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4.0 out of 5 stars Kill them all, Drood,
But what can they do about an organized "Anti-Drood" organization that is as old as they are, and has spies in their ranks? Simon R. Green tackles that weighty idea in "From Hell With Love," his fourth Secret Histories novel -- a sometimes confusing tangle of magical battles, shapeshifters, spies and impending world destruction.
First off, Eddie is sent to L.A. to stop the small-time villain Dr. Delirium at a magical auction... only to have Delirium make off with the aptly-named Apocalypse Door. And after he returns back to the Droods' vast mansion, the Matriarch is brutally murdered in her bed, throwing the Droods into mass confusion and chaos -- as well as a berserker rage that causes them to attack Molly.
Eddie suspects that the mysterious Immortals -- an ancient clan who have served as the "anti-Droods" throughout history -- are behind it all, but the Drood Library is suspiciously devoid of information on then. The Immortals have slipped "flesh-dancing" spies into the Droods' ranks, and plan to destroy the Droods and harness the Door's power... unless Eddie destroys them first.
We have Springheel Jack, a woman immortalized by endless waking, a talking dragon head, the Spawn of Frankenstein and a Droodlike family of immortal sociopaths. Yeah, this is definitely a Simon R. Green book. But "From Hell With Love" is a darker story than the previous Secret Histories novels -- especially since the Droods suffer the biggest losses we've seen yet.
And Green packs the entire book with a harrowing string of gruesome battles that leave countless Droods dead or wounded, as well as a bleak sense of paranoia over what spies have wormed their way into "the family." His writing is tight and colorful, and his usual sense of humor is in place (Eddie deals with a legendary, unkillable dragon by... grabbing the inside of its tail and pulling it inside out. EW).
And Eddie has a rougher time in this book than he has since the first book of this series -- the Droods still regard him with scorn and suspicion, and he seems to have lost the person closest to his heart. Green also fleshes out the Armourer by revealing more about his personal life, and the sacrifices he has made for the Droods; and we also get the cruel Immortals, who are the dark twins of the Droods.
The downside? A couple of plot threads are left dangling (Roger's trip to Hell), and Green himself leaves us dangling with a hair-ripping, finger-gnawing cliffhanger. Oh come on, I suffered through an almost identical cliffhanger once this year already!
Simon R. Green splashes his Secret Histories series with a healthy dose of blood, mayhem and paranoia in "From Hell With Love".... but honestly, that cliffhanger is just cruel!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Story telling but the cliffhangers are naff,
The twist & turns and the trails & errors of the story is well written as usual. But could this be the end for our reluctant Hero, I dont think so.
Eddie Drood aka Shaman Bond is in for a hellish time in this book. His family lose a lot of good people and more are injured. The lies & betrayals and the action come thick & fast.
I love how Simon writes and he writes a good tale,really well indeed, but I hate his cliff hangers and for this he loses a star.
A whole year to find out what happens is in very bad taste, but we know it will be alright in the end (Well I hope so) ;)
4.0 out of 5 stars Back On Form,
OK, there may be one huge battle too many along the way and some characters are introduced just to solve a problem in the very next chapter, but there are some shocks, lots of smiles and loads of fun all the way through.
This is thoroughly entertaining fantasy frolics and I just went off to buy the next one right along without thinking about it, something I didn't do after the last book.
Welcome back Eddie.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well up to standard,
This review is from: From Hell with Love: A Secret Histories Novel (Secret Histories (Roc)) (Mass Market Paperback)This fourth volume in Green's Secret Histories series featuring a Bond like agent tackling paranormal and similar threats on behalf of the human race and his dysfunctional family is well up the this somewhat underrated authors unfailingly inventive standard with several surprises and a cliffhanger ending that makes one want to buy the next book Well when I can afford it anyway it will be on my list.
Plenty of action and some emotional content. For those who like Green it is a must buy and for others who like action oriented and inventive Sci Fi novels that harl back to the Golden Age and haven't tried this author they should check out his work including the splendid Deathstalker series and the Blue Moon and Nightside sagas. The only problem perhaps is that few of Green's numerous books seem to be published in the UK which is a shame meaning that Amazon is the best place to find them
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes You Wish The Real World Was This Entertaining,
This review is from: From Hell with Love: A Secret Histories Novel (Secret Histories (Roc)) (Mass Market Paperback)The Secret Histories rolls on. Fr Fans of Sharman Bond AKA Eddie Drood, this is a treat as we continue to discover more about the family that protects humanity from things that go bump in the night. A cool blend of urban fantasy, science fiction, comedy and drama Greene has knocked out another book that makes we wish I'd written it. There can be no higher praise. A deadly auction, a door to the dungeon dimensions of Lovecraft's monsters and more double dealing, betrayal and scandal within the family than a Victorian bodice ripper! An great b-movie of a book, full of entertaining and knowing asides. Can't wait for the next one.
4.0 out of 5 stars as good as always.,
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon pays homage to Ian,
5.0 out of 5 stars A Drood Surprise,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent,
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From Hell with Love: A Secret Histories Novel (Secret Histories (Roc)) by Simon R. Green (Mass Market Paperback - 7 Jun 2011)