Aug 292012
 

That Thing At The ZooThat Thing at the Zoo (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #0.5) by James R. Tuck
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

Shredding monsters is his stock and trade. He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them. End of story. But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected.

Knowing his enemy is a rule Deacon Chalk swears by. But he’s never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo’s most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in the treetops. And he’s only got until sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse.

Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save. His zookeeper backup has more guts than monster-hunting experience. And the only chance Deacon has to run this thing to holy ground is to unleash his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts…

This is a short story introduction to Deacon Chalk and his series. It takes place a few months before the first book in the series, and really makes the style of the series clear. This is a dark comedic urban fantasy with lots of action and excitement. There is profanity, but it fits Deacon’s attitude and narration.

Deacon is likeable hero who is a slightly broken man with a sad past who fights against supernatural bad guys. He is attitude and sarcasm with a soft gentle streak.

I loved Deacon, and can’t wait to learn more about him and his crew. If the rest of the series is as fun, exciting and thrilling as this short story, it should be awesome.

4 stars

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

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