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Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files) (edition 2010)

by DD Barant

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Title:Killing Rocks (The Bloodhound Files)
Authors:DD Barant
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2010), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
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3.1-This edition to the series just made me left me so confused. Major characters just did not show enough and when they did there was no explanations. The new character that was there too much in my opinion,was there for ?? I didn't get her part nor like her at all.
Jace the answer to this worlds woes finds herself jumping to another alternate universe, while it's invading on another ?* it's confusing, i don't think i ever really got it. So, there is this nasty man, the same one Jace needs to get home, he is trying to build his version of reality. In his reality, a lot of being die, which makes these beings unhappy. Then a new ruling class takes over.
Cassius, the big head honcho vampire, sends her to hunt this evil doer. Then he basically disappears from the story. He reappears at different weird points only to disappear again
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, this books really jumps him. Charlie joins the wrong team, or is it the right team ? It's hard to tell, Golems are not treated well at all in this world, at all. He says he's trying to save the humans to make it better. His loyalty is questionable to Jace. Their bonds are tested, and I was disappointed with the results. I really wanted more for this character, the author tip toes slowly to Charlie being more then what he is thought to be, only to stop and go no further. Yes, I am frustrated. This is book 3, maybe I have false hope ?
I don't know if I am going to continue, this book was so off for me. It's too bad because book 1-2 felt like they were leading to something. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
With a lead on Asher and Stoker, Jace is headed to Vegas to hopefully catch the one mage who can take her home and fill out her employment contract by taking Stoker out. Naturally, any plan that Jace is involved in cannot run smoothly. Before she knows it, Jace is seperated from her team, Charlie has been enchanted and her only two allies are Tair - her former doctor/friend turned evil and a spy from another world she doesn't know. All of Jace's choices are bad but she knows that she must move forward if she has any hope of saving her friends and while she's at it, the world.

Of all of the books in The Bloodhound Files that I have read to date, Killing Rocks seems easily the most confused. First, we have the switch to several different planes of existence and the creatures which inhabit them. It made it hard to understand what was what and where exactly the story was taking place at any given moment. There were too many unfamiliar myths wrapped into the story and some quite frankly never become relevant. At times, Killing Rocks is overly descriptive making it a struggle not to skim - a struggle I lost in passages of the novel.

In Killing Rocks, we saw a lot of Jace's former life as part of a dream spell which haunted her. In these scenes we saw her work interactions with serial killers, trying to assure that they paid for their misdeeds and the toll it took on her. This is one of the few times we have seen Jace vulnerable and it really worked. The kick ass protagonist able to whip her gun out and order people around is a bit of a cardboard trope and Jace's backstory and personality needed to progress beyond the constant and mostly juvenile sarcasm.

In Killing Rocks, Barant started to deal with what makes one a slave, with uprising of the golems. Charlie believes strongly that golems should be in charge of their own reproduction and no longer wants to be viewed as a commodity. He tells Jace that lems are people even they don't care about food or sex. It takes a little while for Jace to start to see Charlie's point of view and when she does, she realises that parents don't charge their children for being born, yet that is not the case with Lems. She further realises that the right to procreate should be a basic right, yet it's withheld from Lems. This line of thought by Jace is unfortunately very brief. I think that Barant could have delved deeper into this. I did however like who the world learned how central lems are for running it efficiently.

Once gain The Bloodhound Files continues it horrible ableism.

“I am different. I’m a criminal profiler for the FBI, specializing in hunting down homicidal psychos—a job that doesn’t seem to exist here. Pires and thropes and lems don’t go crazy—well, they never used to, anyway—so they need me to hunt down Stoker, who’s definitely out of his gourd—”

The woman in the flowery dress shakes her head. “I don’t know what that means.”

“Mentally unstable. Deranged. Squirrelly. Nuts. Wacko. Out to lunch—”

Nasally Mustache frowns. “You’re no different from anyone else, Jace. You have to accept that before we can help you.”

