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Live and Let Drood: A Secret Histories Novel [Hardcover]

Simon R. Green

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June 5 2012 SECRET HISTORIES (Book 6)
The Secret Histories Novels combine “witty banter, tough guy standoffs, visceral fight scenes, bad guy atrocities, surprise revelations, and high stakes”* in supernatural adventures that can only come from the imagination of New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green.
The name is Bond, Shaman Bond. Better known as Drood, Eddie Drood Yes, I’m one of those Droods—the family who’ve been keeping the forces of evil contained in the shadows for as long as humans have walked the earth.
Recently, I suffered a slight case of death, but thanks to Molly, my best girl (who happens to be a powerful witch), I got over that right quick. Unfortunately, my family wasn’t so lucky. In my absence, Drood Hall was destroyed and all my relatives were killed. Which left me as the Last of the Droods. 
I didn’t much like being The Last Drood, I can tell you—and then I realized that things weren’t as they seemed. Someone had activated a dimensional engine, sending my Drood Hall off to an alternate Earth, replacing it with a burnt-out doppelganger. My family is still alive out there. Somewhere.
And nothing’s going to stop me from finding them…
*Green Man Review

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover; 1 edition (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464521
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A terrific, adventurous blend of genres, delivering high-octane heroism on a road lined with razor blades.”—SF Revu

“A fresh thriller.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Simon R. Green is a New York Times bestselling author whose works include Drinking Midnight Wine, Beyond the Blue Moon, Blue Moon Rising, The Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, and the Deathstalker series.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love conquers all June 15 2012
By kitty kat - Published on
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Sometimes revenge, loyalty, sense of purpose and smiting, don't want to forget the smiting, is called for and seemingly justifiable. I like that in a book. I like characters who don't waste time on pleasantries but just do what they have to do and get on with it. If you like that sort of thing as well, then I suggest you read this book. It's the best of the Drood books, in my humble opinion. It's all about killing weird things, loving your family, even though many of them aren't lovable in the least and it's about doing what is necessary to protect the person you adore...the one who makes it all worthwhile. So it's a love story with a lot of blood, ooze, and strange out of this world places. It's a tale of bad and really bad people...people who are sometimes very hard to kill...which only means that you have to try harder put them down, of course. It's a story about the past and present bumping into each other and catching up. It's a fun ride and while the pace is sometimes a bit slow and methodical, the story just keeps moving and dragging you along with it. I love the references to the NIGHTSIDE books, since that is truly one of my favorite series. This book also answers some important questions and lets us know that changes are coming in the next exciting tale. The characters are true to form and it's easy to fall into step with them once again. Admittedly, I scanned some of the pages because I couldn't wait to see what happened next, sigh, but that's what good writing is all about. It's an extravagant book written in low-key. I'm already looking forward to the next one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Greene is a certified original Dec 25 2012
By ASH70 - Published on
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You need to have a wry sense of humor to fully "get" Green. This is definitely NOT young adult material. But hey, I am definitely NOT a young adult.

I not only have every book he has written, when I am dissatisfied with another author, I always think, "Well, I could pick up one of Green's and read it AGAIN". His books stay on my bookshelf, leaving only to be read by trusted friends.

And although his books about the DROOD, and the alternate London series with a reluctant "hero" and his gun toting heroine (which are his later books) are the very best, even his early efforts are satisfying. I would say in the early books he was sharpening his wit. In the later books that wit has been sharpened to the point of being a (lethal) weapon.

So read with caution. Green's wit is definitely "cutting edge." And his books are bizarre funny, and VERY satisfying.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read, right until you put it down June 6 2012
By A. Reader - Published on
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Not to get too preachy, but its amazing to me the same author who writes this book also writes that vastly inferior Ghostfinder series... But back on track.

I finished this book in one sitting. It was one of the stronger outings in the series, and was non stop action for the most part.

At the beginning of the book, Eddie has everything taken away, his home, his family and his armor. I loved this concept and thought we were going to get a more Shamon Bond style adventure where he had to outwit everyone and use disguises and such... but not so much. Its starting to wear on me, much like the bond books they pay homage too, how much eddie, and the story depends on gadgetry.

As you can read (UNFORTUNATELY) in the provided synopsis [So if you like this series and are planning to get it and havent read some of the general plot under the description, stop reading this review, dont read the description, and go read the book, it will be much more enjoyable.] Anyway, as the description states, his family has merely transported... somewhere. And nearly all of his other toys that are destroyed have convenient replacements for him. Also somewhat oddly, at one point he realizes he can time travel and instead of doing the logical thing, going backwards a few hours to catch his prey totally unaware when he would have least expected, he opts to go forward a day so the enemies preperations will be somewhate bored/distracted. And no one he's with seems to take an issue with it. It also turns out that the new edgier Ed we see in this book, well thats not really him, that was just the influence of something else. UGGGH! I was mildly dissapointed that at the beginning we had a chance for some real growth and exploration of Eddie and by the end end up nearly right at the status quo.

All that complaining out of the way the real measure of a story is how entertained the reader is. And as usual this is a tremendously entertaining ride. I was up late into the night finsihing it. There were plenty of great sci fi references, lots of talk or interaction about the other players in his various series and then in true Green/Drood/Top Gear fashion, the book ends on a bomb shell. One that most readers would have seen coming a mile away, but still...

So depending on your mood and how bothered you get by characters making dumb decisions you will find this book to be anywhere from 4-5. Because I promise you will be so on the edge of your seat that most of contrivances and coincidences and sillyness wont come to the forefont until you put the book down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series! Dec 11 2012
By Shannon - Published on
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I scream with excitement when I see these books! Oh what will Eddie do next? The first Drood book I ever read was "The Man With The Golden Torc" Are they a bit ridiculous? Of course they are! But they are well written with adventure, mystery, intrigue, an excellent plot with plot twists and even have some romance. If you enjoy all of this and fantasy, then I recommend you try one of these books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars something has gone wrong here! Aug. 13 2013
By Daniel Orodenker - Published on
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Read most of the prior books in the series. This one was lame. The discourse between characters was overlong usually leading to some cutesy joke, the plot dragged was disjointed and seemed to lack cohesion or a sense of purpose. It's as if the author had a contract to fulfill with his publisher and wrote something in a week or so before the deadline so he wouldn't get sued for non-performance. Skip this one - last five pages sum everything up. If the next one is as bad as this I'm done.

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