A Plain-Dealing Villain
There are the risks you can account for, and then there are the risks you never see coming, the ones that leave you ...more
➽ And the moral of this reread is : Danny Boy, you're super hotly amoral and deliciously cunning and stuff, but I think I may be more in 💕 lurve 💕 with your most scrumptious girlfriend than I am with you. Oh, don't you worry your little yummy self, for you are still a member of my Dynamic Trio of the Slightly Fished Up Moral Compass (DTofSFUMC™), and therefore one of the ...more
Redemption Song: ★★★★
The Living End: ★★★★
Buddy read with the MacHalo group.
This series just gets better and better. Craig Schaefer is one of my favorite authors and more people should read his books! I think all of them are on Kindle Unlimited, so no excuse! Ha. ;)
This one has Daniel Faust going to Chicago for a heist. There, he meets the Chicago mob, an evil necromancer (I'm thinking there is no such thing as a necromancer that is NOT evil, unless she goes by Mama and is ...more
"...Just think of it like this: youve got two options, and you have to pick one. I held out my hands, palms upward, juggling them up and down like the arms of a scale. Free money? Bullet in the head? Free money? Bullet in the head? Now, Im no professional merchant such as yourself, but if it was up to me? Id take the free money...."
Yes, this volume was that good!!! My fellow readers, the way Craig Shaeger writes Urban Fantasy is the way I like it written for me - just enough ...more
First of all this series is improving by the book , I'm liking Dan more and more , the story is getting better,bigger and complicated , no doubt about it: Faust is a devious "mofo" if you give him an inch just a little breather you're gonna be f****ed...
The magic system is still OK, still ritualistic by its nature: the sorcerers need time ,ingredients and focus in order to do serious damage, not much in term of raw energy manipulation..
What's getting a little on my nerves is...more
Its impossible to read Urban Fantasy with a male lead without making comparisons to Jim Butchers Harry Dresden. After finishing Craig Schaefer's latest book Im going to lay it out there. Schaefer is the man. Daniel Faust has it in spades over Harry Dresden.
Them is some pretty strong words, so let me explain.
First, there is the complexity of the story. Nothing happens by accident. There are threads that are introduced early in the story that seem somewhat ...more
It was really good to come back to Daniel Faust after the break. I forgot how good Craig Schaefer's writing is. Had a great time with this!
And finally there are some questions, razor sharp questions asked about one character that isn't quite believable to me. Can't wait to find out where it leads to.
On to the next!
Daniel Faust Volume 4
By: Craig Schaefer
Narrated by: Adam Verner
This has demon action, magic gone bad, worse deals, evil sorcery, and plenty of action! Danger and suspense is constant in this book! Very intense!
With Harmony Black in Vegas and breathing down Daniel's neck it is proving impossible for him to pull any of his usual cons and tricks. As a result he jumps at the chance to take an out of town hesit. The job sounds simple, steal a knife from a collector. Of course, the theft proves far more ...more
In this one, he's in Chicago to pick up a "item" for a contact in Texas. Of course, nothing ever goes as planned for Faust, and all of a sudden he's neck-deep in trouble, and this time he's deep in the heart of enemy territory.
This book continues the similarities with a Danny Ocean (Ocean's 11) heist, except this time it's a heist in plain sight, it's funny, it's exciting, and it's wonderfully fun to read!
One thing I really enjoy with ...more
Daniel Faust, you have a penchant for dangerous living.
Theres always more trouble to go around, isnt there? The Enclave Job storyline wrapped up in The Living End. New danger appears as we stand on the threshold of the Battle of Las Vegas.
Short on cash and with Agent Harmony Black at his heels, Daniel Faust accepts a heist job in Chicago. The job seems simple and the money is good. What could go wrong? Well, everything. And that's just for starters.
The paranormal crowd in Chicago is as ...more
Once again in his effort to be independent financially he gets into a sticky situation. I admire him ...more
CLASSIFICATION: Featuring a cast of anti-heroes and with a magician con-man as the protagonist, the Daniel Faust series is Richard Stark's Parker crossed with The Dresden Files and set in Las Vegas.
OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: This book is the start of a new arc in the Daniel Faust series as evidenced in the prologue of this book. I believe an informal title could be the "Cheshire Smile trilogy" but I have a feeling that this arc might last more than three books. ...more
A Plain Dealing Villain starts off a brand new story arc for Daniel Faust and his gang. Lauren Carmichael is dead, her world-ending ambitions ended. Now Daniel is left to deal with the aftermath, like FBI Agent Harmony Black still keen on arresting him, his old gangster boss causing problems, and a slight cash deficiency, compounded by a debt to a biker he really doesnt want to cross.
All this together means he needs money, fast, and when a job outside of Vegas comes his way he jumps on ...more
4.0/5.0 'A Plain Dealing Villain' sees our normal protagonist in a new town surround by new and different people in a whole different court. The story and characters were again well told and totally enjoyable. For the first time in the series (that I can recollect) the heist theme fit more snugly with the plot and leaned into more safe territory. There was a little less conflict at ...more
Harmony Black... I'm pissed at you! There's a new book coming out just about her and my husband has been talking about boycotting it. She's just... just... so... Harmony. Ugh. I'm so tired of her crap! And then I read the synopsis! Hmmm, interesting.
Full review coming soon!
Edit for full review:
I started this and then had to put it aside. Not by choice! Once ...more
A Plain-Dealing Villain by Craig Schaefer is a good fourth book in the Daniel Faust series but a bit of a let down when compared to the previous three. Many people draw comparisons of this book to that of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, but this one leans more to the 'R' Rated side than does the really 'PG' Dresden Files. I confess that the whole urban fantasy series has become my guilty pleasure reads. My love for the genre elevates everything I read. I only know that right now, I cannot ...more
He held out his hand. Give it to me, he hissed as his fingernails lengthened into claws. If you insist, I said. Then I shot him in the face.
The "Daniel Faust series, written by Craig Schaefer, is an urban fantasy starring an anti-hero. The series consists of 7 books and a novella so far. Unlike other urban fantasy series like The Dresden Files, this series is far more violent, gritty and is noir in its approach to this setting. The ...more
First of all, there is heist happening in Chicago forcing the change of location for Faust, followed by an unexpected complication (of course), newer Hell courts, a high stakes poker game and newer adversaries and a massive event at the end of the book for Faust. A lot of things happen ...more
NOT for the homophobic, transphobic, closedminded, or feint of heart!
This series must be read in order. The first book is The Long Way Down. The second book is Redemption Song. The third book is The Living End. This is the fourth book. I can't wait to read The Killing Floor Blues!
Living constantly under threat of imprisonment by Federal Agent Harmony Black would be enough to cramp anyone's style... Add to that a feud between one of his adopted family and the self ...more
I love the characters the Schaefer has made in this world. And this book in particular introduces the next level plots. Which I'm very much looking forward to. The demons speak as if they're actual ancient entities playing their games.
The only character I can't stand right now is Harmony Black. She reminds me of Captain America if he was a ...more
This is so far my favorite of the series, and it's not just because Daniel makes a trip to my fair city (although, that was probably a big part of it...Schaefer did Chicago really well!). But the plot in this one was deliciously exciting, my favorite characters were all there, there's a new big-bad in town, and some questions were raised that I myself have been asking about the lovely but deadly Cait...(view spoiler)[my one big problem with this series was the ...more
Despite this, people say he's strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact. His home on the ...more