Series: Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #1
Published by Kensington on February 7, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Paranormal
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. . .
I’m a huge fan of monster hunter style novels, and this one did not disappoint. The main character, Deacon Chalk, hunts monsters for a living and uses a strip club he owns, Polecats, as a base of operations. His bartender is an ordained priest and his right hand woman is an expert at electronic information gathering. Together they make a formidable team. I loved how the author brought these elements together and added a wannabe rookie monster hunter with a silly name, a supernatural legend out of the bible, and a supernatural threat that may be too powerful for them all together.
The author keeps things moving, not letting the story slow down for more than a few sentences before he’s back to the action. But he also finds time to add some humor, he even makes references to other novels and TV series in this genre, mostly indicating that there are other hunters who focus in certain areas of hunting.
This was a novel I wouldn’t mind reading again when I want a good monster hunting experience with lots of action and nothing to put me to sleep. I give Blood and Bullets a solid 4 stars and would recommend it if you enjoy this style of novel, happy hunting.