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The Castle Doctrine

(Daniel Faust #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,729 ratings  ·  99 reviews
Out of prison and back on the streets, Daniel Faust returns home to a city on fire. The Chicago mob is making their play for control of Las Vegas, with an army of gunmen and a lethal shapeshifter on their side, while Daniel's friend Jennifer marshals the forces of the Vegas underworld. Staying on the sidelines isn't an option, especially when a Metro detective orders him t ...more
Kindle Edition, 312 pages
Published September 26th 2016 by Demimonde Books
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
🃏 Get Those Magic Decks Of Cards Out of Storage We're Doing the Danny-Boy-IS-MINE⁠ Thingie Again Buddy Reread (GTMDoCOoSWDtDBIMTABR™) with the MacHalos and Stuff 🃏

And the moral of this rereread is: demons and mobsters and zombie conga lines, oh my bloody shrimping my! (view spoiler)

And the other moral of this rereread is: very little scares the Las Vegas occult underworld. But show them this ↓↓ and I guarantee they'll bolt faster than it takes to shoot someone in t
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The biggest enemy to Daniel Faust in this thrilling novel is himself, sure there is an inter-metropolitan gang war going on ,a three millennia old necromancer with a huge grudge in his "stony" heart and a certain "smiley" enemy lurking in the shadows ... but all of that comes secondary to his internal struggle with who he is and what he should be. ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Faust
The sixth installment in the Daniel Faust series is a solid entry into one of the better urban fantasy series out there.

“Now I was free and clear. Free to answer one burning question. What do you do when you lose it all?”

If you remember–and surely, I eventually won’t–book five in the series, The Killing Floor Blues, was set in a prison, with Faust eventually breaking free–although the price was remaining legally dead, at least to law enforcement. Las Vegas is in the midst of a turf war, with Chi
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This was another fantastic instalment in the Daniel Faust series. This series is easily the best UF series I've read. It has a bit of everything in the form of action, mystery, humor, and even a touch of romance. Not that the inclusion of humor should lead you to believe this is a light read. This series can be pretty dark at times and the occasional bursts of humor stopped it from becoming to grim.

After escaping prison and faking his own death Faust is dead in the eyes of the FBI. Unfortunatel
Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Castle Doctrine (Daniel Faust #6) by Craig Schaefer just keeps taking this series higher, faster, and adds that special brand of awesomeness to each one! Daniel may be out of prison but his choices are still limited if he wants his friends, family, and town to survive...and himself! He is up against a necromancer that never gets 'dead tired', lol! There are all sorts of people, of sorts, not happy to see him alive after told he was dead. He has to go to some very dangerous lengths to get the ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.65 ***

"...“Ahem, yes,” he said. “I arrived this morning to find my workplace quite violated, and the security video is harrowing in its stark portrayal of a nigh-unthinkable reality. The dead became restless and perambulated as one, formed in a line like…like…”
“Like a conga line,” Freddie said. “But without the booze. Or the fun.”..."

Best book in the series so far! Smart, funny, dark, raw and a lot of the Twins!!!! Those girls, the murderous sociopaths that they are, natural monsters w
Milda Page Runner
“Nicky told me once,” I said, “back when the feds were rustling the bushes, about the castle doctrine. You familiar with the concept?”
“Sure.” She nodded. “Somebody invades your home, you got the right to blow ’em away.”
“He phrased it as more of a…moral imperative. If you don’t fight for your home, if you don’t fight for what you’ve got, with everything you’ve got, you deserve to lose it.”

“To the future,” I said. “May it be bright and shining, as rich and pure as solid gold.” I gazed across
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars rounded up because this series is getting more and more interesting, thanks to its author’s skill but also thanks to an ever-questing, always developing main character.

And what are you now? A beggar and a trickster, adrift and aimless. You are a boat with no oars and no rudder, a helpless pawn of the tides.

I can’t say I agree with Daniel’s decisions, but it’s easy to connect with him and his fierce love for his chosen family. Again there is little in this book about his newest, deadly
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Easily the best book of the series. It closes several storylines, and at the same time, leaves the reader hanging, begging for more.

The best part of this book was the growth of Daniel himself. He’s no longer “just” a small-time hustler looking for the next target. This may sound crazy, but I was reminded of Michael Corlione in The Godfather, taking control of his father’s empire. Good stuff.

According to the author, we won’t have to wait as long for the next installment. I hope not!
Pippa DaCosta
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
Let's talk about resurrection, Daniel Faust style. After events of the previous book, Faust has lost everything. But neither the Chicago Outfit or Damien Ecko are going to wait for Faust to get his act together. They're bringing the fight to him. Is he going to take it lying down? Of course not, he's the guy!.

This series is superb. No wishy-washy characters here. Everyone is made of grit and steel. Characters and plot are fully fleshed out, and Schaefer expertly weaves it all together, creating
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: The Castle Doctrine is the sixth book and like The Living End brings to a solid conclusion one of the main plot arcs introduced in A Plain-Dealing Villain. With this being the sixth book, I'll have to discuss some plot and character details which will be spoiler-ific (in a mostly minor way) for the preceding volumes so be warned.

The plot opens after the events of The Killing Floor Blues when Daniel has returned to Las Vegas and is enjoyin
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Stars

Another fun and fast paced entry into the Daniel Faust series, The Castle Doctrine brings Daniel back to Las Vegas in a big way.

