegal for over 50 years in this reality, so no one but Jace knows who the Flash is. She quickly realizes the killer must have some sort of tie to her own world and it becomes a race to find h ...more
Plot summary ... Since this is for personal reason -- so I can remember -- I put it under spoiler tag.

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Laura (Kyahgirl)
I did not finish this book. I may come back to it when I'm in a different mood but I just couldn't get into it. Barant is an imaginative author and I appreciate her twist on world building. However, this book just made me feel like I was tangled up in threads while trying to pursue the story line. I had a bit of this feeling with the first story but it was worse with this one. I have a lot of books sitting on my TBR pile so decided not to spend any more time with this one. This kind of reading s ...more
Death Blows by DD Barant is the second book in The Bloodhound Files. If you are not familiar with the series, it is a good, fun, urban fantasy with a twist: monsters (such as vampires, werewolves, and golems) exist in alternative worlds, and the heroine, Jace, is pulled into one of those worlds. Jace has been deliberately brought into the alternate universe because of her skills. She is a serial killer profiler and the alternate universe needs her expertise to solve a case. It is a very well don ...more
Dec 10, 2011 Julia rated it really liked it
This one worked for me in a way book one didn't. Jace isn't as angry, she's not overtly being held hostage, and the relationships she started in book one really start to gel. Her banter with Charlie in particular was fantastic, and the twist with Dr. Pete was both unexpected and titillating.
Jul 25, 2014 Tasula rated it liked it
This is the sequel to Dying Bites, about an FBI profiler kidnapped into an alternate reality to track down a human serial killer. The deal is she can go back home when she catches the killer. But in this book, she has to take a hiatus from that task to investigate a very weird murder, that turns out to have a connection to comic books. There is a clever idea that if created a certain way, comic books can be vehicles of magic, growing stronger as they are read by more and more people. But I found ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Sybylla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This book was all over the place. I like Jace, and her smart-ass attitude. I like the characters who surround her with their razor sharp wit and no-nonsense attitudes. This world is unique and interesting, and it allows for interesting premises.

That said, this one had definite faults. The comic book theme was a good idea, but it became too heavy of a burden for the plot to bear. I know some of the writers and titles mentioned in this book, and that did help me follow the massive exposition. It w
Jan 03, 2014 Theshrewedshrew rated it did not like it
3 things.

1. Comic books aren't the ultimate form of expression.
2. The author spent way to much time forcing her world interpretation of comics, and basically leaving gaping holes in the new worlds. While I understand the medium was picked up, this world as a whole diverges greatly in some places.
3. Peter... not only his past, but the pet, and the alter-ego.

So I have the 3rd book of this series, and I can't figure out if I even want to read this book anylonger. I understand a lot, and well thi
Dec 30, 2010 Marianna rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny
Funny. A bit of an info overload, trying to intentionally make me crazy. Jace still has more chemistry with Charlie, the organ-less golem.
May 10, 2013 ☀Rachael☀ rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
Yay! I loved this and I don't know why it took me soooo long to get to book two? But now I'm on a roll ill get to book three soon!
Feb 08, 2014 A rated it liked it
Shelves: given, mooched
This was kind of a disappointment for me. I really enjoyed the first one, but this? Eh. It’s funny to me, because the only major complaint I had about the last one, too many love interests, was the only thing that mellowed out in this one. In fact, a lot of those love interests were trimmed down.
While the character’s are still great (other than her vampire boss, I still feel like he doesn’t behave like a ridiculously old vampire would) the flow of the plotline just wasn’t there. As another revie
It's taken me a lot longer than usual to get through this book, the reason being, that I wasn't completely enjoying it. I found the plot to have an overabundance of new characters and info dumping which honestly just left me overwhelmed and not knowing what was going on half the time.

So why did I stick with it? Because I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I like this world and characters a lot, and I want to continue on with the series. And there's some important stuff that goes o
Apr 13, 2016 Amyiw rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, x-2014
I like the characters even more this time and the growth is great but the over all plot just kept dragging for me. Jace is tracking down a killer who is targeting comic book characters, heroes, who it seems, really existed in this reality.

