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10 thoughts on “That Thing at the Zoo (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter #0.5)

  1. says:

    Although I prefer to read in order, I think this is one of those times I should have skipped to the first book This is similar to Supernatural After losing his wife and two children, Deacon Chalk became an occult bounty hunter He drives a big car with a lot of weapons in his trunk, he hunts monsters and he has a team In this story he even has a sidekick with a mullet skinny guy, brave, reliable, good person and so on Remember Ash Something had killed and skinned a few huge animals and left them on the tree Deacon Chalk is there to kill it I wasn t impressed with his way of doing things A guy that big and with so much experience should be better.This prequel just introduces the main character, two members of his team he called and a bit of this world holy water and objects work whether you are believer or not, they glow and so on There is a disturbing moment near the end so I hope the series are better than this story I should have just read the first book and come back for this later This might be one of those stories you like simply because you know a lot about the characters.Overall, it is an ok story, but you won t lose much if you skip it.


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    Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS That Thing At The Zoo is a prequel novella set approximately six months before the events of Blood and Bullets The novella is about 80 odd pages long and is divided into eleven chapters Akin to Blood and Bullets, this prequel story is also narrated by Deacon Chalk The story premise focuses on the Atlanta zoo wherein someone or something is slaughtering the animals however the peculiar nature of the kill is what gets Deacon invited to the crime scene Detective John Longyard knows about Deacon s past and is a part of it he also has some semblance of foresight into Deacon s current goals He brings Deacon to the zoo to solve the problem and that s when the bedlam begins.I really enjoyed reading this novella as it felt that the author s strengths were maximized in this form of the story and there wasn t enough space time for the negatives to make an appearance Once again the pace of the story is its highlight as the author quickly brings the reader up to speed and then lets things go haywire Another positive feature is the horror edge to this story which is nicely nuanced by the zoo location, the author has managed to let his imagination take some weirdly creative turns which accentuate the story s darkness The author also wisely utilizes the side character cast in this tale and therefore they get much of a bigger role than in the debut novel.After finishing this novella I was struck by two things, primarily that James R Tuck really nails down this novella idea mixing horror and thriller themes within the urban fantasy sub genre and secondly this novella is much better than the actual book purely because the nature of the story does not let the author create the points which I noted in the review above that detracted from my reading experience I would very much recommend this novella to readers who are looking for a quick thrill ride, with the hope that the author can recreate his form in the longer forms of his craft in the future as well.


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    Deacon is an occult bounty hunter, still trying to get over the death of his wife and kids His latest job is to stop a beast that is stalking the zoo and mutilating the animals He has to take on a helper Jimmy the redneck zookeeper as his normal team are not with him.I liked this story First we had a good urban fantasy plot with the deadly beast stalking the zoo at night and Deacon setting traps to capture and kill it There is a lot of good tension and action sequences in those dark shadows of the zoo closed at night It would be a bit of a creepy place to be hunting vampires and things I can t really say much else about the plot without telling the whole story but urban fantasy fans should enjoy it.The second good thing about it was the characters Deacon himself is the kickass bounty hunter with a human side, as you see how he is suffering the loss of his family He looks like the big tough guy on the book covers in the series so it is good to see the real human emotions in him as he struggles to function in his job while mourning the family he adored It makes you like the guy and feel real sympathy for him He is also snarky, brave and intelligent, which I like in a male lead I also liked Jimmy the redneck zookeeper who is in some ways the comic relief sidekick who I liked very much I don t know if he features later in the series or not but I hope we see him again Despite his terror, he wants to protect his animals, which makes him ok by me Deacon has contact with his usual partners by computer the feisty female Kat and the Catholic priest exorcist Father Mulcahy, who I assume feature in the books.I m quite excited at the prospect of this series, based on how good this prequel story is Sometimes the prequels are good but the series doesn t match upwell I have high hopes for Deacon Chalk and look forward to trying the first novel soon


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    Deacon Chalk is an Occult Bounty Hunter To finance his hunting, he owns a strip club where he occasionally employs someone that had need of his skills He lost his wife and kids to the monsters that go bump in the night He is a tough guy that tweaks your heart with moments of vulnerability and the next he had you laughing out loud This is not for the faint of heart There are blood, guts, and gore but I loved his voice and bad assery.


