Storm Front

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The first novel of the New York Times bestselling Dresden Files-now in a hardcover edition.

As seen on the Sci Fi channel.

The novels of the Dresden Files have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and non-stop fun. Storm Front is Jim Butcher's first novel and introduces his most famous ...
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Overview

The first novel of the New York Times bestselling Dresden Files-now in a hardcover edition.

As seen on the Sci Fi channel.

The novels of the Dresden Files have become synonymous with action-packed urban fantasy and non-stop fun. Storm Front is Jim Butcher's first novel and introduces his most famous and popular character-Harry Dresden, wizard for hire.

For his first case, Harry is called in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with the blackest of magic. At first, the less-than-solvent Harry's eyes light up with dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage. Now, that black mage knows Harry's name. And things are about to get very...interesting.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As in the audio adaptation of Butcher's first Dresden Files novel, Storm Front, Marsters (who played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) slips easily into the role of down-on-his-luck wizard Harry Dresden. Marsters's self-deprecating tone fits the character perfectly; he reads with a dry, ironic humor that doesn't mask Harry's genuine concern for the lives of innocents. Marsters also displays a remarkable skill for lending even the strangest characters and creatures voices-including gentleman gangster Johnny Marconi, his henchmen, a sexy female werewolf and Bob, the British-accented talking skull. In this outing, Harry is again out of cash, and police detective Karrin Murphy, who's still angry at him over the events of the first book, isn't inclined to throw work his way. But soon a series of mysterious, violent murders sends her to Harry for help. Are the killings the work of a local motorcycle gang? Or a werewolf-and if so, which werewolf? Mac Finn, the werewolf environmentalist? The group of idealistic college kids who voluntarily become werewolves by night? Or the trigger-happy group of FBI agents turned werewolf vigilantes? Though the price of this audio package may put off some listeners, Marsters's lively telling makes it worth every penny. Based on the Roc paperback. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Harriet J. Klausner
"...a unique, very special experience...for lovers of the supernatural, fantasy, horror, and police procedural....A refreshingly creative vampire novel like this one comes along once in an immortal's lifetime...this particular one is very special, a keeper above keepers." -- The Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781480580510
  • Publisher: Buzzy Multimedia on Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 920,795
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.06 (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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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Excellent start to a great series

    At times funny, touching, snarky, scary, and exciting, this book is a great introduction to the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher. Mr. Butcher has created an excellent character in Harry Dresden, who, while being in unrealistic situations, seems to have realistic reactions (for a hero, that is). I cannot recommend this book enough to fans of fantasy and mystery, as well as the other following books in the series.

    36 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Great read! I highly recommend this book!

    This book is clearly one of my favorite books! I myself have a very difficult time getting actively engaged in books. I buy many books hoping to get captured by one of them so that I will not want to put the book down. This book has done it! I didn't know anything about the Dresden Files Series until the twelfth book already came out. I read reviews on that one and it sparked some curiosity into purchasing the first book. After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked!

    The thing I love most about this book is how laid back and down to earth the main character(Harry Dresden) is. I also enjoy finding out what this paranormal investigator will get his hands into. Another great thing I enjoy about the book is that it takes place in Illinois, and the author provides very great detail in the surroundings in an actual location which people could picture in there own heads.

    This is a great read, and I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to purchase the next books in the series!

    21 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2010

    Everyone Loves Stormfront

    This book, this series, is mystery done right - the key clue given in the first chapter or three, and you never see it because it's just part of the background. I've never recommended this book to anyone who didn't enjoy it.

    This book is fantasy for myth and folklore enthusiasts - it's real old-world style, with a powerful grounding in cultural heritage. It has a real pre-Tolkien feel to its mythology.

    I bought this book for my dad, who's not a big reader. It takes him ages to read a book. He finished it in two weeks and was eager to go to the store to get the next!

    I can rarely pick up a new book in this series and not read it from start to finish in a single sitting.

