Book Review of Storm Front (Dresden Files, Bk 1)

Storm Front  (Dresden Files, Bk 1)
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Harry Dresden. The only wizard listed in the Yellow Pages. BUT ... not the only wizard in the Chicago area ...

In Storm Front, Jim Butcher introduces us to Harry Dresden. Dresden lives the stereotypical life of a private investigator in a noir novel except that Dresden's talents lie in the supernatural, as do the cases that he is called upon to investigate. The Powers That Be do not like the fact that Harry allows his wizard status to be known by the outside world, even if he abides by the rules that they set for all wizards. The Powers That Be ALSO don't trust him after all, he DID skirt an earlier charge on a technicality.

Storm Front suffers from the problem that all supernatural tales have especially one shot stories or early books in a series (like this one) the rules of the environment in which the character is set are not documented up front. It is ALWAYS possible for the protagonist to get out of a tight spot (or the villain to put him or her IN one) using some sort of non-scientific means to which the reader had not yet been exposed. "Oh, Fellow-Well-Met, I'll COUNTER your Planet Neptune Ice Rings with my Fire Farts from Hell ..." In later books, one can judge whether the author successfully lives within the rules of a universe that he or she created, but in the early books, one can never be sure if the device / spell / whatever wasn't invented simply to close a plot hole. To be fair, Butcher seems to be consistent within his own novel, and I am certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He has me intrigued enough to make me want to check out the next book in the series.

Aside I listened to this book in audio form. James Marsters, best known for his acting role in the "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" television series, does an EXCELLENT job telling this tale. I have not heard him do audio narration before, but believe he should certainly consider doing more of it between acting roles.

RATING: 4 stars.