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Blood and Silver (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #2)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  334 ratings  ·  57 reviews
He hasn’t met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what’s to fear? The answer may be something he doesn’t want to face…

Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer…unti...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2012)
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FV Angela
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Occasionally I need a break from the romance book world, when that happens I always look for a dark, gritty urban fantasy. James R. Tuck's second book in his Deacon Chalk series certainly fits that bill. Blood and Silver is fast paced, violent, and I was literally glued to the page while reading.

Deacon Chalk is a man on a mission, an occult bounty hunter who is out to kill any monsters he finds while avenging the family he lost and pro...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Hardcore bad-a$$ Deacon Chalk takes on a bunch of weres that are causing trouble in his town.

Opening Sentence: Good days don’t last.

The Review:

Things have been kind of quiet lately, ever since Deacon Chalk wiped out most of the vampires in the Southeast region of the USA. But there is always something to do, especially if you are an occult bounty hunter. So when Deacon and Tiff come across a dog being beaten to death, he doesn’t hesitate to...more
Still repetitive, still very much reminds me of a male Laurell Hamilton story minus the sex, angst, and fae. Lots of guns, lots of lycanthropes. Maybe he's trying a bit too hard to have different animals now. What's a were-shark doing on land? I just can't even picture it.
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Smitten's Review on Blog

My Thoughts

Strap yourselves in my lovelies for another wild ride. Deacon’s eye is twitching and that’s never a good thing. For the monsters that is. Things are going to get dead.

In Blood and Silver, the author puts a unique spin on the world of were-animals. Some are good; some are bad. Some want peace; others don’t. They’re at war and made the mistake of bringing it to Deacon’s town.

Since this is a series about hunting monsters,...more
Kristin Anders
4.5 Stars

How's the sex scenes?

Not much sex here, I'm afraid. But the story doesn't need it.

How's the story lines?

Amazing, well-written, dark and disturbing. This is not a romance.


This is not a romance novel. There are some tender moments and a somewhat happy ending, but if you’re expecting the hero to be healed by his virginal heroine because she’s the only one destined to love him...this is not the book for you.

Deacon is destined to be with his wife. She’s dead.

Tuck’s writing is fantast...more
Kathy Martin
If you are looking for graphic - very graphic - and gritty urban fantasy, you need to get to know Deacon Chalk. Deacon makes the average badass run away and think of a new career path. But, at the same time, Deacon will do anything to protect the family he has chosen.

Deacon's own family was killed by the monsters and in the process of killing them he was killed himself. A transfusion by an Angel of the Lord revived him and made him much more than human. He heals faster, can take much more punis...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*First draft Review* 07/17/2012

If you like dark fantasy with lots of violence and a male protagonist who takes crap from nobody, you will enjoy this book and this series. Deacon Chalk is an occult bounty hunter who kills everything that gets in his way, or threatens his friends. Deacon isn't exactly fully human after dying and having his blood transfused by the Angel whom he saved. This is all background fodder that you would have learned about from reading the f...more
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Deana
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This review contains some spoilers if you have not read the first book in the series.

Deacon Chalk is not just your average tattooist turned bounty hunter. Deacon has been infused with Angel blood that gives him an amazing ability to hear and powers to fight the things that go bump in the night. In other words Deacon is a true bad ass. After the horrific slaying of his family, Deacon has made i...more
Seth Tucker
A fantastic followup to Blood and Bullets. This book takes the great characters we found in the first volume and builds them up. The action in this book is bigger and the enemies are enormous. Playing with the tropes surrounding lycanthropes, James R. Tuck provides us with a society that exists within our own and is on the verge of radical change. As with all changes, there are those who prefer the old ways. So join Deacon Chalk as he finds himself trying to prevent a pack of predators from cutt...more
This is the second novel in this series and the 4th book (2 novellas) but you could read this one without reading the others as the back story presents itself when needed. You could fully get a feel for Deacon without the other adventures, but you will probably want to read them anyway.

