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Dead Beat (Dresden Files (ROC Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

Jim Butcher
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May 2005 Dresden Files (ROC Hardcover) (Book 7)

Harry Dresden must save Chicago from black magic and necromancy - but first, he must locate the Word of Kemmler. Just as soon as he figures out what that is ...

It's all in a day's work for the city's only professional wizard - assuming he can live to see the end of the day.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc (May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460271
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,555,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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An intensely enjoyable series (SciFi Now)

Butcher's latest maintains the momentum ... builds the suspense right up to a rousing conclusion (Booklist)

The best novels in the supernatural PI subgenre (SFX) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The seventh case file from Harry Dresden, a modern-day wizard who gets into some seriously challenging situations. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to the usual high standard 18 Jan 2007
The Dreden Files deserve more exposure. Although I'm not a great fan of fantasy novels (although there's nothing wrong with them & I did go through a phase of enjoying them when I was in my teens) the adventures of Harry Dresden, resident of modern day Chicago and professional wizard transcend the genre and would appeal to anyone who likes their noir as black as possible and is willing to suspend their disbelief for a while.

Dead Beat is Harry's latest adventure, and like the preceding novels it skillfully combines a stand alone story with ongoing plot threads and the further development of Harry as a character. Set around the search for The Word of Kemmler, a book of enormous, dangerous power, it finds Harry once again standing (almost) alone against the forces of darkness and impossible odds in an effort to try and save a world that is mostly & wilfully ignorant of the threat to it.

As with the previous books the first quarter is a noirish detective story, with Harry trying to track down the Word of Kemmler whilst simultaneously tryng to work out what the hell (literally) is going on and to avoid dying at the hands of some very bad people. The narrative rocks along at a fair pace and is interspersed with some great moments of well written action. Harry is his usual, flawed, sarcastic self and acts as an excellent, world weary narrator. He is ably supported by a wide cast of colourful supporting characters, from his vampiric half-brother (you have to read the books to understand how that works) to his horse sized dog Mouse (ditto) to new arrivals such as the very human Butters.

In the final quarter events go from detective story to straight out action and the stage broadens out to include most of the City of Chicago.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic 17 May 2005
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Jim Butcher goes from strength to strength with his latest addition to the Dresden Files. I bought this in hardcover and devoured it in two days.
The vampire Mavra threatens to destroy Murphy's career if Harry doesn't find the Word of Kemmler for her. The word is a book, giving necromancers god-like power over the dead, and six necromancers are in town looking for it. Mavra can't use it herself, but being dead means it can be used against her.
Once again Harry does battle with the forces of nature, magic, and evil--in the form of ghosts and zombies--to defeat the necromancers and to save Murphy's life and career. This time, the entire city is in danger of destruction, as more and more power is brought to bear on Harry in an effort to prevent him interfering. I especially liked Harry's pet dinosaur named Sue :)
If you love Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake, Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan, Mark Cooper's Christine Humber, you will love Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden.
Dead Beat is book seven. The others in order are: Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Summer Knight, Death Masks, Blood Rites, and Dead Beat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun 1 Dec 2006
Harry Dresden is the only wizard in the Chicago telephone directory. He does special jobs for the police dept and this keeps him busy.

The story begins with Harry being blackmailed by a powerful vampire who holds incriminating evidence that would destroy the career of a close friend. The vampire wants Harry to find The Word of Kemmler, but first Harry has to find out what that is. The answer very quickly becomes clear; The Word of Kemmler is something that a lot of people want. A lot of powerful, ruthless and determined people. Within a very short time Harry is up to his ears in scary bad guys and all hell is quite literally breaking loose all over Chicago.

This is loads of fun. Cross detective noir with a grown-up Harry Potter and you've got the idea. The story is driven along at a cracking pace, you're never too many pages away from a big action scene yet the central characters are well enough developed that you care and understand them.

Not read any of Jim Butcher's work before - not a problem. Everything you need to know is there. Just sit back and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden at his best! 2 May 2005
Tasked by an enemy to find and retrieve the Word of Kemmler, Dresden soon finds himself in a race not only against time but against the former apprentices of the late Necromancer that are also seeking it.
Jim Butcher has produced another excellent addition to the Dresden Files. The action is fast paced, the dialog is sharp, the world and the characters within in it are both detailed and believable. Jim Butcher continues to impress me with his Dresden Files Series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another 5 star book from Jim Butcher 2 Jun 2005
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Frequently a series deteriorates over time and although you enjoy a book, it is not the same quality as earlier ones. Well this is certainly not true in this case and Harry Dresden goes from strenght to strenght.
I enjoyed this book more than some earlier ones and particularly liked Harry's character development. It is also nice to say that although it is part of a series, you certainly don't have to have read the other books.
My only moan is that we will have to wait for book 8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid and entertaining 26 Jun 2007
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
A solid read that's entertaining and Butcher handles his backstory in a competent and interesting way. One of the best in the series with some good set-ups for the future books, albeit I have concerns that Butcher could take a lazy way-out with some plot strains and I'm not happy with the Dresden/Murphy story-line.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good follow-up to last in series
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite so far
Great they should make this into a film, but who would play Dresden? Can't wait to start the next one.
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