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Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Book 5) (edition 2013)

by Jim Butcher (Author), Vincent Chong (Illustrator)

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Title:Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Book 5)
Authors:Jim Butcher (Author)
Other authors:Vincent Chong (Illustrator)
Info:Subterranean Press (2013), Edition: Limited Hardcover
Collections:Your library
Tags:Urban Fantasy, Signed

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Death Masks by Jim Butcher

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Butcher keeps rolling out his trademark high-energy, slightly sloppy, pedal-to-the-floor-and-hope-they-won't-notice mix of noir and urban fantasy.Harry Potter for (the not so) adults. The books feel like comic novel (I suppose there are comics about the character, too, they made a TV series already, after all) so don't expect Gene Wolfe. After 5 books I start noticing that in his effort to keep the adrenaline high the author is perhaps packing too many things in too little space (and time). This requires the introduction of always larger teams of more and more powerful baddies, and a veritable Legion Of The Super GoodDoers to help the main characters, who is competent and powerful, but often needs a little deus-ex-machiery to save his hide. Check your disbelief at the door, and enjoy. ( )
  pamar | Aug 25, 2014 |
Oh this installment has been so awesome that there are few words that could describe. I had no clue that Harry was going to be chasing after The effing Shroud of Turin!
This book is where you meet the other two Knights of the Cross, and the Denarians. The Denarians are people who have Fallen to the temptation of the 30 pieces of silver from the traitor Judas.
The reappearance of Susan was a bit of a let down, and her reasoning was a tad bit annoying. If you can't tell I'm rooting for Murphy. Bob the skull is just as interesting and hysterical as always. Always love reading the parts he's included. I wonder how the next book is going to turn out? ( )
  wickedshizuku | May 12, 2014 |
*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.

Guest reviewers:
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!’” ( )
  AVoraciousReader | Apr 16, 2014 |
Listened to this on a Playback device, and I think it must have skipped some of the material. Or else I was not paying enough attention, because there are gaps in my understanding of the story. Really liked having the three Knights in on the story. And the final turn of events.
  2wonderY | Apr 9, 2014 |
3.5 stars
Beloved familiar characters are back and new soon-to-be-beloved characters appear. Harry Dresden??s life is getting more and more complicated and thatƒ??s a good thing for the reader. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for.
  • A duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, 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
  • 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 semivampiric nature. And who seems ot ahve 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.
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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find the stolen Shroud of Turin. But first, Harry must deal with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, professional hit men, and the return of his semi-vampire former girlfriend.… (more)

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