Saturday, May 3, 2014

Blood & Bullets by James Tuck - Book Review

         This is the first book in the series of Deacon Chalk, an occult Bounty Hunter who kills Zombies and Vampires.   Chalk is tracking down the leader of a vampire group who wants to kill him.  The mystery is who is the one that wants to do this. 

          Chalk is coming in with baggage and flaws.  His wife and daughter were murdered by a vampire and of course, he feels that all vampires are enemies at this point.  That’s the reason he could be considered a vigilante.  

          The plot is simple and great if you like a lot of action and violence.  Chalk is tracking down the culprit and kicking ass at the same time.  If he’s not shooting vampires, he’s getting into fights with them.  He seems like a Bounty Hunter and a biker based on the way he talks in the book 

           Here’s a good example of his voice in the story that’s part of his inner thought. 

           I hate stakeouts.  Not stakeouts like vampire stakeouts.  Those suck too, but only because they’re messy.  I mean, seriously.

           As far as the violence goes, I would say that you don’t have to worry about any gore.  Yes, there are fights and shootouts but nothing that would be considered gratitous violence in any case.  

           Most of the ratings on this book were either four of five stars.  Some people didn’t like Chalk as a character.  One called him a bully.  Others didn’t believe the book and compared it to Van Helsing.   

            I don’t agree with any of this.  Of course, you’re not going to belive a book like this but it is in the spirt of Monster Hunt International.  To me, it’s a fun book where Chalk is the hero and he’s out to kill monsters.  

            If there was one thing I didn‘t care for in the book, it was the Were Spiders.  They were hard to imagine and I didn’t like that character since they seemed creepy unlike vampires and zombies, which you can imagine if you’ve seen enough movies or TV shows like The Walking Dead, although I’m not a fan of The Walking Dead. 

            I really enjoyed Blood & Bullets and look forward to reading more books in this series by James Tuck.  No reason not to give this book five stars.  

Ron Hummer

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