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Death Masks (The Dresden Files)

Death Masks (The Dresden Files) [Kindle Edition]

Jim Butcher
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Butcher maintains a breakneck pace (Booklist)

Inventive storylines, dark supernatural themes, edge-of-your-seat adventure, strong characterizations, and irreverent humour ... Everything works (

This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight (Booklist)


Butcher maintains a breakneck pace Booklist Inventive storylines, dark supernatural themes, edge-of-your-seat adventure, strong characterizations, and irreverent humour ... Everything works This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight Booklist

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451459407
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EH18OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,342 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He’s more than a long leather coat 14 Aug 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fifth in the Dresden Files pits our hero Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only working Wizard – well, the only one in the Yellow Pages at any rate – against the demands of the other world, the underworld and those of his day job as a Private Investigator. The opening chapter sets up nicely the simultaneous conflicting pressures that Harry’s supernatural friends and enemies place on him. And by the second chapter, there has been an attempt on his life and he’s been given notice that the Red Court is threatening not only his own life, but that of those he cares about. Top that off with his human friends and their demands, and a bad day gets that much worse.
All in a days work for Harry, but that’s all the better for those of us following his adventures. Here the central mystery is a couple of gruesome deaths and the theft of the Shroud (that covered Christ’s body until he was resurrected). As events move forward it becomes clear that both are linked. As usual there’s much more to the book than just mystery – fantasy, adventure and an element of romance as Susan turns up in Chicago again also take precedence from time to time. This serves to heighten or slow the pace as required to drive the plot forward. There are no new threats here – it’s essentially the Red Court as we’ve met in the previous 2 books of the series - and the mob has it’s influence too. However the danger Harry faces is very real, unrelenting as the story is told over just a few days, and from all sides. This makes for a fast paced, action packed style that any who have read the series will recognise and appreciate.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting better all the time 24 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Harry Dresden series is an undiscovered gem at the moment. The books were until recently only available in the US, and it took a while for the public to catch on to this cool, smart PI/practising wizard who risks fates much, much worse than death to save us poor oblivious mortals.
With the Dresden Files about to become a TV show, now is your chance to catch up with the first few books in the series. Each one is darker and more complex, and in Death Masks we see Harry (a non-believer) forced to help the Church recover the stolen Shroud of Turin, meeting new monsters and new friends along the way.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Addition to the Series. 9 Sep 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Typical of most of the Dresden Files this book is a non-stop page turner. The best thing is that Jim Butcher is improving in his craft. In comparison to his first two novels, which were a little awkward, the plot twists and characterisations in 'Death Masks' are markedly improved. The especially nice to see.
Another enjoyable aspect is that Dresden's actions have long term consequences; the war with the Red Court is a reaction to a minor scene in the first book and there is definitely a major future plot point that is set up in the last pages of this book. Jim Butcher handles this much better than most other authors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I want to like this series, I really do, but.... 16 July 2012
By The Demon Librarian TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...I just don't think I'm ever going to fully appreciate Harry the way some of my other reading buddies do. I like the books well enough, but I feel almost no emotional connection to any character, including Harry, and I'm constantly confused with who new characters are because he often doesn't introduce them or it's too brief when he does. I was told the series hits its stride at around book 4 so I've given it a good go, but I think I'm going to be dropping it. Liking something 'well enough' isn't good enough for my precious reading time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good instalments with some little issues 27 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Death Masks is the fifth instalment in the Dresden series, and I was hoping (expecting?) to find the same kind of flawless plotting and execution that had made me love Summer Knight so damned much. I wanted to be thrilled, surprised, amused by this book just as much as I had been by its predecessor. And as much as Death Masks was a good book, it just never made it to awesome.


The first thing that struck me was that every damn female in this book was attractive. And I mean every single one of them, even the razor-sharp-fifteen-foot-long-haired-demon. Harry appears to see women as curves, breasts, pretty throats and nice eyes. It happens when he first sees Francesca, anytime he's around Anna, and at times I think he does more ogling of Deirdre (the demon-girl) than actual fighting.


My second point of contention with this book was also one of the things I found coolest about it: the Denarians. Their concept is awesome, and they make for some kickass bad guys with a great backstory and powers enough to make them stay around and become a real problem. Their execution was what didn't sit well with me, however. I'm not particularly against shapeshifting, but when dealing with shapeshifting, writers need to think long and hard about what their characters are turning into and what that implies.


Nicodemus, head of the Denarians, seemed to escape the shape-shifting issue of losing any seriousness by, well, not shape-shifting. Instead, Nicodemus is the talkative type, whilst saying he isn't, and he likes to gloat. He would have been a better bad guy, in my opinion, had he been a little less one dimensional.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun!
Like all of Jim butchers books I have read so far, I have found it engrossing and lots of fun can't wait to get the next!
Published 1 month ago by Nathan iel Castle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very dark. Very disturbing.
This story takes us into some very deep and dark places in the battle between good and evil, even going as far back as the crucifixion, the 30 pieces of silver and the shroud. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Love this cool guy and his weird adventures and all his cool pets and mates and have just started to watch the new tv series
Published 3 months ago by Coleve
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book that continues the new standard of Dresden novel
So in the last book this series went epic with a fairy war, a vampire vs magician war as well as visitors from Harry's dark past. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GOTTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Masknificant
Harry Dresden Wizard PI is back once more in `Death Masks', the fifth outing for the intrepid magic user and once more he is up against multiple foes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Up to his usual standard
All the usual ingredients of a Dresden book combining in an inventive and enjoyable take on the daftness of the underlying premise of the whole series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith
Loved it the books are getting better with each one. The characters are growing. It's a shame the tv series did,nt resemble the books, could have been a real hit.
Published 7 months ago by Joy Newton
5.0 out of 5 stars Dresden rocks
Great read. Plenty of action and laughs. Dresden can knock you down with magic or his terrible jokes. Great stuff.
Published 8 months ago by SImon titcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Humour along with the supernatural
Another great book by this author. I love the characters and I have bought all of his books to replace my paperbacks to put them on my kindle.
Published 10 months ago by rebecca rice
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
I still like Harry Dresden, sort of a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter. I recomend this to fans of magic and detective stories
Published 11 months ago by james
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