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Death Blows (The Bloodhound Files #2)

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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
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Kindle Edition, 332 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Crystal
Dec 17, 2009 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
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief i'm 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
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Monique
Oct 02, 2012 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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Marisa
Apr 23, 2012 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.
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Natasha
Oct 16, 2009 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
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Shay
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, shelved, reviewed
Never thought I'd read a novel that had to deal with comics as part of an investigation!!! I was so entertained by the originality of this book. While it doesn't quite flow from the first book I still found myself laughing along and trying to solve the mystery as bizarre as the circumstances were.

This is book 2 of the Bloodhound Files. Jace is still hunting for Stoker but when she gets called in on a rather peculiar murder scene thoughts of Stoker go out the window! In front of her lies a vampi
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Marianne
3.5 stars.

The superhero plot was kinda... odd...
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jun 21, 2015 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
Mangrovejane
Apr 13, 2014 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!!!
Tracy
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Jace Valchek is a criminal profiler - she does crazy for a living. The fact that she was yanked out of our world by some major mojo and dropped into an alternate earth where the human population is a measly 1% and the other 99% are things that go bump in the night doesn't change that. She's stuck in this alternately fangy world, working for the NSA until she can track down and catch a human terrorist out to take down the large vampire (hemovore) and lycanthrope populations so the humans can stag ...more
Ami
Plot summary ... Since this is for personal reason -- so I can remember -- I put it under spoiler tag.

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Kt
Dec 25, 2010 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
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
Julia
Nov 03, 2011 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.
☀Rachael☀
Feb 22, 2013 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!
Marianna
Dec 30, 2010 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.
Heather
The second book in this series starring Special Agent Jace Valchek still trapped in the alternative dimension she was pulled into last book.

This one book focuses on many things all while uncovering a mystery dealing with thorpes and pires dying in strange yet familiar scenarios. Such as the flash or Batman reference.

So much went on I got headache trying to keep it straight. Detective I am not. However, plenty of drama as the mystery unfolds. A couple dead pires and thropes toss in some comics,
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Gilbert Stack
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Barant loves comic books and came up with a way to share a fairly detailed understanding of the continuity in her second book in the Bloodhound series. Those discussions are actually the best part of the book. As for the rest, Barant’s heroine is trying to find a murderer who is targeting old superheroes in a magical world with lycanthropes and vampires. It was a fun to explore how each new murder would be associated with a superhero from our world, but it wasn’t enough to carry the whole story. ...more
Charles Daniel
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FBI Agent vs. Six Kamic Book Heroes and One Villian

. . . and this is in a universe where Comic Books invoke the Animist Magic of the writer's and readers' mythic beliefs. It's a pity that some of them are insane, because life is about to get crazy for Jayce and her coworkers.
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
This was a cool story because 1) the series is set in an alternate universe and 2) the plot revolved around comic books. I still (meaning I didn't in the first book in series) did not really connect with any of the characters so I was not invested in the story but it was entertaining.
Patti Ashley
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Everyone is growing up

This was a great a story. Secrets piled on top of f secrets and so much emotional baggage. Babies, redemption, partners, and a vampire aging, all show the ties Jace is making in this world. Her 'very human existence is changing this bizarre world.
Melissa
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the world now established this book was a better read than the first.

Though it is still exposition heavy.

If you liked the prevision one you will probably like this one.

Murder, mayhem and madness await.
Alia
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Emani
Oct 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Jace is still in the alternative world she was kidnapped into, because *gasp* they can't or won't find the person who can send her back.
Godiva
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The interesting and imaginative series continues
Jenn
Feb 01, 2012 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
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Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)
Mar 29, 2010 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
Jun 10, 2011 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
Amy at Read What I Like
Decided to continue this series now that I managed to get my hands on all the remaining books. Of course, I had to go back and relisten to the first book for a refresher to this world. Have to say it is a little weird to switch from listening to the audiobook to then read the next book. It was almost as if I could hear a faint impression of the narrator’s voice for some of the characters as I read. Hopefully that fades as I progress into the next book as most of the time I prefer my own interpre ...more
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“Dr Adams was following my orders if you want to blame someone blame me -casius

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