Some nights are destined to go to hell. Not literally, at least not usually. From the start of them, you know they are going to turn on you like a rabid dog. I was having one of those nights.
Obviously I was set up. It was the only thing that made sense. Nyteblade was no threat to anyone whatsoever, especially not a fifty vampire level threat. That was a lot of supernatural firepower to throw at someone. From everything I had seen from him, he didn't warrant it, so that left me. I didn’t know why something had tried to take me out, but I was damn sure going to figure it out. That came later though. Right this moment I wanted to be secure and find out what Nyteblade knew. Survival first, answers second.
Plot & Characters:
Buckle up 'cause this book is going to fly! A masterful blend of gum-shoe detective meets Blade. Starting with the cover this book stands out in every way possible. From the writing style to the plot and characters, there is not one aspect of this book that isn't different from all other Dark Urban Fantasy books I've picked up recently. As I began the story I immediately saw the difference in the author's approach to story telling. In all honesty I wasn't given time to ask myself if I liked the style or not. Deacon Chalk, the main character, busted out on the page almost immediately and thus started his story of finding out who wanted him dead. Given that he is a major kick-butt vampire/monster killer that could end up being anyone. The story moves at a fast clip without missing a step of getting the low down on the city he lives in and the people surrounding and supporting him. I liked how the author focused on one main plot thread while letting the secondary characters flow into the story to only strengthen Chalk's mission. At times this can be tricky in series books that can have multiple plots to follow, but there was a very good balance in Blood and Bullets.
Through many twists and turns I was repeatedly surprised by the author's imagination and usage of real world history to create a story filled with vampires, shifters we've never seen before and a character I never thought of from Roman history as the first cursed human to start the vampire race. It's a shocker and will propel you through the last several chapters of the book and into an ending that wraps up one story with a satisfactory conclusion but with a definite opening for the next book.
Blood And Bullets walked the lines of both vengeance and justice. Deacon Chalk is a haunted man that isn't afraid to die. In the beginning of the story he even welcomes it if in a fight against the evil stalking the human race, yet as the story continues, his passion for those around him and his cause give him new hope. That same hope also endeared me to him and I cheered him and his multifaceted team on as he crossed that final bridge to rid the earth of one grotesquely evil bat-crap crazy vampiress. The ending left me curious and definitely anxious for more Deacon Chalk!
Mr. Tuck has a very unique approach to writing first person that delivered an equally unique story. I found the writing style refreshing in the sense of it allowing the character to show his no non-sense personality. It also took me deeper into the mind set of the main character and more so into his world and how he lived it. Mr. Tuck's prose moved at a fast pace and stayed true to the main character while also allowing all secondary characters their space to enhance the story further. Though continuously moving forward the author threaded in great detail that brought the story to life so much so that I could taste the sweetness in the southern tea I'm so fond of. I love being drawn into a story like that!
A new world to explore for lovers of Urban Fantasy genre! Filled with vampires of the evil variety and were -spiders that can drop you like a fly, Blood and Bullets delivers a full out high octane action and adventure story backed up by a monster killer that kicks tail. Watch out ladies of DUF, Deacon Chalk is on the scene and hopefully here to stay!
Back Of the Book:
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" him 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. . .
Since hunting down the monster who took the lives of his wife and children five years ago, occult bounty-hunter Deacon Chalk has lived by only one rule.
He does not work for the monsters. He kills them.
So why would a vampire try to hire him as protection against another monster hunter? After enforcing his only rule Deacon goes to meet the target, a vampire slayer named Nyteblade. Professional courtesy demands he tell this Nyteblade the vampires are hiring people to kill him. Deacon finds the vampire slayer waiting in an alley.
Waiting to stake him.
He discovers that Nyteblade is a bumbling, fumbling, wanna-be instead of a badass vampire hunter. Someone who needs saving from monsters instead of the other way around. This is proven when a horde of vampires descend and he has to escape while trying to keep Nyteblade alive.
Someone has set Deacon up. Someone wants him dead.
Someone should have sent more vampires.
Bound and determined, Deacon will find out who tried to kill him no matter how many bloodsuckers, were-spiders, cursed immortals, undead strippers, or insanely powerful hell-bitches he has to wade through.
It's going to be a long night.