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by J. N. Duncan

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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,


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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Deadworld Series , #1
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Deadworld 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
barb1wired More than 1 year ago
Having an unlikeable b*tch for the lead character doesn't bode well for this series. For most of the book I did not like Jackie. No real person could put up with a someone like her. She's mean, rude, and thoughtless. She drinks too much, has random hook-ups, and punches out a boorish co-worker because he pissed her off. A FBI agent who did what Jackie does would be FIRED. By the end, however, I had hopes that future stories would soften her character enough that I could actually like her. That being said, it was an interesting premise. Someone is killing and draining the blood of people in Chicago. FBI agent Jackie Rutledge and her partner, Laurel (a psychic) are brought in to investigate. This brings them in contact with a private investigator, the sexy Nick Anderson, and his team (a ghost and a vampire). Laurel and Shelby are extremely likeable characters. Nick could have used more development. I never got a really good sense of his character. It's possible that future stories will be better, but I'm not sure I want to spend any more time with Jackie:(
Mandi227 More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book about a month ago. I fought to get through the first 132 pages and then I gave up and started reading something else. I still haven't gone back to reading the book. Enough said.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Decent start to a new series Jackie Rutledge is a Chicago FBI agent. Laurel, her partner of five years, is a psychic. Like any other FBI agent they hunt down and put away bad guys. However, whenever something supernatural is involved then Jackie and Laurel are the team to lead the way. When a twelve-yr-old boy is found not just murdered, but drained of blood Laurel says that something evil is going on. Evil and pertaining to Deadworld. Their investigation leads them to a private investigator named Nick Anderson. Nick and his partner Shelby Fontaine know more than what they’re telling Jackie and she intends to get to the bottom of it. But when she finds out the truth will she believe it or dismiss it? And will she survive the coming battle between Nick and the killer? As a first book in a new series this isn’t a bad start. Well-written with a fairly fast plot, well-developed characters and an interesting world it keeps the reader engaged to the end. I will say I’m not much of fan of Jackie. Some of her actions are annoying and her personality needs work. I do appreciate that she is a flawed heroine, but she’s really hard to like in this first book. She’s not so bad that I don’t want to continue with the series though and I’m looking forward to reading Book 2, The Vengeful Dead.  *Many thanks to Kensington for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
kwhithed More than 1 year ago
Contrary to another review, Deadworld, is to be missed! I wanted to like the book and the characters. But in addition to the amateurish writing, I found the characters uninteresting, tedious, and unsympathetic. The one thing the main character, Jackie, excels at is self hatred. If it was just herself she was punishing, it would be one thing. But the author has chosen to demonstrate the depth of Jackie's feelings by having her be abusive to her pet cat, Bickerstaff. I'm an animal lover and don't think it's ever acceptable to trivialize the mistreatment of animals. There are plenty of fantastic fantasy/sci-fi authors out there. Focus on them and forget about this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried hard to get into this book, but it was just too slow moving. I was bored by page 35 and it didnt get any better. The main female character was not likeable and far too much cursing. Im no prude but it seemed the author was using it to add flavor to the plot line. It needed some oomph but that didnt do it. I didnt even finish the book and thats a rarety for me. Mad Cricket
NikkiAz More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Chicago. But be aware, this isn't the modern day Chicago you may know. Have you known Chicago to be tormented by supernatural beings? Is it an every day thing when vampires, psychics and more are part of the FBI, police, and more? In J. N. Duncan's Deadworld, yes, that is the norm. The newest case for agent Jackie Rutlidge and partner Laurel is not the every day norm, either. The killings are coming from an evil, angry ghost. And to help them out is Nick Anderson. Deadworld is a great modern urban fantasy start to what looks like a new series. The writing is fresh, filled with witty humor, and some dark ghostly situations that kept me engaged and hooked. Urban fantasy is a hot market right now and I feel that Deadworld fits in well, but stands out on it's own, too. Like sassy heroines that are great leaders? Deadworld is a book you ma enjoy.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Someone drained the blood of a woman in Wisconsin. Now, an unknown predator drains the blood of twelve years old Archibald Lane, leaving a corpse with bites and a few bruises in a Chicago park. FBI agent Jackie Rutledge leads the investigation in which her psychic partner Laurel sense something paranormal at the murder scene. Law enforcement first focuses on private investigator Nick "Sheriff" Anderson as the predator, but Jackie quickly realizes he is innocent. Instead he offers to assist her and Laurel on the bizarre case in which he and his team add to the paranormal peculiarities. Soon the inquiry leads back to over a century ago. Because of the paranormal in Chicago, there is an obvious nod to early Dresden, but the respective teammates of Jackie and Nick make for a much different fresh urban fantasy spin. The supernatural investigative story line is fast-paced and contains a strong twist in midstream. The cast is solid as the lead pair and the secondary players are fully developed though more of the highlight film of Nick's 180 years of existence would have been helpful. Sub-genre fans will enjoy the brisk tour of J.N. Duncan's Deadworld. Harriet Klausner
SleepDreamWrite 19 days ago
I wasn't sure I was going to like this one. At first Jackie the MC, I kind of didn't like. But the story and MC gets better later on. I did like Laurel, Nick, Shelby, etc. This was a good start and glad I at least gave the book a chance and kept going. Hoping the other books in the series are good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awful, to many nicknames and to much sarcastic attempts at humor, and I only got through the first chapter before I had to stop. I can't recommend this book to anyone.
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ElizabethT More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable read. Jack is the tough as nails, butt kicking cop. She has had a hard life and it only gets harder in this book. This book was captivating and I look forward to reading the next one. 
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BluSqrrl More than 1 year ago
I liked it. The book gripped me within the first few pages and has held my attention since. It may not be as witty as Jim Butcher or as sexy as Lynsay Sands, but it is a first novel, and still developing the characters. I will certainly read the next to see where the series goes.
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Quite a page turner...cannot wait to read the rest of the Deadwood series
CLAMITY-JANE More than 1 year ago
I really liked it. It isn't like what J.R. Ward writes, but it is a very good vampire book. Especially if you like to read vampire books, so please get the book. Besides the E-BOOK is FREE, so what do you have to lose, except some time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has all the things I look for in a book - interesting characters, fast moving, well connected. It was the kind of book I hate to set down. Finished this one and ordered the next book . . .
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This has it all - vampires, ghosts, murder, mystery, and a little physco stuff to boot. I enjoyed the book but you have to love the strange to enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has you thinking outside the boxed normal vamp story.which is refreshing love the brashness but intelligence of jack..pleasently looking for the next in the series..ty for once something offkilter but thrilling also.