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Death Blows

Death Blows

The Bloodhound Files

The Bloodhound Files (Volume 2)

DD Barant

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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 costume of the comic book hero the Flash—a character who isn't supposed to exist here. Comic books have been outlawed for their powers, including crossover spells like the one that transported Jace to this world. Soon, she's following a trail of dead bodies into the sinister underworld of black-market comics—where a deranged madman gives new meaning to the term "super-villain"…

Death Blows is a fast-paced, exciting follow-up to Dying Bites—DD Barant and The Bloodhound Files just keep getting better, and Jace Valchek's world keeps getting stranger ...

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All I can see through the night-vision goggles are the eyes of the vampire I'm pressed against; the rest of his face is kind of obscured by the large-caliber handgun I have jammed up his nose. It makes his voice sound extremely nasal.
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Praise for Death Blows

“DEATH BLOWS by DD Barant--absolutely fun & exciting adult urban fantasy. 2nd in a series, but this one has comic book alt universe, multiverse stuff that made me call & geek to Spouse over it. Great fun. Definitely recommended.” —Melissa Marr

“The second installment of The Bloodhound Files is as impressive as the first. Barant makes the familiar seem completely fresh by utilizing an alternate universe that mirrors our own, expect that supernaturals are in charge. Heroine Jace Valchek's in-your-face style brings plenty of humor to dangerous scenarios. Fast paced, fun and not to be missed!” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on Death Blows (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!)

“Death Blows is a fine addition to the series. Jace has to juggle several different issues involving her new friends, as well as solve the murders. The pace is swift, and the author proves a deft hand at managing all of the subplots without losing sight of the main one. The irreverent, smart-mouthed Jace is a perfect foil for the oh-so-controlled vampires and other species in the NSA. She may be the minority employee, but no one takes her for granted.” —A Romance Review

“Snappy writing, a page-turning story and fresh world-building make Dying Bites a satisfying meal of a book.” —Kelley Armstrong, New York Times bestselling author of Men of the Otherworld and The Awakening

Dying Bites is wacky, unpredictable, fresh and amazing. I would kill to write as well as D.D. Barant. Seriously.” —Nancy Holder, author of Pretty Little Devils

“This engrossing debut adds another captivating protagonist to the urban fantasy ranks…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 (starred review)

“A heroine with plenty of guts, moxie and a sense of the absurd. [A] fresh and original take on urban fantasy…Huge kudos to Barant for spicing things up with a story that expertly integrates detective work, kick-butt action and a wacky sense of humor. Make sure you get in early on the outstanding new Bloodhound Files series.” —Romantic Times

“D D Barant builds a strong world and fills it with fascinating characters that will delight and entertain. Dying Bites is a well-written urban fantasy with a gripping plot and a heroine who is quite believable with her very human flaws. I'm looking forward to seeing more in this captivating world.” —Darque Reviews (starred read)

“Five stars. An exciting new series. It has humor, mystery, and adventure. A great book!” —Affair de Coeur

“Barant does an excellent job introducing a whole new world where vampires make up the majority of the population…quick and engrossing…a great new series.” —The Romance Reader

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DD Barant

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. Awful, terrible, gluten.

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