Thursday, August 30, 2012

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Blood & Bullets

James R. Tuck is the author of the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series.

He writes DARK URBAN FANTASY.  It's gritty, violent and bloody.  The monsters are monstrous and they do Very Bad Things.  The good guys are Big Damn Heroes.

He writes the ultimate thrill ride in the form of a book, just for us.  He wants us turning those paes as fast as we can while precariously balanced on the edge of our seats. 

Blood and Bullets, Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter Book #1
Author: James R. Tuck


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" hin 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...

Our review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

I am an Urban Fantasy lover. While I adore my Paranormal Romance and Eroticas, there is just something about a dark, gritty, Urban Fantasy series with a wicked arc, some snarky dialogue, and a bunch of kick a** characters that tweaks my inner fangirl. With that said, when my blog partner found James R. Tuck, she immediately said "I really think you'll like this one, it sounds like it's right up your alley..."  She was most definitely right!

Blood and Bullets is actually the 2nd story of the Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter series, with That Thing at the Zoo (an eNovella) being our introduction into the world.

Deacon is an ex-tattoo artist who lost his family to monsters and with it his will to live. Being a man of strong faith, however, he refuses to just lay down and die, and decides that the quickest  way for him to be reunited with his loved ones is to throw himself into the fray with the monsters that ruined his life, and go out swingin'.  The way he tells us his story is so 'real' and heartfelt, you get lost in the narrative immediately.

A man who owns a strip club and has a deep seeded love for his weapons, music, and car - yes a real "man's man" - Deacon is a wonderful hero and you can't help but fall in love with him.  He actually reminds me of my own tattoo artist, Uncle Johnny from A&E's Inked; a big ol' shaved headed teddy bear with a heart of gold and an iron will. :)

Deacon's supporting cast is wonderful as well. He has an honest to goodness chain smoking, whiskey drinking priest, a petite little techno wiz chiquita who not only runs the strip club but oranizes the hunts, and some 'others' who start out as allies, but end up as some great friends.

In a battle to defeat a very old entity, Deacon and gang are thrown into one confrontation after another, and James takes the reader on an adrenaline fueled thrill ride full of danger, beautifully twisted and woven history, and oh yes... Plenty of blood and bullets!

I was utterly engrossed in the story, and upon completion, couldn't wait to dig into Blood and Silver (the 2nd full length story of the series).

LITERAL ADDICTION gives Blood and Bullets 4 Skulls and would recommend it to all book lovers who like their heroes 'balls to the wall', their fantasy dark, gritty, action packed, & thrilling, and their narrative sarcastic, acerbic, and genuine.

Blood and Bullets

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