Oct 262012
 

Blood and SilverBlood and Silver (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #2) by James R. Tuck
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

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…until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who—or what—to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay…

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 everything that happened in said books. Fewer detailed recaps, with perhaps less explicit references to past events would help tighten up the story.

The story itself was as entertaining as the previous ones. I was struck by how like an action movie the book was. The fight scenes are definitely the high points of the story, with the action so graphic that I felt like I was watching the story, not reading it.

Deacon continues to be an intriguing character. The more I read of him, the more I like him. The aspect of his personality that was most obvious in this story is his extreme repect for women. He may be a tough guy monster killer, but he knows how to treat the ladies around him properly. I wanted to share one quote that really stuck with me (keep in mind I had an ARC, but it might be different in the finished version):

Women already come equipped with a core of steel fiber strength, depths of resolve a man cannot comprehend. It’s not the dynamic strength men have, all power and show. It’s a strength of endurance, fortitude. It is the strength that allows women to conceive life and to carry that life until the day it can stand on its own.

Overall, this is a great addition the the series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. I have been spoiled to be able to read all the available volumes in a relatively short period of time, and I’m not sure how I will survive waiting for more to be released.

4 stars

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

2012 Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge

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