Those fans of UF will love the fast paced action and some of the cold hearted decisions he makes within this story. Deacon is still someone you would want on your side because as soon as he considers you family, h...more
The Deacon Chalk series started out good and has remained so. In this second book, Chalk and his companion come across a bunch of guys brutally beating a dog in a parking lot. Now, you know Chalk ain't gonna let something like that happen. Not in his city.

Only, he very nearly gets his ass handed to him. The people beating the dog to death? Lycanthropes. All predators. All big, all nasty, and all too happy to go up against Chalk in a battle for the hapless dog.

Who, of course, turns out to be a we...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
Firstly, I need to mention that the Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter series is fast becoming one of my favourite UF series.

Deacon fights monsters, and never gets a day off. So the day he gets to hang out at the carnival with Tiffany, he's not surprised to get caught up in some shit. When they spot some guy beating a dog, Deacon rescues her... and gets himself caught up in some serious shifter business.

But he doesn't care. He wants to help the were-dog, especially when they find out she's preg...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
While I enjoyed this book almost as much as the previous books in the series, I found myself a little more critical of the writing. With 2 novellas and a full length book under his belt, I have higher expectations from the author when it comes to the execution of the story. One thing that struck me in a less positive way was the amount of repetition in the story. While it is not reasonable to expect all your readers to have read previous volumes in the series, it isn’t necessary to recap everyth...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Deacon Chalk can’t enjoy a good day – something bad always happens that he can’t ignore. This time it was a man beating a dog. But when he intervened he found that the man was no man – and the dog no simple dog either. He quickly becomes the rescuer of a lycanthrope and facing off against an entire pack of predatory shapeshifters

But more, he has stepped into a civil war – between predatory shapeshifters who wish to dominate, kill and control prey species as they always have – and those who are s...more
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for - 3.5 Stars on the blog.

BLOOD AND SILVER is book two in James R. Tuck’s Deacon Chalk series, a man whose family were murdered by a supernatural evil and since then has dedicated his life to stopping them. The writing has definitely much improved in this book in comparison to the first. Ok, there were times when you can tell that Tuck is quite a new writer. For example there were several parts of the back story that were repeated on more than one occasi...more
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

Deacon Chalk is an Occult Bounty Hunter. Ever since his family was killed by a Nephilim five years before he’s killed the monsters that needed killing. Ones that attack humans or are just plain evil end up on his radar and that’s one radar you don’t want to be on.

One evening he’s out enjoying some time off at a street carnival with his friend Tiffany and they come across a guy beating a dog. Uh, oh…instant blip on Deacon’s radar. When Deacon discovers the guy is a shapeshifter and not just a...more
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

As a tough as nails monster hunter, Deacon Chalk spends every free moment tracking down the things that go bump in the night. With unique abilities and an uncanny ability to avoid death, it would seem nothing can stand in his way, no matter how strong his opponent may be. When he stumbles across a pregnant were-dog being beat to death by a nasty lycanthrope group, he rushes in to save her. However, this time he may have bitten off more than...more
Sally Kilpatrick
You know how you know a book is good? The continued desire to smack those who interrupt you. Tuck just keeps getting better with the Deacon Chalk series.

I'm not really well acquainted with Urban Fantasy by any stretch of the imagination, but this book is a fun ride. I kept thinking of The Expendables or RED or one of those movies where the action keeps coming and coming. The last third of the book does not slow down at all. I kept thinking, "How in the blue hell is Deacon going to get himself ou...more
Kayla Eklund
Blood and Silver was a good sequel to Blood and Bullets. Based on the first two books, I am loving the Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter series. There were a couple things that bothered me about this book. First of all, the author was very repetitive. He told the story of how he met Kat, then a few chapters later he would tell it again. He also used the expression "moved like quicksilver" throughout the book several times. I will be happy if I never have to hear the word quicksilver again in my...more
Laura Summers
Reviewed for

