Hello fellow bookworms, today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Dead Beat by Jim Butcher. Book 7 in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files.
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Title: Dead Beat by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #7
Published by Orbit on 4 March, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 15 hours 7 minutes
No. of Pages: 530
Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.
Luckily, however, he's not alone. Although most people don't believe in magic, the Chicago P.D. has a Special Investigations department, headed by his good friend Karrin Murphy. They deal with the . . . stranger cases.
It's down to Karrin that Harry sneaks into Graceland Cemetery to meet a vampire named Mavra. Mavra has evidence that would destroy Karrin's career, and her demands are simple. She wants the Word of Kemmler - and all the power that comes with it. But first, Harry's keen to know what he'd be handing over. Before long he's racing against time, and six necromancers, to get the Word. And to prevent a Halloween that would truly wake the dead.
Magic - it can get a guy killed.
Review Format: eBook, Audiobook
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This year, as you may know, I set myself the long-overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge and have a page marking my progress.
Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another book from my TBR pile. I started The Dresden Files back in 2018! Eek!
What did I think of Dead Beat?
Vampires and Zombies Galore!
I’m devouring the books in this series; each one so far has held me gripped. The Dresden Files is becoming one of my favourite reads. The magic and paranormal abilities found in these books feel believable, real, as do the characters. They’re multifaceted creations that have credibility; with depth and layers to their personalities. Good or bad, light or dark is an illusion, the reality is a myriad of shades of grey. Aside from Harry, I loved seeing Mouse play his part during this adventure. There are revelations in this book that took my breath away.
Dead Beat has all the aspects perfectly blended to create a gripping book.
There’s a great balance between the various building blocks of this story: Mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective, and the paranormal. Jim Butcher blends the more brutal aspects with well-written humour, love, friendship and hope. This mix helps to keep the story from being too dark and heavy. Dead Beat also has a few surprises within its pages; things didn’t happen as I’d guessed. I enjoyed trying to second guess what would happen next and how Harry would get out of the various deadly situations he inevitably found himself in.
As an audiobook, I found myself listening to it rather than doing my chores.
James Marsters performance was amazing. The pace at which he read the narrative was appropriate for each scene, while the voices he gave to each character added another level of credibility to the dialogue. I feel that James has personified our protagonist. Bringing Harry to life in his narration of this series.
Dead Beat is a gripping book.
However, it’s part of an ongoing series so don’t expect all the loose ends to be neatly tied up. There’s no life-or-death cliffhanger at the end. However, although Harry may have won the battles in this book, we’re left in no doubt that he’ll need to face many more in the future. I for one, can’t wait to find out what adventures Harry is forced to go on in the next book.
And because I love James’s narration so much, here’s his bio too.
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest in Deat Beat. Now go add it to your towering TBR piles. However, if you’ve already read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. 😉
Bye for now,
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