Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 7 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 April 2010|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 7,071 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Couple of small fight scenes. Eventually leads to Big Showdown(tm). Hey, I think I've read this one.
The story is an ok read, good if you love the series, but fits that same pattern too well.
Hoping that book 8 breaks the recipe.
Jim does build character a little, not entirely episodic, but are later books going to develop - or is it just a comic/game plot? is it just going to be switch of monster flavour of the week? is it going to just be a roleplaying game-esque/bond-esque constant lift of threat level rather than detective novel and mystery?
Top reviews from other countries
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. This treads water a bit here, but does its job of maintaining that ever-present sense of doom for Harry's future.
4 stars. These books are fun thrill rides, though not terribly memorable or substantial; doesn't matter, I'll keep reading.
After a slightly lacklustre installment, Butcher is back firing on all cylinders, and it's a joy to read. The quest for the book allows Harry to do some good old-fashioned detecting, and pretty soon he realises that other interested parties are also after the same thing.
The adversaries in this case are pleasingly varied in their abilities, from the magical powerhouse Cowl to the body-hopping Corpsetaker and the zombie-commanding Grevane. Jim even manages to squeeze in an old enemy of Harry's, out for revenge.
As ever, the action setpieces are spectacular, including an early chase sequence at the morgue and a thrilling zombie siege where Harry should feel most safe. Butcher saves the best till last, though, with a climactic scene that has to be among the best I've read anywhere. I won't spol much, save to say it involves an army of the undead, several White Council wardens and Harry atop a most unconventionall steed...
The personal relationships between the characters aren't neglected by any means. Harry's newfound family member proves a staunch ally and equal annoyance, Billy and his friends make a guest appearance, and joy of joys, the hilarious Butters gets promoted to head sidekick for this book. Murphy's elsewhere during the story, but Harry has a chance at a connection with a comely and plucky bookstore assistant; I pretty much guarantee you won't see where THAT one is going.
The standard of quality of the Dresden Files tends to be so universally high that it's hard to choose between them, but Dead Beat stands as a crowning moment of awesome for the series thus far. Definitely a Halloween treat.
A good book. Some interesting character development for Harry. He gets to reevaluate his perspective on split of things and dabbles in some dark arts. Looking forward to seeing how things develop on the next book.