It's hard to make a dishonest buck in Sin City, especially when a rogue FBI agent is gunning for your head. Flat broke and one step ahead of the law, Daniel Faust flees Vegas and lands in Chicago, where a risky heist promises to fill his pockets with cash.
There are the risks you can account for, and then there are the risks you never see coming, the ones that leave you blindsided and fighting to survive. Daniel is a stranger in a strange land, out of his element and surrounded by corrupt sorcerers, demons, and worse. Still, with a friend's soul hanging in the balance - not to mention a pile of stolen cash - giving up isn't an option.
Before he's done, Daniel will descend into the depths of Chicago's occult netherworld, competing in an underground poker tournament where the winner takes all...and with the infernal Court of Night-Blooming Flowers running the show, "winner takes all" has an entirely new meaning. The Flowers haven't forgotten Daniel's past insults, and if they get their way, he'll never leave the Windy City alive.
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The Daniel Faust series has fast become my favourite UF series of the lot. This fourth book was just as much fun as the previous three instalments of the series. I love the mix of humor and dark happenings.
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 heist. The job sounds simple, steal a knife from a collector. Of course, the theft proves far more complicated as the current owner of the knife turns out to be a powerful necromancer. It also does not help that Chicago is the territory of the Court of Night-Blooming Flowers, and they are not Daniels biggest fans!
The story was a ton of fun. Daniel had to use his wits to outfox both the Court of Night-Blooming Flowers agents in a high stakes poker game and Damien Echo, the necromancer who was in possession of the knife. Lucky for us Daniel is smart enough to realize he needed plenty of help so despite the change of setting we still got to enjoy the banter between Daniel and all of our favourite secondary characters.
A few interesting subplots that ran through the main story, as well as the shock ending, have me bursting with eagerness to get to the next book in the series!
Adam Verner has a few flaws, but is mostly a perfect fit for Daniel and this series. He just gets the tone and the humor.
"Could. Not. Put. Down.!"
I started this and then had to put it aside. Not by choice! Once I got back into it, it maybe took a day to finish. Could. Not. Put. Down.!
Interestingly, this feels more like a book that was divided in two. Unlike his previous three, Craig Schaefer ends this on a major cliff hanger. His others mostly come to an end with everything answered. Although Faust has been in trouble since day one and it tends to follow him around, this one was very different. The ending had me immediately picking up the fifth in the series. Thank goodness I am not reading these when they were published because I had a moment of anger, frustration, and denial, and then I started reading book five.
This did have all of the other aspects of Daniel Faust. All the old characters are in this and causing just as much havoc as before. The problem is, and maybe my lines are blurring a little here, I don't think of Faust as a bad guy. People tell him that they could not just murder the way he does, but he doesn't. He does if someone is an (insert expletives here) but only if they deserve it. This part of Faust's identity has really given me a lot to think about. I always come out with the same conclusion, though, I just love him!
Like the others this has a bit of a twisty plot. It starts out linear and then next thing you know there are fifteen different ways the plot can go. And once again Adam Verner is up to the task of narrating through the different ways of that plot. He has the perfect voice for Faust but I am always amazed at his accents. Caitlyn's is still my favorite but by book four I can easily discern every single character. As for the other books in the series as well, the audio is amazing. Never does it skip a beat. I was able to fully feel brought into the story and forget that I actually have a life outside of Faust's crazy world!
Be ready, at the end of this, to have book five immediately accessible. You will not regret it!
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"He just breaths trouble!"
Daniel, Daniel Daniel! He knows d@mn well when he should walk away because every time he doesn't, someone he trusts is killed. He should have been named Daniel Be Trouble, honestly.
Loads of action, still gets his butt kicked but that car incident with the cards in Chicago was awesome! More magic like that with that type of outcome would be cool. I'm honestly sick of him getting his butt kicked all the time.
Pretty decent listened, great entertainment and the betrayals make the story more interesting!
By the way, Frankie is the chic any woman should want and strive to have as a best friend! I couldn't get enough of her. When she went off on that blonde succumbus chic, it was a classic Mean Girls moment. I loved it!
"Best book in the series so far."
This is a great addition to the series. A whole new story line is introduced at the very end, I can't wait for more books.
"Love this series!"
Great narration! The character voices make the story complete. Great story line, best in the series.
"Love the series"
Both the story and narriation are fantastic, love the whole series I'm very glad the same guy narrated them all!
"Good for the car"
Been listening to this series after listening to the first Harmony Black book. Reader does a good job and it has a nice conversational quality. Plus not too dense so doesn't matter if you miss a minute or two.
"excellent story. but im done with the series."
i have throughly enjoyed the daniel faust novels, but at this point i clap my hands and walk away. just to many things are starting to tumble. harmony black comes off as an obnoxious spoiled child in all aspects, and leaves me sorely tempted to skip forward whenever she showed up, and that the author is releasing a series based on her? ill pass.
the story is good, though some odd inconsistencies mar things here or there. and i am still baffled by how faust is suppose to be a "villain". granted, he is not a good guy, but he isnt evil, just a dick. he has been one of the more realistic and enjoyable characters ive read in a long while, and i love how clever he is. but again, this is where i say goodbye. part of me would like to continue the stories and learn more, but its just starting to drag with things.
The narrator of the series is a very good reader. This is a solid story to listen to.
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