The Man with the Golden Torc Secret Histories 1 Simon
R GreenThe name s Bond Shaman Bond Actually that s just his cover His real name is Eddie Drood but GreenThe name s Bond Shaman Bond Actually that s just his cover His real name is Eddie Drood but your job includes a license to kick supernatural arse on a regular basis you find your laughs where you canFor centuries his family has been the secret uardian of Humanity all that stands between all of you and all of the really nasty things that Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay go bump in the night As a Drood field agent he wore theolden torc he killed monsters and he protected the world He loved his jobRight up to the point where his own family declared him rogue for no reason Now the only people who can help Eddie prove his innocence are the people he used to consider his enemies 2018 This is the #KIND OF BOOK FOR WHICH YOU NEED TO TURN #of book for which you need to turn your brain and just enjoy the ride The high octane ridiculously fun ride It s like watching those Fast and Furious moviesbrain offenjoy the explosionsEddie Drood aka Shaman Bond is a field agent for his family The powerful Droods have Michelangelo: His Epic Life guarded mankind for centuries against all the things thato bump in the night Like that other better known Mr Bond ShamanEddie has all sorts of cool Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge gadgets at his disposal Those will come in handy because when his family suddenly declares him rogue something the Family never takes well Eddie finds himself on the run and looking for answers in all the wrong placesThe whole book is basically one long chase scene but Eddie leads readers through such a motley and interesting London Underground that it just adds to the fun flavor Eddie himself makes for a likable and charismatic lead character The secondary characters are well charactersin the sense that they are an outrageous and colorful lotBe warned that the story is overflowing with plot contrivances Eddie s specialadgets can counter anything the enemy throws at him but they never seem to have anything to counter his stuff Such and such a place is an impregnable fortress inviolate yadda yadda yaddauntil of course it isn t because the plot needs it to be so And so on and so on That s the whole turn off your brain thing But it s funand funny and worth a looksee when you re in the mood for popcorn fluff A Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time good plot and decent setting backed by disinterresting and seemingly disinterrested characters and a strangely disjointed and chaotic storytellingI came to this book knowing that it is a part of long list of books set in the s Another where I d like to have either a half star or 10 star system I was torn here as there are 4 star books I ve liked better but I believe it rates than 3 So35 euals a 4 star rating IuessThe book
good it s recognizably I believe if you ve read any Nightside Eddie or Shaman Bond puts me in mind of John a bit but maybe a bit openly a Making Sense of Leadership: Exploring the Five Key Roles Used by Effective Leaders gooduy Any of you who ve read my reviews will know That would appeal to me a bit than the otherEddie is a ood son by his own lights at least serving the Drood family who he s been taught from infancy onward are the bastion of humanity against the forces of evil and darkness He s a bit of a rebel and a little too independent to suit the old uard of the family but totally loyalThen he s declared a rogue agent The only punishment of a rogue by the Droods is to be killed on sight by any member of the huge family Eddie is stunned freuently physically as well as mentally and emotionally and sets out to find out why he s been labeled rogue The story is fast moving and fairly fun Lots of word plays I mean let s face it Edwin Drood as the hero It walks a bit close to absurdest but stays pretty much on the humorous action side of things I found it Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age got a bit repetitive in a couple of places and some of it was somewhat predictable but on the whole that doesn t take away from the book I like it That sood as my daughter Les Innocents got me the rest of the series that s in print 3 books for Christmas LOLSo enjoy Action humor magic and fantasy science in an urban fantasy 4 stars and a recommendation Some Spoilers below line Possible Major Spoiler Skip if you wish to avoid Spoilers I noted the bookot a little repetitive Green leans a bit on series of things There are a series of attacks a series of encounters a series of other rogues even a series of rooms that ot to be a bit much for meAlso were we really surprised that the Drood family weren t really on the whole the ood uys It would have been a surprising twist if the family had been what it seemed and the stories of their evil had turned out to be false Still at least we et a hero who wants to be a hero and in the end is willing reluctantly to lead the family into what it was supposed to be in the first place Edwin Drood has The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States gadgets than you can imagineolden armor a portable door a self aiming un with never ending bullets and much But he also has problems than you can shake a stick at He s the supernatural answer to James Bond and he s just been declared rogue Now everyone including his family wan. For ages Eddie Drood and his family have kept humanity safe from the things that o bump in the night But now one of his. From Roger Zelazny s Amber books and Eddie himself reminds meIs Good It S Recognizably
a little of Moorcock s Jerry Cornelius only without the ambiguous sexuality There are nods to the Nightside as well aslittle of Moorcock s Jerry Cornelius only without the ambiguous sexuality There are nods to the Nightside as well as other easter eggs common to a Simon Green novel The enemies are top notch be they Manifest Destiny a Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth group seeking to overthrough the Droods or the Sceneshifters aroup that alters reality to suit them at will with the help of a mummified yet still living head So why only a three Eddie is a little too powerful for me to care very much about Each member of the Drood family wears a 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts golden torc around his neck that allows him or her to be sheathed in a nigh imperviousolden armor at will Not much jeopardy there Also his Moonrise (Snowfall, gadgets are a little too over the top A watch that rewinds time Aun that never misses or runs out of ammo But the thing that really irked me was Edwin Drood s cover identity
Of Shaman Bond It S Not Like The James BondShaman Bond It s not like the James Bond wasn t clear already Shaman Bond is about as hamfisted as he could et Although he could have called him Bames Jond or something I supposeThe Man with the Golden Torc is an exciting read and a ood bit of escapism uite enjoyable despite the flaws I d Hello, Snow! give it a three and a half if I could For the second time in just a few weeks I ve decided to set aside a book and not finish it Sigh I HATE not finishing a book so that tells you something about how I felt reading this one I only made it about a hundred pages in before calling it uits hence the lack of ratingWhen I picked it up I was hoping it would be a fun lighthearted urban fantasy It didn t take long for me to realize I just wasn t feeling the book Within the first few pages there were creatures and types of magic shown than you usually see in entire books Normally a wide variety of magical powers and creatures isood in a book right It s like the Nightside books except that nearly half of the weird stuff presented actually had a purpose So despite the fact that the protagonist spent time congratulating himself for being clever and bad ass than he did actually being clever or y know halfway competent I ll be looking for the seuel Perhaps in that one the protagonist won t be so ridiculously overpowered that the text of every fight scene could be replaced by OMG WE RE GOING TO DIE but wait I had this handy dandy Save The Day Device in my back pocket all along so I never really had any reason to be panicked or even mildly alarmed I know I sound disparaging but it was so nice to be able to enjoy the plot of a Simon R Green book again Seriously his earliest stuff was so ood what happened Executive Summary Overall I m pretty underwhelmed I was hoping for something to take the place of Mr Green s Nightside series but this just didn t do it for meAudio book This is the first book I ve listened to by #Stuart Blinder I thought he was pretty ood He does several #Blinder I thought he was pretty Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies good He does several and accents that helped move along what could often be a rather slow plot Full Review A friend of mine introduced me to Simon R Green with his Nightside series a few years back I didn t read a lot back then but I wouldenerally pick up the new one he had out every year I rated them all 3 star books save for A Hard Day s Knight which I really liked However they were short and mostly fun reads that didn t reuire much thought Mind CandyThe protagonist of this series makes a cameo at the end of that one so I ve always been meaning to check this out as a possible replacement I Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch got aood deal on it from audible and I needed something to fill about a week or so of audio so it seemed the perfect timeLike Nightside this is another Urban Fantasy series However instead of a detective protagonist this one has a secret agent as the lead James Bond but with mostly magical Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood gadgets rather than technological ones In fact his cover name is Shaman BondThe book titles of this series are all parodies of Bond titles Mr Green always likes to poke fun at tropes in his writing With this one he s mocking both spy novels and fantasy tropes by combining the twoI m not sure if the book just isn t asood or if my tastes have changed as I ve become a voracious reader the past few years The humor was still Forbidden Reading good the plot was light It just wasn t working for meIt felt too long My recollection was that most of the Nightside books were 250 pages each while this is closer to 400 I believe It s over 17 hours in audio That s probably at least 5 hours too longThere were too many dead ends in the story I recall Mr Green writing scenes in Nightside that seemed unimportant to the plot but that explore some bizarre idea he must have had This book has entirely too much of that I think if a few of them had been cut outsaved for later books this might have been a better storyIt s possible these bookset better as they A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line go along There were parts I enjoyed and the ending was prettyood to bump it from a 25 to a solid 3 but I m not likely to continue on at this point. So he's on the run using every trick in the book magical and otherwise hoping he lives long enough to prove his innocenc.
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About 50 Or 6050 or 60 for this book to hit its stride But once did it was unstoppable The pace was fast the lead character was incredibly likable and the dialogue was witty and natural The secondary characters were inventive and I hope they re brought back in later installments It s a page turner of a book incorporating action suspense mystery and even some romance along with a large dose of humorThe Man with the Golden Torc has it all Five stars stands for awesome and that s what this book is I loved it I was a little worried that I wouldn t like it as much as the Nightside series but boy was I wrongThis book takes my love of James Bond spy movies and supernatural stories and makes a wonderful hybrid but it has Simon R #Green S Own Stamp #s own stamp spin on it He incorporated all the humor which will make me laugh out loud the angsty moments and some thrillingscarydownright horrific moments as well I loved Eddie Although I still love John Taylor from the Nightside series I think I like Eddie because I Future Focus got to see him as a fully developed character who evolved over the course of this book He started out kind of arrogant so assured of his place in the world Heot a painful wakeup call and I experienced the Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays gauntlet of emotions he faced as he realized his family wasn t the court of knights inolden armor that he believed they were I think Eddie really rolled with the punches dealt with a lot here and came out on top the hard way He s a A Sting in the Tale gooduy He cares about the world about people He truly believes in protecting the innocents and fighting the ood fight even at his own personal cost Even though he can kill without remorse when necessary he doesn t kill wantonly and he s never a bully Even though he doesn t fall in with the party line and play the ood little soldier like his family demands he s very loyal and family matters to him Because he s able to think for himself and he loves his family at the same time he was the best Devil's Red Nickel guy to deal with the rot destroying his family from the inside outMr Green always surprises me with the concepts he integrates into his stories and I love that about him The underlying origin of the family s power really surprised and horrified me but it makes sense at the same time I like how he built this story on the legend of the druids I respect how Mr Green brings in uniuely British folklore legends and storytelling in his stories It s one of the things that keeps me coming back And his sense of humor doesn t hurt eitherMolly was aood companion for Eddie on his journey She helps him to see that all is not as it appears At the same time he helps her to see that not all organizations that smack of the establishment have to be a bad thing The world does need an organized force who can deal with the nasty supernatural threats because that power vacuum will be filled one way or the other I loved their back and forth sometimes trading insults sometimes compliments It was very well done flirting that played excellently into this story Their romance fits and compliments this story wonderfullyI loved this trip through England Simon R Green style Although John Taylor takes me on a tour of the Nightside and I am happy to merely observe that bizarre creepy horrific world from the detached view of my book I am fully Eddie s sidekick on his dangerous journey to find out why he was declared Rogue and to do something about that It had all the high octane elements of a Bond action flick but with fantastic supernaturalarcane elements I loved the references to legends and lore and a few Lovecraftian nods thrown in for Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies good measure Like the Bond movies this book has the cooladgets even cooler because they are supernatural Eddie s Uncle Jack called The Armourer could ive MI6 s a run for his money Mr Green did not let me down with this book I have found yet another male lead urban fantasy series that I simply must keep up with and add to my keeper shelf Although I could probably write Mr Green a crazy fan letter after reading this novel I will let this semi ushing review sufficeCasting Wish ListJamie Bamber as Eddie Drood Lucy Brown as Molly Metcalf Jim Broadbent as Uncle Jack The Armourer Edwin Drood is a member of the legendary Drood family a family dedicated to protecting humanity from threats At least that s what he thought until he was declared rogue and had the entire familly on his trail Now with Molly Metcalf infamous witch in tow Edwin must find out the sinster secret at his family s heart The only people that can tell him the people he s been fighting against his entire adult lifeThe Man With the Golden Torc is typical Simon Green You have monsters action and dry jokes The Secret Histories series is an homage to James Bond and it shows The action is almost at a ridiculous level reminscent of the Bond movies making for a very exciting read The Drood family reminds me of the family. Own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie's become a menace and that humanity needs to be protected from him.