Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (‘The Dresden Files’ series Book #7)

 Dead Beat by Jim Butcher

‘The Dresden Files’ series Book #7

Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages – Publisher: Roc (May 2, 2006) – Language: English – ISBN-10: 045146091X – ISBN-13: 978-0451460912

Back of the Book reads:

Paranormal investigations are Harry Dresden’s business, and Chicago is his beat as he tries to bring law and order to a world of wizards and monsters that exists alongside everyday life. And though most inhabitants of the Windy City don’t believe in magic, the Special Investigations department of the Chicago PD knows better.

Karrin Murphy is the head of SI and Harry’s good friend. So when a killer vampire threatens to destroy Murphy’s reputation unless Harry does her bidding, he has no choice. The vampire wants the Word of Kemmler (whatever that is) and all the power that comes with it. Now Harry is in a race against time – and six merciless necromancers – to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead…

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Review: Fast-paced, action-packed and witty, a T-Rex of a ride!

First, it starts off with an uncomfortable moment between Harry and Murphy. She’s asked him to water her house plants during the weekend ~ while she’s in Hawaii with none other than Kincaid. While Karrin deserves a vacation, Harry wishes it wasn’t with Kincaid.

To make matters worse, he receives a note from Mavra, a vampire from the Black Court, the vampire that previously tried to kill him. She has pictures of Murphy doing things a cop isn’t supposed to be doing while helping Harry and Kincaid, and if Harry refuses to do Mavra’s bidding, she’ll send the pictures to the police. Harry can’t let that happen, and he has only three days to find what Mavra’s looking for – all without help.

However, Mavra isn’t the only one looking for the Word of Kemmler, a book written by Kemmler himself, a powerful necromancer, that had been taken out ages ago by the White Council. For necromancy is the worst kind of magic, and to use such magic is to break the laws binding all wizards.

Between saving Butters’s butt and and fighting off zombies, Harry has to find a way to stop the other six necromancers all wanting what Mavra wants – all of Kemmler’s powers. But Harry can’t do that job alone and finally calls in the White Council to help, only to find out what three-quarters of all the Wardens have been eliminated by the Red Court. How did the Red Court know where to hit? Is there a traitor among the Senior Council? And why are the necromancers looking for the Word of Kemmler now, of all times? Captain Luccio, the head of Wardens, desperately needs the help, and Harry becomes a Warden, something he never thought he’d accept. But will Harry find the answer and the power to stop what’s about to happen? One can only hope.

And true to his word, Harry does.

Action-packed and fast-paced, this novel is a joyride. For three days, there is fight after fight, question after question, all with very little results until closer to the final battle. And just when you think it’s hopeless, Harry uses the necromancer’s magic against them, with a T-Rex of all things (and I swear, it was the best part of the book!) to fight the good fight.

And just to make matters more difficult, Harry has his own inner battles to fight as well, along with wanting to tell Lasciel (a Denarian from a previous novel) to take a hike and not being able to. Yes, he needs her help, but the cost would be astronomical, and it’s a cost he doesn’t want to pay. But without any kind of help from her, he knows, deep down, that he won’t be able to get the job done.

Along with his witty comebacks and remarks making this reader bark out with laughter, it’s darn near impossible to put down any of the Dresden Files novels and not think about them. An excellent read for sure, it has everything that I crave in a good book: mystery, action, suspense, magic, feelings, wit and inner turmoil, all wrapped up together. This is definitely a series for the paranormal/supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy lovers out there who love a good book. High recommendation!



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