Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dead Beat (Dresden Files #7)

 Author: Jim Butcher
Goodreads Rating: 4.42
Pages: 448
Format: Audiobook

There's an entire world that exists alongside the everyday life of mankind. There are powers, nations, monsters, wars, feuds, alliances - everything. Wizards are part of it. So are a lot of other things you've heard about in stories, and even more you've never heard of...Vampires. Werewolves. Faeries. Demons. Monsters. It's all real.

Harry Dresden knows full well that such creatures exist. Paranormal investigations are his stock-in-trade, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world that exists on the edges of imagination. Luckily Harry's not alone in this struggle. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don't believe in magic, there's a department that's been set up within the Chicago PD to deal with "strange" cases: the Special Investigations department.

Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and a good friend of Harry's. So when a deadly vampire threatens to destroy Murphy's reputation unless Harry helps her, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler and all the power that comes with it - but first Harry has to determine what the Word of Kemmler is. Now Harry is in a race against time - and six necromancers - to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.

  I love Harry Dresden. It didn't top the last book in my opinion but it did hold up to my expectations and standards when it comes to the Dresden Files books. There is plenty of action and surprises that will keep you guessing right until the end. There are unexpected twists that will leave you literally saying "WHAT?!?".

Harry is still never able to find a calm moment of peace in his life but at least it makes for a good story. For all the Walking Dead fans, this book dealt with a bunch of zombies and end of the world zombie apocalypse stuff. You get to meet a new character, Butters, who is just adorable, in a polka-loving mortician kind of way.

I read this book as an audiobook with James Marsters narrating and I must say, James Marsters is the best person for Harry's voice. I love it so much that this is the first book series where I will only listen to audiobook version as opposed to reading them on my Kindle/book. James does a fabulous job with not only Harry's voice but voicing the other characters as well. I never have to think "Well which character is talking".

Overall, this was a great Dresden book. It gets 4.5/5 stars just because the last book topped this one in surprises (which I love) even though I think this book had far more action in it. I can't wait to read the rest and see what other shenanigans Harry gets into.

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