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Double or Nothing (Daniel Faust #7)

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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 47North
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Daniel Faust and Cait are Mine Mine Mine Buddy Reread with my MacHalo Wives and Daughters and Stuff (DFaCaMMMBRwmMWaSaS™) ☢

Previous rating: 12 stars.
New rating: 14 stars. What else?

And the moral of this reread is : the world would be a much better place to live in if all knives had a thing for ancient Greek fashion. And ponies. Yes, ponies. You know, the revoltingly disgusting, singing type of pony that usually awakens the homicidal maniac in me and stuff? What's their technical denominatio
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
 ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
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
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 it 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 i ...more
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
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
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
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
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?
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great series!
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
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
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.
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
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
***Actual rating: 4,50***
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
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
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
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly most of the ratings on these I give is for the series as a whole. I just binge listened to them all on Audible and it is very fun to watch the growth of the main character as he finds purpose and realizes what is really important to him. I'm not sure all would rate 5 stars taken as individual books, but overall they are my second or third favorite Urban Fantasy Series. They have become even better and gained more depth with the addition of the Harmony Black series, as bits and pieces ...more
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down

I love this series. Schaefer's writing is incredible, vivid and violent throughout. I love how he has Caitlin and Daniel's relationship develop in this book and how he makes their love a significant point of the book.

Schaefer's grasp of what evil and "bad guys" look like also really rocks! It's such a nuanced take on what evil does/how it works that I can't stop blabbing about it.

Above all, by then end of Double or Nothing, I was once again a mess of high pitched noises and e
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ally turned threat, a rival turned ally, a mysterious new player enters the fold as a dangerous drug hits the streets and the Network makes their presence known. Just another day, right?

Fresh off a mob war, finding his place in his role in the New Commission, Daniel and friends agree to shut down the influx of a new drug called Ink. Meanwhile, Naavarasi decides to cash in her boon, Daniel crosses paths with the Enemy, meets a mysterious Lady in Red and has his relationship with Caitlin tested
Ken Selvia
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better. I think "Double or Nothing" had the most complex and surprising story-line so far. Faust is constantly getting into jams that seem impossible to get out of, but he cleverly outwits his foes in surprising and unexpected ways. Never any deus machina here. I always feel like I might have been able to see it coming if I had been paying more attention. Fantastic narration too, although some voices could use a little more variation to distinguish one character fr ...more
Igor Raffaele
These books are fun to read, heirs to the summer beach paperbacks of yore, back when we could still afford beach holidays. The characters are cute and endearing enough that you turn off your critical thinking when presented with a protagonist who is a supernatural tough guy conman turned crime boss turned Danny Ocean turned Knight of Hell with a super hot ginger demon girlfriend.
Noah Sturdevant
Another fine entry in the series, but I feel a bit of fatigue. It might be time to wrap this up and work with something fresh. This is a personal thing, but the author's reference to another series kind of started to bug me, as I don't plan to read it at the moment and I feel like I'm missing things.
Connor Mac Roane

Great installment of the Daniel Faust series. Lots of long term plotting by Team evil starting to come together and some good tightening of Team (not exactly good or evil but for the sake of ease we'll call) Good . Only complaint, as usual, is that I want more Faust, sooner!
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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).

Despite this, people say he's strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact. His home on the W
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