Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Jaz Parks #3: Biting the Bullet

Title:Jaz Parks #3: Biting the Bullet

Author: Jennifer Rardin

Date of Publication: February 5, 2008

Formats Available: Paperback, E-book

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Synopsis: This is a mission unlike anything my vampire boss, Vayl, and I have ever been on. It's not our usual take them out and run; it's an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist. We're joining a Special Ops team to nail the Wizard, a major terrorist thorn in the military's side. We've never gone in with such heavy artillery before, but the more the merrier, right? Um . . . nope. At least not since Vayl and I learned part of our job is to ferret out a mole concealed in our unit. To add to our problems, we're being harried by a pack of reavers bent on revenge, and targeted by a Seer who wants to share Vayl's power - at any cost. Oh yeah, and let's not forget the army of demonic, soul-sucking parasites either. This is going to be a blast.

My Review:

Something about the Jaz Parks novels never fails to draw me in and bring me fully into a world of action, intrigue, assassinations, and mythical creatures. Biting the Bullet was another fantastic addition to the series, with an action packed plot and plenty of hints of romance between Jaz and Vayl I quickly became quickly engrossed in the exciting and original world that Rardin has created.

My favorite part of these novels never fails to be the relationship between Jaz and Vayl. Their personalities are so opposite that they complement each other perfectly and throughout every novel I'm always on the edge of my seat waiting for the pivotal moment in their relationship. While that moment didn't happen in this novel I know that moment is coming very soon. Biting the Bullet also provided quite a bit of background on Jaz and Vayl. With Dave making a larger appearance in this novel than any other Jaz's past came back several times to haunt her and we finally learned more about what made Jaz's and Dave's relationship what it was.

Biting the Bullet had a ton of fun quirks that made this novel really enjoyable to read. One of them being the relationship between Dave and Cassandra, I thought they made the most adorable couple ever and I sincerely hope that their relationship gets the chance to continue in future novels. Likewise I also enjoyed the Iranian setting, I'd never actually read a book set in Iran before so I really enjoyed the interesting setting and Rardin's take on that part of the world. With the introduction of the villain, the Wizard, and his abilities with necromancy it was interesting to see zombies play a role in the novel and the ever present action was always a huge selling point for me.

Even though I enjoyed the action in this novel I did have a hard time following the plot. There were so many different story lines right on top of each other that I kept getting them mixed up and forgetting important details because of all the information that was always thrown at me all at once. In the end I was able to piece everything together but there were some moments where I was flipping back through the novel trying to figure out what I missed, and failing to find anything at all.

Fans of the Jaz Parks series will not be disappointed by this novel and will no doubt turn the last page eager for the sequel. Rardin has a talent for creating fun characters and action packed plots that leave no reader wanting for more. Another great novel in an already fantastic series!



  1. When a series really gets going it can get over burdened with plot lines, and when you have a wait between books starting the next one can be a little confusing!

  2. I think that's what happened here, hopefully the next one isn't as confusing!