Description Review: Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files #1) by D. D. Brant

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 . . .

 

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Source: This was recommended to someone in the Girls, Guns, and Grimoires group on Goodreads when they were looking for a an urban fantasy book from an indie author with a fresh twist.

Review:

I think this is an intriguing idea, and I’m inclined to go hunt down a copy of the book, which is a good sign for the quality of the description. I’ll admit I was momentarily confused by the main character being a female named Jace — it’s a name I associate much more strongly with males than females. But once I understood I was reading correctly and not trying to mix up another character, I was good to go.

I really want to know if her actual job description is worded as indicated by the first sentence. Who applies for a job with that in the description? “Apprehending mentally-fractured killers? That sounds like so much fun!”

This description places quite a bit of emphasis on the fact that Jace is constantly surrounded by the supernatural. There’s nothing wrong with that, although I will say that in and of itself isn’t unique enough to convince me you have a good book. However, I like the integration with the NSA and FBI — urban fantasy books so often cast governmental organizations in antagonistic roles. Things like “if the government finds out about us, we’ll become pincushions for scientists trying to learn all of our secrets.” The idea of a vampire heading up the NSA is outright humorous in light of the recent news related to the organization, though this book was released before all of that hit the fan.

I also think things could get very interesting when adding insanity to the mix. It’s certainly not the first time it’s been done, but this sounds like it’s set up well. And I like that the focus is on hunting down a human instead of hunting down a supernatural beasty.

I foresee some potential pitfalls that I’ll be looking out for when I read the book. First and foremost, I have no idea how to realistically portray the FBI and NSA — I personally couldn’t fathom having such relationships in my own writing, but I have limited experience with anything related to the government. I’m also curious as to the success of executing portraying insanity—I’ve seen some spectacular characters and some complete failures when it comes to making the insanity come across. And there’s the obvious potential that the plot simply won’t hold together—I certainly want to be see a good reason to believe that a mere human could bring “the entire planet to the brink of madness.”

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Posted on August 16, 2014, in Description Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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