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The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2008
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The only thing that stands between us and ruination is the Drood (Druid) family. Eddie (aka Shamus Bond) is one of the younger members. He wears the Golden Torc in order to truly see through the veneers of creatures.
The Drood family knows everything. They have to in order to do their jobs. As Eddie says, you don't want them mad at you.
The problem is--they are worried that Eddie's got too much power and he's going to be dangerous. He's got to get away from them and use whatever he can to keep away....
"Torc" is a brand new series for Green that brings his "Nightside" elements into the mundane world. You've probably picked up on the fact that the series is a take-off on Ian Fleming's James Bond series.
The book's well-written with that 'insider gossip' feel that's going to draw readers in. In the first few pages, Shamus-Eddie has to abort a demon pregnancy in the President, who got shagged by a demon 'ladything' on a foreign mission--"no, not the one you're thinking of," he says. Still, I couldn't help laughing as I let my imagination play through the scenario.
I think this series is going to be a lot of fun for everyone from young adult readers on up. Green's 'voice' as Eddie is one of his deft and he knows how to keep us amused and reading.
While the parody seems a bit heavier-handed than his "Nightside" stories, I'd give this book a solid 4.5 and say it's well worth getting in the hardcover edition.
There's the rebellious white male in his late 20's with powerful magical abilities who is suddenly victimised for no apparent reason. This forces him to join forces with a powerful, attractive yet psychotic woman, and together, they beat the bad guys and fall in love. Along the way, there are some fantastic scenes and characters.
I Like Simon Green's book, I really do. But it's becoming a bit of the same ol' thing. Not a bad read, but I hope the next one's got something a bit different in it.
In the Deathstalker series, the hero is Owen Deathstalker, member of a powerful family, who is declared "outlaw". He is cut off from all that he knew as a member of the aristrocracy, and is forced to reevaluate the system that he had always believed was for the good of the people. He allies himself with other outlaws, people he had always thought of as the lowest of the low, in his mission to bring down the Empire he had always fought to defend.
In "The Man With the Golden Torc", the hero is Edwin Drood (aka Shaman Bond), member of a powerful family, who is declared "rogue". He is cut off from all that he knew as an operative for the family who has defended normal people from all threats, supernatural and alien. Edwin is forced to reevaluate the system which he had always believed to be for the good of the people. He allies himself with other rogues, people he had always thought of as the lowest of the low, in his mission to bring down the Family he had always fought to defend.
Do you see my problem? In reading this book, I found myself constantly drawing comparisons between characters in each series (Valentine Wolf to Mr Stab, to name just one). I'm not saying that this is in any way an inferior book, it's just the same book in an "urban fantasy" as opposed to "science fiction."
Pick one of the above named series, but do yourself a favor and don't try reading them both. Repitition is great when you're trying to learn a new skill, but not so much when you're a best selling author.
Plot SPOILERS begin:
Edwin Drood, known to the outside world as Shaman Bond, is the maverick son of the powerful, very secretive Drood family. For centuries, the Droods have made it their clandestine mission to protect humanity from the monsters of the world. Equipped with an arsenal of arcane gadgetry, mystical and scientific (mostly provided by the Armourer, or "Uncle Jack"), the family's most invaluable asset is the golden living armor bonded to the souls and nervous systems of its many agents. When not activated, the armor becomes a golden torc fastened around the bearer's neck.
Edwin, or Eddie, has been the only Drood member to somewhat break away from the family and gain a measure of independence. Still, he winds up undertaking missions for the Drood Matriarch now and then, which he doesn't mind. After one such mission, he's urgently summoned to the Hall, headquarters and bastion of the Droods, a place Eddie hasn't seen in ten years. There, the Matriarch (Eddie's grandmother, in fact) tasks him with playing courier to a very potent artifact.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like many other raters, I like the idea of this story. However, i have a problem with the idea of an invincible hero. Read morePublished 23 days ago by J. R.
Simon R Green is a great author with a fantastic sense of humor, but he often recycles characters, jokes, and plots through his various series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If you liked Simon's other works, notably the night side series, this is a great new set of stories written very much in Simon's quirky tongue in cheek humor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cindy Slayton
Simon R. Green and I have a special connection. Well, no, actually we don't but it's weird how he seems to write the books I want to write and always has ideas I thought I came up... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun action packed book, green can really make you hate a badguy hahaPublished 3 months ago by Jared and Dana Courtemanche
This was a gift for hubby. He's a Simon R. Green fan from way back. *laughs* So I knew he'd love it.Published 5 months ago by Book Lover in Paradise
great read as usual. i love this author. easy to read and no constant repeating of previous chapters. would recommend this bookPublished 8 months ago by Erth