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Even better than TV

    Wow! I do not read science fiction and generally do not even watch it in TV or movies but I did watch "The Dresden Files" on the sci fi channel a few years back. Something about the character really appealed to me. So when I saw that the show was based on a series of books I had to pick one up. I was not disappointed. The characters are really brought out well and you get more of a glimpse of Harry's backstory that one season of TV was not able to do. The concept of a practicing wizard that can be found in the Chicago yellow pages is so innovative it deserves a read just for that! Harry takes the reader on a really fun ride through the world of wizrds, vampires, mages and all sorts of other worldly creatures in his efforts to help the Chicago police department solve what starts out as two truly gruesome morders that could only have been accomplished but a powerful other worldly thing. Unfortunately, Harry is the only one in the city anyone thinks is powerful enough to pull off that level of magic so he must work fast to be solve the murders, prevent more murders (including his own), and clear his own name. An awesome first novel in a series. I can't wait to read more.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Good, different beach read

    I tend to like fantasy elements in my books sometimes, which is probably what attracted me to this. The fact that B&N was giving it away free to Nook owners was also an important factor in my decision. I always marvel at people who pick apart a book like this because it isn't literature like Charles Dickins. So what? Sometimes you want a good, fun, fast, easy, entertaining read. That is exactly what this is. The main character isinteresting (with a lot of backstory that I hope comes out in future books) and the supporting characters are quirky and fun in good supporting roles.

    This is a fun book to take to the beach this summer or to read before bed after long days at work. You don't have to think too much. It's not terribly hard to figure out where it is going or what the resolution will be, but Butcher takes you on a fun path to get there. I never once thought of stopping my read even after I figured out what the outcome would be. There is a lot to be said for that. Butcher's style is simply entertaining and that is what I am looking for when I read fiction.

    In short, if you are looking for something a little offbeat, fun and entertaining, I would recommend picking up this book.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 18, 2012

    Okay, but often annoying.

    I read the rave reviews about these novels and decided to give them a go. While they are good, there are parts which are annoying as hell. Harry's depressing introspection really detracts from the story in my opinion, and his very annoying habit of doing the wrong thing while he explains that he is doing the wrong thing makes me cringe. This is most often evident in his dealings with Lieutenant Murphy. To paraphrase, "I'm doing the wrong thing, I know it, Murphy will be pissed, but I'm gonna do it anyway because I'm an idiot, and I don't like myself very much." This grew wearisome by the second novel, and I can't see myself reading any more of these if this pattern continues throughout the series.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

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    Fun read for those looking for the Not So Serious

    I got into the Dresden Files by accidentally coming upon the ill-fated TV series. Intrigued, I read the first book and was hooked. The Dresden Files, to put it simply, are fun. The characters are not to over the top, and each story (or book) is new and refreshing. If you need some easy reading escapism that will both make you laugh and give you a taste of drama, this is the series for you.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    You should read this book... right now!

    This is a phenomenal genre-hopping series! An entertaining read, encompassing all the best elements of fantasy, action, humor, and suspense! While the Dresden Files series is classified as SF/Fantasy, it should be recommended for readers from all genres, including Mystery, Fiction, and even Romance! Part Harry Potter and part Hard-boiled detective story, this series will get you hooked and keep you wanting more!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

    The Adult Wizard named Harry

    A truly average read. Harry is a wizard who moonlights working with the PD on cases that don't seem to be "normal" crimes. I think the series would have more promise if the publisher would allow the author to finish writing the book rather than sum up all of the loose ends in the last 10 pages.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Ah, No!

    I read a 100 pages and couldn't take it anymore.

    4 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Way too much fun!

    This guy can write a good, entertaining story - that's all I can say. His main character, Harry, is dry, and funny, and seems to know better than another else how he comes across to unsuspecting people. Action, laughs, and a good mystery: perfect!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Butcher definitely has an interesting writing style. I thought i

    Butcher definitely has an interesting writing style. I thought it was pretty good in that sense, but found a lot of grammatical errors missed by the editors. I also was surprised at how Harry seems to be surrounded by women (hardly any men to be seen in this book) who have imperfections that are put on display making them look totally weak, and if that wasn't bad enough, they all want to "get with" him. It's a total rip on women. I will not be reading the rest of the series.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Outstanding series

    The first few books are a quick read, and a bit "slow" in terms of quality. However they are merely introducing the cast of characters and the books begin to take off and this becomes in my opinion one of the best series of books I have ever read.
    One drawback is the author is not complete in the series, so be prepared to be left on some cliffhangers for many years to come.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

    was hooked almost instantly.

    Couldn't put this book down & now look forward to reading the remaining books in the series. I enjoyed the characters, though at times I was a bit perplexed by their actions.

