Grave Peril (Dresden Files Series #3)

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In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.

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Overview

In all his years of supernatural sleuthing, Harry Dresden has never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone-or something-is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.

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Publishers Weekly
Wizard Harry Dresden stars in the third installment of the Dresden Files (following Fool Moon), a haunting, fantastical novel that begins almost as innocently as those of another famous literary wizard named Harry. In the opening scene, Dresden and his knight friend, Michael, battle the ghost of a woman who is terrorizing a local hospital's maternity ward. From there, the novel quickly evolves into an unorthodox tale spiced with sexual innuendo and subtle humor (Dresden carries his ghost-hunting gear in an old Scooby-Doo lunch box). Due to the weakened barrier between the spirit world which Butcher refers to as "the nevernever" and the actual world, obsessive and violent ghosts are on the loose in modern-day Chicago, and they seem to be targeting Dresden and Michael. Horny vampires and possessive demons join the mix as Dresden journeys into the spirit world to hunt down the villains who are terrorizing him and his friends. Butcher narrates Dresden's story in the first person, which limits the amount of detail he can inject into the lives of his secondary characters. Despite this narrow point of view, Butcher successfully lends human dimensions to vampires and spirits through his vivid descriptions and colloquial dialogue. (Sept.) Forecast: A vivid cover showing glowing barbed wire wrapped around a pair of cemetery gates is misleading as is a cover quote appealing to fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Tanya Huff but it will catch the browser's eye. This over-the-top tale is more likely to entertain young adult readers than fans of the aforementioned authors. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Entertainment Weekly
Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451458445
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Dresden Files Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 32,854
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    The Dresden Files is officially one of my favorite series. If bo

    The Dresden Files is officially one of my favorite series. If books one and two would not have hooked me (which they did), this one definitely would did the job. What I love about Harry is that he just thinks he's this average guy, er...wizard. But, truthfully, there is nothing average about him. Harry is the kind of guy you want on your side no matter what, whether going up against humans or ghosts or vampires or...anything. He is just a nice guy, and he always does the right thing.

    I love the world building Butcher created in this series. It is so utterly complex, with every mystical, magical creature having their own community, their own set of rules. This book deals mostly with ghosts and vampires. In the beginning Harry is chasing ghosts, only to find they've been tied to the vampires somehow. Of course, it all comes back to Bianca, who you will remember if you've read the first to in the books in the series.

    How this book ended...wow. I really did not see it coming. I cannot say too much without giving anything away, but we get to see more of the softer side of Harry that was hinted at in the last book. These books will never be labeled as romance, but the way Butcher was able to pen in the little bit of Harry and Susan is pretty special.

    I listened to the audio of Grave Peril. I think I've said it before, but here it is again: James Marsters makes an amazingly wonderful Harry. I really wish he would have read all the books in this series.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2010

    My Favorite of the Dresden Files so far!!

    First off, I love the Dresden Files. I'm on the fifth one right now, but this one has so far been my favorite!! The action never seemed to stop and it was nearly impossible to put it down, and when you're a college student with upcoming tests it can make things difficult.The characters were great and the plot really kept you guessing. The great thing about the Dresden Files is that pretty much any of the books can stand alone and so if you were to only pick one to read, so far it should be this one! Highly recommend it!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2013

    A Great Read.

    The whole series is awesome. Some of the jokes carry over throughout the series. All are great as stand alone books. But really shine as a series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    Very Entertaining

    I liked the TV series, I love the books. Never a dull moment. Awesome story telling technique. Most definitely recommend this book and the series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Damin

    Walks over to mel hey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Mel

    Walks in

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    AAAAAAARH

    DIE CHASE JUST DIE BURN IN THE PITS OF TARTURAUS NOW NOW NOW I HATE YOU YOUR A STUPID STUCK UP GODMODDING A.SSHOLE BREAKING EVERY RULE AT ETHICS YOU SHOULD BE EXCECUTED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Amber to emily

    He came back alive this morning

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Chase

    Grave explodes into water and i punch him in the nose"thats to easy"i run off to ethics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2014

    Emily

    CHASE UR ALIVE! *RUNS TO ETHICS*

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  • Posted July 26, 2014

    Excellent addition to the series

    Another fantastic novel in the Dresden files series. This time Jim Butcher introduces the serious and devout Michael, a strong knight to go along with the goofy intelligent Harry Dresden. While I didn't necessarily like the ending of the book, but I kind of expected it to end that way. Still a solid book in a great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    He just keeps getting deeper.

    Harry is one of my favorite characters. He is a good soul taking on the evils of the world. When he is beaten and bruised he somehow finds the strength to pull through. Funny where he needs to be and sarcastic as hell, another great Harry Dresden adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Dresden is great

    Always a good read. Dresden is a great character.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Excellent Read!

