Book Review: Redemption Song by Craig Schaefer

December 16, 2015 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Book Review: Redemption Song by Craig SchaeferRedemption Song (Daniel Faust #2) by Craig Schaefer
Published by Demimonde Books on January 1st 1970
Narrator: Adam Verner
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
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Daniel Faust, Las Vegas sorcerer and career criminal, has never pulled the trigger on an innocent man. When the infernal Prince Sitri challenges him to do just that, though, he can't walk away. His lover, Caitlin, is Sitri's right hand...and if Daniel refuses the job, he'll never see her again.
While Daniel works to unravel Sitri's twisted game, putting his principles and his life on the line, Caitlin has problems of her own. A pack of renegade halfbloods are in town, armed to the teeth and aiming to go to war with hell itself. Their leader is a bad memory from Caitlin's past, one she thought dead and buried centuries ago, and he's got revenge on his mind.
As if that isn't bad enough, the fallout from Daniel's last job descends in the form of an FBI task force, aimed at putting him and everyone he cares about behind bars. The feds have a magician of their own, one who knows all of Daniel's dirty little secrets. Throw in a mythical road map to hell and the ghost of a 15th-century serial killer, and the stage is set for a deadly collision.
Sitri's games are never what they seem. Everything is connected. If Daniel and Caitlin can't solve the puzzle in time, the consequences will tear them apart forever.


My thoughts

YAY! Daniel Faust is back!

This book is still very Constantineish. Hopefully Craig Schaefer takes this as a compliment because I love, love, love Constantine! I also really enjoy listening to Daniel Faust get himself into trouble. He is so good at it!

Redemption Song is book two of the Daniel Faust series. I most definitely recommend that if you have not read the first, to read it. There is a lot in here and very little of it is a reminder of what happened in book one. The big thing being how Daniel and Caitlyn got together, just to name one.

In this, Sitri, Caitlyn’s boss, tells Daniel if he cannot kill an innocent priest, then he and Caitlyn will never see one another again. They both know that Daniel cannot do this and their entire relationship is based on this one decision.

Daniel, however, is crafty. He’s also a wizard. So, of course he is going to do everything he can to get out of killing the priest and keeping the woman he loves. It’s the WAY he does things that keeps the plot moving and me laughing!

The only thing that I cannot wrap my head around, and maybe this is me showing my true colors, but being in love with a demon seems a bit odd. I get that all people can be all types of things but Caitlyn is the epitome of a demon, although not quite a demon, she still does some stuff that the average person would be appalled at. Daniel is special, I’ll give him that, but something about their relationship just rubs me the wrong way. Maybe I do not totally trust her, even though she has not really done anything to warrant that distrust.

The one thing that I am in love with is this plot! It careened through the elements of the story creating hills and valleys and flips and turns that I did not see coming from a mile away. Fantastically well written and very well narrated.

I enjoyed Adam Verner in the first book and he has the perfect voice for Daniel Faust, and great accents for everyone else also. I love his Caitlyn accent. I was hoping he would narrate the entire series and he does. He sets the bar quite high and hit it yet again. The audio was very well done and kept me feeling like I was in this world of wizards, demons, and angels. Scary thought!

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5
The Author


About Craig Schaefer

By the time he was four years old, Craig Schaefer knew he wanted to be a writer. He also wanted to be an astronaut, a private eye, and a fire truck, so nobody paid much attention. Other passions came and went with age, but the love of writing remained. He cut his teeth on the crime thrillers of Elmore Leonard and Richard Stark, which may explain a thing or two about the person he is today.

Exploring other genres he soon latched onto horror and weird fiction, falling hard for the worlds of Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft. The books of the Daniel Faust series are written in honor of all the writers who shaped him, blending gangsters, guns and black magic in a manner not unlike, he hopes, chocolate and peanut butter.

Research for the Faust novels has led Craig down some curious alleys -- sometimes literally -- and to conversations with interesting and occasionally frightening people. His reference bookshelf, stocked with tomes covering the spectrum from criminology to demonology, has been variously described as "disturbing," "a bit eccentric," and "the reason I'm not dating that guy anymore."

While he considers Las Vegas his second home and visits every chance he gets, Craig presently lives in Joliet, Illinois, the home of the Blues Brothers. He dwells in what was once a turn of the century convent, though he has never seen the alleged (and obligatory) ghostly nuns. The pipes do rattle in the night, though, and if you're standing in just the right spot, they sound like the pitter-patter of children's feet rushing by on the floor just above you.

When he's not behind the keyboard, he can be found visiting Chicago's historic museums, haunting libraries for inspiration, and spending too much time gaming while he should be writing. He also dabbles in sleight of hand, though unlike Daniel Faust, he's not very good at it.

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