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Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2012
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"A dark, damaged, lonely man takes on the undead underworld and the monsters who live in it. Deacon Chalk kicks monster ass!"
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
WELCOME TO THE DEACONVERSE.
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.
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I really want to like this title, and honestly feel like it'll flesh out if I continue down the series, but as it stands I'd give it 3-stars.
James R. Tuck is a good writer. He knows what he is doing and he does what he wants to do. It's the 80s of Dark/Urban Fantasy contained in this book. That isn't a good thing. The main character, Deacon, is a gigantic Mary Sue of a character to live out the fantasies of the writer/readers. His tortured past is supposed to make us sympathic, but it is cliche' to the point of predictability. The supporting cast worship him because he is right, he does what's best and he is unstoppable when he sets his mind to it.
Literally, everyone in this book wants him. There is no fault in this character, no self-doubt. I find it hard to imagine a character like this is likable to the people around him. The women want him and the men want to be him. One character, after meeting him, quickly decides that she has to be with him, if only because he gave her her first tattoo. The scenes meant to make Deacon seem softer come off almost laughable. Not because it is bad writing. but it is cringe worthy writing.
Mr. Tuck has what it takes to be a stand out star in Urban Fantasy. We need characters who are larger than life and his balls to the walls action scenes show that he has the ideas. He just has to take his ego out of the equation. I wish him all the success that he has and that he continues to receive. Writing is difficult and getting published is damn near impossible in a genre like this. I will be reading his other novels, but with apprehension.
While you may get the impression from the blurbs written on the "Brag Page" that this is little more than an action story in which a Rambo-type goes from one monster-infested situation to another armed with an arsenal large enough to make a South American rebel group drool with envy, it's actually a much more substantial work. Deacon Chalk is a seriously damaged individual who got into the "business" of killing monsters after his entire family was slaughtered. Unlike other "macho" types, he's never really gotten over this, and the memories of his family threaten to overwhelm him frequently.
While it isn't actually necessary, I reccomend reading "The Thing at the Zoo" before this book if you can. It is a short story that introduces Deacon Chalk and will give you a really good idea what you can expect in the books. If you like "The Thing at the Zoo", you'll love the books.
Con's: Sometimes these books come off very comic bookish. (The hero, a one time tattoo artist and now a benevolent strip joint owner with money to spare....see what I mean?) The author makes up 'powers' for the hero as he needs them in the first book and then tries to better explain them in the second book. There are other issues but nothing that should keep you from enjoying the books despite their shortcomings.
While not great, these books and the other things this author has written are good enough that I have bought them all. I enjoy the light reading. I do consider them to be one time reads and I now buy them for my kindle rather than get a paper back copy.
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