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. . .
This is the first book in an exciting new urban fantasy series starring a tough guy hero. Deacon has a tragic past that is the reason for his current kickbutt attitude and life style. He seems like a hard guy at first, but has really a loving teddy bear side hidden within the monster-killing, gun-toting hard exterior.
Deacon is supported by a very eclectic crew. Kat is a mystery who we don’t really get to know yet. Father Mulcahey is rough and reliable. He makes a great sidekick-backup man. Tiff is definitely more than meets the eye.
I love the unique origin of vampires that the story introduces. It is scary and sure to offend religious readers, yet makes for an exciting and believable explanation.
This story may be the start of a series, but it makes a great stand alone story. The ending is satisfying, although I certainly look forward to reading Deacon’s next adventure. Just a warning that there is some profanity. but it is not surprising given the image of the hero, and the situations he finds himself in.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge