Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Guest Reviewer: Adrienne from Dren’s B-spot ~ Bitten to Death by Jennifer Rardin

Summary from back cover:

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Jaz Parks here. My latest mission has taken me to the ancient Greek city of Patras; but instead of soaking
up its splendor, I'm here to infiltrate a Vampere Trust.

Only two vamps have ever escaped the tightly bound communities and lived to tell the tale: Edward "The
Raptor" Samos, the most reviled criminal mastermind in recent memory, and Vayl, the CIA's number one
assassin who also happens to be my boss.

The Raptor is trying to take over Vayl's former Trust. Unfortunately the Trust's new leader has her own
plans.

This job is going to be the death of me.

Bitten to Death is book four in Jennifer Rardin’s Jaz Parks series about CIA assassin Jazmin Parks and her entourage of CIA operatives and sidekicks. Jaz and the gang are sent to Greece to infiltrate Vayl’s old vampire group the Trust. Their mission: Kill Edward Samos aka The Raptor before he can take over the
Trust.

What I enjoyed most about this latest installment, readers aren’t swamped with all of the series characters. I love them all, but sometimes five active characters can be a bit much for a storyline. So I really liked how Rardin built a solid story with Jaz, Vayl and her brother Dave. She even introduces a new side-kick! In BTD, readers are given deeper insight into Vayl and his past and we learn more details surrounding his obsession for his dead sons as well. Dave has turned to alcohol to deal with his issues. He’s still having a hard time accepting that he’d been under the control of a Wizard. The relationship between Vayl and Jaz is also given more face time throughout the book. Jaz has some decisions to make that really have her struggling and asking herself if she can really open herself up to him.

Here’s an excerpt from Bitten to death:

In that split second, when everything slows down before a killing, I saw and heard everything.

The fancy wallpaper, yellowed and peeling.

Dave. His bloodshot eyes bulging with shock, yelling, “What the hell are you doing?”

Vayl reaching out to grab me, bellowing, “Stop!”

Marcon’s eyes widening as he saw the advantages of a dead Disa in his Trust.

Sibley’s screech of dismay as her hands flew to cover her won chest.

The sumos’ desperate efforts to plow through the unmoving vamps in front of them.

Disa’s moment of paralysis, stemming from the conviction that of all people, Vayl’s wimpy little avahr would never attempt such a thing.

I pulled the trigger.

As usual, there is plenty of knock-your-socks-off action throughout the entire book as Rardin never disappoints in that area. If you haven’t started this series, what are you waiting for?

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Get your read on!

Dren

 

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2 comments:

Kelly aka yllektra(force-oblique) said...

I'm totally going to give this series a go come Christmas! :)
Thanks for the review!

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Thanks for the review, you certainly whet my appetite for this series! (And I discovered Dren's B-spot thanks to her review here :-p)