Book Review: Blood and Bullets by: James R. Tuck


Kensington Books

Publish Date:
February 7, 2012 

From Author for Review


Synopsis: 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…

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…

Review: Deacon Chalk's baaaaaaaack! After the harrowing events in That Thing at the Zoo (a Deacon Chalk novella), we are given Deacon's first full length adventure in Blood and Bullets. A teenage vampire tries to hire him for protection, but Deacon doesn't work for the monsters. Yet he can't help but be curious as to the person this vampires is afraid of, only to be ambushed. Now he's got to follow the line of vampires back to the person or thing controlling them, but this comes with surprising results and unforeseen danger. But Deacon is no stranger to adversity and danger...

Due to past events, Chalk took up the position of monster hunter, something he's very good at. Mr. Tuck has created a sympathetic, yet undeniably tough anti-hero in Deacon Chalk. Deacon also has some very talented and loyal friends who have bonded with him through unspeakable events. The action is hard-core and the dialogue is killer! I also loved the nod to other monster-hunters (like Buffy, Sam and Dean from Supernatural, etc.).  I think fans of Richard Kadrey and Justin Gustainis will enjoy every word. I am looking forward eagerly to further Deacon Chalk adventures!

Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter Series: That Thing at the Zoo (Novella), Blood and Bullets (1), Blood and Silver (2)


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