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Double or Nothing

(Daniel Faust #7)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  1,424 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Daniel Faust – sorcerer, thief, and newly-minted Las Vegas crime boss – has debts to pay. One of those debts has just come due, an IOU to be paid in the form of a high-risk heist, and it’s a job he can’t refuse. The mark? Daniel’s arch-nemesis, a man with a Cheshire smile and the powers of a living god. The score? A sacrificial dagger buried under layers of electronic, occ ...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published June 27th 2017 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 : switchblade-wielding bird gangs + emotional disturbed, fickle as fish wands + the fashion sense of naked mole rats + grenade launcher-induced chicken casualties + adoptive knives who behave like kitties =

You could say that, yes.

[June 2018]

Daniel Faust and Cait are Mine Mine Mine Buddy Reread
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
This series is easily the best UF series I've read. There is no other UF series that even comes close to matching this for me! 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 stop it from becoming to grim.

This 7th instalment of the series was fantastic. It might even be one of the best books in t
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy, pulp
*** 4.65 ***

"..."I heard they tried to make chicken soup once." Caitlin's nose wrinkled. "Twenty chickens died and a small farm was wiped from the map. I'm told a grenade launcher was involved." . . .”

I love Faust! He has become part of my imaginary/book family and at this point even I wouldn't trust my own ratings - just reading a book about this magician and the Courts of Hell in the USA, makes me all tingly allover. His bad-ass girlfriend and the even more bad-ass enemies make for a very ente
The Long Way Down: ★★★★★
Redemption Song: ★★★★
The Living End: ★★★★
A Plain-Dealing Villain: ★★★★★
The Killing Floor Blues: ★★★★
The Castle Doctrine: ★★★★

Buddy read with the MacHalo group.

Daniel Faust is really "growing up" now. We're on book 7 and he has got some mad-ass cool wand, is a leader on the New Commission. He's moving up in the seedy Las Vegas underworld. He doesn't even have to sleep on Corman and Bentley's couch anymore! I'm thinking Danny Boy is about all like this right about now:

But t
Milda Page Runner
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
“You…” (...) “You ruined it. You ruined everything.”
“I’m Daniel Faust.” I shrugged. “It’s kind of what I do. Somebody probably should have warned you.”

“Speaking to me of laws? You are a thief and a murderer.”
“True. And a decent card player, a fair hand as a cocktail mixologist, and—I like to believe—a considerate lover, but nobody ever brings those things up when they’re trying to push me into doing something shitty.

I didn’t care about much of anything beyond the bitter taste in my t
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was OK nothing great, not as exciting as the other books , the confrontation with the enemy was cool i guess , at least we know now when the wand's supposed to work : Faust's reaction upon discovering that was hilarious ... There has been always a long shadow hovering around Cait and Daniel's relationship : is she controlling him through her demonic powers? does he really love her ? or is it only the craving of an addict ? In this book we find out for sure, their faith in each other is tested ...more
Schaefer does the unthinkable in urban fantasy: he stays true to the beginning of his series while consistently writing satisfying stories that include new material and character growth. This series is one of only three I follow--and purchase--although it is a distant third to my deep affection for Peter Grant and Kate Daniels.

“I’m not…asking you to…do anything,” Seabrook said, choosing each word as if picturing herself repeating them in court.“

Double or Nothing is the seventh novel in the Danie
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Overall rating = 4.5 stars

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Double Or Nothing is the seventh book of the Daniel Faust series and the potentially the first book of the third arc of the series. It's also the first book that has so many nods and set-up for future books that at this point it would be highly unadvisable to jump into this series with this volume. What I mean to say is that if you really should start from the beginning/book 1 of The Daniel Faust series (The Lo
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-ebooks
Double or nothing, indeed. I truly enjoyed this part of Daniel’s tale even if the protagonist’s continuous epiphanies were a bit of a stretch. The plot is twisty and interesting, more mysterious characters join the fun and the ending resolved nicely, leaving -of course- the scene wide open for more. My main regret is that book #8 is the last published book of the series and whether it is the final one or not (not!), well, that is a moot point, because I love. This. World.

“You’re trapped. Just li
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

What I've learnt so far:

-Daniel Faust really isn't a very good person. Seriously. We're all so used to UF leads being somewhat morally complex but when it comes down to it, they're all about saving the innocent and the world and all that jazz. Faust has had all these moral lines he absolutely, definitely won't cross and then, you know, he does. Dresden fought the darker nature of the Winter Mantle from the second he was forced in to it, Faust would simply say: cool, I live in Vegas, I c
Pippa DaCosta
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Our favorite magician and crime-boss is back, but this time there's more magic, more plot twists, and more sass. Finally, we air some of Cait's murky motives (I've been dying to see more of her) and Daniel gets yet another promotion (or demotion, depending on how you look at it). Great fun. Now, where's the next one?
Montzalee Wittmann
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Double or Nothing by Craig Schaefer and narrated by Adam Verner is book seven and the best so far! Now Daniel has a real wand he can use besides his magic cards. If course he is in trouble again...everyone wants him dead, even hell! Love the plot and interactions between the characters!
Great narration makes these stories POP!
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

One of the better books in the series, I think this one is in the running for my favorite yet.

