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She's as tough as anything haunting Chicago's streets. But to deal with an inhuman power that won't stay buried, this FBI agent needs help that comes at an immortal price. . .
Jackie Rutledge has seen her share of supernatural killers. But her latest murder case is what recurring nightmares are made of. Brutally exsanguinated human victims, vanishing-into-the-ether evidence, and a city on the edge of panic mean that she and her psychic partner, Laurel, are going to need more than just backup . . .
So Jackie is fine with any help rugged P.I. Nick Anderson can give--even if that includes the impish ghost and sexy vampire who make up his team. But Nick is hiding secrets of his own. And Jackie's investigation has plunged them both into a vengeful game reaching back centuries--and up against a malevolent force hungry for more than just victory. . .
"Bloody, delicious, twisted." --Lilith Saintcrow, New York Times bestselling author of the Jill Kismet, Hunter series
"A very impressive debut. . .the earthly and the unearthly mingle horrifyingly in this brand new twist on vampire mythology." –John Russo, author of Undead
"Duncan's deftly subtle debut creeps up on you like a ghost in the night." --Mark Henry, author of Happy Hour of the Damned
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Hello, readers! A little bit here about Deadworld in the hopes that I can encourage you to give it a try. I like to consider this story a paranormal thriller. Unfortunately, this is not a shelving category for books, and so it is classified as an Urban Fantasy. You'll likely find this book in the sf/f section of your bookstore.
Personally, I love stories with supernatural elements in them. As a writer it always sparks my imagination to wander in all kinds of directions. The possibilities truly are limitless here. The title for my story comes from my pondering what lies beyond the world of the living. What happens when we die? While this is not the focus of the story, it certainly forms the backdrop from which the ongoing story develops. This book is the first in a series, which will look into this world beyond, and how it might interact with our living world.
Jackie Rutledge is the protagonist for these novels. She's hard-nosed, a little abrasive, and struggling to cover a part of herself that threatens to undermine the tough, FBI agent lifestyle she has been leading. I like characters who have to really work to succeed. While this can obviously play out in the effort to take down villains, which it does in this story, it's more intriguing to me, to have characters struggle emotionally. And Jackie does, trust me.
So, if you desire to read a bit of thriller, crime fiction, paranormal, and an emotionally struggling heroine, I hope you'll give Deadworld a try, and subsequent books in the series too! Deadworld #2 will be out Oct. '11. Thank you. Enjoy!
Interesting things to be found here. Okay, perhaps not, but a little about myself. I'm a father of four, two in college and two in grade school. I write fantasy, currently of the urban variety. I'm admittedly overly fond of the paranormal. Give me a good ghost, demon, vampire, etc. story and I'm a happy camper. I'm an aspiring teacher. Nothing gets me going like turning the light bulb on for other people, especially kids. I'm an admitted gamer geek, and you can find me regularly dinking around in World of Warcraft. And, I'm also a lover of anything astronomy. Almost nothing is more fascinating than things outer space. Well, not so interesting I guess, but I did warn you. Hopefully my stories will be more so.
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