Out of prison and back in Vegas, Daniel Faust is trying to lie low. It doesn’t work so well for him. Between a mob war in the streets with his friends fighting the Chicago Outfit, necromancer Damien Ecko looking to extract to some bloody vengeance, and his growing obsession with figuring out who this mysterious “Enemy” is, Daniel is pushed hard simply to survive
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, e-books
5 Stars

The Castle Doctrine by Craig Schaefer is a terrific book and the sixth and in the Daniel Faust series. 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 seem to get enough from a genre filled with everyt
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How can this series keep being so good?
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
💀 *Hums "Thriller" while strolling the MacHalo Mansion checking the defences* 💀

A solid continuation to the series: action-packed, dark and humorous, with a touch of the old gritty noir. This book remoulds Faust's character a little, and is a sort of battle to sort out all the mess left throughout the books.

This starts right after the Killing Floor Blues. Daniel discards his old identity, and tries to mop out the mess he is in. The Chicago Underworld is on a bid to bring bloodbath to Vegas. A mad necromancer is out for revenge. And, in the midst of all, the mysterious Enem
I'm not sure why but I didn't like this one as much as the last two. I think my bad mood was the issue. Parts of this were bleak, so that and my piss poor mood just weren't mixing. Nonetheless this was still a damn good book.

Faust definitely had the odds stacked against him. All his past deeds were coming back to bite him in the ass. As always he finds a way of getting himself in more trouble while managing to save the day. It's ironic that his determination to do what's right has turned him in
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fresh out of prison, Daniel Faust must survive a powerful necromancer and an all-out mob war, with a little help from his friends, of course.

The latest installment in the series, I love how Schaefer manages to keep building the stakes while somehow making it still feel personal. Most of the familiar faces of the series return here and, as usual, their interactions remain a highlight for me.

The Vegas setting is still wonderfully described and I can picture scenes well. I enjoy Schaefer's straight
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another amazing addition to the series. In this one, Daniel definitely did a lot of growing. He has been through a lot and has been worn down by the trials he had to face. Unfortunately, that means that he left a lot of stories unfinished and they came back to bite him on the butt. And there was a lot of collateral damage as a result. Luckily, he manages to pull himself out of his slump and step up to be the person that he needs to be. There was a ton of action and they fight back again ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I really don't know how Schaefer can keep churning out such high-quality urban fantasy at such an insane pace, but I'm damned glad he is. This is very much a transition book, with Daniel finally having to face the consequences of many of his actions in previous books. This can be a hard thing for authors to tackle, as it usually precedes a shift in the sorts of stories they are telling - essentially, it represents the author moving out of his or her comfort zone. Schaefer handles it beautifully, ...more
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Castle Doctrine is, so far, my favorite Faust novels. Daniel’s past and his choices come back to hurt him. Together with his old pal Damien Ecko and his army of zombies and Chicago mob prepared to burn Las Vegas.

And that’s not even the beginning. However it’s sixth book in the series and I don’t want to spoil things to you.

There's a strong meta subplot to this book – at least parts of the overarching plot are revealed. It’s a big payoff for sticking with the series.

As I mentioned it’s my
3.75/5 stars
kartik narayanan
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 prot
3.5 stars. It was a little slow to start and swamped by so many names from previous books that I'd long forgotten, but once it got rolling it was entertaining enough. Not the strongest, or even the second strongest, but it moved the story along a bit and tied up some loose ends. It's got to be hard to keep a series going this long and it showed a bit, so let's see where the next one takes us. ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Really, really good, 4 1/2 stars, but not as good as Daniel Faust #5. We have wrapped up the muggles-type problems, and are really getting into the nub of the magical/legendary problem, which I am finally interested in learning about. I also want to know what happened to the loose ends of (view spoiler) ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. It's sort of a 'back-to-basics' book. After doing some soul-searching, Faust bucks up and deals with a big problem from a book or two back.

Faust has some setbacks along the way, but succeeds in the end, with the help of his ever expanding cadre of friends. It seems like the next book will deal with the fallout of some of the promises he had to make to ensure he got the help he needed.

I still really like the cast of characters in these. It's really fun that Faust isn't even close
Ben Truong
The Castle Doctrine is the sixth book in the Daniel Faust series written by Craig Schaefer. It centers on a magician and private investigator named Daniel Faust who lives in Los Vegas.

Daniel Faust has returned to Las Vegas and is enjoying his newfound freedom. He plans to start with a new identity and is laying down the foundation for it when he finds out that Damien Ecko is gunning for him. Ecko has been slowly targeting those he believes to be special to him and he’s been making his way to Las
Vinay Badri
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
The 2nd arc of Faust's journey concludes in a rather fitting finale even as Faust has to contend with an adversary he had a hand in raising, forcing him to examine himself in a rather self-critical way and that to me is one of the triumphs of the book

Daniel Faust has always been about results and not about the consequences through the series. He completed a job, wreaks havoc and doesnt stop to consider the after effects of his actions. The heist in book 4 and his subsequent plan to pin the blame
Will Davidson
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compared to the previous couple of novels in the series, this one was a little bit weaker. During the first half of "The Castle Doctrine", the protagonist and thus the plot seem a bit aimless. The book is largely about Daniel getting over himself, stepping up from the sidelines and striving for more than just being a small time grifter, so this sense of aimlessness is absolutely intended by the author, but it also makes for a slower than usual read.

Once Daniel gets his goals in order, the novel
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