Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Once Bitten, Twice Shy - Jennifer Rardin

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
A Jaz Parks Novel
Jennifer Rardin

Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Jaz Parks works for the CIA. She’s the assistant to one of their top assassins. And that assassin is Vayl, a centuries-old vampire. The two have worked as a team for just over six months. Jaz is slowly developing her ability to sense the presence of a vampire; apparently an inborn gift.

The two are in Miami on an assignment. Their target is a plastic surgeon who is funneling money to a terrorist organization. But when they arrive, they discover something much, much bigger than a single moneyman. The enemy is far more powerful and deadly than your average extremist. He plans to use black magic and biology to unleash a bioweapon that threatens humanity, and he has the followers to make it happen.

ONCE BITTEN, TWICE SHY is the first in a series that details the adventures of Jaz Parks. She talks tough – and sometimes thinks tough, too – but since she narrates in first person, it’s clear that there’s more going on under the surface. It’s also clear that there’s some major event in her not-too-recent past that will be revealed in a future volume, along with more of Vayl’s history. This is a great combination of the kind of action that made “Alias” so much fun, and the paranormal. Vampire fans should be warned that the vampires here are depicted as brutal killers, which is fairly refreshing in this genre. Fast-paced and fun; I’m glad there are already more installments available.

Rating: 7 ½
October 2007
ISBN# 978-0-316-02046-6 (trade paperback)


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