    Highly recommend!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

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    Amazing Author

    I was looking for something different when i read this book years ago. Jim Butcher has come a long way and I have been a follower since the biginning. I actually turned some of my friends to start reading and they love him. This book is worth every moment of your time. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

    Dresden Files #1 - a solid single to right field

    The mashup of genres represented in the book is definitely one of its most appealing features. Dresden makes a great detective character complete with women issues, frumpy clothes and generally disheveled life. The plot is solid but unamazing with only a few twists,turns and surprizes. Likewise the magic elements are a bit trite by current fantasy standards. There isn't a clear, consistant and unique "system" of magic that you get with today's top fantasy writers. Those issues aside the genre bending did make for an enjoyable pulp fiction read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2015

    Storm Front is book one of the Dresden Files by American author,

    Storm Front is book one of the Dresden Files by American author, Jim Butcher. High-class escort, Jennifer Stanton and a body-guard, Tommy Tomm are found murdered in a hotel in Chicago. The circumstances suggest sorcery is involved. Wizard and Paranormal Investigator, Harry Dresden soon finds he has a few problems: the head of CPD Special Investigations, Lieutenant Karrin Murphy wants Harry’s help in solving the case; Tomm’s boss, mobster Gentleman Johny Marcone wants Harry to actively not investigate; the White Council, overseeing all things wizardly, seem convinced that Harry is the murderer; Stanton’s boss, vampiress Bianca is angry over an accidental transgression; Susan Rodriguez, reporter for the Chicago Arcane, wants a scoop; oh, and he has another case to solve as well, a missing husband with a recent interest in magic. 




    This introduction to the Dresden Files sees Harry battling monsters, scorpions, gangsters, a drug dealer and other wizards; on one occasion, he does this naked, with shampoo in his eyes; on another, handcuffed to a semi-conscious Karrin. He makes potions (the love potion ingredients are particularly worth noting!), uses spells, and suffers quite a few injuries before finally getting out of some tricky situations. The advantage of the fantasy genre for an author is that they can make their own rules, so this instalment also serves to establish some ground rules for the world Butcher has created. Harry is an appealing character, as are Susan and Karrin, so readers who enjoy this book will be able to look forward to more of them in what looks to be an addictive series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    Harry Dresden, Private Investigator and Wizard *Book source ~ L

    Harry Dresden, Private Investigator and Wizard

    *Book source ~ Local library

    Harry Dresden is the only wizard in Chicago. He has an office where he works mostly as a Private Investigator and is a special consultant to the Chicago P.D. for the weird cases. Lt. Karrin Murphy is the Director in charge of SI, Special Investigations and she only calls Harry in when things are very weird or very weirdly bad. Murphy calls Harry in for a double homicide that is particularly nasty. In addition to figuring out how they were murdered using magic he gets a missing persons case. The wife of Victor Sells wants Harry to find her husband who has disappeared after acting strangely. Just another day in the life of Harry, Chicago’s wizard.

    Guest reviewers:
    A ~ my 16-year-old daughter
    T ~ my 14-year-old son
    K ~ my 13-year-old son

    Ah, it looks like I’ve hit upon a winner with The Dresden Files. I am now a hero in my kids’ eyes. I’ll be able to dine on my brilliance in picking this series for many months to come as we work our way through the series. *preens* K has actually read all the books already, so he knows what’s going on, but has been very good about not giving anything away to A or T.

    Harry is a hit with everyone and is the favorite character. A likes Murphy next and Mister (Harry’s cat). Toot Toot (or as A said Fart Fart when she couldn’t remember his name) the dewdrop fairy is another character they want to see more of (and I know that they will). Gentleman John Marcone, the local crime lord and his main henchman Hendricks are also interesting to A and she would like to know more about them. Bob is also a favorite and Bianca the vampire is not.

    They all like Harry’s explanations about magic and potions in particular and thought the drug 3rd Eye is very weird. Everyone loves the humor throughout the book and the mystery had enough twists and turns to keep them guessing.

    Favorite quote: “Little pig, little pig, let me in…” as Harry blows the doors of Gentleman John Marcone’s  club the Varsity into little wood splinters. Damn, Harry.

    It’s no surprise that we will be diving right into book 2, Fool Moon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Love this series, hate the formatting

    When I bought this book, I figured that it would be relatively free of errors, seeing as it is from a popular author, but I was highly dissappointed in the electronic version. Two pages into the book there was a formatting error that made that sectiin almost unreadable. Although this is one of my favorite books, I almost put it down because if the amount of errors. A great series though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    OK at best

    I was not impressed by this book. I finished it because I was sort of interested in how it ended, but I would not read another. There was way too much hand-wringing by Dresden - yeah, we get it, he's a good guy. No need to beat the reader over the head with it.

    If you want a good, easy to read page turner, I would recommend Harry Potter, the Percy Jackson series, or Hunger Games instead.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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