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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This is starting to become my most favorite urban magic series to date and this book made sure for it to stay that way.
Overall it's an interesting change of pace compared to the first ones. You clearly see in this book that magic does not fix all problems, it helps, but you still need a lot of planning to pull things off. A fireball won't really help.
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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.
In short: If you like Urban Fantasy, this is a must read. I loved all five book and I am hoping for more!
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Faust is back! This is the best story because there was less traveling and people being introduced. I was pleased to see Faust use his MacGyver skills. MacGyver was a tv series. He had an extraordinary knack for unconventional problem solving and an extensive bank of scientific knowledge. I am so accustomed to Faust using his magic it was good to see him extend his skills to performed physical damaged in a prison situation with virtually nothing.
As an innocent man being sent to jail, we were at least saved from him constantly professing his innocence. The major mojo required to set up the spell for his incarnation was intriguing. *** spoilers *** which we do not find out how it happens.
I kinda expected Catlin and Faust to have some sort of psychic connection for them to know what is going on to them. I do like how Schafer brought her into the story. She came in with the don’t fuck with my man attitude and rage.
The prison fight ring is a well-used plot. Yes, there could have been more Caitlin, but my girl knows how to make an appearance. Honestly, I really like Caitlin and Faust together, but when Faust was doing things for her prince, the mob, and other wizards, he was doing too many things for me to follow.
Faust keeps making/owing favors to people. I don’t know how much of his own man he will remain. We know each book he makes a deal. In this story, he is gain racking up favors. There were a couple of story lines that were just dropped. The mojo for the jailing and the psychic man in prison. Both of those events were catalysts in many aspects of the plot. Of course, there is the cliffhanger. I don’t care for those. Sometimes for general principle (GP) I will not read the following book. I read books one through four between April and June 2015. Book four was not out, and it has taken me a year to get back to the series. If you are a Faust fan, then this book is a must read!
I love this series it is a mix of Sandman slim and meets oceans 11 live the fact that he doesn't just rely on magic you almost forgot there is any magic in the story
This book was a step up to the next level. Daniel Faust is evolving as a character.. he is becoming more powerful and likable and the bad guys are more hateable. The story is a little simpler and easier to follow. I enjoyed it a lot - cant wait for the next one!
Thought this was a really good installment to the series, actually better than the 4th. Good story line with the main character out on his own, a little whinny his 1st day in prison, but much more introspective. It's easy to forget how evil regular people can be, this is a reminder.
DBADiva of AZ
this series is exciting and memorable...I love everything the killing floors clifhanget.....I can't wait to read Daniel Faust's next adventure. Bravo!
- not a fan of prison storie adventure books unless it's an actual biography!
The last book was really good; this one was just so-so. The whole being in prison thing took too much time for no reason. There were some good parts, like the dead king and his nuns, but otherwise blah. Towards the end of prison it all caught up, but we were 2/3 done. I look forward to the next book to see where it goes.
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