Death Masks (Dresden Files Series #5)

Death Masks (Dresden Files Series #5)

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by Jim Butcher
     
 

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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find the stolen shroud of Turin.  See more details below

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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find the stolen shroud of Turin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451459404
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/05/2003
Series:
Dresden Files Series, #5
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
53,875
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.

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Death Masks (Dresden Files Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 507 reviews.
amslogos More than 1 year ago
Each story of the Dresden Files follows the life of Harry Dresden, Chicago's very own professional Wizard. In a nutshell, Harry is a warrior-wizard who protects the citizenry of Chicago from vamps, zombies, demons, evil faeries (like his godmother...), trolls, and more, while flying under the radar of the White Council's grey-cloaked hit squad, the Wardens. But this is strictly pro-bono. He scrapes a living by presenting paranormal solutions for private cases of the weird and supernatural. He also serves Chicago PD by offering "consultant work" to Special Investigations (the force's answer to "unsolvable" paranormal crimes, populated by cops who are better at their jobs than their superiors [and, naturally, shunted into a Junk Job...]) while providing us with gut-busting wit. Genre buffs will enjoy salted allusions to Sci Fi culture icons. In Death Masks (#5), Harry teams up with the Holy Knights against the Fallen to save Chicago (and a good portion of the entire planet) from terrifying death. The story quickly evolves as Harry involuntarily destroys a TV talkshow studio, dodges bullets, works with the Vatican, and comes to grips with the fact that, sometimes, we are no match for our enemies and must lean on Faith. Psychotic nymphomaniacs, mute blood-servant henchmen, ravening animals, personal sacrifice, and an excellent scene involving a baseball bat keep you rooted to the toil and triumph of this Holy-Grail type tale.
MicheleLeesBookLove More than 1 year ago
The king of complicated, Chicago's only professional wizard is back in Butcher's fifth Dresden Files novel. Harry agrees to go on a paranormal talk show to meet a man who's been searching for Susan, his half-vampire love. But he gets more than he bargained for when all the other guests are there to meet him in a neutral public places as well. There's a count of the Red Court there to challenge Harry to a duel in an effort to end the war between the Red Court vampires and the White Counsel which rules the wizards. And there's also a priest from the Catholic Church who wants to hire Dresden to find the stolen Shroud of Turin. On the way out a hit man from Chicago's top mob boss tries to kill Harry, and Detective Murphy calls, wanting Harry to help out with a strange murder case. Harry's not alone though. Susan shows back up (and saves his skin a number of times) with half-vampire powers. And Michael is back, with the other sacred sword-wielding Knights of the Cross. The latter is an element that's done especially well as Butcher manages to take a world where fairies and werewolves and vampires are real and also write beautiful, strong Christian characters instead of flat, stereotypical antagonists wearing crosses. The Dresden books are quite popular, and despite being cautious in a urban fantasy-over run world, are very good as well. Dresden might have started out as a parody of UF, but Butcher's strength in complex storytelling and just as vivid and complex characters pushed this series up to a ringleader of the UF gang. It's also a fantastic addition in the sense that it brings a much needed male point of view to the genre, without excluding female characters as strong and capable on their own. Highly recommended for public collections as these books give back a great amount for their purchase price. Contains: violence, some gore, sex, language
AlVal More than 1 year ago
This is my second time through the Dresden Files and through this book. It has been a couple years since I last read it, and I still find it action packed and attention grabbing. If you like fantasy, action, and sleuthing, this is an excellent series.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
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. 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!’”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one feels different from the rest of the series so far. Over the past couple of books, I've really enjoyed the support Harry has been getting from other characters. I liked seeing that he had back up in dealing with threats to the city. This time, it feels like Harry's the back up. Some of the threats he faces this time are a few steps above Harry in power. And while some of the returning characters from Harry's stable of allies seem to be able to step up their game to the level of the threat they're facing this time, Harry's kind of reduced to supporting them. The main character of the series isn't the main character of this story. Also, this one is the most open ended of the series so far. The case Harry is working on gets closed, but the threats introduced into the world don't get tied up like they have been in the previous books. Well, one of them may have been, but it's handled off screen, so there's no real confirmation beyond "news reports say no one could have survived". Otherwise, everything I've enjoyed about the series so far is still here. Butcher continues to add to the world he's been building for the past several books, and the sense of humor is still present.
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Jim Butcher has created a great detective series with Harry Dresden as his leading man! With Harry & his posse, these books are addicting!
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Dresden is a great character
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