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Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5 | [Jim Butcher]

Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss.
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss...A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature - and who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.

©2003 Jim Butcher; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Amazon Customer Ventura, Ca, United States 12-06-09
    Amazon Customer Ventura, Ca, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Long wait for this book!"

    But boy was it worth the wait. The stride that Butcher hits around book 3 continues here. I would be surprised if anyone could listen this to this book and not find themselves laughing out loud while getting sucked into another great adventure from the worlds second most famous wizard named Harry. It is going to be a long seven months waiting for book 6!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Springfield, IL, USA 11-10-09
    Christopher Springfield, IL, USA 11-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "FINAL CHAPTER HAS ARRIVED"

    Great book, per usual. Looking forward to 6 & 7.
    As in title, final chapter is now included.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lily C. Baker San Jose, CA USA 02-03-10
    Lily C. Baker San Jose, CA USA 02-03-10 Member Since 2009

    toddler mom

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    "An inventive and compelling world"

    I love Jim Butcher. I think he must be the most optimistic person on the planet. Although he writes of ghastly things that go bump in the night in some pretty graphically violent scenes, there isn't a character in his book that isn't above redemption. That and friendship and true love are themes in this absolutely delightful series. And Marsters embodies all of the many characters of this series with distinct voices and personalities until you're lost in the experience and forget that you're listening, not watching the action happen.

    I started this series with book 8 and have been jumping all over although based on reviews, I've avoided the first 4 books. I've enjoyed every book since Butcher takes pains to bring a reader up to date with backstory details when needed. And, I can tell that Butcher's matured as an author. All of his books have been great, but this was weaker in terms of a natural feel to the dialogue and the plot felt a little convenient at times. In the following books, the stories are tighter and the dialogue is snappy, but doesn't feel as contrived.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jack o' all trades Corpus Christi, TX 09-14-14
    Jack o' all trades Corpus Christi, TX 09-14-14 Member Since 2014

    Jack

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    "Fantasy Noir"

    I've enjoyed reading the Dresden Files and then I discovered the audio books read by James Marsters. If you haven't heard Marsters, he has a gift for accents and linguistics which is severely underestimated.

    The Dreseden Files are classic Noir with a fantasy undercurrent. The fact that Harry Dresden is a Wizard of the White Court isn't as helpful as you might imagine when some schlub with a gun can take him out just as easily as your average gumshoe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eric Surprise, AZ, United States 08-11-14
    eric Surprise, AZ, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Better and Better"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This series keeps getting better even though there is a bit of a formula with the stories, I don't know how its going to end within the first five minutes of the book because he actually holds back.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Marsters always does a great job, but just like the stories he is getting better with time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    brendam955 08-09-14
    brendam955 08-09-14
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    "A Keeper"
    Would you listen to Death Masks again? Why?

    Yes.Because I am really enjoying the Dresdin books.I wish I could afford them all.One at a time will do for now though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line and James Marsters is great in the narration for them.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    I can't distinguish between them.I like them all.I think Harry is my favorite though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The humor in it is great for a mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    disudds SLC, UT 06-21-14
    disudds SLC, UT 06-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another fun read"

    Another fun Harry Dresden book. This one had so much going on that it was hard to follow all the story lines or believe it could all be tidied up by the end, but in tru Butcher fashion, Harry prevails and the only loose ends are those that want to make you read the next book. Michael is back, so is Susan, and the new characters are all welcome additions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 06-02-14
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "New Deadly Enemies & New Friends"

    You would think Dresden would get a break after Summer Knight, but nooooo Jim Butcher had other deadly plans for our friend. You would think that at most there would be one deadly enemy, but again noo there are many. I felt really bad for Dresden. But at least there was new friends as well here, at least he wasn't by himself.

    it is unbelievable how things progress in this series, and how Dresden developed over time. Such a great series.

    I wonder what will happen next!?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah pleasant prairie, Wi, United States 03-09-14
    Sarah pleasant prairie, Wi, United States 03-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A fun read."
    What made the experience of listening to Death Masks the most enjoyable?

    Made my work day fly by!


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Marsters always has such fun and interesting vocalizations for his characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Classic Jim Butcher. Doesn't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-04-14
    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Harry Dresden"

    Harry is finally working towards an even footing in life. He's as close to financially solvent as he has been in a while, thanks in part to an appearance on a local talk show.

    At the talk show he meets a vampire general from the Red Court who wants Harry to agree to a duel to stop the war he started and a priest who needs Harry's help recovering a holy relic, the shroud of Turin.

    There's no avoiding the duel, and Harry being Harry, agrees to look into the shroud when his long distance sort of but not quite ex-girlfriend Susan Rodriguez, one time journalist now half Red Court vampire, walks back into this life with a warning. Don't duel.

    What's not to like about a Dresden novel? There was a lot of heart, endings and beginnings in this book. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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