Monday, May 28, 2018

Audiobook Review - Dying Bites by D.D. Barant

Dying Bites by D.D. Barant
Narrated by Johanna Parker
Series: Bloodhound Files #1
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: June 29, 2012
Date Read: May 10, 2018
Length: 9 hours 13 minutes
Source: Audible Purchase

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....
My Review

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.

About the Author

D. D. Barant is a pen name of Don DeBrandt, a Canadian science fiction author who also writes under the name Donn Cortez. As Barant, he has authored the Bloodhound Files series.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

24 comments:

  1. I really loved this book when I read it a few years back and I really loved the characters especially Charlie! I really do need to get the rest of the series looked at.

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    1. I can understand why some readers would like it more than I did. I am kind of on the fence about continuing with the series right now.

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  2. Not sure this book would be a good one for me. It sounds exciting, but I think I would be querying why the different world isn't different enough!

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    1. Some things were different but not enough in my mind.

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  3. huh.. at least you picked it up, i think i still have some books languishing in my shelf.

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    1. You should see how many books are waiting on my shelves :)

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  4. This sounds like one I would enjoy.

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    1. I hope you get the chance to read it, Nadene!

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  5. I like the premise of this one, too. And the cover of this book reminds me of that late 80's or early 90's show La Femme Nikita.

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    1. The cover of the audiobook is so different that the ebook and paperback. I am not sure which I like better.

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  6. Great review! You gave a very thoughtful description of something which was just ok for you. Anne - Books of My Heart

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  7. This sounds like an interesting read and I've been meaning to read some urban fantasy but haven't gotten around to it. I think I have this one on my book shelf somewhere!

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    1. I would love to see your thoughts on this one, Barb!

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  8. Interesting and different, cool!

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  9. you know what? I think I have this one so well one day

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    1. I hope you enjoy it when you get the chance to read it, Melliane!

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  10. Hmmm, I really like the paranormal aspect of this. It sounds like a book I might like.

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    1. I liked that there was a nice mix of paranormal beings in this one.

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  11. Definitely a fun premise, but I'm sorry to hear it wasn't as great or exciting as you'd hoped! Thanks for the honest review.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  12. I'm a huge Johanna Parker fan. This sounds like something I might like. I'll have to add to my TBR list. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I also really like Johanna Parker. I still can't figure out why she sounded so fast to me in this book.

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