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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.Read more ›
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: fans of darker urban fantasy with male-oriented action
Trigger Warnings: rape and sexual assault (including against a child); murder and torture (including children)
Animal Abuse: This book was heavily filled with various types of were-animals. There is a lot of violence perpetuated against animals as a result.
My Thoughts: Leonidas and his crew absolutely infuriated me. The things they did... okay, yeah, so they were predator were-animals, but they choose to murder, torture, even eat people, including children--including babies. Horrible people, and I cheered Deacon on to each and every horrible death against them.
This book has all kinds of crazy were-animals: were-chickens, were-rabbits, were-lions, were-cougars, were-dogs of various types, were-lizards, were-snakes... you name it, there is probably a were-animal of its ilk connected to this story. The best was toward the end, but I don't dare say what it is because that would spoil the surprise.
I'm really into this story, that's for sure. I have one novella and one novel to go and I'll have finished the lot, and then will have to impatiently wait for Tuck to write something new. I really like this type of urban fantasy, without constant romance. There is a bit of romance, but it's bearable and overwhelmed by all the violence, so this is really my sort of thing. If you like darker urban fantasy, action-oriented, male-centric, definitely check out the Deacon Chalk series.
Series Information: Blood and Silver is Book 2 in the Deacon Chalk series
Book .5: That Thing at the Zoo, review linked here where formatting allowed.
Book 1: Blood and Bullets, review linked here where formatting allowed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reads a lot like an episode of Supernatural...but gorier. Doesn't have the complexity of a Jim Butcher or Kevin Hearne, pretty much a straight "find 'em and kill em"... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Stratton
throughtly enjoyed this book Deacon is a really good fighterPublished 12 months ago by Michelle. E.C.
I am enjoying the narration with Jim Beaver narrating. The story is predictable and the main character is Both tough and sensitive which to a degree is a conflict. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Free-Bird Reviews
Although a little heavy on the variety of were-creatures, this is still a fun and very manly monster-killing tale. James R. Tuck strikes gold again.Published 19 months ago by Team Lewis
have enjoyed this entire series and look forward to more from the author and the seriesPublished 23 months ago by SilverShadow
A fantastic followup to Blood and Bullets. This book takes the great characters we found in the first volume and builds them up. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Seth A. Tucker
I am a big fan of this series!
I can't wait to start reading the next book in Deacon's saga! Thanks, James!
A page turning action-movie (yes, I know it's a book, but Tuck's writing is visual and visceral). There are more casings on the ground than a Bruce Willis flick and more... Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by Tony N. Sarrecchia