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The Man With The Golden Torc: Secret Histories Book 1: Man with the Golden Torc Bk. 1 (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 17 May 2007


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057507938X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575079380
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 205,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wonderfully imaginative. Green presents some great plot twists, and a few sparkling and quite original concepts. The novel rattles along at such a pace that, if you're into spoof fantasy, you'll find it compelling despite yourself." (Mark Latham DEATHRAY)

"The wise cracking plot hits the ground running and ends with a rip-roaring finale. Green has certainly provided himself with plenty of scope for future adventures. A fun ride." (STARBURST Barbara Davies)

A fun read. (David V Barrett FORTEAN TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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James Bond meets Blade in this brand new fantasy thriller series

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By clairefromwales VINE VOICE on 27 May 2007
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I'm a big Simon R Green fan. His books are wildly entertaining, funny, while still being pretty dark in places.

I have been looking forward to this new series and I enjoyed the book, but it didn't blow me away.

The book tells the story of Eddie Drood aka Shaman Bond. A highly effective, if slightly rebellious, field agent for the humanity's secret protectors, the Drood family. The plot follows Eddie as he discovers that his family aren't what he thought they were and he uncovers some pretty shocking secrets.

Anyone who has read other books by Green will spot the obvious problem with the plot - i.e. been there (sort of) before. Eddie Drood is a likeable character, but he's not Owen Deathstalker. It's partly the setting, Eddie's world maybe magical, but it's just an expanded version of today's world, which doesn't give him the epic (madly overblown) scope of Owen's universe. And the bad guys don't really cut it in comparison.

Now that's all pretty negative, but I've still given the book four stars and that's because on its own terms it's a well written, pacey, inventive adventure. The opening scenes of Eddie doing his job do work well and feel fresh. Eddie is a likeable character and the book is written from his first person perspective. There are some great minor characters like the Armourer, and Molly is a great female lead in the grand tradition of Green's romantic heroines to match his heroes. More will come out about Molly's surprising command of hellfire and about the deaths of both her parents and Eddie's, I've no doubt.

And that's probably another good reason to give the book, and the series a go, Green likes to build up his characters and the worlds they inhabit through the books.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mamalicious on 11 Aug. 2007
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Further to the review from "Clairefromwales", I agree with many of her points but to compare Edwin Drood with Owen Deathstalker is a mistake. The whole point of this story is that it is based in a version of reality that we call "home" so it can't possibly be as varied as the deathstalker worlds.

However, I can honestly say that this book is one of the best reads I've had in a long time. I was thinking about the characters whilst at work, and I was dreaming about the plot etc in bed. It really got under my skin which, after all, is the whole point of a book.

What more can I say, if you don't buy this book, you will have missed out on something wonderful, and your life should feel slightly lacking for it!

I can't wait for the sequel. Rock and Roll Mr Green!! Five stars all the way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brett N. Keddie on 8 May 2009
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Read this because i had read Mr Greens nightside series and found them most entertaining. This is more of the same B-movie style plots, this time with a more bond/conspiracy theme, that rattle along at a fair old pace. This book won't change your life but it will make you smile
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By C. Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Aug. 2009
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The title of 'The Man With The Golden Torc' (TMWTGT) would suggest that it is some sort of supernatural riff on James Bond. It isn't. Eddie Drood, the book's hero, is no 007 and beyond having a few gadgets and the presence of a Q-ish character in the form of the Armourer there are no obvious parallels with the Bond novels.

That doesn't mean that TMWTGT isn't worth a read. Just don't go in expecting James Bond vs The Demon Horde or anything along those lines. If you don't then what you'll find is an enjoyable if somewhat daft piece of supernatural escapist fun. And I stress the word ESCAPIST. TMWTGT is not a book that thrives on logic or plausibility. Its the first Simon R Green novel I have read and his approach seems to be to throw every idea, no matter how wild, at the page and hope most or some of them work.

This leads to a book that features a family of indestructible druidic warriors clad in golden armour, sex-bots from the future, extra-dimensional creatures, dragon riding elf lords and their half-human drunken offspring, chases through central London that result in a death toll in the hundreds but which no-one ever finds out about (and the same on the M4) and numerous hidden conspiracies, some on a global scale or larger. Not all of these ideas are entire successful and some really don't work at all, but the whole book moves along at such a fast pace and with such a sense of fun that you quickly forget about the bits that don't work.

The rapid pace also makes it easier to partly forgive the less than in-depth characterisation on display. None of the main characters are ever developed much beyond what is necessary to move the story forward.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2008
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first in a new series of fantasy novels from established fantasy/science fiction writer simon r green. although this is a series the story in this one is pretty much complete in one volume, but the ending sets up future story possiblities at the same time. it runs for roughly 398 pages.

the set up for the series is that it focuses on edwin drood, member of a family who secretly fight nasty occult creatures in the present day world. edwin is a field agent for them, but when he is suddenly declared rogue and his family turn against him, he has to fight to stay alive and find the truth about the drood family, and he only has one former enemy turned ally to help him out.

written in good clear prose the setting is very imaginative in it's detail, with a great many passing remarks naming strange characters and objects. this gives it a good amount of background detail.

but whilst it's a generally entertaining and imaginative read, there was a slight sense of deja vu about it, as it felt that with just a few changes this could well have been a novel in the writer's series of nightside books, which feature a tough private detective in a world seemingly just like ours but where he deals with the supernatural.

a few good plot twists and developments in the final third do salvage it somewhat, though.

3.5/5 as a whole as a rating for this book. and you round halves up so it gets a four from me. as an established fan of the writer this is not quite his best book, but it's worth a look. however if you've not read any of his previous work and you like imaginative urban fantasy, then you should enjoy it
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