He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities help him take out any kind of supernatural threat. But now an immortal evil has this bad-ass bounty hunter dead in its sights. . .From Goodreads
Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl "hires" him to eliminate a fellow slayer, Deacon goes to warn him--and barely escapes a vampire ambush. Now he's got a way-inexperienced newbie hunter to protect and everything from bloodsuckers to cursed immortals on his trail. There's also a malevolent force controlling the living and the undead, hellbent on turning Deacon's greatest loss into the one weapon that could destroy him.
Release Date: February 7th 2012
My Copy: Received from author
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter #1) by James R. Tuck
See my review of the novella for this series - Sarah's Reviews: That Thing at the Zoo by James R. Tuck
After reading That Thing at the Zoo I was interested to see what was next for Deacon Chalk. What first struck me was the repetitive nature of the story, we learnt that Chalk’s family had died and he misses them in the novella and yes to an extent you need to be told that in this book too. It just seemed too much and I glossed over that each time it repeated itself. Also I started to find Chalk’s character very arrogant as the story retold his physical appearance and again I glossed over these parts.
On the other side Chalk is a very strong character and not just in his muscular strength. With his two main allies Kat and Father Mulcahy his character becomes more intriguing. I’d love to know more about Father Mulcahy, maybe that could be in another series? There is also a big shout to other urban fantasy series from Sam and Dean from Supernatural to Buffy. Watch out for them.
The cast behind Deacon become the highlights away from the arrogance of the main character. These characters are very well detailed and they fit this genre and style perfectly. I found that liking the group behind Deacon made me like him more, although I’m not sure that was the purpose.The plot is easy to follow and gripping but the book lacks real detail about the surroundings until it comes to a fight scene.
This is another good build on the Deacon Chalk series and the next book Blood and Silver should hopefully develop these characters more. What these series of books do bring to urban fantasy fans is a grittier more bloodier story. Also Deacon Chalk brings something to the female market with that wrestler style bod, as arrogant as he is – it makes him worthy of attention.
I’m intrigued to see where this story goes next but I hope the repetitive stops as I really like this series so far.
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