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Dead Beat

Dead Beat

Written by Jim Butcher

Narrated by James Marsters


Dead Beat

Written by Jim Butcher

Narrated by James Marsters

ratings:
4/5 (1,865 ratings)
Length:
15 hours
Released:
Apr 15, 2010
ISBN:
9781101222300
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.


From the Paperback edition.
Released:
Apr 15, 2010
ISBN:
9781101222300
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

#1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. 


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  • (4/5)
    Typical dresden files novel. First one I had as an audiobook, which makes the novel a bit better to me, but I still had no problems putting the book down for two days (!) during the final confrontation (!), so it can't have been too good, can it?

    So, I can see why some people like this series, but it just does not do the job for me. I may keep listening to the series anyway, because I have no better idea what audiobook to start next, but once something more interesting comes along, I will probably drop the series.
  • (5/5)
    On a re-read, this one really stands out. This is the first time I said, "Wow, that's a really well-written line" for one of Butcher's books. It's a really tense read, and Butcher introduces some really *big* elements to the overarching plot. Also, Waldo Butters--a minor character who appeared once before this--is elevated to a much more important spot. He's so good.
  • (4/5)
    I thought the Halloween setting would be gimmicky but it works surprisingly well. Stakes are raised, and power shifts. Thomas increasingly becomes my favorite.
    (I actually finished this yesterday, but had a lot of things going on...)
  • (4/5)
    This book introduces 6 dangerous necromancers, including the insanely powerful Cowl. They are seeking The Word of Kemmler, a book containing the teachings of their old master, and it's Harry's mission to stop them. A very good read.
  • (5/5)
    More books should have t-rexes and polka in them.
  • (4/5)
    [Cross-posted to Knite Writes]This is probably the most epic installment of the series yet, and that’s saying something. Butcher manages to take characters from several books ago — Thomas, the Alphas, Butters, Morgan — and integrate them into the plot line in a way that keeps them relevant across time and lets them develop further as characters in their own right. It’s really hard to take so large a cast of characters and keep all of them relevant and constantly developing as the overarching story plot progresses, but Butcher has shown he is very good at it in the past — and this book is probably his best show of skill yet.Along with the recurring characters, we yet again have a host of new characters brought in to provide us with fresh powers, motivations, and expanded world-building, and like usual, Butcher’s new characters are very well thought out, three-dimensional, and interesting. No flat, stereotypical antagonists here. No meaningless one-off side characters that don’t add anything to the story verse. All of Butcher’s characters fit flawlessly together in this complex world he’s built over the past seven books, and I admire his efforts to keep them all interacting so smoothly. Impressive feat.Once more, Butcher has wrapped the overarching storyline around the individual book plot in a spectacular way — he never, for a second, forgets what has happened in previous books, and he interweaves the natural progression of past events into the current events in ways that realistically impact his characters at this present point in time. The world never shrinks. The plot of a single book never branches off entirely from the plot of the whole. Everything builds upon itself, and every book gives you a broader view of a vast and complex world that started off as nothing but “Chicago with a wizard” way back in Storm Front.Great work again, Butcher.