“—insane in the brain. Off his meds. Unable to locate his marbles. Needs to be fitted for a long-sleeved love-me jacket so he can hug himself all day long. Bats in the control center, long-term resident of a rubber room, lights are on but so is the VACANCY sign—” (pg 4-5)
Could Barant have included any more slurs for mentally ill people? If that were not enough, Barant has Stoker apologise and admit to being unbalanced. The thing is, I cannot get behind the idea that Stoker is a terroist when there are only one million humans left and just in world war II alone, pires slaughtered 6 million of them so they could reproduce. Rebellion isn't supposed to look pretty and it seems as though humanity has undergone a genocide.

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  FangsfortheFantasy | Jun 21, 2015 |
Slowed down for me me again, I don't like it when Jace gets swept away by a new magical paradigm, I rather focus on the characters than learn another set of rules (though the author is consistently fantastic at building magical concepts into the plot). ( )
  Capnrandm | Apr 15, 2013 |
Enjoyable. Medium fast read. Starting to get a feel for this universe, find out why Stoker picked her, but not the beginning of his fixation. Turns out all serials are alike after all.... ( )
  bgknighton | Mar 19, 2012 |
Killing Rocks by DD Barant is the third book in The Bloodhound Files, and this is where it all comes together -- it has a fast-paced plot, snappy dialogue, relationships being tested, and great action. Killing Rocks has everything you could ask for and (in my opinion), the best book in the series. If you are not familiar with the series, it is a good, fun, urban fantasy with a twist: monsters (such as vampires, werewolves, and golems) exist in alternative worlds, and the heroine, Jace, is pulled into one of those worlds. Jace has been deliberately brought into the alternate universe because of her skills. She is a serial killer profiler and the alternate universe needs her expertise to solve a case. It is a very well done cross-over of two of my favorite genres (detective/profiler and urban fantasy). The combination makes the story unique and fresh, and the characters make the story captivating.

The heroine, Jace, is a complex character; she is somewhat jaded, irreverent, and sarcastic. She lives to work and deals with her stressful job by laughing it off. She doesn't have much of a social life since a very acrimonious & painful split with her boyfriend. She has a hard time adjusting to being uprooted from her universe and dropped into another one, but gets caught up in the case and begins to adapt. She is helped by a vampire colleague Gretchen, a Golem bodyguard Charlie (who is a wonderful character and a perfect balance to Jace), and Azure, an "Astonisher" magician from another universe. The supporting cast are all complex & authentic characters. Jace herself is completely believable, likeable, and fun -- she struck me as a cross between Kate Daniels and Clarice Starling. The world-building is detailed, consistent; the author has created a very interesting world in which I hope to spend more time.

In book three, Jace continues to hunt for Aristotle Stoker, a human rights advocate / serial killer who preys on vampires and werewolves. In addition, she is determined to find Asher, a supervillian sorcerer who has the key to returning her home. Unfortunately, this time around there is a Golem uprising, and her right hand man Charlie is caught right in the middle of it. It's beautifully done edge-of-the-seat tension right up until the last page. ( )
  cmwilson101 | Sep 10, 2011 |
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FBI profiler Jace Valchek's ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she's been called to duty hinges on the capture of serial killer Aristotle Stoker - and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher's help.

Jace's goal seems simple enough - to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she's abducted...and she isn't even sure who the real enemy is. Now Jace has to wonder if she's the predator or the prey in a very dangerous game that could change not only her fate, but the world's. Meanwhile, a serial killer is still on the loose. And time has already run out....

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"FBI profiler Jace Valchek's ticket home from the twisted parallel universe where she's been called to duty hinges on the capture of serial killer Aristotle Stoker--and an alliance with a sorcerer known as Asher. The problem: Asher has joined forces with some of the most dangerous creatures Jace has ever encountered. The solution: There is none, without Asher's help... Jace's goal seems simple enough--to get her man, like always. But just hours after she arrives in Vegas, she's abducted...and she isn't even sure who the real enemy is. Now Jace has to wonder if she's the predator or the prey in a very dangerous game that could change not only her fate, but the world's...Meanwhile, a serial killer is still on the loose. And time has already run out..."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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