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Dying Bites

(The Bloodhound Files #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  6,594 ratings  ·  451 reviews
Her job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s brave new world—one in which only one percent of the population is human—is that a woman’s work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day…

Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Abigail I don't think that the point the author was trying to make was to demonizes people with mental illnesses, but to humanizes. In the book humans have we…moreI don't think that the point the author was trying to make was to demonizes people with mental illnesses, but to humanizes. In the book humans have weaknesses and feelings as the supernatural beings that are not mainly in the center are little then less ruled by emotion and the forward instinct to survive. Leaving only the strong to survive. I would like to know about that you think. (less)

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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
I'm going to be very honest. I didn't get very far into this one.

The world building and the premise was interesting but I couldn't stand the main character.

That's a problem if it's first person narrative. For a criminal profiler I found her extremely close minded and prejudice (shooting first, making derogatory "jokes" that were actually thinly veiled insults etc), demanding and incredibly bitchy.

Maybe she gets better. I don't know. I didn't care enough about her to find out.

Cassius sounded a bi
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I liked this book but I didn't love it. I have had a copy of this book for years and finally decided to dust it off and give it a try. There were some things about the book that I really enjoyed and other things that made me question why things happened the way that they did. This was a pretty fast listen for me and I did enjoy the overall story.

I liked the overall premise of the story. Jace is an FBI profiler that is pulled into an
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: UF lovers who really, really don't mind plotholes.
Recommended to Carly by: library availability. When will I learn?
**edited 01/18/14

Gotta say, I'm impressed: this contains the shoddiest, most illogical worldbuilding I have so far encountered. Congrats on that!
Basically, our protagonist is dragged into a parallel world in which guns were never invented (Barant incorrectly dates their creation to the 12th century and says that history "went differently"), vampires and werewolves fought and won a battle with humans, and despite this, literally almost every single aspect of society evolved in precisely the same
So this is a mystery/thriller/fantasy/paranormal/romance-y hybrid. I like the idea of this a lot, an FBI investigator woman transported into an alt universe where humans are the minority, vamps and werewolfs and golems are the majority. It's just the execution is spotty because the world is just unbelievable in some of the building blocks. And unfortunately the deeper you get into this series the harder it is to have your disbelief suspended because of some of those worldbuilding aspects as well ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shifters, vampires, uf
I love the show Criminal Minds, so a book about a FBI profiler + Vampires/Werewolves/Golems = Greatness!!

Dying Bites has an awesome plot, so no complaints there. My major problem is that I'm not sure if I like Jace (the main character). At the start of the book I had the impression that she was the typical sarcastic, kickass heroine-which I love. Then about 30% in she started annoying me and that pretty much continued until the end of the book. She makes pretty dumb mistakes and she says really
Shera (Book Whispers)
This is a title that kept me going “Heck yes!” throughout the whole read. With “Oh, no she didn't!” Then at the end I was a little shocked that more of my reading friends had yet to read this one! A lot have it on their TBR piles, yet no read. The few that read it are giving it glowing ratings and praise! Dying Bites is the perfect intro for The Bloodhound Files.

Jace ends up getting pulled over to an alternate world from our own earth. They don't have any one with job description is the “tracki
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
From what I seen on goodreads, not too many liked this overly much, and frankly I don't know why not. I really enjoyed it. I took to it almost instantly, you just know once you start reading that this can be a great book or you have to warm up to it, I knew from the begining it was going to be interesting. I was in teh mood for one of these books which helped also.
I found the characters written great and they were really fun to read. Jace Valchek is the protagonist in this book. She's strong,
Jace Valchek is an FBI profiler with a proven track record for hunting psychopaths. When a possible mentally ill human starts killing supernatural beings in their world, vampire NSA head David Cassius takes Jace from her world to come to his and solve the case. If she fails, she may never see her own world again. But the human she seeks offers to be her ally instead-does she ally with a fellow human to overthrow the government who brought her here by force and cause humans to live in fear, or do ...more
Sep 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I have read some of the books in this genre and was really sick of heroines that were, well, for the most part passive and, for lack of a better word, weak. Jace is the perfect antidote. She's strong, sarcastic, witty, and she takes no guff from anyone knowing her value as a detective. IN a world where humans make up 1% of the population and in which she meets some very anti-human characters she is more then willing to take them on, even if it means possibly fight ...more
Lexi Ander
DNF at 50%. This is not funny. Her comments are racist/speciest, insulting, and rude. I liked the plot but her running commentary severely detracts from my enjoyment of the story as a whole. This is the first book I have read by this author and I’m afraid that if this type of humor runs through other series then they are not for me.
Shelly Holder
Jul 31, 2009 rated it did not like it


No, it's not a pun.

