- File Size: 3702 KB
- Print Length: 159 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Demimonde Books (February 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01C86LWS2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ok, enough fluff. What I really liked about The White Gold Score was that, it's easy in the other Faust novels to forget that he is, technically speaking, a violent criminal. In this novella, Faust is shown to be exactly what he is - a violent criminal, who just so happens to have suicidally benevolent tendencies. It makes him a realer and more complex anti-hero than I've encountered in any other media. Faust is a pleasure to read, he never gets tiresome, annoying or gross like some other protagonists I could name (I'm looking at you Harry Dresden). Just when you start to wonder if Faust has totally lost it, he pulls all the strings and the puppets dance to his tune. You can't even get mad at how "lucky" he is. Even though you're reading about, yes, a violent criminal, you still keep rooting for him because even when he's down, he's never out, and he always finds an angle. Faust is the ultimate self-indulgent "fantasy" character. When people say "women wanted him, men wanted to be him", they're talking about Faust.
For me this novella was just perfect, as I wasn’t all too thrilled by The Long Way Down, the first Daniel Faust book but this novella completely changed my mind about this series and boy am I glad for that. The Long Way Down was an interesting introduction to Daniel and his world however suffered from many of the foibles that cling to introductory works. The White Gold Score doesn’t share any of those and focuses on Daniel Faust, sorcerer and low-level conman who gets asked to rid a top class hotel suite of its resident ghost. Thinking that this ghost exorcism will be the easy kind, leads Daniel to underestimate the seriousness of the extra-corporal inhabitant (I’m being vague about the gist of the story as that way lie spoilers). Daniel quickly learns what exactly happened for the ghost’s raison d'être and soon gets sucked in to the Hollywood music scene and the crazy shenanigans that this job unravels. This novella neatly showcases the dark side of the music industry while also getting you hooked on to Daniel Faust.
I have to thank Craig Schaefer for writing this novella, because if I hadn’t read it. I most certainly wouldn’t have entered the darkly alluring world that he has created. The story setting is a bit different from the regular series books as majority of the plot unfolds in Hollywood and showcases the power trappings & underhand dealings of the music industry. This being an urban fantasy story we get a proper eyeful of the craziness that the Daniel Faust's life entails. Also while most of the books (except book 4) are centered around Las Vegas, this short provides a nice side-angle view out in the world beyond the deserts of Nevada. Daniel Faust is a fascinating narrator as the first person voice hooks us in with his rogue-ish charm and moral ambiguous choices. He makes us believe that not only is his action plan the correct way but also the only way to do such things. However amidst all of this grey narrative, there is a heroic streak to him as well as a loyal core which makes him that much more conflicting as a character to root for.
Overall I liked how this novella introduced some major plot twists (with some nifty hat tips to classic hardboiled stories) and had a grim but fascinating take on Slavic/Russian mythology. I can’t wait to see if the mythological character introduced in this story, shows up in the main DF books (mini-spoiler: after reading further in the series, he does). The plot is smoothly paced and some terrific action packed into it, this is especially true of the climax. Also kudos to the author for giving us such well-developed characters and a fascinating magic system within this 46K-plus word novella.
The White Gold Score is an absolute blast to read and serves as an excellent stepping stone to the world of Daniel Faust. I heavily recommend that you read this novella and also the rest of the series to see how crazy good it is. I devoured the six books (that have been released so far) in rapid succession & now I strongly believe that Craig Scahefer’s books are a serious contender to the granddaddy of urban fantasy Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. DO NOT MISS this book or any other ones by Craig Schaefer, I’m hooked and will be reading anything and everything that the man writes in the future.
This one starts with Danny eating with a man named Greenbriar. A guy who thought poisoning your food was a good business negotiating tactic. Danny isn't fooled though and makes sure Greenbriar doesn't switch bowls of ramen with him. If he gets the poisoned food then Greenbriar has him over a barrel. Do what he wants to get the antidote, or not.
Greenbriar realizes Danny is on to his little game and tells Danny he wants him to remove a ghost from the penthouse suite. A ghost who's scaring the crap out of anyone who gets the room. Seems the man died of a heart attack a fact that Danny finds out is false. He was murdered and Greenbriar paid to have the heart attack story told. If you have enough money you can get any story told.
Greenbriar will pay him to remove the ghost. Once in the penthouse Danny calls his girlfriend Cait. She's busy doing something for her Prince so Danny tells her what he's doing and that he will catch her later. Danny also called Jen another friend to see if she wants to come to the penthouse. She's busy entertaining a couple of lobbyists so it looks like Danny is on his own.
Danny then gets a look at the ghost as he's being killed. He now knows it was murder and not a heart attack. The dead man is Monty Spears who's a partner in a record company, Blue Rhapsody. Getting rid of a murder victim isn't as easy as getting rid of a spirit who's cause of death was a heart attack.
Danny decides this needs further investigation and so begins another great read by Schaeffer.
This one has Danny, Cait, Jen, Tanesha a good friend of Monty Spears, a Spears who was concerned for her safety, a white gold Rolex that was stolen as Spears died, Curtis "Big Rig" Rakes who gives Danny valuable info on Spears and Blue Rhapsody, the partner at Blue Rhapsody Dino Costa, a Dino Costa who's smuggling drugs and using the roadies on tour and his own men to do so, Bentley and Corman Danny's surrogate Fathers, the probate hustle where Danny can appear as a probate investigator to gather intel, a Bentley and Corman who will assist, a Cait who loves Tanesha's music and loving her music will ensure Cait does what it takes to keep that woman safe, a Russian of the Black Fist who's almost impossible to kill, a con carried out by Danny, Cait, Jen, Bentley and Corman, a con where Danny and his crew make off with the heroine that a middleman known to Jen will take and distribute, MS 13 who take revenge on Costa, a Danny who pulls off the con and a white gold Rolex that has to be turned over to Tanesha so Spears can move on and a Danny and crew doing their best to make that happen pull off the con and stay alive.
Five Stars. Super read.
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