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As the FBI closes in on the Las Vegas underworld, Daniel Faust - grifter, thief, and sorcerer - isn't the only one feeling the heat. Half-demon racket boss Nicky Agnelli is fighting to hang on to his empire, leaving a trail of dead informants in his wake, while Daniel's ex-girlfriend, Jennifer, rallies her forces on the street and aims her sights at Nicky's crown.

Meanwhile, homeless people are vanishing by the dozens. Daniel has bigger problems to worry about, but a plea from an old friend sends him on a search for answers. What he finds is a conspiracy 20 years in the making, involving a power-hungry senator, occult experiments, murderous British mercenaries...and Lauren Carmichael, Daniel's nemesis.

From a gunfight in the Arizona badlands to unearthing buried secrets in a New York laboratory, the hunt is on. With Lauren's deadly plan revealed and time running out, Daniel and his crew will stop at nothing to take her down. She's got the law in her pocket and a hired army at her back. He's got black magic, bullets, and the art of the con. It's high noon in Vegas, and when the dust settles, only one side will be left standing.

May the best villain win.

©2015 Demimonde Books (P)2015 Demimonde Books

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 09-12-15

Good Installment

Any additional comments?

This is a really good installment for the series. I really enjoy the narration - I think the narration makes the story better than it actually is . Really wish we could break down the ratings more, because the story is more like a 3.5. The author borrows heavily from the rest of the genre. Having said that, I really do enjoy the main character - his humor, quips, and general cranky attitude. The love story aspect is ....stale, not sure what to say exactly, but the love story could have been better or left out. Great characters and I'll be ready for he next one.

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Straight

I have no complaints. Solid story and performance. ready to listen to the next one.

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  • Bunty
  • Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • 08-19-15

VERY GOOD. ENJOYING THIS SERIES VERY MUCH!

I totally enjoy this series so far. Book 3 is still going strong. The action and dialogue are fantasist in. I like Daniel Faust and his friends. They are so loyal to each other and I like that. Craig Shaefer writes a fantastic series with black magic, sorcery, cops and the gangs. Truly action packed thoughout. Adam Verne does a good job with all the different voices. He does female voice well too. I am continuing book 4 which already out and I know I will definitely love it.

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Another enjoyable entry in the Faust series

Great book for the car. The Faust series was interesting to get into as a prequel to the Harmony Black series. Would definitely recommend for commuters interested in the subject.

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Daniel! How does he do it?

Daniel! How does he do it? I love how Crag Schaefer writes these books. There is so much plot that I can never imagine how Faust is going to get out of the mess. And it is normally the mess that he has created.

This one is no different. There is a bit more from the previous stories so technically you could read this without reading the others. However, I would recommend reading them in order. Although there are a few reminders for the first two books, it still is not enough to really give you the sense of the characters and all that they have gone through.

That said, there are all the same old characters in this. Thank goodness too! Book three and they are starting to feel like family. Adam Verner once again brings the characters to life. I love that he is able to pull off a bunch of different accents. The new one in this is from a military guy with a Cockney type accent. Very thick but also very recognizable. All of his characters are like this. The Scottish brogue from Caitlyn is still my favorite but all are easy to distinguish.

The production also had a few things added in for this one. Special sound effects that I did not remember from the others. Superbly done and really added to the story.

One thing that surprises me about Craig’s writing is that he withholds some of the information that puts the entire plot together. He brings everything together at the very end but by doing this he allows the reader to be just as surprised as the characters in the book! Now, normally I think this may annoy me, but with this particular story, withholding some of the information makes sense. I’m not saying I LOVE it but I am really happy when it all comes together. Still just as shocked as everyone else in the plot also, which is saying something for the writing! I can never figure out what is going to happen.

Like the other books, Daniel Faust is as crazy in this and there are even more characters for him to play with! These plots are absolutely brilliant and I cannot wait to listen to the next!

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Another great Daniel Faust Adventure

It was a lot of fun with usual cast of characters. The romance between Daniel and Kaitlyn didn't stale or slide into a trope. The mystery/bad guy was interesting and the writing was well paced.

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Gread Continuation of a Series

What made the experience of listening to The Living End the most enjoyable?

So I've been intrigued for a couple of books now. It is good that this one (I believe) wrapped up a storyline that spanned the course of (probably) three books. I enjoy the story, I enjoy the characters especially the strong male lead. I think this series is probably up there with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoy Kaitlin of course. She's badass and downright lethal. Of course Daniel Faust is probably tied with her because he's a great character. I really just overall enjoy all the books

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the diner scene was probably one of my favorites or even the one at the beginning where Laura takes ties up a loose end. I've never really seen so much death in a single book outside of Game of Thrones but seriously. It's like the author plays Russian Roulette with his characters and starts handing out death scenes like Oprah hands out cars. You get to die! You get to die! You get to die! It keeps readers on their toes. While sometimes this isn't a pleasant thing, I definitely appreciate that it's not predictable.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I might have cheered and gasped and snickered but I generally don't have extreme reactions unless someone I *really* care about dies or something extremely funny happens. I don't think this book brought that reaction out of me, but it was definitely a great read. I really enjoy this series enough to continue to listen to it... no matter what type of turn it takes.

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Good story with a great deal of creativity in the plot. Recommended for anyone that had read the Dresden file's.

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  • Christopher
  • 06-29-17

Series keeps developing...enjoying this

The stories are developing nicely and each book so far has ended in away that seems to "fit"

The characters are developed enough to get to know them which for me is a make our break issue

The narrators accents haven't got any better (they're dreadful) but somehow it doesn't matter as his reading style is otherwise great

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  • G. P. Brown
  • 04-06-16

Awesome!

This third instalment in the Daniel Faust series was just as much fun to read as the first two books in the series were. Craig Schaefer has done a fantastic job of seamlessly blending some hilarious dialogue and happenings into a very dark and gritty Vegas set UF noir. The story was fast paced and filled with action, drama, and plenty of cool supernatural happenings!

Life is not proving easy for Daniel Faust, ex-gangster and sorcerer for hire, as he has a whole host of problems to deal with. His nemesis Lauren Carmichael and her crazed enforcer Meadow Brand continue to press on with their plans for world domination. FBI agent Harmony Black still wants both Daniel and his ex-boss the half demon gang kingpin of Las Vegas Nicky Agnelli, behind bars. Daniel's ex-girlfriend Jennifer is feeling twitchy about the whole FBI situation and is mustering her own forces as she senses Nicky might be vulnerable. Daniel's friend Pixie wants his help in tracking down a spate of missing homeless people, and just for good measure the smoke faced men are back!

Daniel himself is a likeable and witty lead who is super easy to root for despite the fact that he is no angel.

All in all this was a very enjoyable read.

The more I hear Adam Verner the happier I am with his narration. He gives another excellent performance with this one.