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    That Thing At the Zoo is a good size dark urban fantasy prequel novella introducing a character whose physical appearance I can picture perfectly Rarely can I say that, I m mostly left with a vague overall impression but Mr Deacon Chalke is a man that cannot and will not be ignored He s an intimidating 6 4 and 300 pounds Think WWE star with no hair and lots of tattoos This guy looks like he could cause trouble and with a classic muscle car complete with a 4 corpse trunk full of weapons, he s equipped to deal with it Reminds me of a certain beloved Impala belonging to a pair of monster hunting brothers on TV Loved that show.Bottom line Deacon Chalk, occult bounty hunter, is a total badass He could kick Harry Dresden s butt easy peasy And that brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.You may actively avoid meeting Deacon on the street or a dark alley but he s not the thug his appearance advertises him to be He s a man still reeling from, and is haunted by, personal trauma Monsters murdered his family and now he hunts those dangerous to humans He s not the tough guy clich often expressed in movies where the hero ultimately gets over his tragic loss by kicking some lame villain s butt then settles down with a waitress he just happened to encounter along the way, completely trivialising the effect his past had on him No, Deacon has full on flashback panic attacks he tries desperately to stifle and hopes no one notices his distant, pained silences as he experiences a post traumatic stress episode These lapses in concentration aren t professional and are downright inconvenient when hunting deadly nasties but he has no control over when they occur You feel for his anguish, knowing that if he wasn t a Catholic he would rejoin his family in death.The side character I m most eager to get to know is the priest I don t know what his life was before becoming a Catholic priest, but he can shoot like a sniper and knife fight like a convict He has my back anytime I need it, whether that means tending bar at Polecats strip club or two steps behind me, shotgun in hand.The writing style is reminiscent of pre controversy Anita Blake Gory and gritty Visceral No one is safe from being ripped apart and carelessly tossed aside without dignity.Although it s obvious this has been written by a debut author, I ve found something I ve been missing from UF of late a real sense of darkness without the distracting focus on angst ridden romance is it really necessary everysinglebook There s nothing but the characters, plot and the danger around the next corner to occupy the reader what a relief My only real negative is the lack of contractions i.e can t, won t, etc which in my opinion, slow the pace and jar the reader out of the story I m also surprised Deacon so readily disfigured his tattoos to get some blood to chum the waters so to speak I thought tattoos were treasured permanent works of art but it was emergency so I ll let it go.When it comes to non full length prequels authors aren t usually interested in making a concerted effort to give readers an accurate taste of what s to come, with a few exceptions like this Next up, Blood and Bullets.Favourite Quotes Rednecks are part of the South, and even when they don t look like much, they usually turn out to be tough as leather and full of skills that save your ass What the fuck are you doing Putting this thing in the back of my pants like they do on the TV I found Dr Critter trying to hold off the spoiler removed with a bullwhip and an office chair My thanks to the author for the ebook in return for an honest review


