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The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1 | [Simon R. Green]

The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.
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Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup. Declared a rogue, Eddie teams up with short-tempered witch Molly Metcalf to find out why he's been betrayed.

©2007 by Simon R. Green (P)2008 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred." (Publishers Weekly)
"Green sustains a good spy thriller's breakneck action with lots of magic, strange creatures, and even some character growth and romance." (Booklist)

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    Ben 11-15-13
    Ben 11-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I got halfway through...."
    Would you try another book from Simon R. Green and/or Stuart Blinder?

    No. The plot is mediocre and could be fun if it wasn't for stuart's failed attempts at doing voices for different characters.


    What didn’t you like about Stuart Blinder’s performance?

    Everyone's voice except the main character is about the same. too drawn out like they are all very wise. The women were the worst. Needs to learn from James Marsters or Michael Kramer.


    Any additional comments?

    Refund? i couldn't even make it halfway.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer E Y Chun Honolulu, HI United States 09-10-12
    Jennifer E Y Chun Honolulu, HI United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "hang in there"
    Any additional comments?

    It took a while for me to get used to the narrator's voice. I started and stopped listening to this book several times. However, at some point it clicked and I really enjoyed listening to this book. I previously read the hardback version.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    :J phoenix,AZ 03-07-11
    :J phoenix,AZ 03-07-11 Member Since 2010

    yojne efil look at everything

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    "Golden Torc"

    When if at all will the torc become silver...it is a wonderful work of Simon Green. Now I'm ready for the next book in the Torc

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 06-03-09
    Samantha 06-03-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent story, poor narrator"

    This story is very well written with lots of witty dialogue and action. The only downside is the narrator, his character voices are terrible and inflection is a bit annoying. However, if you like this genre as much as I do, the story is certainly worth listening to and I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Willson Akron, NY 10-17-08
    Andrew Willson Akron, NY 10-17-08 Listener Since 2008
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    "Interesting Ideas but a few too many quirks"

    I saw this book in my recommended titles and figured I'd give it a try. It sounded interesting and it was to an extent. The huge variety of different magics and cultures was quite fascinating but the constant reminders our how powerful and nigh-immortal the main character was got old quickly.
    Its fitting and very human for him to keep reminding himself of the "truths" that being broken down but we the readers already know it and only want to hear it so many times.
    Another issue I had with this book was the extreme usage of the term supernatural. Obviously this book is full of things that are supernatural but I am convinced the author uses it as a catch-all term when he doesn't wish to explain something. As in "supernaturally strong" and "supernaturally fast" and while this isn't bad its used far too much.
    The last thing that I didn't enjoy about this book, sadly, was the reader. His voice was perfect for the main character but I found nearly other characters voice choice to be annoying and distracting.

    The story of the book was quite intruiging meandering between fantasy, sci-fi and politics covering innumerable types of each and giving us a whole slew of cults and characters a few extremely unique and with some jaw-dropping descriptions but these are sadly not the majority.

    I was torn between giving this book a 2 or a 3 it almost seems unfair to rate a book but the person reading it, but since its an Audio book that's a huge part of the presenation and he made it a trying experience. In this case I would recommend just picking up a paper copy so you'll get your own voice.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan 04-19-08
    Bryan 04-19-08 Member Since 2009
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    "fun sf\spy"

    it is an obvious ripoff of Ian Fleming's masterworks but is fun enough that I personally do not care

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    plknj Northeast 12-28-14
    plknj Northeast 12-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "A Great Novel"

    I hate writing reviews but this book deserves one. It reminds me of 'A Hitchhiker's Guide' with all it's quirky characters and situations. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike newnan, GA, USA 12-22-14
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 12-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    "If you can stay awake"

    I have the impression that the story is good and unique, but the narrator is soooo laborious that it is hard to tell. The narrator emphasizes every word and is incredibly slowwww.

    The third book had a different narrator and it is much more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BDKP 04-08-14
    BDKP 04-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Oooooooh so very bad... and not in a good way."
    What would have made The Man with the Golden Torc better?

    The premise, the plot, the characters and the dialog are all simply awful. This book is irredeemable in every way.


    What was most disappointing about Simon R. Green’s story?

    The premise, the plot, the characters and the dialog are all simply awful. This book is irredeemable in every way.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stuart Blinder?

    No one could make this awful story listenable.


    What character would you cut from The Man with the Golden Torc?

    Litterally every single one.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could get a refund and the 2 hours or so of my life back I spent listening to this idiocy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Allen 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Some cheesy, some mysterious, all fun"
    If you could sum up The Man with the Golden Torc in three words, what would they be?

    Expect cheesy fun


    What other book might you compare The Man with the Golden Torc to and why?

    I can understand that it was inspired by James Bond with a supernatural twist. But it really isn't like a Bond book, because the story stands on its own with original ideas and story execution. It is far more a book about its supernatural aspects than about the secret agent aspects.


    What aspect of Stuart Blinder’s performance would you have changed?

    Stuart Blinder seems to have trouble with female voices, especially the one that has an American southern accent. All of his female voices sound like the hoot that comes when you blow air over the opening on a bottle. What would I change? I'd have Stuart Blinder learn to do female voices that sound a bit more normal and pedestrian.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    As the book came to its conclusion, I found myself really on the edge of my seat. The last hour or so was pretty darn exciting. And I was really looking forward to understanding the mystery that the story was centered around discovering. Once uncovered, the mystery was appropriately heavy.


    Any additional comments?

    A car chase relatively early in this book becomes over-the-top CHEESY! But don't let that discourage you. In the end, the cheesy part is really important to pushing the story forward. And though more cheesy parts occur throughout the story, they are all in good fun and thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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