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The Sultan of Monte Cristo: First Sequel to the Count of Monte Cristo [Kindle Edition]

Holy Ghost Writer
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Book Description

This vivid novel offers much entertainment and excitement throughout its telling of various adventures.  Although the main character's motives are presented, only small portions of the story involve his attempted redemption, leaving room for resolution in a subsequent sequel.  Creating a more obvious through line that better connects all of the characters and their actions will improve the overall narrative while the multitude of subplots offer the creative material necessary to build a compelling series.
Having no former knowledge of The Count of Monte Cristo hinders the reader's understanding of the protagonist's current situation, but additional sequels provide a format that allows room for necessary background information to be provided.  Dantes' character is undoubtedly flawed, a huge asset in terms of presenting a relatable protagonist.  Offering further insight into his past will allow audiences to better understand his former behaviors and appreciate the lengths to which he will go to try to remedy his wrongdoings.
Raymee is introduced rather abruptly, but is a strong and gripping character nonetheless.  One is instantly impressed by her intelligence and confidence and appreciates the desperation of her situation.  Raymee's motives are a bit muddled, as her desire seems to change from one of avoiding her betrothal in favor of true love to that of acceptance of her fate in exchange for power.  The disclosure of Dantes' influence on her behavior is a brilliant addition, as it strongly connects the two characters and allows for vivid representation of the monstrosity of revenge.  The castrations are unexpected and graphic, characteristics highly indicative of current popular television programs.  Parallels between Raymee and Daenerys Targaryen from the program Game of Thrones can certainly be drawn, as each beautiful female develops from youth to a place of authority, cunningly demonstrating her power to influence her subjects.  Raymee's continued rise, especially following the implied birth of the Arabian prince, and potential fall is certainly deserving of further exploration, particularly if she continues to gain inspiration from Dantes' past.

Editorial Reviews


"The Sultan of Monte Cristo is a quick and fascinating read that fulfills the fantasies so many readers have longed for after turning the last page of The Count of Monte Cristo. I highly recommend Holy Ghost Writer's book, but with a warning: Once you read this first book there is no going back; you are going to want to read the next. I can't wait to read the next installment, The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo, and see what new adventures await." Tania Staley, Pacific Book Review 

"Edmond Dantes, and his many identities, traverses the world in this whirlwind of a sequel." Kirkus review 

"Overall, this book, though shorter than I wanted, was a good one to read." Hollywood Book Reviews

From the Author

My desire to continue the stories of Alexandre Dumas stem from a deep love for literature that he helped develop in me. I realize that some will be offended that I have the moxie to condense and retell his stories through the Americanized voice of Sherlock Holmes and add my own as sequels.  In doing so, I believe that I am reintroducing The Count of Monte Cristo to a new generation of readers that most likely would have skipped this classic for its age and verbosity. I actually advise my readers to enjoy, as I did, the best translation, for those who read only English, by Robin Buss.

Why the pen name, 'Holy Ghost Writer'?  Am I saying that I am holy?  God forbid! No, it is just a way to add mystery to the contest to discover my true identity.  It is more along the lines of Robin saying, "Holy Ghost Writer, Batman."  Another reason is that Edmond Dantes refers to himself as "divine providence" in this classic tale.  Those who write on subjects touching on divinity are often referred to as holy ghost writers.  Just google the term if you doubt my word.  In the process of writing That Girl Started Her Own Country (6th in the Monte Cristo series) I discovered that I am a possibillionist as did Zaydee, that book's heroine.  So for those of you who are turned off by religion, please understand that I am not 'holier than thou' and certainly not preaching any particular religious beliefs (or lack thereof) although my characters may express some of their own from time to time.  

I hope, dear reader, you enjoy exploring these works of quasi-fiction as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Illuminated Publications Limited; 4 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0B6G5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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A worthy sequel that intertwines with its predecessor to tell an epic story. It might not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it immensely. The Sultan of Monte Cristo and the Holy Ghost Writer’s rendition is a fascinating, mysterious, and suspense filled read into the Victorian era of Alexandre Dumas. You literally leap back into The Age of Industrialization and Impressionistic Art. A journey into the life and times of Edmond Dante’s trials and tribulations. Does he want to be a patriot, pirate, or Sultan? In many ways, it parallels other modern day Sci-Fi stories and movies. I was a bit weary of the character development at the beginning, but became pleasantly surprised by their transformation throughout the read. The author really made the characters accessible to the reader. The style of writing lends itself to an entertaining story of romance, intrigue, and description that draws the reader into the melee by transcending human emotions of each character. It allows you to discover a flurry of emotions throughout the narrative. I was hoping and wishing for even more at the end. The writer even injects a contest into the mix to determine the identity of the author. Who is the Holy Writer? I guess you will need to continue reading to discover the catch. It was a fun reading experience.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written! October 19, 2013
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This book is so well written that from page one, it transports you to the setting of the book and you are right there, you can see what the characters see, you can almost taste what the characters do. That, to me, is the mark of a gifted writer. When you have the ability to make a character come to life for the reader, you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, and The Holy Ghost Writer definitely needs to be writing.

