Blood and Bullets (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #1)
Ever since a monster murdered his family, Deacon Chalk hunts any creature that preys on the innocent. So when a pretty vampire girl...more
This was an action packed read. A nice change is the paranormalgenera. Deacon Chase's family was killed by vampires and now his only goal is to kill monsters until one takes him out so that he may join his family. Deacon is not your typical hero, he is a 6'4 320 pound bad boy with a badattitude... and a good Catholic. He owns a strip club that helps fund his fight and has taken in anyone who has had a run-in with the monsters. Shaved head, goatee, and covered in tattoos her appearance...more
I really wanted to enjoy his book. But sadly I can't say that I did. The main character, Deacon Chalk, is a Marry Sue for James. He is so idealized that I was constantly taken out of the story. It came to the point that I could predict how situations would play out.
For instance, Deacon went...more
But now he is the target – an elaborate trap has been set up to catch him and another would be hunter is being used as the bait. The problem is he doesn’t know who is targetting him or why – but if he can’t find out why he is the one being targeted – or even if he is the target –...more
My inner goddess now calls out for Deacon Chalk! This fearless and brave Bad Boy Hero that protects humanity is now one of my favorites. Confidence and power radiates from his very essence. He’s scary and intimidating with his goatee and tattoos. The kind of man who will make you want to run and hide at first; but if you look a little closer, he’ll stir something deep inside that will no longer let you look away. He’s a strong, hot, alpha male w...more
Talk about a book that delivers on its cover! BLOOD AND BULLETS kicks off a brand new urban fantasy series featuring a wicked cool protagonist who’s a cross between Batman and Snake from Escape From New York. Deacon Chalk, monster bounty-hunter, packs every type of heat known to man (and some that aren’t). His arsenal is seriously impressive but no more so that Deacon himself. After name dropping a few uber famous UF characters like Anita, Cat and Bones...more
Chalk is coming in with baggage and flaws. His wife and daughter were murdered by a vampire and of course, he feels that all vampires are enemies at this point. That’s the reason he could be considered a vigilante.
The plot is simple and great if you like a...more
This book delivers exactly what the title says. It is a pulp urban fantasy, that’s hero reminds me of almost any buff, bald action hero....more
One night, a child that reminds him very much of the daughter he lost comes to him. Except, this child is a vampire. Hesitant though to outright kill her, she starts to ask for his help to take down a mysterious “a...more
Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic
Overall Rating = 2 & 1/2 stars
ANALYSIS: James R. Tuck’s debut promised a lot of blood, mayhem and particularly dark corners in the urban fantasy world. I am usually a sucker for urban fantasy stories and if they are of the darker kind, then it just becomes that much easier for me to pick up those books. So it's with a similar kind of anticipation that I went into the first Deacon Chalk book.
The story is a very traditional urban fantasy with Deacon C...more
First I would like to say that if you like a great fantasy ride filled with action and fun weapons, this one is for you! Also, I have a thing for writing in the guys perspective. I love a strong female heroine but it's a rare treat when you hear from a dude :) now, on to the review...
I liked this book, alot. First, you have a guy, who's big, bad, scary, kills things, but still has a conscience! Ohhh...more
What you get here is the proverbial "thrill ride".
Deacon (who sounds suspiciously like Bobby Singer from Supernatural in the audio version) tells us the story dropping in just enough back ground...more
This book is an feminist worse nightmare and I can see why a lot of people would not like this book, but it was actually in my own opinion refreshing to read something that didn’t directly jump into a heroine who kicks ass and out mans, the men while still being female. That shit was getting old for me, and the fact that there was no...more
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 pre...more
Quick & Dirty: A badass man intent on taking as many of the monsters down before they get him first. Full of fighting and helpful monster killing hints; like Burn Notice for the supernatural community.
Opening Sentence: Some nights are destined to go to hell.
