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The Man in the Iron Mask | [Alexandre Dumas]

The Man in the Iron Mask

Deep inside the dreaded Bastille, a 23-year-old prisoner called merely "Philippe" has languished for eight long, dark years. He does not know his real name or what crime he is supposed to have committed. But Aramis, one of the original Three Musketeers, has bribed his way into the cell to reveal the shocking secret that has kept Philippe locked away from the world. That carefully concealed truth could topple Louis XIV, king of France, which is exactly what Aramis is plotting to do.
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Deep inside the dreaded Bastille, a 23-year-old prisoner called merely "Philippe" has languished for eight long, dark years. He does not know his real name or what crime he is supposed to have committed. But Aramis, one of the original Three Musketeers, has bribed his way into the cell to reveal the shocking secret that has kept Philippe locked away from the world. That carefully concealed truth could topple Louis XIV, king of France, which is exactly what Aramis is plotting to do!

A daring jailbreak, a brilliant masquerade, and a terrifying fight for the throne may make Aramis betray his sacred vow, "All for one, and one for all!"

In this concluding episode of the Three Musketeers saga, the actions of Aramis and the other Musketeers - Athos, Porthos, and the most dashing of them all, D'Artagnan - bring either honor or disgrace, and a horrifying punishment for the final loser in the battle royal.

©2006 Alexandre Dumas; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    A. A. Green Huntsville, AL USA 09-12-12
    A. A. Green Huntsville, AL USA 09-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    Ahh... Another favorite adventure with those amazing Musketeers! And sadly the last.

    Oh, Aramis, dear Aramis! If only you had known of the maxim, "Loose lips sink ships." Why did you not keep your mouth shut?!

    Oh well. I allow the author to tell the story--as much as I wanted it to unfold differently, I trusted and yielded to Monsieur Dumas' judgement. I am glad I did. Dumas is a true MASTER of the art of storytelling.

    Having only read the first (The Three Musketeers) and the last (The Man in the Iron Mask) in the series, I feel that I haven't gotten my fill of these great friends and their adventures. I feel I should need to go back and read all volumes in the series--at some point.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love Dumas' work. He is one of my two all-time favorite authors (Tolkien being the other), and he has never disappointed (The Count of Monte Cristo was also amazing!).

    The death of all but one of the Musketeers by the end of the book was unexpected to me and made me a bit sad, but it was handled so beautifully by Dumas that my heart still soared at the wonderful adventure I had just been on with my four old friends, and I knew that things were as they should be.

    I absolutely recommend this book, and I shall almost certainly read it again someday. Oddly, I have never read a book that was SO incredibly different from the Hollywood film adaptation, in my life. It was as if they were two different stories altogether. Amazing!I had previously seen the movie version with Richard Chamberlain, and enjoyed it thoroughly, so it was something of a pleasant surprise for me to find that the book was SO different that it didn't detract from my memories of watching the movie--which is so often the case because invariably books are better than their film counterparts. Now I can enjoy both. Perhaps someday, someone in Hollywood should remake this story and more closely follow Dumas story line.

    Anyway, I respectfully close with this:"Athos--Porthos--D'Artagnan--Aramis, farewell till we meet again!"

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 12-22-10
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    What a bore? 17 hours of this was a complete waste of time when I could have just spent a few hours to watch the movie.

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    This is not the unabrided version. 4 hours are missing. However it doesn't win or lose much.
    IMHO this novel lacks logic and spirit.
    A bad ending for this Saga.

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