Series ~ Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter, #2
Author ~ James R. Tuck
Publisher ~ Kensington
Published ~ 7 August 2012
Genre ~ Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble out of 5
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 crappy human all bets are off especially when the guy’s buddies show up and decide to kick Deacon’s ass for interfering in what they feel is none of his business. Deacon feels otherwise, a fight ensues and with some help from Tiffany he wins Round One and takes the dog with him. But we all know that’s not the end of things. Nope, it’s just the beginning.
This book starts off with a bang and doesn’t stop until the end with lots of action interspersed with a few softer scenes. Deacon is learning more about what his angel blood can do and the power is not insignificant, but he doesn’t like using it. The most fun is learning how many different kinds of shapeshifters are in Deacon’s world. The weres are many and varied, some are even a tad ridiculous (a were-shark? Really? And I’m not going to spoil the surprise on that other one O.O) and make me wonder if they are natural or laboratory born. We learn in this book that there are unknown forces out there, so it’s a mystery still to be unraveled.
All-in-all a suspenseful wild ride and I look forward to Blood and Magick to see what happens next.
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