Imagine a world where only one percent of the population is human, and the rest are vampires, lycanthropes, and golems. Now imagine hunting down killers in this world. These are The Bloodhound Files…
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”…
Jace's focus gets shifted in this book. While she is still determined to find Stoker since he is her ticket home, things get a little hairy when she gets assigned to a bizarre crime scene. The victim is staged like the comic book character, The Flash. There's one big problem however, comic books have been illegal for over 50 years in this reality, so no one but Jace knows who the Flash is. She quickly realizes the killer must have some sort of tie to her own world and it becomes a race to find him before his victim count gets any higher.
I'm really starting to wonder why Jace still wants to go home so bad. She kept mentioning how she really didn't have anyone back home that would miss her all that much, if at all. Here, however she has several close friends and even a potential relationship brewing with the ancient vampire Cassius. Yes he is her boss, but she warned him from the start to not expect her to follow any rules. She would do things her way and he could take it or leave it. I'm pretty interested to see how things continue to brew and whether they decide to make a go of it or not. I think they would be good together, but there is one major roadblock between them, trust. It will take a lot for them to overcome that obstacle, but it is possible.
I found all of the different references to comic books and characters to be a little confusing. Perhaps it is because I really do not know anything about them. It just was a little hard to keep track of who was who, what they were doing, and why they were doing it. By the time it got to the end I had forgotten the names of several characters, so the revealing of the "villain" in the end. I think if there had been a little less new characters/roles involved it would have been a easier to follow. Don't get me wrong, the overall plot and flow was really good, I just had to keep reminding myself of who they were talking about.
This book was really good, and I still love the world the author created for this series. It is very unique and interesting, and only adds to the great characters. I hope Jace decides to throw away her plans of going home and really sets down roots in her new reality. With her skills and her friends, she could really go far, it's just a matter of her accepting it. This one was as good as the first, and I look forward to reading more about Jace and her struggles.