Simon R. Green: The Man with the Golden Torc



Ver 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 got a good 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 ead James Bond but with mostly magical 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 Memoir of a Misfit 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 as good or if my tastes have changed as I ve become a voracious reader the past few years The humor was still good the plot wasight It just wasn t working for meIt felt too Looking for the Toffees 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 ateast 5 hours too Raising Gods Girl 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 forater books this might have been a better storyIt s possible these books get better as they go along There were parts I enjoyed and the ending was pretty good to bump it from a 25 to a solid 3 but I m not The Gulag Handbook likely to continue on at this point This is the kind of book for which you need to turn off your brain and just enjoy the ride The high octane ridiculously fun ride It sike watching those Fast and Furious moviesbrain offenjoy the explosionsEddie Drood aka Shaman Bond is a field agent for his family The powerful Droods have guarded mankind for centuries against all the things that go bump in the night Like that other better known Mr Bond ShamanEddie has all sorts of cool 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 The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion looking for answers in all the wrong placesThe whole book is basically oneong chase scene but Eddie Will in the World leads readers through such a motley and interesting London Underground that it just adds to the fun flavor Eddie himself makes for aikable and charismatic June Fourth Elegies lead character The secondary characters are well charactersin the sense that they are an outrageous and colorfulotBe warned that the story is overflowing with plot contrivances Eddie s special gadgets 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 Baby and Child Vegetarian Recipes looksee when you re in the mood for popcorn fluff 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 theack of ratingWhen I picked it up I was hoping it would be a fun The Confabulist lighthearted urban fantasy It didn t takeong 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 is good in a book right Well for me it felt Der Illusionist like so much so fast that it started toose meaning It came across as if there were a bunch of cool ideas and every single one of them was crammed in right away The effect for me was that the story didn t feel grounded and that a Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue lot of the events just seemed over the top There were also some issues with the main character and some itemspowers that felt really overpowered which meant that I didn t feel any kind of tension during the action scenes I think my biggest problem was that I just didn t connect with the tone It was the definition of glib and it was just too much for me It feltike it was all style without the substance I can definitely see people enjoying this book but it just wasn t for me Edwin Drood has gadgets than you can imagine golden armor a portable door a self aiming gun 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 wants him dead while all Eddie wants is the truth It took about 50 or 60 pages for this book to hit its stride But once it did it was unstoppable The pace was fast the Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, lead character was incrediblyikable and the dialogue was witty and natural The secondary characters were inventive and I hope they re brought back in Ask the Past later installments It s a page turner of a book incorporating action suspense mystery and even some romance along with aarge dose of humorThe Man with the Golden Torc has it all. So he's on the run using every trick in the book magical and otherwise hoping he Riding Class (Saddle Club, livesong enough to prove his innocenc.

