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- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 6 April 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
Anyone jumping in at this point should stop and go back.
Having said that, the books still do the basic introductions for every recurring character and concept whenever the crop up, which is now getting a little tiring and I say that despite a two-year gap between reading Blood Rites and this.
This one starts with Harry -- same as ever Harry: sleep-deprived, gallant, chivalrous and ever on the verge of trouble -- living with his brother Thomas (see end of book 6) in his cramped apartment.
The main plot revolves around the arrival of a bunch of necromancers to Chicago, looking for a number of magical mcGuffins in order to become god-like and kick off world-ending-like problems.
A number of the usual supporting characters don't appear at all, or very little indeed -- notably Karrin Murphy (or any cop really) and Michael.
However Butters, the rarely-mentioned medical examiner, gets a much enlarged role here and he's great. A funny and talented, yet permanently terrified individual with a passion for polka.
Overall I think this is tied, with Summer Knight (#4), for my favourite so far in the series.
This is a very easy read; thrilling, well paced between the many action sequences and the "figure it out" sequences involving Bob and Butters. Harry's dog, whom I don't remember from earlier books, plays an ever-increasing "role" in the books which I like.
Plenty of pop-culture humour as usual, pretty sure this scored at least five out-loud laughs.
The sole over-arching storyline for the series is now Harry's "internal" battle with Lasciel, the fallen angel.Read more ›
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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I love the works of Jim Butcher. Another brilliant book in the Dresden Files Series.Published 3 months ago by tess
‘Dead Beat’ represents the seventh outing for everyone’s favourite Wizard PI with his almost impossible ability to survive anything and once again, true to form, Harry Dresden... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Tyler
It's great that after seven books, The Dresden Files continues to be a great series. In this book, Mavra, the Black Court Vampire, wants Harry to get a book for her - Kemmler's... Read morePublished 5 months ago by C L Raven