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Blood and Silver (Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter Novels) Mass Market Paperback – August 7, 2012
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"Not only was Blood and Bullets not a fluke, but it seems as if it was nothing more than Tuck merely flexing his muscles, cracking his knuckles as he tossed off a quick "warming-up" novel before he really got down to business and started writing." -Blogcritics.org
"I think Blood and Silver was even more exciting than Blood and Bullets, although I hate to say it because that one is in my top favorite books EVER and I don't want to hurt its feelings." - Literary Escapism
"... James R. Tuck has done what many authors fail to do...written a sequel that knocks you back a step or two, surpassing expectations, and for me at least, carving his name onto my permanent reading list. His vision for urban fantasy is dark, gritty, violent, and full of monsters." - Vamp Chix Bite Club
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Deacon's second full length adventure and man do things get hairy! That's right boys and girls, gather 'round and learn how lycanthropy works int he Deaconverse. You know it's going to be a helluva ride!
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I did feel slightly left out of some of the story as I have not read Mr. Tuck's short stories, but I did read Blood and Bullets and I seemed to be able to orient myself to the story failry easily, although I do highly recommend reading the first book....well first.
The only complaint I have..and really it's not much of a complaint just something that kept the book from being rated higher was all the different types of "lycanthropes". I undestand the author is trying to be different but some of the "were"-species were quite ludicrous to me and made me laugh.....but maybe that was his point..I dunno.
Still, if you like guns and big dudes with shaven heads and facial hair (I'm biased cuz I am one)then you will like this book. Deacon wastes no time in stomping mudholes in people and walking them dry.
While Deacon still has quite the chip on his shoulder, his conceitedness seems to have toned down several notches, making him much more bearable. I think a lot of his softening is due mostly in part to the influence Tiff has on him. Of course that relationship is quite complicated due to his inability to really move beyond the loss of his family and fully open up to another person. However, there is definitely something growing between them, and I really admire her patience and ability to slowly break down his walls. Another major improvement in his character would be the lessening of the constant lectures. Deacon may still be rather repetitive at times, but at least he didn't comes across as so preachy this time around.
The extremely graphic violence in Blood and Silver was a little too much for my tastes. Considering the fact that I read a lot of Urban Fantasy novels in which there is more than plenty violence, it really says something about how excessively violent Blood and Silver was to bother me. Perhaps, it isn't really the amount the violence, but more how descriptive it all was. It just seemed like the book was written with the theory of the more gore and violence, the better. I'm just not a fan of violence for the sake of violence. If it doesn't serve to fully further the story, then I think it should be toned down at the very least.
Despite my attachment to the majority of the side characters and the interesting mythology, in all honesty I highly doubt I will be reading anything more from this series. It is just too far on the pulp fiction spectrum rather than Urban Fantasy despite the heavy paranormal aspects of the story. Granted, Blood and Silver did earn a slightly higher rating from me than the previous installment, but in the end it just didn't work well enough for me to warrant continuing on. That being said, the series does seem to be headed in the right direction due to Deacon's growth. Combine that with the great secondary cast and the paranormal aspects, and excessive violence aside, I think Blood and Silver was a solid installment, and will largely appeal to fans of the first book.
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I can't wait to start reading the next book in Deacon's saga! Thanks, James!