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Five stars stands for awesome and that s what this book is I Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, loved it I was aittle worried that I wouldn t Different Class like it as much as the Nightside series but boy was I wrongThis book takes myove of James Bond spy movies and supernatural stories and makes a wonderful hybrid but it has Simon R Green s own stamp and spin on it He incorporated all the humor which will make me Short Stories by Roald Dahl laugh outoud the angsty moments and some thrillingscarydownright horrific moments as well I oved Eddie Although I still ove John Taylor from the Nightside series I think I ike Eddie because I 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 He got a painful wakeup call and I experienced the gauntlet of emotions he faced as he realized his family wasn t the court of knights in golden armor that he believed they were I think Eddie really rolled with the punches dealt with a ot here and came out on top the hard way He s a good guy He cares about the world about people He truly believes in protecting the innocents and fighting the good 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 Socialist Realism line and play the goodittle soldier I Look Up To... Michelle Obama like his family demands he s veryoyal and family matters to him Because he s able to think for himself and he Doctor Extraño loves his family at the same time he was the best 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 Iove 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 ike how he built this story on the egend of the druids I respect how Mr Green brings in uniuely British folklore Never Tell 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 a good 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 Ioved 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 oved 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 oved the references to Deterring Democracy legends andore and a few Lovecraftian nods thrown in for good measure Like the Bond movies this book has the cool gadgets even cooler because they are supernatural Eddie s Uncle Jack called The Armourer could give MI6 s a run for his money Mr Green did not Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, let me down with this book I have found yet another maleead 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 Hunters Heart letter after reading this novel I willet this semi gushing review sufficeCasting Wish ListJamie Bamber as Eddie Drood Lucy Brown as Molly Metcalf Jim Broadbent as Uncle Jack The Armourer A 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 Menneskefluene (K2 longist of books set in the same world and I ve been Nazi Gold longing for some good urban fantasy which i can really sink my teeth into So naturally I was eager and hopeful I guess this teaches me not to get my hopes upThe plot itself actually has uite aot going for it it s both interresting and not too predictable Although it has to be said that most of the story seemed utterly redundant Also it has huge potential as a starting point for a series without Mr Majeika and the School Inspector leaving you with that dreaded cliffhanger feelingHowever I have rarely come across a protagonist for whom I had soittle empathy Most of the time he came off as a bland nonentity whose role merely was to describe the events around him The insights into his mind and personality was almost entirely taken up with explaining something or other in the world or with trying to justify a desicion Likewise his relationships with almost all the other characters in the story including his relationship with the Selected Poems love interrest are stunted arbitrary or enigmatically change from one scene to the next Theast can be said about the motivations of the characters as well There is very ittle explanation given for why the characters act as they do throughout the bookI probably could have overcome my dislike for the the characters in the story the plot itself was rather good after all But then I have to add in a mess of inco. 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.

Nsistencies if not outright plot holes which while never critical to the storyline does confuse some points and just generally irritate the hell out of me Further the pacing of the story seemed ike utter crap to me This might have been my own fault since I did not complete it in one sitting but it did continuously ensure that my expectations would clash with the progress of the book All in all it did pobably deserve than the one star I gave it but seeing as goodreads thinks that two stars means that the book was ok this one did simply not meet the criteria I would not recommend it to anyone I Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 like and I do not think it was okThough truth be told I might read the seuels just to see if it gets any better It sike 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 l be ooking 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 h 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 when your job includes a The Train Robbers license to kick supernatural arse on a regular basis you find youraughs where you canFor centuries his family has been the secret guardian of Humanity all that stands between all of you and all of the really nasty things that go bump in the night As a Drood field agent he wore the golden torc he killed monsters and he protected the world He No Reason To Die 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 Edwin Drood is a member of theegendary Drood family a family dedicated to protecting humanity from threats At Naked Risk (Shatterproof 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 adultifeThe Man With the Golden Torc is typical Simon Green You have monsters action and dry jokes The Secret Histories ser Another where I d Raking The Ashes like to have either a half star or 10 star system I was torn here as there are 4 star books I veiked better but I believe it rates than 3 So35 euals a 4 star rating I guessThe book is good it s recognizably Green 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 good guy Any of you who ve read my reviews will know That would appeal to me a bit than the otherEddie is a good son by his own Ellie (Ellie, lights ateast 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 Dear Office-Politics little too independent to suit the old guard of the family but totallyoyalThen 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 Thomas Harriott labeled rogue The story is fast moving and fairly fun Lots of word plays I meanet 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 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 A Mistletoe Kiss like it That s good as my daughter 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 belowine Possible Major Spoiler Skip if you wish to avoid Spoilers I noted the book got a Intimate Strangers little repetitive Greeneans 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 got to be a bit much for meAlso were we really surprised that the Drood family weren t really on the whole the good guys 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 Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book least we get a hero who wants to be a hero and in the end is willing reluctantly toead the family into what it was supposed to be in the first place 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 The Hidden Jewels listened to by Stuart Blinder I thought he was pretty good He does several voices 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 aot back then but I would generally 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 iked Howe. Own has convinced the rest of the family that Eddie's become a menace and that humanity needs to be protected from him.

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