    Jim Butcher has put together a world where magic is possible and god triumphs over evil. He develops great, complex characters and believable romance with all the uncertainty of human experience. Harry Dresden is a well rounded anti-hero who consistently does the right thing for his own sense-of-fairness motives.
    Jim Butcher's deep knowledge of biblical teachings shines through in the character of Michael, the white knight. He deals with the eternal questions of "Why does a just God allow evil to win the day?" with all the moral ambiguity of the real world.
    This whole series has been a really enjoyable read. I recommend it highly!

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    If you like crime novels and the super natural.

    I like the fact that he does not break the rules from book to book. I have enjoyed his books a great deal I wish they were longer I really hate when the story ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Couldn't put it down

    Good one

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    One of the most emotional books I have ever read.

    The Dresden Files series is great. You grow to love all of Harry's odd natured habits and his friends.

    This book, was something that got to me. I could not hardly put it down. Harry is the kind of man you want people to be. Caring, considerate, puts his own safety behind that of others. He is a role model for how people should be honestly.

    I will not spoil this book, I will however say this. I'm a 33 yo man and this book had me balling at one point. I've read books where the heroes suffer but this nearly killed me. There is a point, where in your life you wonder if your decisions were right or not. If you went down the right path. You look at your failures and mistakes and either regret them miserably or learn from them. This book, this piece of literature, made me feel for Harry. He is real in a sense to the reader, and his trials never seem to end.

    I'm only on book 5 right now, but I have to say that I hope whenever Butcher ends the series, he allows Harry a happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Now I can see why this series has lasted so long and is so popular.

    Okay. Now I get it. Now I can see why this series has lasted so long and is so popular. This one was the best of the series so far.

    What really elevated it for me was that the main character was given an ally. In the previous two books, it's been very much a case of Harry vs. the world. He had "friends" here and there, but they tended to either be cannon fodder or a hair's breadth away from turning on him. Here he finally seems to have some useful back up. It may have moved things away from the "lone detective" and more towards the "buddy cop" vibe. But in a world with half a dozen variations on werewolves and three different kinds of vampire, it's nice to see that it's not just one lone wizard trying to defend a major city against all the nasty things out there.

    Also, I'm continuing to enjoy Butcher's world building. He hasn't fallen into a trap of introducing a new creature and limiting all of that type of creature to certain abilities and behaviors. Instead, we get a nice big intro that lets the reader get a thought into our heads regarding what we think this new thing will be like. But by the time we've gotten to the end of the story, he's usually given us several different examples that are different from the reader's expectations ranging from "Well, you were close, but this one thing isn't quite the same" to "you couldn't have been more wrong here". It helps to avoid problems of "it's X, but with the number's filed off".

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  • Posted March 16, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Relate-able main character who's a wizard. World's growing!

    3.5 stars ~ Each book is getting better for me, and the world is amazing.

    Harry and his friend Michael, who happens to be the Hand of God as well, have been chasing ghosts around Chicago for two weeks. Now, they are heading to the hospital for another, dangerous one. The spirit world has gone ballistic. Michael brings up Susan's and Harry's relationship with Harry, asking if he loves her and getting him to admit it. Then tells Harry he needs more human interaction. Then we back up to the beginning of the day, leading up to this point. The day starts with a young female practitioner asking for his protection at closing time. Protection from a ghost killing her like in her vision, and Harry's at the center of all going on with the ghost she sees. The same night something nightmarish deadly comes through from the Nevernever one of Murphy's men goes mad. Harry crosses to the Nevernever to fight the bad spirit, having a run-in with his fairy Godmother.

    There is more mention of people in Harry's life, his evil sidhe Godmother. Interesting. And to see a touch of his life as to where she had become a part of it. Harry had some troubles when he was younger. But every time he ventures into the Nevernever - which is fairly never - she is hot on his trail to find him and keep him.

    We start right in with ghost action then fall back to earlier that day when it ends the day at the office with the young girl looking for protection.

    This story read better for me, flowed as a story from beginning to end. There are connections to the previous books but I think you could pick up with this book and start the series here. The connections between the characters seemed to fit better in this book for me. The books are getting better for me. I've heard the fourth is where they start to get real good, so I'm looking forward to it. I think the world and troubles might start to grow on me now.

    Harry is one that many could 'relate' to. He is what many would call 'human' as a character. He's powerful in magic, yes, but he wears like any other person. He gets tired. His guard falls down and others can get to him when he's not ready. Human. Harry is always beat up by the big showdown of the book, even before hand, but finds a way to come through.

    Oh, I had to laugh when Harry showed up at the ball! That was such a play on characters. The humor here is relaxing. There are quick comments that fit perfectly with the scene.

    This book ends with me wondering on what will happen with Harry...with the White Council, the vampires, Susan, and more. This story in this book is complete, but the characters feel bigger and live on, leaving us looking to the next book.

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  • Posted February 17, 2013

    Good read for Butcher fans

    Good read for Butcher fans

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