Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Book Review: Circus of Blood by James R Tuck (Deacon Chalk #2.5)

Anticipating the worst keeps Deacon Chalk a step ahead. But he never expected that a badly-beaten were-bat female victim would suddenly mutate and almost take him out. Or that the freak undead that infected her can’t wait to turn all lycanthropes into uncontrollable killing machines…once he’s gone. And that day is getting awfully close. Deacon may be outnumbered, out-gunned, and cut off from help, but what the enemy doesn’t know is that’s exactly when the world’s best bounty hunter lives up to his billing…

"I also know a were-pomeranian named Phoebe Fluffenstuff that will gut someone with her samurai sword as casually as you would slice a pie"

At Larson's clinic, Deacon is dealing with a badly beaten were-bat who was almost run over by a shifter. However when she attacks Deacon, it seems she is rabid with a strain that will only affect shifters but will have a disasterous effect on the whole area and that is not acceptable. Suspecting vampires and a creepy carnival in town, Deacon has a mess to clear up...

Another excellent short story in this series. This time, Deacon is being helped by an Irish were-stoat called Sully, who provides a bit of comic relief in this plot. With Sully and Father Mulcahy, Deacon is about to face some scary ass clowns and freak show escapees as he tries to find a cure and save the humans trapped in the carnival. I can't go much more into plot detail but it was a good short story with the usual Deacon plot, which kept me happy. I don't know if Sully appears later in the series but I'd like him to be there, and I am so curious about the mysterious Phoebe Fluffenstuff! What a great name for a shifter!

What I like about this series is how much you enjoy the characters. There are always new were's to enjoy as good guys and bad guys, there is the dry humour, the kickass fight scenes and a solid plot every time.

Great stuff! 
Read December 2016. 
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  1. Clowns are so creepy! LOL I enjoyed your review of the third book. definitely going to have to read this series!

    1. Clowns are creepy enough but vampire clowns are just WRONG! It looks like a few people are keen to start reading this series now...jeez I just hope you don't all hate it!