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Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11
Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters, unabridged
Penguin Audio, 15 Hours

Turn Coat
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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A review by Gil T. Wilson

Turn Coat packs a punch like all of the previous Dresden Files books. And once again, I was sucked into Harry Dresden's Chicago and never wanted to leave. Harry Dresden is a wizard and private investigator in Chicago, and has recently been appointed a warden of the White Council. The White Council is the government, so to speak, for the world's wizards. The wardens are the Council's police force and are out to capture and punish anyone practicing black magic. Usually that punishment is death. Now, the strange part about Harry being made a warden is that he was once on probation for the possibility that he was starting to lean to the dark side.

While Harry was on probation, Warden Donald Morgan was assigned to watch over Harry's every move. Morgan did his job well. In fact, the way Morgan did his job was to torment Dresden to the point of accusing almost every move of Dresden's to be black Magic. In other words, Morgan and Dresden were enemies fighting for the same side. So when Morgan is accused of murdering a member of the White Council and escaping their prison, no one would ever expect Harry Dresden to hide him from the others. But that's just what has happened and, since Harry is always fighting for the underdog, who else could help Morgan?

Harry is awakened by banging at his door and opens to find a bloodied and beaten Warden Morgan. Morgan tells Harry he must hide him. When asked why he, of all people, should help Morgan, Morgan tells Harry he is on the run from the White Council. It seems they suspect him of murdering one of the White Council wizards. When asked why they suspect him of this crime, he says, "Because I was found standing over the body with the murder weapon."

Anyone that has read any of the other books from The Dresden Files series knows Warden Morgan could NEVER do anything against the White Council -- it is not in his nature. Dresden knows this and decides to take on the case and find out who framed Morgan for the murder. In the process of investigating this case, there's a good chance Harry is taking on more than he can handle. Not only may he have to go against the White Council, but every magical being, human or otherwise, is out to collect the huge bounty on Morgan's head.

The biggest foe appears to be a magical creature known as a Skin Walker, from Native American lore. This creature is a shape shifter, incredibly fast, and a very powerful flinger of magic. The first battle with the Skin Walker (of which there are three in the book) proves to be fatal to one of Harry's friends. Harry must pull in all of the assets he can find; werewolves, White Court vampires, faeries and even the White Council to prove Morgan's innocence and defeat this "Shagnasty."

From the opening sentence to the end, this book delivers non-stop action. Top it off with the great humor/sarcasm/wit of Harry Dresden and you will not want to stop listening. James Marsters captures the voice and being of Harry Dresden and his narration makes you feel as though you're listening to Harry Dresden himself. I should point out that, yes that is the same James Marsters that played "Spike" in the Buffy the Vampire Hunter television series. His voice is perfect for the role.

Copyright © 2009 Gil T. Wilson

Gil T. has spent a quarter of a century working in radio and has lots of spare time on his hands and reading or listening to books takes up all that time. Check out his blog to find out what he's up to at any given moment.

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