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Death Blows

(The Bloodhound Files #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  3,510 ratings  ·  195 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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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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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
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.
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
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
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
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!!!
Jace has been chasing Stoker for months and wants to catch him quickly so that she can be released from her contract and go back to her own world but it is proving to be more complicated than she thought. The shaman who summoned her is no longer available to send her home and Cassius is giving her other complicated cases to work on which diverts her away from Stoker again. Someone is committing brutal murders and displaying the bodies dressed as superheroes from comic books in Jace's world. Here ...more
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
Plot summary ... Since this is for personal reason -- so I can remember -- I put it under spoiler tag.

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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
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.
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.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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!
Golems, pires and thropes (vampires and werewolves) are just part of the alternate reality FBI profiler Jace Valchek has been hijacked to. Here there is no FBI, guns don't exist and humans are less than ten percent of the world population.

Doctors and scientists are willing to help Jace get back to her world in exchange for helping them capture Aristotle Stoker, who has somehow found a way to mass introduce a new disease to the supernatural population they have no idea how to handle... mental il
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,
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
Vivien Tsang
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cassius is pissing me off as much as Jace with his refusal to fill in important investigation. He definitely has ulterior motive. Even though he eventually reveals it to her, there is another motive. Maybe if he can keep her here long then she'll be less inclined to return to her original world if she stays here long enough???? If he can draw out her investigation then she'll be forced to stay longer
John Stone
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Unless you are an urban fantasy fan and a major comic geek, this one will confuse you. Too many comic book references. In this magic world that Jace has been brought into, comics have been outlawed for their ability to affect reality. I enjoyed this second book in the series. But it relies too much on the comic book references.
Robin Krynicki
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, perhaps not as much as the 1st book of this series. I am hoping that I will be able to access the audio books of the rest of the 6 books. They are out of my budget, and my library only has numbers 1,2, and 6. WHY? Don't know.
I am anxious to see the relationships continue to develop. The premises are very interesting, especially her Golem partner, Charlie.
stacy miller
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inventive SciFi that works Love the authors style

I really like the way the author weaves the plot with little tidbits that can only come from his imagination as they do not exist in our world today. You never know what’s gonna happen next it’s pretty great. You should read some for yourself. If it tells you anything I have Kindle unlimited but I’m paying for his books!!
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.
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.
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.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
The second book carries on with Jace Valchek adjusting to her new life in the parallel world with vampires, werewolves, and golems.

I enjoyed the mystery quite a bit as I almost guessed it but didn't quite get it right. I love it when that happens!
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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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