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Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book Three: 3 Paperback – 5 May 2011

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0356500292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356500294
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue ... will have fans rapidly turning the pages (Booklist)

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An action-packed case file from Harry Dresden, private investigator and wizard, by international bestselling author Jim Butcher

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Harry Dresden's faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago area phone book. But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone loco. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself...

I was rather partial to the second book (Fool Moon) in the Dresden series, and started this novel with great eagerness, but found myself somewhat underwhelmed. I think this was for a number of reasons, which I shall endeavour to explain below.

The first reason is no doubt the hype and expectation. Everyone I know universally loves this series (in fact, I genuinely don't know a single person who has found it boring or insipid - a danger with a lot of urban fantasy) and states categorically that each book improves on the last. Because I loved Fool Moon, I was expecting Grave Peril to blow me away - but it didn't.

The second reason is no real fault of the book or the author, but I feel it bears mentioning. When you join a long-running series so late, and there are so many books ahead of you, there is no real tension about whether the hero will live or die. Sure, the peripheral figures might be in some danger (depending on the author - some never kill of any people, despite an ever-expanding cast; LKH, I'm looking at you!
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(After Storm Front and Fool Moon)
Harry Dresden wizard PI (paranormal investigations) is back again. I do feel that to get the most out of the book you need to have read the previous 2 books.
This book has the most complex story so far, Harry is now seeing Susan Rodriguez who has an interest in Harry's invite to a vampire party to celebrate Bianca's (a vampire met in book 1) promotion.
Meanwhile Harry with the help of his sword wielding very Christian friend Michael is trying to find out who is stirring up and torturing the ghosts in Chicago, plus there is something attacking humans that are close to Harry.
Harry's faerie godmother puts her oar in just to complicate things further.
We also learn a lot more about the different paranormal groups in Harry's world.
As usual there is the odd bit of humour dropped in to lighten the load my favourite is Harry's costume when he goes to the vampires costume party.
The more I read of Harry the more he strikes me as being like Jim Rockford in the TV Rockford files but in a paranormal setting (poor, beaten up, sucker for the damsel, has a love/hate relationship with a particular cop etc).
A complex and serious detective story just set in a paranormal world
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Harry Dresden and his friend Michael, a true Knight of the Cross race across Chicago to save the lives of scores of newborn babies about to be murdered by a ghost as powerful as any they've ever seen. A momentary glimpse into the true spirit of the haunt shows them that the ghost is being tortured. A spiritual barbed wire is ripping and gouging into ghostly flesh causing pain and madness in the spirit world. The wall between real life and the Never-never is getting thinner while demons and ghosts are getting stronger. Harry has to, once again, put life and soul at risk to save the people he cares about as someone, or something, somewhere, targets everyone he loves.
Friends on the police department are behaving oddly towards our wizard and even as they call him for help, they exclude him from vital information he needs to solve the case. What's a wizard to do, but try to make a deal with a Fairy Godmother who wants to, not only separate him from the woman he loves, but wants to turn him into a great big doggie as well.
Jim Butcher once again captures us with his wry sense of humor and tugs our heart strings with his characters. The action packed adventure keeps your attention and suprises lurk in the corners with the monsters. Grave Peril can stand alone, but if you've not yet read the first two books in the Dresden Files, Don't miss out, get all three. Congratulations Mr. Butcher, you've done it again.
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Jim Butcher (Storm Front, Fool Moon) goes from strength to strength in this his third book in the Harry Dresden saga. The boundaries between the teeming streets of Chicago and the Never Never grow ever thinner and cause problems for our hard pressed Wizard P.I. Together with his friend Michael, a true Knight of the Cross, Harry races to save dozens of lives from a tormented ghost intent upon sucking the life out of babies in the local hospital's nursery.

A glimpse into the ghost's motivations reveals that it is being tortured and used to do the dirty deed, but who could force a ghost this powerful to do anything? That's what Harry must find out and put a stop to, but old alliances are tenuous things, and the police are acting very oddly toward him indeed. He cannot rely upon their help. Harry turns to another source for his information--his fairy Godmother. The same Godmother who not only wants to separate him from the girl he loves, but also wants to enslave him for eternity.

Grave peril is book three in the harry Dresden saga, but as another reviewer pointed out it can stand on its own merits. That's not to say it should. Readers will definitely benefit from reading this series in order: Storm Front, Fool Moon, Grave Peril.
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