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

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

by Simon R. Green
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The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 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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