Book Review: The Killing Floor Blues by Craig Schaefer

February 1, 2016 Audiobooks, Book Reviews 0

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Book Review: The Killing Floor Blues by Craig SchaeferThe Killing Floor Blues (Daniel Faust #5) by Craig Schaefer
Series: Daniel Faust #5
Published by Demimonde Books on July 30th 2015
Narrator: Adam Verner
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 286
Source: AudioBook Reviewer
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Nobody has ever escaped from the Iceberg. It's a privately-owned prison deep in the Mojave Desert, staffed by brutal guards and surrounded by desolate wasteland. Inside the walls, gangs and predators are constant threats; outside the walls, there's nothing but a sniper's bullet or a slow death in the desert heat.

Framed for murder and snared in a deadly curse, Daniel Faust lands behind bars with a target on his back. Worse, with Faust out of the picture, the Chicago mob is making its bid for control of Las Vegas. If he can't engineer his escape in time to stop them, none of his friends are safe. Then there's the matter of the warden's dark secret, the one that's filling up the prison morgue with body bags.

Faust has been caged, buried, cut off from his allies and his magic. His enemies think they've won. They're about to learn, the hard way, that this is one sorcerer who always has a trick up his sleeve.

Nobody has ever escaped from the Iceberg. But the Iceberg has never had a prisoner like Daniel Faust.

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I don’t even know how to write the review for this. There are so many feels! First of all being that I do not want Daniel Faust’s story to end. Coming to the end of a good book is like a tragedy. Being involved in this series though, it just pulls you in and does not let go! Instead of that suffocating feeling, I got all the feels of being comforted and safe. Maybe I just won’t stand so close to Faust since he is CONSTANTLY in trouble!

If you have read the others, and I highly suggest you do, then you know book four ended on a massive cliff hanger. We are awaiting Daniel’s fate and then book five starts and Daniel is not where I expected him to be. Like he did not have enough problems with everything that is about to happen in Las Vegas, oh no… apparently someone felt that he needed a vacation, in the form of prison.

I think this is my favorite of the series. There just something about Faust that lets everyone around him know that he will not bow down, no matter what is happening. Everyone around him seems to be in power and yet he can waltz in with a smile on his face. He doesn’t even have any real cards to play but he finds them in mysterious places that only Faust would be able to find.

With no wizarding tricks up his sleeve, literally and figuratively, Faust is left to deal with his problems within the prison, on his wits. He’s a quick thinker even when it looks like he cannot come up with anything else.

Somehow Adam Verner was able to keep up with this. There are so many different action points and so much going on that I was worried, but I did not even have time to worry because Faust kept going, and so did Adam! This was exceptionally narrated and by now I expect that from Adam Verner. This voices are just as shrewd as the characters, dripping with poison and menace. Even with so much going on, Adam never misses a beat! Either that or the production team is fan freaking tastic because there are no hiccups at all, and with all this action I would think someone would skip somewhere. Incredibly well done and this book deserves it. Adam Verner and Daniel Faust go hand in hand. I’m really hoping that Adam will narrate the Harmony Black books if they go to audible as well.

I know I’m doing a bit of fangirling but this had no stops in it. There are portions where I actually cheered. Thank goodness I was not in a store but in the privacy of my own home. My husband enjoyed this so much that we both listened to the last 20% together. His favorite part is close to the end and when I got to that part I could understand why.

The only thing I would prefer a bit different is Harmony Black. She has vanished. What. The. Hell. Schaefer?! I did look up the new series and I am quite curious but I’m keeping my jury out on her. This entire series she has been a pain to Faust but she has hit a new low. The synopsis does sound quite good though, so I’ll be in line to get this one. I still don’t trust her though, just saying!

In short: If you like Urban Fantasy, this is a must read. I loved all five book and I am hoping for more!

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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