Dead Beat

Dead Beat 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 S I 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

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it Jim currently resi

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 517 pages
  • Dead Beat
  • Jim Butcher
  • English
  • 04 July 2019
  • 9780451460912

10 thoughts on “Dead Beat

  1. says:

    Polka will never die

  2. says:

    Book Twenty five Dead Beat by Jim Butcher Hell s Bells count 13While I was on my long commute to work not so bad, as it affords me reading time , I wondered what the Harry Dresden from Storm Front would have made of the Harry Dresden from this book I imagine he probably would have been scared And to be honest, I don t think I would be able to blame him.There s necromancy afoot in Chicago, and as much as he doesn t want to be, Harry is in the middle of all of it He s been charged by one of the most dangerous vampires in the world, Mavra of the Black Court, to find the missing volume of a series written by one of the most notorious necromancers in human history When the necromancer Kemmler was alive, it took nearly the entire fighting force of the White Council of Wizards to stop him Now his disciples are all hunting for the book, trying to be the first one to kill everyone in Chicago and become a god.It s a mission he can t refuse If he should do so, Mavra has evidence in her possession that would destroy the career of one of the people closest to Harry Lt Karrin Murphy of the Chicago Police Department In the previous book, Murphy helped Harry take out a nest of Black Court vampires, killing several humans who had been enthralled to the vamps These Renfields were human only by technicality, but a photograph of Murphy blowing one s head off would still be damning evidence Should Harry not do what Mavra wants, the pictures would be released, and the one things that Murphy truly loves would be gone.The point of this book, broadly, is Harry discovering that past actions still have present consequences, and that the choices he has to make are not always good ones While Harry does save the day, he does so at a cost.Harry has become legitimately scary by this book His friends and his allies aren t sure about him any, either his motives or his sanity The people who have stood steadfastly by him now find themselves afraid of him, and what he might do And for good reason, really Harry s been through a lot in the last few books He s lost the woman he loves to the Red Court vampires, he very nearly lost his hand fighting Mavra and he s now absolutely terrified of using fire magic as a result On top of all that, he s discovered that being someone s brother doesn t automatically mean you get to understand them Or like them Or be able to live with them.So yeah, Harry s had it rough With most humans, it s hard to see change from the inside, and I m sure Harry doesn t think he s changed all that much He knows he s gotten a little angrier, maybe a little solitary, but from his point of view it s a logical progression For people who aren t with him all the time Billy the Werewolf, Mac the World s Best Tavern Owner, for example, the changes are drastic And truly frightening Harry s still a good guy, don t worry about that.He s just not a nice guy.This book is awash in general awesomeness, and introduces a lot of good new characters, both on the good and bad sides My favorite is Waldo Butters, the Medical Examiner for the Chicago PD He goes from being a slightly quirky ME who kind of believes in the weird and unusual he spent 90 days under psychiatric evaluation when he refused to classify vampire remains as human By the end of the book, he becomes positively heroic, and is a very good avatar for The Reader We all like to believe that we would take the world of the supernatural, if it existed, in stride, but we probably would have reacted just like Butters did when he first saw things he was not prepared for denial, disbelief and then abject terror He comes around, though, as I m sure all of us would.We also get to meet a few of the remaining Wardens of the White Council The war has gone very hard on their numbers, and there are very, very few available to fight a group of mad necromancers in Chicago The Red Court has dealt them such heavy blows that it s not unreasonable to think that there s a mole in the White Council somewhere Who it is, though, will have to wait for another book Their numbers have been slashed, and they need every able bodied magic user they can get The deal they offer Harry for their assistance is a surprising one, but makes perfect sense And it will play heavily into the books that follow.There s also one genuine Holy Shit moment in this book I won t tell you what it is, because that would just spoil the whole thing All I can say is that it s at the end of chapter 38 You can t miss it.From here on out, this is going to be a very different series Bigger, darker, as if that were possible, building on the foundation of the previous books to make something far elaborate and interesting I can t wait to see what it ends up being Polka will never die Waldo Butters, Dead Beat

  3. says:

    Harry Dresden fans, do you know you can get special Dresden character tea blends like this Butters one Just food, er, drink for thought.Wonder what he tastes like Corpses I m 100% in love with the audiobooks for this series James Marsters gets better and better with each book, and I m addicted to listening to him narrate His character vocal differentiation is improving with each story, and his inflections are spot on He is amazing, really amazing In terms of plot, this one was pretty freaking convoluted There were dozens of bad guys and insurmountable odds, but Jim Butcher pulled it off in the end It wasn t my favorite of the series thus far, but I had an excellent time listening The storyline was unlike any that I ve heard before, and it was somewhat brilliant in it s level of complexity Bring on Harry Dresden and polka, please

  4. says:

    Dr Peter Venkman, Dr Egon Spengler, Dr Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddnire and Dana Barrett all sit watching The Big Lebowski and discussing Jim Butcher s 2005 Harry Dresden novel Dead Beat the seventh novel in the series.Venkman We have to drink every time we hear an F Bomb.All drink.Egon Butcher has done another outstanding job explaining and expounding upon his paranormal universe, this time returning to many of the themes he explored in his third Dresden novel Grave Peril involving ghosts and the undead.Dana Also interesting was the turn that Harry s relationship with Karrin Murphy took, did not see that coming.Winston Neither did Harry.All drink.Ray OK, so let s break it down Storm Front was about wizardry in general, setting up the storyline Fool Moon was about lycanthropy, Grave Peril was ghosts, Summer Knight was about fairies, Death Masks was with vampires Blood Rites, vampires, especially the succubae white court and now we re back to ghosts.Dana Though all of the novels have been liberally interspersed with mention of the arcane, building the Dresden universe Winston And they re just fun to read.All drink.Venkman Was it me or did this one have a greater than normal Lovecraftian influence Egon You re correct, Peter, the old ones or a variation on that theme was brought up.All drink.Winston Anyway, another very entertaining visit to the Dresden files and the storyline just keeps getting better.All drink.