Daniel has finally accepted some responsibility and has a purpose in his life beyond fixing the most recent disaster. One of the leading figures in the New Commission criminal organization, he is no longer a lone hustler but a powerful player. Someone from his past comes calling, demanding payment of a debt. Fulfilling that debt will bring him up against the Enemy, the shadowy figure determined
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once again Daniel Faust found himself in a tricky situation with no apparent way out. I love him because he comes up with some unexpected way to get out of what seems to be an impossible situation. This time his problems would have been easily solved if he didn't have morals. The thing that makes him appealing is his morals. Otherwise he'd just be a scumbag.

The biggest issue which has been hinted at for a while is whether or not Caitlin is trustworthy. The things discovered about her leave me mo
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great series!
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Double or Nothing is the seventh book in Craig Shaefer’s Daniel Faust series. If you read it, I assume you have at least some prior knowledge of the series. Some mild spoilers may appear.

Daniel and Cait are a power couple now. A lot is happening in both crime/occult Las Vegas underground and in the Hell courts. Old friends (if you can call Navaarasi a friend) want old debts payed, cosmic threat becomes more real than ever and our couple has to sort some issues. And save the world along the way.
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Double or Nothing is the 7th book in the Daniel Faust series and I only wish that there were 77 more to go. I love Faust and the writing of Craig Schaefer. Urban Fantasy like this is my cup of tea.

Let's just say that this book is the dirtiest and darkest in the series and we get answers to many series long questions. I love where the story is headed. My only criticism is that I feel that there should be more...many more.

One of my favorite characters and series. A must read for UF junkies
Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
♠ Vicious Danny boy is vicious! BR with the MacHalos ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
He is finally hitting his stride. Really liking all the characters and the intertwined story.
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.33/5 stars
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The best entry in the series so far, as everything about the overarching plot gets a wide angle here. The gritty feel of a crime caper is still there, but Schaefer shows some of his cards regarding the narrative he's trying to build.

I loved the way the relationship between Caitlin and Daniel was handled here. It's good to see some conflict among them, and the shady hints of Nadine are revealed regarding Cait. Also, we get to see a face to face confrontation with the Enemy for the first time. Tha
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was another good one in the series and a lot of different things happened. First of all, we get to see the type of person that Daniel is. Yes, he is a thief, trickster, and crime boss, but he has a good heart. He could have given her up, but instead he's hiding her and letting her watch my little pony in his house. Second, I was heartbroken to find out that Caitlin had used her powers on Daniel when they first met and got together. I am so happy that they worked it out and the feelings ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unreleased
This series is always still a release day purchase for me.

We're seven books in, and Schaefer is just getting better- the plots have gotten tighter, the characters are showing a level of growth I don't necessarily expect from urban fantasy, and the interconnected world between Faust/Harmony Black/Revanche continues to develop in fascinating ways. Add in some exciting meta-story stuff- meeting a certain unnamed major character in a bar, perhaps- and this was my favorite entry in the series to date
kartik narayanan
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking Responsibility

•••NOT for the homophobic, transphobic, closedminded, or faint of heart!!!•••

These serieses must be read in order. They twist around each other and the best reading order I can surmise will follow. (DF) = Daniel Faust Series (HB) = Harmony Black Series (WG) = The Wisdom's Grave Trilogy The first book is The Long Way Down (DF). The second book is The White Gold Score (DF). The third book is Redemption Song (enter Harmony Black) (DF). The fourth book is The Living End (DF). A
Tina Gundy
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Vinay Badri
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Man, this series has been stupendously obsessive compulsive reading. 7 books in almost 10 days and yet the series is as fresh as it is and in fact, possess the ability to keep you hooked and yet on your feet throughout

The book finds Faust obligated to return the favors he had accrued over the series and has to steal the knife that he stole in book 4 from the people he gave it back to. This in a place that possesses multiple levels of security, human, electronic, occult and supernatural. And the
Ben Truong
Double or Nothing is the seventh 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 is seemingly in control of his life for the first time in the series. However, he has been called up on the first of the two favors he owes to a certain baron from the Court of Night Blooming Flowers – this one more dangerous than his previous favor he has done for them. Knowing what a dangerous missio
Will Davidson
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
When I finished the prior book in this series I had a minor (very minor) gripe that the main character never seemed to be in real jeopardy. That said, I pretty much went straight on to read book seven and I was delighted as the tension and the jeopardy ratcheted up. There were some great set-pieces in this book and also some real development for the main relationship between Daniel and Caitlin which is long overdue.
One of the joys of a lengthy series is the reappearance of recurring characters w
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Craig Schaefer's books have taken readers to the seamy edge of a criminal underworld drenched in shadow (the Daniel Faust series), to a world torn by war, poison and witchcraft (the Revanche Cycle), and across a modern America mired in occult mysteries and a conspiracy of lies (the Harmony Black series).

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