The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories Series #1)

The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories Series #1)

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by Simon R. Green
     
 

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For ages, Eddie Drood and his family have kept humanity safe from the things that go bump in the night. But now one of his own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie’s become a menace, and that humanity needs to be protected from him. So he’s on the run, using every trick in the book, magical and otherwise, hoping he lives long enough to prove his

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For ages, Eddie Drood and his family have kept humanity safe from the things that go bump in the night. But now one of his own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie’s become a menace, and that humanity needs to be protected from him. So he’s on the run, using every trick in the book, magical and otherwise, hoping he lives long enough to prove his innocence...

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Publishers Weekly

Readers who recognize the pun on Ian Fleming's James Bond title, The Man with the Golden Gun, will find the secret agent in question has more up his sleeve than a fancy car and some high-tech gadgets in this first of a new fantasy series from bestseller Green (Deathstalker). Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family, devoted to "protecting humanity from the forces of darkness." Protected by the "secret weapon" received at birth by all members of the Drood family-a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor-Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup. Declared a rogue, Eddie teams up with short-tempered witch Molly Metcalf to find out why he's been betrayed. This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred. (June)

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For centuries, the Droods have protected the world from supernatural enemies, keeping reality safe for humans. When Eddie Drood, the latest in a long line of secret agents against the supernatural, becomes the victim of a plot to frame him as a danger to humanity, he goes on the run from both his friends and his enemies. The author of the "Deathstalker" and "Nightside" series introduces a hard-boiled, fast-talking, druidic James Bond who wields ancient magic instead of a gun. With crossover appeal to fans of urban fantasy and adventure/suspense, this witty fantasy adventure belongs in most libraries.


—Jackie Cassada

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101212875
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/05/2007
Series:
Secret Histories , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
48,918
File size:
689 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series. A resident of Bradford-on-Avon in England, he is currently working on the next Deathstalker novel.

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The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Ryan_G More than 1 year ago
I've heard some wonderful things about this author, normally about his Deathstalker and Nightside series, so when I saw this on the bargain table at Barnes & Noble, I had to get it. I am so glad I did. This book had to be one of the funnest I've read in a long time. The character of Eddie Drood is what James Bond could have been had he been set in a urban fantasy world full of demons, monsters, aliens, and elves. The family even has a Q like character called the Armourer, who comes up with some of the coolest gadgets. Cars that not only have machine guns but can drive through other dimensions, snow globes that can unleash world destroying blizzards, and a stick that can break any bond simply by hitting something with it. Of course that's only the tip of the iceberg. The whole premise of the book is that Eddie is sort of a black sheep of the family who is suddenly recalled back to the homestead for some unknown reason. The relationships are rather strained and he is more than happy to accept and be on his way. However once he leaves the manor he is attacked by all sorts of bad guys. Elves (who are evil in this series), demons who have taken the shape of cars, UFOs, and the ghosts of cars wrecks are amongst the many villains who try to take him out. He destroys all of them and gets away. Once he realizes he's been set up by the family matriarch (his grandmother) he sets out to find out what's going on. Along the way of self discovery he meets up with some old friends and enemies including a sex cult bent on world domination, a psychic vampire named Subway Sue, Mr. Stab (think Jack the Ripper who can't die), the Blue Fairy (gay half Elf hooked on drugs), and Molly the Witch of the Wild Woods (the love interest of the book). Most of them have tried to kill him at one time or another but he needs them to discover the truth about his family. Once he discovers the truth all hell breaks loose and nothing is sacred anymore. I loved this book and I loved the next in the series which I've already read (review forthcoming). I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of humour with their supernatural action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of action in this book, but the author never gives me a reason to care why its happening. Reviewers comparing it to dresden files are being very generous with their comparisons.
cer-2 More than 1 year ago
Yuck. What a confusing mishmash of conspiracy theory, teasers into James Bond or Chronicles of Amber territory--I kept wanting to like the book and a friend had recommended that I let the so-called nonstop action take the place of good writing but the action was just one series of heretofore unmentioned supervillains/races/myths (including Jack the Ripper, disembodied heads, snooty elves, half-baked revolutionary groups hiding in subways aka all the bad 1960s psychedelic schlock) showing up randomly for a paragraph or two without any world building efforts and usually a pretty deus ex machina all-powerful-hero or clever gadgetry fixing moments flashing by. Trudged thru 300 pages of the ebook and cried uncle. i only made it that far because I was determined to try the new-to-me author that kept showing up on my usual book sites in the recommendations (and plot descriptions and reviews of his series were so interesting). Doesn't even seem to be a real book with characters to follow, just a bunch of disembodied almost ideas; maybe leftover from some cold war and 1960s drug trip incidents thrown out there and calling themselves a novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book provided a completely different world view and was very interesting because of that. It mixed magics and theories well.
Constant_ReaderPA More than 1 year ago
I started reading Simon Green with the Nightside Series and so when I saw this book I knew it would be a great read too. The world created in the book is vivid and the characters are well fleshed out as well. Eddie is a wonderfully written reluctant hero. It is total escapism at it's finest.
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ljparker2983 More than 1 year ago
I'd been wanting to try out the Drood books. It was entertaining and kept me going to the end. Am glad to recommend it to fans of urban fantasy.
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wemad More than 1 year ago
Simon Green is good at personalizing his characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly awesome book, it captured my intrest and held me rived. Two thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Those who criticize Greene's books for their plots (or lack thereof) are missing the point; this book, like Greene's Nightside series, is _character driven_. Greene creates a cast of bizarre, unforgettable characters, and then lets them bang into each other, while we watch the havoc that ensues. Great fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down once I started it. Very e joyable if you like Nghtside you'll enjoy this series
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I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and very engaging. I loved the characters and can't wait to read the next book in the series.
CRogers49 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this first installment of the Shaman Bond Secret Histories series very much. Though Mr. Green gets a bit wordy sometimes, he keeps the action and plot twists coming at an exciting pace. I'm already in the middle of book 5 in the series and I only purchased this book one month ago. Enjoy!
spk6469 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. Any one who enjoyed Green's Nightside stories or Jim Butcher will enjoy this.
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Read it now!
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