With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of some importance, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.
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I found James Masters pacing of his naration was odd, which made this book a little difficult for me to listen to. The story itself is a pleasant twist on standard detective fiction. I'm not sure if I'll keep listening to these as it was okay but not compelling.
As the first in the series, I don't feel like James Marsters had the chance to warm up to the characters yet. In later books he's simply superb. That said, it is still a wonderful fantasy/mystery book. I love Dresden, his humor, his chivalry, his reluctant heroism--and Marsters is a perfect fit to play him.
Magical detective story
It was like The Maltese Falcon with magic.
yes He did good voices and showed feeling.
Yes! It was very entertaining, well written, and has a five star reader acting out the story!!!
There was this time when this guy did a thing and the other guy did some neat magic. That was totally cool!!! ... Seriously, it's a great book, but I'm not going to give any spoilers away! Get it, you will not be disappointed.
The book is great, nice premise and plot.
The details of the murder scenes, although I found the relationship with the wizard and the cop, to be silly and unrealistic. It's like asking an expert to review a criminal case, and then making him a suspect because he knew too much. If life was really like this, no criminal cases would ever have expert witnesses appearing in court.
I found the narrator to be monotone, and lacking emotion. The recording picks up his lips smacking, sighing, taking in breaths and you can hear him moving saliva around in his mouth. At one point you can actually hear his chair squeak. It sounds like someone just simply reading a book.
I could see this being a tv series, but definetly not a movie. I picture the wizard being played by someone like Gary Senis.
My understanding is that this was the author's first book, and it shows. The writing is a little clunky and over-descriptive at times. (For example, the author seems to have an obsession with how much makeup women wear; every female character is described by the amount of makeup she does or doesn't have on.) This book had a distinctively macho tone that I wasn't sure I enjoyed. The author also seemed to have a penchant for over-use of similes that almost sound like cliches (e.g., the head of the local mob has "eyes the color of money.")
However, the world the main character, Harry Dresden, Wizard, inhabits is interesting and creatively thought through. Some supernatural murders that have occurred and Harry Dresden is the one to help the police investigate. The solution is summed up at the end of the book though I'm still not sure I understand the motives behind the murders.
At the end of the day, I enjoyed this book, but probably would not have read another in the series had it not been for other reviewers telling me to stick with it. This is true - the author finds his stride in the third book of this series in such a way that it makes the first two books worth it all. Definitely recommended -- stick with it until you make it to Book 3 and you won't be sorry!
As for the narrator - he does a lot of sighing and huffing and puffing that I found irritating after awhile, but, as before, he also seems to hit his stride in the third book. Worth it.
I read Stormfront after having finished the Iron Druid Chronicles about the 2000 year old druid.
And I liked that book better I must admit.
The thing with Storm Front is that it's not bad as such, it's actually quite a good premise and has interesting characters. It's just that it doesn't follow through on the "wizard sleuth" idea. There's mention in passing of all things magical and strange, but things never get truly strange or truly magical. At least it didn't feel that way to me.
While I'm not reviewing the Iron Druid Chronicles, I would invite potential readers to try both the first volume of the Dresden Files as well as the first volume of the Iron Druid Chronicles and see which strikes their fancy.
For me, Storm Front tried too hard to fit magic into normalcy, making it (and the story and characters) less interesting.
Yes, I'd recommend it but the quality of the production was a bit disappointing. I think the story and series has promise but I'm hoping the next book has a bit of a better level of production value included.
I like the characters that he's building and can absolutely see where this would be a good mix of supernatural and detective works but so far it feels a little forced. I'm hoping that it improves and will give it another try.
I really like Marsters as an actor so I was hoping that would translate here. I think he was directed to really sound bored and down trodden given the character so I can't fault him there. The real issue is that with all the movement and breathing and page turning it became super distracting.
It has one. We shall see.
Yes, I like the characters and the other-worldliness of the story. The magical universe that is hidden from most humans is a fascinating place of itself.
Harry Dresden, conflicted lead character, wizard and detective.
His reading is quirky and first person, like a story being told to you one-to-one.
Fast moving paranormal story with riveting action.
Thanks to narrator Marsters, all of the characters came to life.
When Harry describes his magic and how he makes it work, it's a fascinating description. And of course, the final battle.
I didn't want to leave my car! I wanted to continue to listen.
I will listen to anything James Marsters' reads. Phone book, cookbook, textbook. Whatever--I'm there. Brilliant!
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