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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

Critic Reviews

"Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Superlative.” (Publishers Weekly [starred review])

“One of the most enjoyable marriages of the fantasy and mystery genres on the shelves.” (Cinescape)    

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The Series Really Gets Into Gear

Jim Butcher himself admits that the Dresden Files series, the first volume of which was a writing exercise in the creative writing class he was in, really starts coming into it's own in the third volume, Grave Peril. I agree with him, the first two books where really raw. They are worth reading, don't misunderstand, but they are nowhere near as good as the books which came later.

In Death Masks, I personally feel that Jim Butcher really gets things into full gear. His writing gets into full gear and he tones down on the overdriven amounts of battery and damage his hero must somehow survive to levels that someone might actually survive. That sort of thing. The plot is great and you can really see him bringing the series into maturity. It's great fun and tons of action, I strongly recommend both this book and the series!

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Pick up the coin?

My only complaint about the Dresden series is the waiting for the next audio book to come out. Hells bells, I'd pick up the coin and become a "Nickle Head" if it would produce the next 2 books faster.

Oh, and FYI, the TV series does NOT do the books justice in the least. The TV Series did what "Highlander 2" did to the first movie. Judge not the Dresden series off of that!

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Each book is better than the last!

In Death Masks, Jim Butcher seems to have hit his stride as an author. After the first two books I wasn't sure, but I'm glad I came back. The Archive and Kincaid were interesting characters that I'd like to see more of in the future.

I rather miss James Marsters' deep manly breaths that were so frequent in the early books, but his narration in this book was top notch, especially his rendition of Father Vincent, the Italian priest. It's a good melding of author and narrator, in my opinion.

I hope book 6 is available soon!

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Another excellent episode!!

What a great series, and with James Marsters' narration, you can't go wrong.
This book was right up there with one of the best. A great cast of characters, hearing more from Susan, and that Thomas is a hoot. It had some surprise allies,( if only for awhile), adding to the book's charm.
Harry didn't have a chance to get bored, as bad guys kept popping up everywhere, in his quest to find the stolen shroud.
If you follow the series, don't miss this one.

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A must-hear for Dresden Files fans!

This is another fun installment in the Harry Dresden series, fast-paced with tremendous jeopardies, bittersweet romance, and Butcher's trademark humor.

The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by James Marsters, who not only gives Harry the perfect, slightly world-weary film noir detective voice, but also skillfully does a variety of accents for other characters, including Japanese, British, South American Spanish, and Russian (I loved the voice he did for Sonya, the Russian atheist Knight of the Cross.)

I'm looking forward to listening to the next books in this series--the audiobooks really make the Dresden Files come alive!

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Note - They fixed the ending!

The last chapter has been added now, so purchase at will! It's a great book, and the reading is on par with everything else read by James Marsters. Enjoy!

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Oh, Harry, how we love you.

*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible.

Harry Dresden, wizard and PI, is hired by Father Vincent to find the Shroud of Turin. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing on Harry’s plate. The Red Court has sent Ortega to Chicago to kill Harry, either outright or in a duel. It’s Harry’s choice, but if he doesn’t agree to the duel then Ortega sees nothing wrong with killing anyone Harry cares about. Of course Harry agrees to the duel. All three of The Knights of the Cross are in town looking for the Shroud and trying to keep Harry away from it because they believe he will be killed, his girlfriend Susan is back, but not for the reason she tells Harry and the Denarians are also sniffing around Chicago. Poor Harry. When it rains, it pours.

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A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 14-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son

Ok, there is a lot going on in this book, but everyone is still loving the series. Big surprise there. Not. :D The humor continues to entertain and is a big part of why this series is a favorite. The plot had several things going and we worried Harry would drop one or more of the balls he was juggling. With help he manages to not only stay alive, but return the Shroud to the Church. How could we have doubted him?? Everyone agreed that it was nice of Harry to give Marcone the ultimatum at the end and they didn’t doubt that Marcone would comply.

New faces won approval: Kincaid, The Archive, Butters, Sanya, Shiro, Molly and even Ms. Gard. Old faces have returned: Bob, Susan, Murphy, Thomas, Michael, Marcone, Ebenezer (phone appearance) and Mac from McAnally’s. Oh, and Anna’s favorite…Mister. Can’t forget him. Some new faces were not liked such as Ortega (though we saw him very briefly in Grave Peril), all of the Denarians, but Nicodemus in particular and we’re on the fence about Martin.

Everyone thought the duel was pretty cool and that Ortega was a liar liar pants on fire. They loved meeting the other two Knights and Ebenezer impressed the crap out of them with this little thing he did at the end. I won’t say what because that would spoil it, but it’s frickin awesome. The fight for the Shroud at the end was pretty good and what’s a helicopter swooping in to fight without Ride of the Valkyries playing? Which is actually a pretty funny inside joke that will come up in a later book. K & I laughed since we’ve read the books.

