Blood And Magick – Book Review
Author: James R. Tuck
Published by: Kensington (March 5, 2013)
Writers are known for being obsessive compulsives; that is just a characteristic that comes with the territory. After reading Blood And Magick by James R. Tuck, I have to wonder if we are hitting the age of the books for people with attention deficit disorder. Are we going to start seeing multiple books where the action constantly jumps around?
Deacon Chalk, our occult bounty-hunting hero, is having a nice dinner with his friends when a trio of witches attacks the restaurant. Deacon and friends jump into action with bullets and bravado flying. We are beat over the head with the types of guns used and with all of the training and experience that Deacon has fighting. And we are shown that Deacon is a real man, oozing with machismo from every pore. The good guys prevail and the bad guys regroup for a bigger, badder attack.
Deacon is knocked unconscious near the end of the battle (and it is completely beyond me why the witches didn’t just kill him or maybe cut his arms and legs off at this point). When he wakes up he finds that there is a government-sponsored monster-fighting agency there to request his help to stop the witches. A few phone calls to his friends reveal that Special Agent Heck is A-Okay and they all know him but have forgot to mention it up until this point in the series.