I have no accurate number of books that I have read in my twenty years, and I probably wouldn't get anywhere near the true count. I do know that I personally own what is probably about 1,500 books, and I have read at least twice that. At least.

So when I say there are few books I dislike, and even few still that I don't finish, I mean it. If I start a book, I am pretty much guaranteed to finish the book, even if I don't care
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Jace has never really fit in with her peers due to her job and the mindset she must be in to catch the really nasty criminals. However, she never thought her particular skill set would make her attractive to another reality, much less an almost completely supernatural one. She is ripped from the world as we know it into a world where less than one percent of the population is human. She is tasked with finding a psychotic killer who is human, but is preying on the supernatural community with a ve ...more
Carolyn F.
This book started out good, got better, became ridiculous and then the ending didn't make any sense. Jace has been practically kidnapped into an alternate Earth where vampires, were-animals and golems are the majority of the inhabitants and humans are in the minority. She's brought over to try and find a human who may be insane that's torturing and killing the vampires and weres because she's a psychological profiler kind-of and the supernatural don't have insanity. Jace's comments through most ...more
Sep 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and found myself wishing I had the next one in the series to pull off the shelf and start reading right away. I liked the alternate-reality setting that makes humans the rare and special creatures, I thought that was definitely a unique and welcome twist on the average paranormal storyline. I grew attached to nearly all the characters and definitely want to spend more time with them, hence my desire to get to the next book right away. Too bad it isn't out yet -I hate that! An ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Just when all the urban fantasy worlds are starting to run together for me this book comes up with an old scenerio (transported to a parallel universe) and tweaks it and really creates a fresh weird world. Love it and loved the protag--the bloodhound.

I also really enjoyed the bringing to life of the "lums" You'll see what I mean. Brought whole new meaning to the term, "lost his marbles".
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
i really enjoyed reading Dying Bites. i found that jace's humor was really funny and i loved the way she acted, she has major gonads. some parts where pretty gory, but otherwise i thought this book was a great read with a interesting end, cant wait till i read the next one :)
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like "Kate Daniels", "Cassandra Palmer" and "Elder Races"
Recommended to HєllyBєlly by: wish I could remember
4 1/2 stars, brilliant and vastly entertaining.
I FOUND AN INTERVIEW WITH D.D. BARANT on from April 2010 on Amberkatze’s Book Blog, where he (I understand that D.D. is one of three pseudonyms used by this author) talks about this book and the world it is set in:

The Bloodhound Files is about a world where the supernatural races—vampires, werewolves and golems—are the dominant civilization. Human beings make up just one percent of the population and are considered a federally protected endangered
Aurian Booklover
Nov 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Jace Valchek is a profiler for the FBI, a loner, someone whose humor is never quite understood, or appropriate. Then one night, after a few too many drinks, her life is turned upside down, when she is snatched from her bedroom into another dimension. Her job skills are needed in this alternative reality. Earth’s history changed significantly in the 12th century, and now the world is populated by vampires (37%), werewolves (43%) and golems (19%). The werewolves are a bit diluted by dogs though. Y ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
FBI profiler Jace Valchek is awoken in the middle of the night and told to grab her three most essential tools because she is being transferred to a new top secret division. Jace does end up working for a new government agency but one in a parallel universe - a world in which vampires, lycanthropes and gollums make up the majority of the world's population. Before Jace can return home, she is tasked with tracking and apprehending a human serial killer who is bent on changing the balance of power ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
FBI profiler Jace Valcheck has literally been ripped from our world and dumped in a new one. If that wasn't strange enough, she's quickly informed that while this world still has humans, they only form 1% of the population. The rest is made up of vampires (called hemovores), lycanthropes and golems. Jace has been pulled into their world to deal with something they rarely see - a mentally unstable human serial killer. And if Jace ever wants to make it home, she'll have to catch the killer first. ...more
Rosa Folgar
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I know I'm currently in the middle of like a ton of books and it was kind of dumb to start a new one, but seeing as to how, not only did I start, but finish it before going back to the others, it says a lot about how good I thought this book was.

