Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control.
Soon Daniel stands in the crossfire between a murderous porn director; a corrupt cop with a quick trigger finger; and his own former employer, a racket boss who isn't entirely human. Then there's Caitlin: brilliant, beautiful, and the lethal right hand of a demon prince.
A man named Faust should know what happens when you rub shoulders with demons. Still Daniel can't resist being drawn to Caitlin's flame as they race to unlock the secret of the Etruscan Box, a relic that people all over town are dying - and killing - to get their hands on. As the bodies drop and the double-crosses pile up, Daniel will need every shred of his wits, courage, and sheer ruthlessness just to survive.
Daniel Faust knew he was standing with one foot over the brink of hell. He's about to find out just how far he can fall.
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Urban fantasy noir. Done right..
Overall pretty good
Good story - it drags a bit here and there where you can tell the author needs to mature a bit in his style (for example, the relationship between Faust and Caitlin, which is a key plot point, felt rushed and artificial... not very well developed).
The obvious comparison is Butcher's Dresden books, which might not be fair since Butcher's had what, nearly 20 books to develop his characters and style? If anything, stack it up against the -first- Dresden book, and I think it compares favorably.
The vocal characterizations were all over the place, and rarely in a good way. I think what really drove me nuts was his insisting on using a (badly executed) Irish "burr" accent for a character that was supposed to have a Scottish "brogue." DROVE. ME. NUTS.Overall, the narrator's voice for Faust (I'm assuming his natural voice) was -perfect- for this character, but his narrating "style" felt a bit off. Something slightly more "noir-ish" and conversational would have fit better.
For its flaws in writing and narration, it's still a good story and I enjoyed it - I'd recommend it to folks interested in the Urban-Fantasy/Mystery genre, and I'll pick up future audiobooks in the series if they're made.
- Brian Allen