I will admit that the title of this book, Blood and Bullets, turned me off from reading it at first. But first impressions can be deceiving. Like the book itself, the true nature of the hero...more
I had a really hard time enjoying this book. While the character of Deacon Chalk was sexy and bad ass, he wasn't one that attracted my interest. He wasn't so much an alpha hero you would come to expect in the sense of good guy will prevail, simply because he is at times so rugged and dirty as the bad guys. He can kick butt and take names when he feels like...more
I liked this book. It was chocked full of exciting adventure, action and great characters. It was written in Deacon Chalk's POV and the writing style was fluid and well done....more
Love, love, love Tuck's voice. Some of his asides as Deacon made me snort with laughter in a most unladylike fashion.
Premise? You can't beat using a strip club called Polecats as your base of operation for vampire hunting complete with a chain-smoking priest as your bartender.
The cons? Maybe this is because we're coming...more
Seriously, the main character regurgitates his unbelievable back story in two pages. All of it. At once. No professional level writer does that and expects to be taken seriously. And certainly not with a back story that's quite so ... involved as that one was. It probably should have been book one all by itself, not this crap.
Also, as soon a...more
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. . .
Blood and Bullets was an intense and bloody sp...more
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of dark, male-oriented Urban Fantasy
Trigger Warnings: mass slaughter, torture
My Thoughts: I was very amused by the way Tuck references several other well-known urban fantasy series when discussing other monster hunters. It's a sort of meta-fiction with fiction.
This is very fast-paced and dark, with lots of slaughter and blood and shooting. The editing could have been better—for instance Appollonia's eyes change from honey y...more
Deacon Chalk is a man with a mission. After he’s cornered by a young vamp asking for his protection outside his place of business, he knows something’s not right. He kills vamps. He certainly doesn’t protect them, and when he’s jumped by a group of vamps bent on draining him dry, along with a (very) amateur vampire hunter, he’s sure something big is going down. His search for the culprit leads him to a very powerful vamp b...more
Narcissistic and overly repetitive with descriptions. However, the core of this book - high octane action, some sly humour and almost comic book-like characters is undeniably entertaining.
I would say Deacon Chalk is some sort of a mix reminiscent of early Anita Blake, Sin City and Split Second. Deacon is a Southern gentleman through and through, very gentle with women, covered in tattoos and looking very bad-ass. His admission of being irresistible to a certain type of ladies, and a very s...more
Deacon works out of Polecats - a st...more
A couple of things to note, if you are a teddy bear and rainbow reader, this is not for you. Deacon has no remorse for what he does. He doesn't lay awake at night, ridden by guilt over his actions, word, or death of friend or enemy.
Deacon is a gun toting, muscle car driving, Georgia good ole boy. He is surrounded by a host of people he's helped over the...more
Publish Date: February 7th
How I got this book: ARC from publisher
Tuck is debuting his new series, Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter, with Blood and Bullets. This is a hard review for me to write, because while I really enjoyed the story, the book also didn’t work for me in a lot of ways.
Deacon lives for one thing and one thing only: killing vampires to avenge his family. His whole life seems to revolve ar...more
I was jonesing for a Harry Dresden fix, and somebody mentioned Deacon Chalk might be just the man to tide me over. Whoever that was, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Now you're wondering who the hell Deacon Chalk might be. Notice I didn't say heck. Deacon Chalk would never be that mealy-mouthed.
Deacon Chalk is the monster-hunting main character of Blood and Bullets, the first novel by James R. Tuck in the urban fantasy series that is, of course, named after...more
Not a lot to say here, as there's not a lot of depth to this book. This is an action/adventure in the vein of Mack Bolan, Richard Chamelion, et al; only with the un-dead and magic thrown in.
Not my cup of tea, so to speak. But, if that's what you're looking for, then this will give you satisfaction. Basically, Deacon Chalk is Blade with a few drops of angel blood in him instead of being part vampire. Tuck even gives a sideways "nod" to the Blade series by referencing them in the first part of the...more
I write DARK URBAN FANTASY. It is gritty, it is violent, it is bloody, it is DARK. The monsters are monstrous and they do Very Bad Things. The good guys are Big Damn Heroes.
I write the ultimate thrill ride in the form of a book, just for you. I wan...more