The story is well told, and the author has a wonderful writing style and blends everything together so perfectly! If you are a fan of The Count of Monte Cristo, this will be a great addition to your library. If you are not, this will make you one. It is unreal how the plot shifts in this sequel fit seamlessly with the original. The most obscure idea in the original comes to life in this sequel, and I think that's why it works so well.

I recommend this book to anybody who has read the other, or to anybody who enjoys history, and great novels. If you're a fan of "The Count of Monte Cristo," this will definitely not disappoint. The book does a fantastic job of staying true to the original story, but is obviously its own unique piece. It is a wonderful sequel. Each page brings exciting and interesting information that will keep any reader in awe of the author's talented writing style. The character development is particularly good. All in all, it is a very good read, and as I said, I would recommend it to anyone.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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I am a classics junkie, and I love to read sequels or alternative explorations of classics--everything from "Side Sargasso Sea" to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" ends up on my bookcase beside the original that inspired it. So, a sequel to Alexander Dumas' "The Count of Monte Cristo," arguably one of the most exciting classic adventure novels of all time, was definitely appealing to me.

"The Sultan of Monte Cristo" starts where "Count" left off, with Dantes sailing away with Haydee, who is asking for his love and questioning if he can truly be over Mercedes. It then recounts his various adventures in overcoming the dread Captain Medusalocks, his reintroduction to Mercedes, his stint as the vampire Lord Ruthwen, and his entanglement with Raymee, a beautiful violet-eyed girl who has own plans for their relationship. The characters refer often to "The Count of Monte Cristo," written by the "investigative reporter" Alexander Dumas, and seem to have read the book and know about the Count's exploits.

This book (and really it's more of a novella at sixty pages) seems to have divided readers--some are praising it and others seem baffled. If you're looking for a true sequel to "The Count of Monte Cristo," with the lyrical and structured language of 19th century literature, you'll probably be disappointed. This offering is more of a tongue-in-cheek romp that picks up small pieces of the story and then runs with them to an unexpected conclusion. For instance, in "Count" you have to suspend your disbelief to accept that Dantes really does accomplish all that he does--he's almost superhuman in ability and perception if you think about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice closure but somewhat hollow
The Sultan of Monte Cristo: First Sequel to the Count of Monte Christo is an interesting concept. The author, listed only as Holy Ghost Writer, does a fantastic job of matching the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Imre Nemeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as the original!
Well written, exciting. I couldn't put it down, but it was to short. It ended to soon.
Published 1 month ago by Terry L. Carnahan
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book Captivating Adventure - Great Read!!
I had such a wonderful experience traveling on this worldly adventure with the Edmund Dantes, the Sultan of Monte Cristo.
This was an amazing read. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SweetTea
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
Interesting book not what I was expecting. If you are a hard core lover of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and are looking for a true sequel this isn't for you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Vivid and Engrossing Adventure
I must say. I didn't expect what I got from this book.

And I mean that in a good way. I haven't read the original but I've always heard great things about it and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Justin Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure Like No Other!
This novel was simply amazing! As someone who has a great affinity for the original; I wasn't sure how this would stack up. Read more
Published 2 months ago by JENNIFER
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I've read The Count of Monte Cristo way back my high school days and have seen the film adaptation as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janna M.
5.0 out of 5 stars As exciting & as brilliant and as swashbuckling as the original!
I don't know if it was just coincidence or what, but last month, I was able to watch The Count of Monte Cristo (the 2007 film) and so the setting and story is still fresh on my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Claire
3.0 out of 5 stars I think it would be recommended to read the original as it would help...
This book is very well-written and features eloquent usage of language. Although you could read it without prior knowledge of The Count of Monte Cristo, I think it would be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sierra Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and quick book to read!!
I didn't read The Count Of Monte Cristo so this was something new to me. I liked the older setting the book had. It also had sweet love scenes between Dantes and Haydee. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hugh Kinnett
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Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?

The identity of the author is part of an international contest, and the first person to correctly name the HG Writer from the clues found in the Count of Monte Cristo sequels will receive a reward of $5000. Visit the Holy Ghost Writer's Amazon Author Page for Details and see if you can discover the real identity of the author being heralded as the new Stieg Larsson for That Girl Started Her Own Country, the successor of Alexander Dumas for The Sultan of Monte Cristo and the next Ray Bradbury for The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter. Contact the author c/o

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