Jace Valcheck is your regular kick ass kind of girl. She is a Psychological profiler for the FBI (or some other gov agency) and she gets sucked out of her world to a parallel dimension where Vampires, Wares and golems are the ruling classes. They have br
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
3.75 Stars

Jace Valcheck, a criminal profiler who works for the FBI, thinks she is still dreaming when she is transported in to another universe where vampire, werewolves and golems make up most of the population and human beings are a rapidly decreasing minority. However, David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA wants Jace’s expertise to track down a human killer who is performing grisly murders on vampires and werewolves, but as she digs further in to her new world, things aren’t as simple a
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars

Between the gore, the first person present narrative, and the please-no-love-triangles mantra I kept chanting, I feel like I shouldn't like this, but I'm a sucker for a competent, smart-ass heroine. Overall, I enjoyed the story and found the alternate Earth the author created to be fascinating -- I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea of vampires being Muslim Shintoists. Another major plus: whenever a character has an accent, be it Japanese or French-Canadian, the author just
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kerstin by: Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
Jace is a FBI profiler, hunting mentally unstable serial killers. One night she is yanked out of her reality and finds herself in a parallel dimension. This new world is inhabited by vampires, werewolves and golems and humans comprise only a very small minority. Cassius, vampire and head of the NSA, has picked her to find a killer, who murders his supernatural victims in gruesome ways and is apparently human and insane. Insanity is a concept that is not at all understood on this world, as it pre ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Okay, despite my early grumblings about the heroine, Jace Valchek, I did end up liking her well enough by the end. She's dealing with a lot of change in a very short time, being snatched from her own dimension and plunked down in a similar but alternate dimension. The secondary characters we're introduced to seem likeable enough but I feel like we never really got to know any of them very well. This book wasn't great but as a first book it wasn't bad either. The resolution to the problem at hand ...more
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
I am now hooked on another series (I need another series like a need a hole in the head)...I really enjoyed this one both the audio and the book. I like the parallel world, and how the histories are the same people (mostly) but different situations....I like the characters and Jace is pretty kick ass...this had everything I like, snark, humor, mystery, adventure...and Cassius....while he appears to be a "good guy" I'm still holding judgement on him...still need more background before I decide... ...more
I finished this the second time around. The first time, a year ago, I only managed to get around 1/3 part, then put it aside. This time, I was able to reach the last page, but to be honest, it's not exactly smooth sailing either. I kept being distracted with other books (not exactly a good sign) and I admit that I skimmed the book almost 3/4 of it through the end.

My biggest issue, I think, it's that I'm not exactly fond of the main heroine, Jace. I think she's ungrateful and well, bi*chy most of
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy
Not bad... I picked this one at the library on a whim but I'm glad I did. It was unique concept. The main character Jace (is a criminal profiler) thinks she's dreaming when someone in a suit walks into her bedroom and asks her to take 3 things with her that she could never leave behind. She then walks through a door and end's up in a man's office and realizes that in fact she's not really sleeping but fully awake. Cassius explains that she is now in an alternative universe where humans only acco ...more
Joan{missing the vampire bunny slippers!}
As an introduction to a new series this was pretty good. I enjoyed listening to this and even though the narrators voice took a little getting used to I enjoyed her work with the book.
Jace has been pulled into another universe against her will. In this world vampires, wares and magic are all very real! Only you can't call them that 'cause it's apparently rude... Humans are considered an endanger species and only 1000000 of them remains. Now in order to get back home Jace has to help the NSA cat
Oct 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
A wonderful debut of a new paranormal series that is full of snark! I love snark. This is probably more urban fantasy than romance with a great deal of action that won't take you long to read this one. The world building for this series is quickly done and believable. Jace has quirks and I couldn't imagine anyone saying half the things she does, but I wish I could say some of those lines. She has such a smart mouth it is surprising that she just isn't killed for it, but then that is what makes t ...more
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Pseudonyms: Don DeBrandt & Donn Cortez & Dixie Lyle

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. He has stated that DD Barant is a pseudonym, and that it is not the only pseudonym under which he writes.

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