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    Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty A short, descriptive introduction to the dark and gritty world of Deacon Chalk, monster hunter.Opening Sentence Tell me what it is I m looking at The Review I was really excited when I received That Thing at the Zoo to read for review It looked like an interesting new series with a lot of promising potential I am a huge horror fan and this appealed to me on so many levels Let me just say that I was not disappointed.That Thing at the Zoo is a prequel to James Tuck s upcoming debut dark urban fantasy, Blood and Bullets In this novella we get an introduction to the main character, a badass, gun toting monster hunter, Deacon Chalk Deacon s world was turned upside down when he learned that monsters really existed, they killed his family, and now he hunts them down and kills them He is called to the Atlanta Zoo after several animals are slaughtered He hunts down the culprit with the help of a redneck, mullet wearing zookeeper and his truly unique team that consists of a manager of a strip club and a priest.James R Tuck really delivered with this e novella His descriptions really draw you in make you feel like you are there right along side Deacon The monsters are scary, the way that they are supposed to be in horror, the language is raw and gritty and the characters are tough Deacon is a no nonsense character who wants to protect people from the monsters that tore his life apart and he is prepared to do whatever is necessary to accomplish that He still has hard times where the pain from his memories threatens to overwhelm him but he knows that in order to do right by his family that he needs to move forward and do what he can to make sure that others don t have to live his misery.I am proudly from the south, most authors make a mess of writing about the south but Tuck did it without seeming condescending or without the usual mockery Sure we have rednecks like Jimmy, the zookeeper, but that s not all we have I really believed in Deacon s character, the bald headed, gun toting, tatted up tough guy, monster hunter that really has a good heart Probably because I know a few people who match that description, well minus the monster hunting.I was really drawn into this world that Tuck created and I cannot wait to dive into Blood and Bullets and continue to learn about Deacon and his world.Notable Scene Why is the lion display closed The voice was deep and fluid, sounding like it came from behind a closed door It was the voice of a man who would tell you anything you wanted to hear to get his way A snake oil shuckster, a used car salesman, a tent revival evangelist with a methamphetamine addiction The man who came around me to stand by Dr Critter s desk was not a disappointment to my expectations.He was portly A short, rotund man whose belt split him in the middle The seersucker material of his suit bunched at the bends, dividing him into rounded sections of arm and leg like sausages His shirt collar was damp from sweat despite the hardworking air conditioning Overall, he had the rumpled appearance of a note someone had wadded up, thrown away, then dug from the trash to smooth out and read again.The Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter Series 1 That Thing at the Zoo2 Blood and Bullets February 7, 2012 3 Blood and Silver August 7, 2012 FTC Advisory Kensington Publishing provided me with a copy of That Thing at the Zoo No goody bags, sponsorships, material connections, or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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    Book Info Genre Urban FantasyReading Level AdultRecommended for Fans of urban fantasy, especially darker, male oriented urban fantasyTrigger Warnings murder of animals and humans, evil babiesMy Thoughts This is a doozy of an introduction to Deacon Chalk, that s for sure I ve been wanting to read this series for some kind, so I finally just decided to buckle down and do it since I had the time this week This is just an introductory, prequel novella, but it gives a very good taste of what is to come Deacon is a very complex character and I m looking forward to learning of his backstory and seeing him in action in the first full length novel in the series, Blood and Bullets I was also very excited to learn that the author runs a tattoo studio only about an hour away from where I live, so who knows Maybe my next tattoo will be done by someone famous Stay tuned Series Information That Thing at the Zoo is a prequel to the Deacon Chalk series.Book 1 Blood and BulletsBook 1.5 Spider s LullabyBook 2 Blood and SilverBook 2.5 Circus of BloodBook 3 Blood and MagickDisclosure I purchased this book for myself All opinions are my own.Synopsis Shredding monsters is his stock and trade He sniffs them out, tracks them down, and corners them End of story But when the tables are turned, expect the unexpected.Knowing his enemy is a rule Deacon Chalk swears by But he s never seen anything like whatever is leaving the Atlanta Zoo s most dangerous predators bloodless, skinned, and hanging high in the treetops And he s only got until sunrise to keep it from turning the entire city into a slaughterhouse Now Deacon is in zoo lockdown with a handful of staffers to save His zookeeper backup has guts than monster hunting experience And the only chance Deacon has to run this thing to holy ground is to unleash his darkest, most uncontrollable instincts


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    You may also read my review here R Tuck s Blood and Bullets is coming out on Feb 7th, but you can meet his hero, Deacon Chalke, before then in this down and dirty novella Deacon is a supernatural bounty hunter with a grudge, and he s been called to the Atlanta zoo to hunt down a rather nasty creature that s been preying on zoo employees and animals alike With the help of a zookeeper who proudly sports a mullet , Deacon takes on a hungry and vicious evil, and it loves the taste of humans You ll zip through this one lightning fast, and Tuck doesn t waste time on flowery prose Deacon is a man s man, but he s got plenty of personal pain to contend with, and it than fuels his prowess as a bounty hunter That Thing at the Zoo is a great intro to Tuck s new series, and will have you adding Blood and Bullets to your pre order list pronto


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    I was looking forward to getting stuck into the first book in the Deacon Chalk Occult Bounty Hunter series, when I found out there was a novella prequel So, I got myself a copy for my Kindle and got stuck into it this morning.Deacon has been called into the Atlanta Zoo after three animals are found dead, skinned and bloodless With just a few of the zoo staff left behind, the zoo is on lockdown But Deacon s not alone, he s got a few people able to help him narrow down what he could be dealing with But even when he works it out, he still didn t expect how everything turns out.This novella was great Deacon s so kick ass, but still has certain vulnerabilities I loved the horror, action, mystery and I m also intrigued by his past Can t wait to find out about what happened to his family.Yeah, this is going to be another awesome urban fantasy series


  10. says:

    This is a really cool novella.Deacon Chalk is a kick ass monster hunter who doesn t shy away from taking extreme measures to get the job done He s gruff, direct to the point of rude, but likeable and with an intriguing past.The world building is minimal, but effective enough to set a dark mood for this story, which is well written, fast paced and full of action Next to a really cool and explosive tale of monster hunting and slaying this novella gives small hints to what other horrors Deacon might encounter in the future and it made me eager to read about Deacon and the world he lives in.As with every good story, this novella was much too short and I m eagerly awaiting the arrival of Tuck s full sized novel Blood and Bullets, so I can get my next Deacon Chalk fix.


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