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Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2012
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Faith Hunter -NY Times bestselling author of the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series
"Tuck's Deacon Chalk is one bad-ass vampire killer with an arsenal to rival a small nation's and an unlikely posse--a priest, an Immortal and a lycanthrope. Blood and Bullets will keep you on the edge of your seat page after page. I loved it."
Jeanne C. Stein - author of the Anna Strong Chronicles
"Tuck gets back to basics in a world where monsters are evil and someone has to kill them. Enter the hero: a tattooed and tortured gun-slinging, vampire-slaying bad ass. If Dirty Harry and Anita Blake had a love child, he would be Deacon Chalk. I was hooked from the beginning to the end!
Jenna Maclaine- Author of the Cin Craven series
"Rapid fire action never stops, and Deacon's irresistible voice propels you along for the ride. When I finished this book I was out of breath!"
Annabel Joseph- Bestselling author of Club Mephisto and many other fine titles.
"Blood & Bullets delivers thrills, chills, and kills with a rock-steady hand, unblinking eye, and no mercy for the things that go bump in the night. Deacon Chalk is the Charles Bronson of urban fantasy, guaranteed 100% BS-free.
Matt R. Jones- Author of the Hollywood Vampires series.
From the Author
When I sat down and began writing the book that became BLOOD AND BULLETS I had a fully fleshed out idea of who Deacon was, a tortured man who had a death wish but would do what needed to be done because, at the end of the day, he is a "big damn hero".
I was so tired of reading about urban fantasies that were supposed to be dark, were supposed to be action-packed, were supposed to be scary and absolutely kept disappointing time after time. I'd had enough and so had my character of Deacon Chalk.
He walked into my head and said to me "Point me at the monsters, I am here to kick some ass."
And he did.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
More About the Author
He co-hosts THE FANBOY AND GEEK GIRL POWER HOUR, a comic book based pop culture podcast with his wife D. H. Tuck on Project iRadio.
Top Customer Reviews
I did have a few grumbles with Deacon. He's a little too perfect, almost like a Saint. He owns a strip club full of girls he has rescued from one heinous situation or another and every last one of them adores him to a degree that borders on worship. They prance around him in g-strings, but he's oblivious to them sexually. No straying eyes, no wandering thoughts that he has to battle. He treats them like an indulgent grandfather, bending down for kisses on the cheek and dispensing proud smiles. And that's pretty much the way he is with every other non evil character in the book. He's rescued them in the past and now they revere him like a savior. Yes, he was still in mourning over the murder of his wife and kids, but apart from one very random and uncomfortable breakdown in a club, it didn't seem to have damaged him a whole lot. I wanted one flaw, one vice, one thing that he battled with and, at least occasionally, succumbed to.
Another thing that grew a bit tedious was the number of little lectures from Deacon. They started out very cool, almost like little side notes explaining various mythologies or Deacon's well honed methods for killing, but they started happening too frequently and for everything.Read more ›
James does a great job of world building. You get a pretty clear vision of what his Atlanta, the places he hangs out at, kicks ass at and visits are like. I thought the mythology he created with regard to his vamps, some secondary characters and background info was unique and interesting. And OMG I love it when scenes involve Deacon's car. What can I say? I like muscle cars. I also loved all the music he mentions during the story. It gives you a better feel for Deacon and sets the tone for certain parts of the story.
The only negative thing I can say is that the writing was a little rough around the edges. That said, it wasn't so rough that it distracted me from enjoying the book. So if you're the type of reader that likes your Urban Fantasy on the darker, grittier and slightly bloodier side you definitely need to give Blood and Bullets a try.
James R. Tuck's Blood and Bullets is a mix of urban fantasy and action movie with a main character who is a study in over done manly man-ness. Chalk is a larger than life, gun toting, monster slaying badass and he's going to tell the reader about it at every chance he gets. This gets old really quickly. Chalk is supposed to be the big tough monster hunter who shows up and gets things done, the problem is he reads a lot like a bad self insert from a kid who wants to be the tough guy that solves problems. This could have still worked out alright if the story had been in third person, the plot itself is fairly solid if a bit underwhelming. The book is in first person though with the world's most talkative know it all narrating everything that he does no matter how insignificant it is. Even with that I would have been alright were it not for the repeat descriptions, Chalk describes his guns and himself at least three times. His apparent effect on some women is also brought up repeatedly. I don't know if Tuck ran out of things to write with these descriptions or just didn't trust his readers to remember any of it.
The plot, as I said before, is fairly decent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can not put the series down. I recommend it. It has kickass characters that are real. It isn't to dark or emo like many of these books. Kudos to the author! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Dreya
Lots of fun -- paranormal adventures with intriguing characters. This book does not sink into the angst and melodrama that afflicts so many paranormal books today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Audio Note: I was irrationally happy when I read that Jim Beaver -- Bobby Singer on Supernatural among other great roles -- would be narrating the Deacon Chalk books. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Invested Ivana
An unrelenting guy version of urban fantasy. While technically (as in the mechanics) a very well-written book - building plot and brutal fights (awesome choreography - you know... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Erin Penn
lots of action, but it is like going through all this action being handcuffed to a Southern Baptist Preacher
it lost my interest because it was just getting to condescending... Read more
I got this book thru the library and I can't wait to get back and get the next one it's opened a whole new type of realm for me I haven't been excited by vamp story's much but now... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roger Blacketer
When I first saw the cover and read the synop, I knew I was going to be in for an explosive time. I went in blind. I don't read reviews of books so that I can be surprised. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nathaniel LG Hanley