Book Review: A Plain-Dealing Villain by Craig Schaefer

January 25, 2016 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Book Review: A Plain-Dealing Villain by Craig SchaeferA Plain-Dealing Villain (Daniel Faust #4) by Craig Schaefer
Series: Daniel Faust #4
Published by Demimonde Books on January 20th 2015
Narrator: Adam Verner
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 283
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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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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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!

Harmony Black… I’m pissed at you! There’s a new book coming out just about her and my husband has been talking about boycotting it. She’s just… just… so… Harmony. Ugh. I’m so tired of her crap! And then I read the synopsis! Hmmm, interesting.

Rating Report
5 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
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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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