  5. says:

    The one where it really starts to get good Has several priceless scenes, especially in the last third, that had me re reading this book Best dinosaur scene ever.

  6. says:

    This entry in The Dresden Files has wizard Harry Dresden fighting necromancers to protect his friends and contemplating his own mortality We also get to hang out with a few side characters and see a fascinating new side of Bob, who just happens to be one of my favorite characters in the whole series Because that Kemmler was a certifiable nightmare, Bob said That got my attention Bob the skull was an air spirit, a being that existed in a world of knowledge without morality He was fairly fuzzy on the whole good evil conflict pg 39, ebook.There s some ridiculousness and danger to the story, but mainly Harry angst and the perpetual struggle against darkness And despite every religious faith, the testimony of near death eyewitnesses, and the imaginations of storytellers throughout history, death remains the ultimate mystery No one truly, definitely knows what happens after pg 30, ebook.And a few old enemies, of course She laughed harder, and the sound of it spooked the hell out of me There was no warmth in it, no humanity, no kindness, no joy It was like Mavra herself pg 33, ebook.Harry is still dealing with his disabled hand, which he burnt the heck out of in the last book I had a responsibility to keep that destructive strength in check to use it to help people, to protect them It didn t matter that I still felt terrified It didn t matter that my hand was screaming with pain pg 65, ebook.Also, some of Harry s previous decisions about vampires and the Wizard Counsel have some serious consequences But, anybody who s been reading this series for awhile, knew that that was only a matter of time.And there s the small matter of a certain silver coin that Harry picked up a few books ago and buried under the concrete in his lab But whatever is in the coin can t get out of the circle he put it in right I just keep getting wounded and tired I m not some kind of superhero I m just me And I didn t want any of this pg 131, ebook.If you haven t read this series, I highly recommend you start with the first book The stories build on each other and become quite satisfying, in my opinion.The ending of this one contains some ridiculousness that I was not prepared for, but after some thought about the series, I ve decided that it doesn t matter.There is very little Jim Butcher could write in here that I wouldn t like Somewhere along the line, I ve become quite a fan of The Dresden Files.I didn t expect it But that s the truth.

  7. says:

    This had one of the most creative and fun uses of magic I ve ever seen without creating an entirely original magic system Also some serious character development and story progression You rock, Jim Butcher

  8. says:

    Best Dresden yet CAN WE GET CONSISTENT QUALITY PLEASE

  9. says:

    This seventh book in the Dresden Files series, took me on a roller coaster ride tread by many of the fans, yet managed to make the experience nearly pristine and virginal The book was at first a slow starter, then became a precocious child, then became an overachiever, then, a late bloomer The entire novel was the work of a workaholic, of that I m sure The series follow a formula only in the broadest sense of the word I wish to tell Jim Butcher to ditch his cliffhangers I mean, by that, his tendency to put Dresden in a dead end and have him rescued by a providential arrival here, once, by a Deus Ex Mafia Not all such rescues are humdrum, though When the hero is saved by Butters, it made for inspired writing But I leave the benefit of the doubt to the author, who knows about his audience, than I do, and knows on which side his bread is buttered Dead Beat is startlingly different in raw ideas, from its precedents The vampires set the ball rolling, and referee the majority of the death counts, but they are mostly off screen The one vampire in the book, Thomas, is there, is interesting, but does not help much There are new and newish characters to make up for that The Book Of Kemmler is a book within a book The entire show runs round it And one of the characters is fiction within a fiction The best thing about book seven is that the layers that form part of the novel are available at first reading I took great enjoyment from it Dresden s hero complex is dealt with, with care, restraint, artfulness, and thoughtfulness The plot coupons and twists in the book are well timed I think the reveals, which are different and self sufficient not depending on previous ones , enhance the craftsmanship of the author, who, in retrospect, I m seeing growing alongside his main character All of the annoying twinges of previous books have been erased, at least in my book If this book were a brochure, I d buy everything in it It s that good.

  10. says:

    Son Everyone dies alone That s what it is It s a door It s one person wide When you go through it, you do it alone But it doesn t mean you ve got to be alone before you go through the door And believe me, you aren t alone on the other side About this book, it s like any other book of Dresden Files just nastier When you think things cannot get any worse, all hell break loose something happens to worsen everything And I cannot help but be surprised at how much will Harry has and how far can he go with it Dresden never fails to entertain me He also never fails to take me on a ride in the train of excitements But apart from everything I have taken a serious liking for this guy and it really pains me to see him fighting while he is hurt and all of his limbs are not fully functional Hopefully when I meet him next I will see him hale and hearty.

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