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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.


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"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: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Illuminated Publications Limited; 4 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0B6G5M
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36 of 41 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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34 of 39 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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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Book I've Ever Read March 24, 2013
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Although I only read half of the book, "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" is the worst book I've ever read. I downloaded the book onto my Kindle after I saw that the book had a 5-star rating (this was in summer 2012). I eagerly started reading it, confident that the book deserved its 5-star rating. Sadly, I was very deceived. I stopped reading the book once I hit the 50% mark. I immediately deleted the book from my Kindle and let it rot in the Archives. I don't know how to describe the book in terms of its terrible writing quality and horribleness.

This book is plain rubbish. All of the original characters from the original "Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas are completely unrecognizable. Edmond Dantès in "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" is a stupid, gullible, foolish, deceptive, and womanizing pirate. He makes himself Haydée's slave and Sultan of Albania. This is entirely different from the original Edmond Dantès in "The Count of Monte Cristo". The new Edmond Dantès fights a supposedly fearless pirate named Medusalocks. In "The Count of Monte Cristo", Edmond Dantès was my favourite character. I liked him from the start in the original book. However, in "The Sultan of Monte Cristo", I was disgusted by the personality and behaviour the "Holy Ghost Writer" re-created him in.

Next comes Haydée, the Albanian/Grecian princess whom Edmond Dantès/the Count of Monte Cristo eventually falls in love with. I didn't like her in the original "Count of Monte Cristo". She was just too girly for my taste. However, in "The Sultan of Monte Cristo", Haydée turns into a wickedly seductive woman who forces the new Edmond Dantès to smoke marijuana and have sex with her.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed October 19, 2012
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I read the Count of Monte Cristo and wanted more. I searched amazon and found The Sultan of Monte Cristo. Read the reviews and though that it was going to be a good book and a continuation of the story. I was wrong. The reviews are very misleading. I don't know what the other reviewers read but this book is a joke. The style of writing is totally different and the new stories are ridiculous. If you truly loved the Count of Monte Cristo and expect good quality writing from this book I would suggest then that you do not read this book. You will be very disappointed as I was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
Fantastic book, I highly recommend it
Published 2 months ago by Catherine Strait
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Thin plotline, highly improbable. No depth to characters.
Published 2 months ago by Irene Jackson
1.0 out of 5 stars but was very disappointed after the first page
After i saw the intro to Sultan of Monte Cristo i started reading the book, but was very disappointed after the first page. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy sequel to a classic novel
This is the second book I've read by Holy Ghost Writer and thoroughly enjoyed it, even more so than the first. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great historical fiction novel
No one does historical fiction better than Holy Ghost Writer in my book. This is another venture into the Count of Monte Cristo world and as a fan of the Count I ate up this book... Read more
Published 4 months ago by HeftyBanks
3.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Plot if You're Open-Minded
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes, or if you enjoy romance novels along the lines of Harlequin Romance or those books about Amish people, you would enjoy this. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book really fascinated and excited me the whole time while I was reading it. It is adventurous
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Published 4 months ago by Esi
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich story; honest author
‘The Sultan of Monte Cristo’ delivers a story that is exactly as advertised. You’ll get the most out of it if you’re familiar with the classic ‘Count of Monte Cristo,’ but as any... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Becca Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Book by HGW
I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is a fairly short story that takes the Count of Monte Cristo on an adventure thought up by the author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bwootm04
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful follow-up to the original
"The Sultan of Monte Cristo" is a fast-paced, suspenseful short novel, planned to be part of a long series. Read more
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Who is The Holy Ghost Writer?

The identity of the author is part of an international contest. 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 by fans as the new Stieg Larsson for The Anonymous Girl, the successor of Alexander Dumas for The Sovereign Order of Monte Cristo and the next Ray Bradbury for The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter. Contact the author c/o books@illuminatedpublications.com

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