Death Masks

Death Masks

Paperback - 2003
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The Dresden Files have taken the genre of paranormal mystery to a new level of action, excitement, and hard-hitting magical muscle. Now, in Death Masks , Jim Butcher's smart-guy private eye may have taken on more than he can handle...

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. Such as:

* A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...
* Professional 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.
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2003.
ISBN: 9780451459404
0451459407
Characteristics: 378 pages ;,18 cm.

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SquamishLibraryStaff Mar 19, 2017

This one introduces a very cool new character - The Archive. Apart from that it is the usual fare - Dresden relies on his friends to save the day, written in an enjoyably cheesy tone.

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angeye87
Jul 03, 2014

Love the series! Not as good as the last book, but still pretty good :) I love the knights of the Cross. I always love seeing him and Michael team up. I absolutely loved Shiro! Ready for the next one!

Luv2cNewThings Oct 06, 2013

Someone commented earlier about how many times Dresden says Coke or Coca-Cola. No, I didn't actually count, but I did start noticing how many blondes run around the series. Hey! Even "The Archive" is a blonde.

The same reviewer said fans of the series will enjoy this book too, which is true. I didn't enjoy it as much as Summer Knight or Storm Front though.

Of course, Harry has his humor and/or sarcasm. He is often sleep deprived and has to juggle around many things that will probably get him killed - the Red Court, Susan, and a branch of the Fallen.

There were a few things predictable for me. So, two stars!

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acej
Jul 04, 2013

Loved the plot and continuous character development and introductions. You learn more and more about Harry and his past, views, and fears as these books progress and I can't get enough of the Wizard Harry Dresden.

CSchmidt1 Oct 02, 2012

This is an enjoyable series. The author does a great job developing characters and gives each of them a distinctive voice. Certainly fun for those who enjoy detective fiction and fantasy fiction. A great mash-up. I do wish the author had spent more time in Chicago himself. One who lives in/near the city notes some inconsistencies: people don't stay in boats harbored in Lake Michigan in February.

Incinerated_Newt Mar 11, 2011

Another fun installmentin the series. Here was get to meet the Knights of the cross and thier sworn enemies.

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catnthat
Feb 07, 2010

How many times does he mention "Coke" in this book?!

Seriosuly, b4 u start, use your bookmark and a pencil to log the references to Coke or Coca-Cola. I wish I had started after about the 3rd reference, but I didn't start bc I didn't honestly believe it would end up being as many as it seemed to be.

Aside from that I enjoyed the book as much as any other Dresden book. If you like the Dresden universe as I do, I think you won't be dissapointed.

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Aug 19, 2013

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Luv2cNewThings Oct 06, 2013

I read one review about Death Masks that warned readers to count how many times Dresden says Coke or Coca-cola. Admittedly, I didn't do that, but I did notice how many blondes run around the series. Hey - even The Archive was a blonde! Insofar, there are only three exceptions: (1) Susan; (2) Lydia (from Grave Peril - afflicted with Cassandra's Tears) and (3) Meryl (Summer Knight).

To borrow a phrase from the same review: If you are a fan of the series, you will like this book too. Me on the other hand enjoyed Summer Knight more and will have to go back and give it another star. This one was just too predictable for me.

Nevertheless, in this adventure, Harry is on a mission to find the Shroud of Turin while not getting killed before a duel with Ortega of the Red Court. Since you know the Shroud of Turin is a holy artifact you should also know that it will involve Michael Carpenter and company.

What you don't know is that one bad guy doesn't end up being such a bad guy. One good guy wasn't what he seemed - predictable! Another thing to know is that this book had a lot of chasing after different sets of bad guys.

...and the end is nowhere near happily ever after. I don't know, the ending was simply a real let down for me.

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