BLOOD AND SILVER is book two in James R. Tuck’s Deacon Chalk series, a man whose family were murdered by a supernatural evil and since then has dedicated his life to stopping them. The writing has definitely much improved in this book in comparison to the first. Ok, there were times when you can tell that Tuck is quite a new writer. For example there were several parts of the back story that were repeated on more than one occasion. However, overall it’s definite...more
Once Upon
Blood and Silver is book two in an installment chronicling the adventures of Occult Bounty-Hunter, Deacon Chalk. This book will appeal to those readers enjoying paranormal and urban fantasy. It is bursting with lots of action , scary monsters and general mayhem.

Deacon Chalk, who we learn early on in the story has a dark, difficult and tragic past. He is on a mission to help a dog who is being viciously beaten as he is leaving the carnival with lady friend, Tiff. Of course, things are never quite...more
While out on a date with Tiff, Deacon Chalk witnesses a were dog being severely beaten by a fellow shifter. He saves the pregnant dog and discovers that there’s a spike in violence occurring in the were community with the predator shifters attacking the weak prey shifters. The purpose and intent is unknown but a prominent shifter, who is negotiating peace, is traveling to Atlanta and Deacon is expected to serve as his protective body guard while there. In a society where the strong survive and t...more
Jun 12, 2013 Katy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of darker, male-oriented UF
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Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
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...more
In Blood and Bullets, there was a central theme of vampires. In this book, we are taking a look at Mr. Tuck’s Were society. All I can say is that I have never experienced a universe like this; it’s action packed and very unique.

Deacon is back and he is out for vengeance. After saving a were-dog, he and his crew have taken it upon themselves to protect the innocent woman. Pregnant and nearly beaten to death, they scramble to find out what is going on in their town.

In Were society there are separa...more
I liked this one much better than the first. I wonder if it is because the world and the characters are established. I love how Deacon seems to be the patron saint of lost souls, the type of people who have been in situations that made him into the man he is today. It is this reason why when Deacon notices a man beating a dog, there is no question that he would step in to do something. Of course it is not what it looks like at first glance, not just a dog, but a were-dog.

The whole situation when...more
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James R.Tuck always delivers high octane explosive action a bit like Bruce Willis in his Die Hard movies, and it's very entertaining to read about his fights and shoot-outs, however, this is a second book in the series, and I'm still struggling with his writing style.

I've noticed that with the book#1 - repetition, repetition, repetition. James is falling into this trap that Jennifer Estep struggles to free herself from. He keeps reiterating what happened to Dea...more
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha, Michelle L. Olson:

After reading - and thoroughly enjoying- Blood and Bullets, I immediately dove into Blood and Silver, the 2nd full book of the Deacon Chalk, Occult Bounty Hunter series.

Following the hell Deacon and gang went through in Blood and Bullets, I was excited to see where James would take us with book #2. What we ended up with is a high octane shoot 'em up action thriller with feeling.

I KNOW there are those of you out there that hesitate...more
Lexi Ander
I'm not going to reiterate my warning about Deacon's world. If you're here then you already know.

I enjoyed this one much more than the first. The cast of characters expanded. We see more of the paranormal community. I liked the fact he didn't limit his weres to just predators. Saying that, I enjoyed even more that his prey-were were not pushovers. My favorite character this book was Boothe, the were-rabbit, and that was before I found out that his half-form was that freaking scary. The funniest...more
Review originally posted here:

Tuck is back with the 2nd novel in his Deacon Chalk series, and when I went back to re-read my review of the first book, I was happy to say that a lot of the elements that made the book a C read for me before were not as prevalent and bumped up my overall enjoyment of this book. This was a FABULOUS sophomore novel and I am looking forward to more from Tuck and the rag-tag crew of Deacon and his pals.

It’s been a quiet few mont...more
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I am the author of the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series. Book one, BLOOD AND BULLETS, will be out from Kensington Publishing February 7, 2012.

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
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