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Dying Bites

Bloodhound Files, Book 1
Narrated by: Johanna Parker
Series: Bloodhound Files, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
4 out of 5 stars (389 ratings)

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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. He knows that she's the best there is in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves. David's world - one that also includes lycanthropes and golems - is one with little knowledge of mental illness. An insane serial killer is a threat the NSA has no experience with. But Jace does.

Stranded in a reality where Bela Lugosi is a bigger box office draw than Bruce Willis and every full moon is Mardi Gras, Jace must now hunt down a fellow human before he brings the entire planet to the brink of madness. Or she may never see her own world again....

©2009 Johanna Parker (P)2012 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Barant's well-developed world offers intriguing enhancements to mythology and history. Jace is remarkable, strong-willed and smart, and she sets an unstoppable pace. Look for the Bloodhound Files to go far." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • K
  • 09-17-12

Not a yawner!

A nice new twist to the old recipe. Not a romance book no sex scenes to speak off but a really good story. Had me giggling a few times which is always a plus in a book.

Johanna Parker does a fantastic narration. It was her narration that encouraged the purchase of this book.

Worth the credit, looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

3 stars is not a reflection at all. I tend to rate pretty tough since I read a lot of this genre. I realized that I would have to get tougher in my ratings so the really really good ones didn't miss out.

5 STARS = Really really fantastic, has me laughing and crying and I stalk the author waiting for the next book.

4 STARS = Leaves me feeling good about every aspect of the story, Authors website is in my favourites and I look for the next story they put out.

3 STARS = Good book, good story, not a waste of a credit at all. Enjoyed it.

2 STARS = Mediocre story or bad narration, not really going to look for the next book and will think twice before using a credit on it.

1 STAR = Sucks, won't waste my time on this again and may not have finished it.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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It was okay, but definetly needs some work!

Can't even decide if I liked the book or not.

The story takes place in an alternate universe where the main character gets pulled out of her world to solve a series of crimes. I just kept asking myself throughout the book why would a universe run by centuries old vampires and other magic creatures, find it necessary to pull a young human FBI agent into their world, at great cost, to solve a series of crimes in a world they were totally unfamiliar with? Too many questions that are intricate to the plot are left unanswered or brushed aside.

The "bad guy" was one of the more interesting/likable characters in the book, but the crimes he commits are absolutely atrocious, so I had to keep reminding myself not to like him. The main character tries really hard to come off as a total bitch by being obnoxious to everyone around her, yet she just goes along with the fact that she has been kidnapped like its no big deal. Did not like her at all.

Haven't decided if I will go any further with this series. I think the author could redeem the series with better character development, toning down the torture murders, and explaining the world and the choices that were made a little better.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Chaz
  • League City, TX, United States
  • 06-30-12

Great Series

Jace is a special FBI agent who is recruited by the authorities of a parallel universe to hunt and capture a sociopathic serial killer. In this new parallel world humans make up the minority of the population, with the majority consisting of vamps, weres and gollums. As mental illness is almost exclusively a human condition, this world finds itself ill equipped to deal with the problem of a human serial killer targeting the other races. Jace, a specialist in this field, has been recruited from earth and cannot return until the killer is caught.

This was a great read with equal amounts of action and fantasy and just a dash of romance. Jace is a witty 'bad ass' heroine who kept my interest in her story right through out. The narrator did a decent job and there were no annoying distractions or odd quirks which detracted from the story. All in all it was a good audio and, as the second book in the series has been published in book form for a while now, hopefully the series will continue in audio soon.







7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Just a little too strange for my tastes

While the narrator was wonderful and the writer talented, I just couldn't get into the characters in this book. I felt that the differences/similarities between the dimensions were not different enough in some cases, but the things that were very different just seemed odd. I just found myself not really caring what happened to the main character and felt she made really bad choices.

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An original twist

Would you listen to Dying Bites again? Why?

Yes. Johanna Parker does a great job and the story is original and fun.

What did you like best about this story?

It has a fresh take on the paranormal world and great characters,

What does Johanna Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have read the books and Johanna Parker really captures the feel and the tone.she has a gift with fun and snarky banter.

Any additional comments?

The series only gets better!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Liked it but didn't love it

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 alternate reality to help solve a crime. The alternate reality is filled with vampires, shifters, and other interesting beings with humans as a small minority. The paranormal beings in this reality are not prone to mental illness but there is a killer on the loose targeting the paranormal population that happens to be human so Jace has been enlisted to help.

The population of these realities are so different but I was amazed by how much everything looked like our world. Language was mostly the same. Cars developed in the same manner. There were some difference but I really would have thought that there would be a whole lot more since these really were different worlds. According to the story, the worlds became different when guns were invented in our world and not used in theirs. It just seemed strange to me.

I did think that the story was exciting. The murders were quite interesting and I was really interesting in learning who was responsible. There were several surprises along the way that I did not see coming. I liked the characters in the book well enough. Jace was tough and smart but I kept thinking that she adjusted to everything a whole lot faster than could be expected. I really liked Charlie, her golem assistant, and thought that many of the other secondary characters were equally well done.

One of the reasons that I decided to pick up this audiobook was Johanna Parker's narration. I am someone that listens to audiobooks at regular speed and don't like to speed things up. I immediately felt this book was going really fast so I check to see if I had changed a setting on my device since the narrator seemed to be talking really fast. I decreased the speed of the narration and was able to enjoy the story much more from that point forward. I did like the range of voices that she used in this book although I did have a bit of trouble keeping everyone straight for a time.

I would encourage anyone interested in the series to give it a try. I thought that it had a lot of unique points and found it to be rather entertaining. I am not sure if I will continue on with the series at this point but I am glad I gave this one a shot.

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meh...

It wasn't a bad book, not a great one either. The reading, I felt, was a little overreactive and undereactive than the character should've been at times. Instead of feeling like she was a top notch agent it felt more like she was fresh out of highschool, a bit immature.

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Reread

I haven't read this in a very long time and I remembered liking it so I picked it up. I don't recall feeling. As annoyed with the protagonist as I did this time around. Her standoffish nature can often be more frustrating than edgy. Ah, well! On to the next one in the series, though!

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 05-16-16

Hard to swallow the parallel world.

A little bit confusing at first, but I was a bit sidetracked with other things. Humorous a couple of times and I like the heroine, but she didn't really do anything but go to crime scene after crime scene and not know what was going on. The world building has potential, but falls short on the details. Is it a parallel world with pires and thropes (vampires and lycanthropes), and with supposedly half the people in our world are in it, only they are different. Why is she not in this world too as her parallel self. The same history as ours was used with enough of the same real details, but things have changed understandable, but what is weird is the things that are the same youtube for example. In my opinion the author could not pull off the world building. There was no romance to this story. The story does hint that there may be some romance later in the series, but with who is unknown since she has a weird connection to at least four different guys. I would classify this book as a urban fantasy. The storyline and the heroine are enough to finish the book, but I just didn't accept the world that was built, I don't believe I will be continuing on with the series. I do love the narrator she has read many series that I have enjoyed.

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Metaphysics Ha!

I enjoyed the characters and storyline. My problem with this book are the numerous similarities between the two dimensions. It was irritating. If you are able to set aside your disbelief, and if you love vampires/werewolf stories...this is a good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful