Grave Peril

Grave Peril

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by Jim Butcher
     
 

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Now in hardcover from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files.

Harry Dresden's faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago's only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing,

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Overview

Now in hardcover from the New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files.

Harry Dresden's faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago's only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: the spirit world's gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, 'boo'- shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly.

Someone—or something—is stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781480581234
Publisher:
Buzzy Multimedia on Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
04/28/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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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Grave Peril (Dresden Files Series #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 619 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Another great one!
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ADropOfInkReviews 11 months ago
This is the third book of the Dresden Files. With each one, Jim Butcher continues to get better. That’s to be expected with every author. What I had to love the most about this book was Harry’s friend, Michael. Michael is a righteous man and is the Fist of God. He’s able to wield one of only three swords created from the nails taken from Christ’s body at the crucifixion. He has pure faith, something many can only dream about and strive for, but not Michael. He believes and that’s all that matters. As such, he’s given the power to help wipe out ghosts and other evil nasties in the name of the Lord. He keeps trying to convert Harry, which I found amusing. Harry, of course, is one of the main targets of this bad guy. Unfortunately, his girlfriend, Susan, is also caught in the crossfire. Along with having to battle ghosts, he has to face down his godmother, and some nasty vampires. It pays to be careful in an environment like this. All in all, this was probably my favorite of all the books in the Dresden Files series I’ve read. I’m sure my admiration of Jim Butcher would continue to grow if I had access to more of the books. It’s always wonderful fun to watch how an author grows in his or her writing career across a series like this. I can definitely see why he has such a large fan base.
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Great read. Highly recommended.
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This is a great series of books by jim butcher.
Botched More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Always a good read. Dresden is a great character.
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AleGator More than 1 year ago
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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