The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories, Book 3) Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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- ASIN : 0451462726
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (June 2, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780451462725
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451462725
- Item Weight : 1.38 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.5 x 9.25 inches
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#1,129,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #32,645 in Paranormal & Urban Fantasy (Books)
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In the novel, Eddie Drood is a field agent for the Drood family. His area of responsibility is London and environs.
Martha Drood is Eddie's grandmother. She had been the Matriarch. Now she has been elected as the head of the family, subject to an advisory council.
Jack Drood is the Armourer and Eddie's Uncle. He runs the madcap team who come up with all the cool gadgets.
The Blue Fairy was a friend of Eddie before stealing a Drood torc. Then Queen Mab took the throne and he was admitted into the fairy enclave. The Fae gave him more training in his magical abilities.
Honey Lake is a CIA operative. She has access to many cool gadgets from the Company.
Walker is from the Nightside. He is the friendly nemesis of John Taylor.
Peter King is the grandson of Alexander King, the Independent Agent. He is a corporate espionage operative.
Lethal Harmony is an agent from Kathmandu. Katt specializes in honey traps and betrayals.
In the story, Eddie is wearing his Shaman Bond persona as he tries to find out what is going on with the Tower of London. He is hired by an Australian republican to kill the Tower ravens. Naturally, the job is not quite that simple.
Then Eddie is called back to the family mansion and ordered to drive rather than use the Merlin glass. After arriving, he finds Martha and the Armourer waiting for him. He is told that the Independent Agent is having a competition for his own replacement. The winner will get all of his accumulated secret information.
Eddie uses the Merlin Glass to reach Place Gloria, Alexander King's hideout, museum and residence. The area is covered in flux fog and nothing can be seen, but heavy footsteps sound from around him. After the fog lifts, Eddie finds that he and the other five candidates are on the top of a mountain.
They all gather around and introduce themselves. Of course, Eddie already knows the Blue Fairy and he knows of Walker. Honey, Peter and Katt are new to him.
After the introductions, the area around them shudders and then lowers into the lobby of the residence. They walk out and through a private museum into the audience chamber. Then a three-dimensional image of Alexander King appears and explains the contest.
They soon discover that the image is live, for King answers some comments (and ignores others). There will be five locations where the group must discover secrets. At the end of the quest, only one person will be left alive to receive the prize.
King causes a teleport device to appear on each wrist to take them to the designated spots. Eddie is rather startled since his golden torc is supposed to prevent such occurrences. Later they discover that the devices also travel to specific times as well to places.
At the first stop, they have to uncover the secret of the Loch Ness monster. Honey links with her boss and gets a small yellow submarine. They discover that the monster is not anything like popular theories, but they lose one of their group.
This tale takes the survivors to other sites and times, where they find all kinds of monsters. Some of them die or disappear. Eddie suspects that someone within the group is killing the others.
This novel has several references to other novels and series by this author. Both Nightside and Shadows Fall are mentioned. And other classic allusions are made in passing.
This story has a fair amount of action. The next installment will be From Hell With Love . Read and enjoy!
Highly recommended for Green fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of ancient protectors, various strange creatures, and cocky young agents. If anyone has not previously read this series, the initial volume is The Man with the Golden Torc .
-Arthur W. Jordin
The story twists around the Independent Agent who has key information that the Droods want. But the Independent Agent will only provide that information to one of the top spies that he has invited to compete together to solve 5 mysteries. And with that, the adventure is off.
And the adventure is off. The mysteries are spins on some of the worlds mysteries today. Loch Ness, etc. I will say that one of the other contestants is from the Nightside novels and I don't think it works for me. Sometimes having other characters cameo from one world to the other is fine. But this other characters is a side by side star through this book. Between the mysteries being solved and odd characterizations of the Nightside character, this novel felt forced. It's still well written and a lot of fun but not quite as involving as some of Green's other novels.
If your looking for something new, I recommend "The Spy Who Haunted Me" and the other Secret Histories books. They are good reads with a little action and some far-out characters.
I loved having Walker in this book! I think it was a great piece of character development and I actually would really like a book devoted entirely to Walker and his story and futre.
I loved the book and I also appreciated that it was released on the Kindle.
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Eddie Drood is stripped of his usual allies for this one, as he is sent to join a group of the world's most prominent agents competing for a legendary spy's accumulated knowledge. Said spy assigns the group a series of mysteries to investigate, and these challenges form the bulk of the novel.
Because of this, the story comes off as less of a continuous tale, and more like a collection of short stories linked by theme and protagonists. While all of the mysteries are fairly different (everything from Loch Ness to Tunguska), the similar structure of each chapter leaves this installment feeling slightly more repetitive than the first two.
There are still many pluses; Green, as ever, is a master of pacy action and extreme violence, throwing huge beasts and pychic horrors into the mix. The main group is an enjoyable assortment as well, including CIA fox Honey and Eddie's erstwhile betrayer the Blue Fairy. After the last book gave us a Deathstalker cameo, this one works in a guest from Green's Nightside books, an addition that works well.
The plot takes plenty of twists and turns on the way to the conclusion, with backstabbing and turnabouts aplenty. The fact that the team are ultimately in competition for one prize adds an extra element of tension to proceedings as well.
On the whole, a brave attempt to do something a little different with the series, although now that the experiment's over, I hope that Eddie's next adventure is slightly more business as usual.
This time Shaman Bond/Edwin Drood gets invited to be part of a game involving 6 of the best spies with a grand prize of winner takes all (all the secrets that the organiser possesses).
The usual mix of action (some of it bloody) and humour plus Simon's ability to weave the likes of Loch Ness and Roswell into the plot makes this a great read.
You may guess the outcome before the end but it is still well worth it.
Roll on the From Hell with Love!
The humour remains entertaining and I certainly had fun reading it, but it's a step down from what went before.
This is not War and Peace or catch 22, but it is well worth a read!