Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Book Review: That Thing at the Zoo by James R Tuck (Deacon Chalk #0.5)

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 more 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...

My Review:
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!

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 is also snarky and intelligent, which I like in a male lead. Jimmy the redneck zookeeper is in some ways the comic relief sidekick who I liked very much. 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 and the Catholic priest. I hope we see all three in later adventures with Deacon.

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 up...well I have high hopes for Deacon Chalk and look forward to trying the first novel soon!  
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