Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Another One Bites The Dust - Jennifer Rardin

Another One Bites The Dust
A Jaz Parks Novel
Jennifer Rardin

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Note: If you haven’t read ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY, the first book in the series, this review contains some unavoidable spoilers.

Jaz Parks, fearless vampire hunter, CIA assassin, partnered with a centuries-old vampire. Belly dancer?? She’s been reduced to belly dancing? This can only mean one thing: another undercover assignment, this time at Corpus Christi’s Winter Festival. There will also be a singing vampire, and an investigator who juggles. The real mission? Find and eliminate an unstoppable Chinese vampire who stole a seriously important bit of biotech that could trigger another world war. Just your average day at the office, really.

So, sure, going undercover (as it were) as a belly dancer at a festival is not really what Jaz had in mind when she and Vayl assembled their supernatural investigating unit. But, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do; and in this case, as usual, the fate of the world may depend on it. As expected, Jaz’s past does come back to haunt her, making a dicey situation just that much worse.

Many characters from the first novel make a welcome return appearance here, allowing the author to continue developing the interrelationships. There’s no sign of a sophomore slump in this installment, with badder baddies and even more action. The carnival setting allows for a myriad of possibilities and the author takes full advantage. While this can be read as a standalone, with more installments already on the way, new converts will want to pick up the first installment to see how it all started.

Rating: 7 ½
December 2007ISBN# 978-0-316-02057-2 (trade paperback)


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