Shredding monsters is his stock and trade. He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them. End of story. But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected.
Knowing his enemy is a rule Deacon Chalk swears by. But he's never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo's most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in the treetops. And he's only got until sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse.
Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save. His zookeeper backup has more guts than monster-hunting experience. And the only chance Deacon has to run this thing to holy ground is to unleash his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts...
Release Date: January 27th 2012
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Copy: Received from the author
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That Thing at the Zoo by James R. Tuck
*** Contains SPOILERS***
I'm never really sure what to expect from these novella intro type books. That Thing at the Zoo is the introduction into Deacon Chalk, the monster hunter. Here we are introduced to the main character and get a glimpse of the action and writing style that can be expected from the rest of the books. We learn already in this short introduction that his family were killed by monsters so now he hunts and kills them.
The language is raw and to the point, the descriptions of both Chalk and the monsters are clear in your mind which is impressive. The revelation so soon in this series about his family seemed soon for me and I hope this story builds and builds from that. That could just be my feelings of wanting books to have suspense and intrigue to them. I am intrigued to see where this story goes and I hope it builds further and further.
Tonight when I get scared when the rain hurls against my window and the wind hurls around my house I'll wish I had a big strong Deacon Chalk to protect me... where is he?