August 1st 2012 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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...
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
"Blood and Silver is an urban fantasy book to the core."
Deacon Chalk is not the run-of-the-mill, cookie cutter hero. He is was an everyday working class man who has had his family brutally ripped from life. After having gone through that trauma, Deacon found a new way to live his life--to hunt down creatures who use their extra-ordinary abilities to victimize and kill people. Tattoo artist turned Bounty Hunter with a Priest for a Bartender and a strip club footing the bills.... Deacon Chalk makes a prime candidate for a crazy urban fantasy read.
In this installment of Blood and Silver, Deacon makes an attempt to have a normal day with Tiff. The day is going well but as the saying goes... the calm before the storm... it took no time at all for Deacon and Tiff to run into a bulk of a man lying a beat down on a helpless dog. Thing is the bulk of a man and helpless dog are more than meets the eye. Good thing is Deacon too is more than meets the eye. He is one a few who are willing to place himself into harms way for the safety of others. Perhaps that is because he has little to live for and he's just waiting for his ticket to be stamped or maybe it's because humanity is not lost yet. Either way, by helping and offering shelter to the dog Deacon has begun down a road that he has to see through.
The highlight of Blood and Silver and the series is that Deacon is an unlikely hero. He has been tossed into the world of nightmares come alive and he's lost too much to truly care for his life. Thus, he fights against those very monsters that took his family. Deacon has his demons. Thoughts and memories resurrected of his wife and child threaten to debilitate him. The author, James R. Tuck, does a fantastic job writing Deacon in pain. Deacon is clearly torn up about his missed loved ones and those moments add a grittiness of emotions to the mix that it feels all to real. Another highlight is the male's POV. I find the male's POV via Deacon Chalk to be refreshing in a way. He tells it like a man would and that's quite a treat for someone like myself who reads more often the female POV.
All in all, Blood and Silver is an urban fantasy book to the core. Action is intense and constant but it's tempered with Deacon's personal tribulations and new relationships. Were-spiders, were-rabbits, were-rhinos, were- lions, were-reptiles, were-hyenas..... you name it and J.R. Tuck wrote them into the novel. B&S is a perfect balance across the board but I would recommend this title to any reader who enjoys urban fantasy primarily as there is a simmer of romance but not enough to label the genre outside of UF.
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