Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control.
Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human. Then there's Caitlin: brilliant, beautiful, and the lethal right hand of a demon prince.
A man named Faust should know what happens when you rub shoulders with demons. Still Daniel can't resist being drawn to Caitlin's flame as they race to unlock the secret of the Etruscan Box, a relic that people all over town are dying - and killing - to get their hands on. As the bodies drop and the double-crosses pile up, Daniel will need every shred of his wits, courage, and sheer ruthlessness just to survive.
Daniel Faust knew he was standing with one foot over the brink of hell. He's about to find out just how far he can fall.
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The story was spoiled for me by the narrators distractingly awful "foreign" accents. You'd think he'd at least listen to some examples and practice them a bit...
entertaining, interesting, fun
the part where Caitlin was set free
his voice was great for all the characters
no not really, some great characters but I didn't get attached to them
"Urban fantasy noir. Done right.."
As the title states this is an excellent urban fatsy noir novel. Think what if Mike Hammer was a wizard. Be warned this not Dresden or Iron Druid. There are no cute pets or funny sidekicks, and no pop culture references.This is dark stuff and I love it!
If I didn't make it clear earlier, this is not for the kids. The whole thing starts around the murder of a porn starlet and spirals quickly into the dark from there. No one really gets a happy ending, although some do better than others. The story leaves a lot of room for future novels (Please write fast!) but ties up most loose ends by the end of the novel.
The narrator does a good job and has a fairly good range of distinctive voices. The only problem is he has one of the worst creole/Caribean accents ever. This is only is small problem though, and takes nothing away from the book.
The characters are well developed and fun to read. the world and magic system are left purposely vague. I usually like a better formed magic system for novels, but in this case it helps to maintain the myster of the series. If you like Dresden and Iron Druid this will be a much more dark, adult alternative for you. Don't miss this one.
"Overall pretty good"
Good story - it drags a bit here and there where you can tell the author needs to mature a bit in his style (for example, the relationship between Faust and Caitlin, which is a key plot point, felt rushed and artificial... not very well developed).
The obvious comparison is Butcher's Dresden books, which might not be fair since Butcher's had what, nearly 20 books to develop his characters and style? If anything, stack it up against the -first- Dresden book, and I think it compares favorably.
The vocal characterizations were all over the place, and rarely in a good way. I think what really drove me nuts was his insisting on using a (badly executed) Irish "burr" accent for a character that was supposed to have a Scottish "brogue." DROVE. ME. NUTS.Overall, the narrator's voice for Faust (I'm assuming his natural voice) was -perfect- for this character, but his narrating "style" felt a bit off. Something slightly more "noir-ish" and conversational would have fit better.
For its flaws in writing and narration, it's still a good story and I enjoyed it - I'd recommend it to folks interested in the Urban-Fantasy/Mystery genre, and I'll pick up future audiobooks in the series if they're made.
"If it's on sale I say get it other than that, Meh.."
It was ok I get kind of tired of the overly lucky mc with a seeded past who seems to get out of every situation even though he is severely outmatched merely because he is the main character and you can't have a story without a mc. The narrator was pretty ok but he really needs to work on his accents. I'll probably pass on the rest of the series.
"Nora Roberts and Jim Butcher have a weird mutated love child"
I the book splits halfway through it started as a weak Harry Dresden novel and then quickly the lead character find the love romance and loses his mind. We then go into a Nora Roberts tailspin. The plot is shaky the whole ending is weird I don't know why this book is getting good reviews. Maybe his other books are better but this one's not that great.
This book was entertaining enough to distract me from the monotony of driving through ever present traffic to and from work. I would have liked to see the main character, a magician, actually use some magic though. The cover made him look like a bad-ass. I was expecting (hoping for) something reminiscent of Sandman Slim or the Demon Accords. Instead I got another interesting book with a main character who's basically a pussy who scrapes by through luck and impossible chance as opposed to his intellectual prowess and/or sheer power. I understand a weak lead makes for dramatic suspense because he's always in grave danger of imminent death or failure, but you can get drama from the relationships and unknown outcomes while allowing your character some legitimate power to make things more exciting. Anyway, good book. Obviously I'm just a little tired of the main character barely scraping by routine.
"No cliche left unturned"
I'm a bit torn on this review. The narration was quite excellent, and the story itself was enjoyable, but the writing was...well, kinda awful. Every cliche from every gumshoe novel ever written was forced into the writing.
This was my first read from Schaefer, and I would like to read more about the adventures of Faust and friends. I just hope the next novel is a little tighter.
"The story is Dresden Lite."
It's a quick read/listen but overall it's kind of lackluster. Then again this might be an issue with first run stories. It takes effort to flush out.
if you like the Jim Butcher Dresden series, you'll like this. If not find something else.
"Think Dresden meets The Punisher."
Modern fantasy magic with a protagonist that isn't afraid to dish out a little justice. Loved it. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.
Too kitchie for me. Not much of a plot. The reader has too many weird voices.
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