The premise with all the realities and reboot to characters was interesting but we got way too into the nitty gritty of comics and really, it just doesn't interest me that much. I read comics a little but don't go over them with a fine tooth comb. I have frien
Jan 30, 2013 Marsha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
(2.5 stars) I hate to start a review with a question; but, what in the world happened to this series from book one to book two? “Dying Bites” was an exciting first installment into the world of FBI profiler Jace Valchek who is suddenly yanked out of her world into an alternate reality where humans represent only 1% of the population while weres, vampires, golems and other creatures represent the majority. Book one ended with Jace on the chase of a serial killer, Aristotle Stoker. When she is abl ...more
Audio- 3.7 stars. This second book in the series was better than the first. There was more of a mystery, more action and more focus. I still don't care the the narrator. The third book I bought in print.
Jace is still human, still in this alternate universe and still trying to solve a case to get home. She is struggling along when big boss calls her to follow up on another case. This case is hitting buttons and will open some new and deadly doors to her. One of her friends will be lost, a new lif
Cristina (de gustibus non disputandum est)
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It was much the same as the first in the series as far as pacing and humor goes. Jace has really begun to find her niche in her new world, although there are still times that she feels overwhelmed. She says she wants to go home but I don't believe it. Maybe I'm just projecting. I absolutely don't want her to go back home. I get the feeling that she really doesn't have much to go back to. Her job, definitely but she never mentions or even thinks about, anyone she has
Rosa Folgar
Nov 04, 2011 Rosa Folgar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the premise of this series. Jace reminds me of a young Anita Blake (Laurel K Hamilton) only before she became a total slutty harem holder....back to young kick ass Anita vampire hunter, who was someone a girl could look up to. That's Jace. She is sarcastic and independent and can handle herself around werewolves, vampires, golems, and psychos.

In this book, she pauses her hunt for Bram Stoker when murders hit those close to her. Namely, Gretchen's baby-daddy who gets found in a Flash costu
Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Jan 05, 2014 Shannon (Savhage Temptrest) rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
"Death Blows" by D.D. Barant was the sequel to Bloodhound Files series and follows Agent Jace Valchek, still in an alternate universe where the humans are an endangered species and supernatural creatures from myths have full reign, tracking Aristotle Stoker, the crazed human serial killer bent on saving the human race by destroying all beings supernatural, so that she can finally be returned to her own time and universe. Of course, she gets waylaid in her pursuit by mysterious and seemingly rand ...more
Khalia Hades
Dec 10, 2013 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing
Jace Valchek's world has been turned upside down. Well, sort of. Parallel? Horizontal? Jace isn't quite sure where her world is, but she is in a world where nothing and everything is familiar. It does seem to be somewhat parallel, but in this one humans make up less than 1% of the population - but she, an FBI profiler who is able to track down killers whose minds are so twisted it's unbelievable, is one human that is necessary for the continued survival of this existence. At least, that's the li ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Jenn rated it it was amazing
As you may have guessed from my Daring You To Read... post a little while ago, I’m a big fan of D. D. Barant’s Bloodhound Files. Having suggested the first book in the series, I thought it might be a good time to post about the second book, Death Blows, since I’m re-reading the series in anticipation of the fifth book, Back from the Undead, which is being released at the end of March. (I have previously been about Dying Bites, despite my appreciation of the rest of the series.)

First up, how gorg
Jed Moulton
Sep 02, 2012 Jed Moulton rated it really liked it
I have always liked first person story telling. DD barant tells this story really well.

Every time Jace thinks she is getting a handle on her new life something happens to remind her that Kansas is a hell of a long way from here. Comic books on this world - or in this case Kamic books - have been outlawed since the 1960s. Back then a group of enterprising bad guys figured out they could tap into some major mystical mojo with specially written kamic books. To counter this the government published
I LOVE this new urban fantasy series. I read a lot in this genre, and the premise is so fresh and original - every couple chapters, the author comes up with something interesting and clever to add to the world-building that fascinates me. I think there may have been a couple logical leaps/inconsistancies in the mystery part of this story, but not so bad that it hurt the story for me. Then again, maybe I just didn't pay close enough attention. Either way, if you like urban fantasy, you should try ...more
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