Friday, September 2, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust by Jennifer Rardin is the second novel in her Jaz Parks series. I love the beginning of the back cover blurb:
I'm Jaz Parks. CIA Assassin. Black belt. Belly dancer.
The book is pretty much what you'd expect. Irreverent and sometimes downright snarky. The series takes place in an alternate world where "other" is the designation given to non-humans like vampires and demons. Like Anita Blake, Jaz is connected to a vampire. This story has Jaz's team of misfits undercover at a Winter Festival (hence the belly dancing) where they are supposed to kill a Chinese vampire who runs a group of acrobats.

Chien-Lung is completely batty. He's managed to steal a set of "dragon" armor that makes him almost invincible. He is willing to do anything to make an army of dragon warriors in order to take over the world. Jaz and her team have to come up with a way to kill him. Luckily the tech guy is the guy who created the armor.

Along the way Jaz has to stay out of her vampire boss's bed, stop her team from imploding and avoid being killed by a new kind of demon no one knows very much about. The book moves quickly. Some of the idiosyncrasies of Rardin's world are a bit confusing at first but you get used to them. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series.