Favorite quote:
“…The next time I opened my eyes, I was in the morgue. This, all by itself, is enough to really ruin your day. I was lying on the examination table, and Butters, complete with his surgical gown and his tray of autopsy instruments, stood over me.
‘I’m not dead!’ I sputtered. ‘I’m not dead!’”

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New cool villians

This book is where you really meet the Denairians. these are Demons who possess mortals through coins to do their evil work. In this one they are trying to steal the Shroud of Turin. You know that can't be good. reading this one you'll laugh a lot, cry a little and get a better understanding of the main characters.

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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.

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Not the best Dresden, but still worthwhile

The backstory into Dresden's family and past adds some interest to a character that is slowly deepening over the course of these fun bubble gum buffyesque stories. James Marsters' performance is always entertaining.

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  • EGM
  • 11-18-16

A huge improvement on the previous installment

I loved the story in this one, lots of humour and plot twists. Fast-paced and highly entertaining. James Marsters really owns the reading, I can't imagine Dresden without his ironic tone anymore.

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  • Robert
  • 11-14-16

One of his best

I loved this book, one of his best. The narration as always was superb. Without giving away plot, it sets the scene for some of the pivotal moments in the series. Now, if only he'd finish writing the next book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-03-20

Took me a while, but got there in the end!

As a brayniac I find James Marsters a lovely change of tone & pace.

Jim butcher hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Onwards and upwards!

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  • Mette Bjørg Karup Helth
  • 11-11-16

A gamechanger

Well written and well performed - you'll bite your nails from start to finish. I also quite like the character developement of this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-21

It is a wonderful listen.

this series gets better and better by every book I listen to. the world gets expanded with every new chapter. I get attached by the main characters, and I feel that I am invested in them. can't wait to get my hands on tue next one.
Furthermore let's give credit where is due, the narration was in point. I don't know if it was only me, but the voices were sublime. it was easy to recognize who was speaking and you could hear their intent.
I do t think I need to recommend it, if you've reached this far into the series you're already hooked.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-28-21

He done it again , couldn't put it down

Aother fast paced, humorous & sometimes sad Dresden Files installment. The main protagonist Harry Dresden is a character easy to like and understand. Jim Butchers characters are so very real. so much to fit in one book and thoroughly enjoyable. To those of you are just considering and have not yet read a Harry Dresden book. They are a must read, Start at the beginning with storm front and enjoy the interesting often dangerous world of Chicago's advertising Wizard

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  • Steven paxton
  • 03-27-21

dresden as always fun.

fantastic! like all of the dresden books well worth the credit . And of course read is just a great choice.

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  • P. Clementson
  • 03-24-21

Death Masks

Another great listen, both story and reader.
it is interesting watching Harry develope from book to book. Now onto the next one. :-)

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  • angelahulme
  • 03-23-21

Another great book.

This is another great collaboration between Jim Butcher and James Marsters .
With Harry's usual friends and foes and a couple of new ones thrown in to the mix

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  • Susan R
  • 12-02-20

Death masks

I love Harry Dresden
Death masks was packed with action as usual he gets battered and bruised .
I have read this book and am now enjoying James Marsters narrative.
The only thing I hated and I really hated it was the music at the beginning and end of the book.
Thankfully I didn't have to suffer during the story.

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  • Geoff Bromilow
  • 04-23-21

hells bells it's a good read

good read, building of the characters and story of previous books, death mask is an addictive read for anyone feeling up for a modern fantasy noir murder mystery.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

Excellent story

Butcher's writing continues to improve with a well paced story and plenty of intrigue supported by an excellent narrator. Highly recommended.

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  • Ros H.
  • 01-18-21

Death Masks

Fast paced and at times gruesome book. Smattered with la long love and faithful friends. Add that with a bit of magic and you have a great entertaining book to the very end.
Highly recommend this series.
Well written by Jim Butcher and the narrator,, James Masters , once again, does a brilliant job.

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  • Adam Dixon
  • 04-21-19

Fantastic.

A fantastic reading by the narrator, a glorious story to keep you entertained and magnificent characters to empathise with. All of this will keep you hooked.

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  • Babs59
  • 09-28-18

great rendition of the novel

thoroughly enjoying revisiting this book in the Dresden series through James Marston's terrific reading. This part of the series I think it's quite exciting and leading us into an unexpected turn in the tale.

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  • Aaron
  • 09-18-18

Brilliant

Great story a couple of nice twists which came together nicely. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • Anon968
  • 01-16-18

Truely gritty series

The book has an abundance of great fight scenes, logical deductions and an excellent easily followable plot, recommended for all ages between 15-100. deeply enjoyable, I hope more people share and enjoy the Dresden files.

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  • philip macdonald
  • 10-11-16

Great

Just loved it. James Marsters is very talented and really brought the story to life.