Review – A Plain-Dealing Villain (Daniel Faust #4)

A Plain-Dealing Villain (Daniel Faust #4)
By: Craig Schaefer
Release Date: January 20th, 2015
Publisher: Demimonde Books
Series: Daniel Faust Series

  I know I’m terrible about posting reviews but as I get caught up in series books I always struggle about giving a proper review while avoiding spoilers. However, there is nothing terrible about book four in the Daniel Faust series and now, even months after reading them, I’m still obsessed. To the point that I went back through my copy to find favorite quotes and ended up re-reading the entire book anyway. 

Book four in a series is a lot of ground to cover both before this book and after this book. Again, without spoilers for this book and any that preceded it. And given that this series is currently sitting at a total of eight books and one novella with more in the works according the Schaefer we have reached that inevitable point in the series where a book serves to resolve some items, set up much more and fill in the gaps that need filling so the action, plot and characters can move forward.

For the record, this book isn’t entirely filler. In fact there are a lot of important moments in this book that felt oh so right as far as timing and the actions taken by the characters. However, looking at the series with 20/20 some people might call this book filler. Me? I call it amazing. 

Faust goes to Chicago (to get off of Harmony Black’s radar) and to pull of a high-stake heist. He meets mob people, a necromancer, and many other…unsavory characters. The struggle is, aside from the challenge of such a heist, is that it is also a test of sort for the courts of hell to see how valuable to them he actually may be.  

Also, Chicago mob members have their eyes on Daniel’s hometown of Las Vegas. And no one is happy about that.

There are certain quotes throughout this book that I just adore beyond all comprehension and a few of them are here to amuse and entrap you without giving too many spoilers.   

“The original games were gladiatorial fights to the death. We had to revise that after a few years because, well, people stopped signing up.”


“I wondered, for a brief instant, what a necromancer like Damien Ecko could do with the skeleton of a T. rex. I shrugged the idea off. Nobody’s that good.”


“It’s never good to owe money to a guy with a cellar full of military hardware. Especially not when he rides with an outlaw biker gang.”


Suffice to say. You should read the first three books. And this one. And any books that follow.  Who doesn’t love a damaged, perhaps morally off-kilter  hero?

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Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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