Mavra, Queen of the Black Vampires, is after “The Word of Kemmler,” the ultimate how-to on being an all-powerful necromancer. Mavra wants it, and is blackmailing Harry into getting it for her. Harry must find this book, while dodging a whole collection of black wizards who are also seeking the tome.
Jim Butcher’s Dead Beat is another one of the “middle” Dresden books that I love so much. Just about the time when most series start getting stale, The Dresden Files gets better.
Dead Beat continues the tradition of one-upping the action from the previous novel. Harry seriously gets to unload on the bad guys, and the battles take place around some of the most iconic Chicago landmarks. While I was at a Jim Butcher book signing, someone asked Jim which of the books he would like to see turned into a motion picture. His answer was Dead Beat. The story is still early enough in the Dresden universe to begin a movie with, and the effects and action would be amazing.
I can’t really tell you any more without spoiling the book, and I’ve said about all I can say about how wonderful this series is in my previous reviews. There is never a dull moment, and the books just keep getting better as Butcher’s craft gets tighter and tighter.
Dead Beat is available in unabridged audio from Penguin Audio. James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden. James is best known as Spike from the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and he is brilliant in Dead Beat, as he is in all the audio Dresden Files I have listened to. When I hear Harry in my head while reading, I now hear James Marsters. Penguin has used Marsters in every Dresden audiobook to date, and if they are wise it will remain that way.