Man With the Golden Torc

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Author: Simon R Green
Barcode/ISBN13: 9780451462145
ISBN: 0451462149
Imprint/Brand: Roc
Release Date: 03 Jun 2008
Format: A Paperback
Series: Secret Histories 01
Number of Pages: 416
Weight: 191 grammes
Price $AUD: $19.95
Categories: Fantasy

With his own family convinced that he has become a menace and that humanity needs to be protected from him, Eddie Drood is on the run, forced to use every magical trick in the book to avoid capture and hoping he lives long enough to prove his innocence.

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Review by Graeme:

This book centres around a character who uses with the pseudonym Shaman Bond. From the outset it tries to be a parody of the James Bond character set in a world where daemons, elves, witches and worse secretly influence our modern world. Shamans job is to secretly protect humankind and eliminate these nasties. This much is much is given away by the back cover.
The book is fast paced and the dialogue is extremely entertaining. The characters can tend to be a bit over the top, with some the powers these characters possess, and the damage they do making the whole concept of secrecy very implausible. It is a light entertaining read that is fast paced full of magical gadgets, characters that tend to be one dimensional and a plot line interwoven with both humor and predictability.
The style that Green has used here is different that his Deathstalker series It is lighter with more magic and humor and it takes itself far less seriously.
So as long as you don’t expect too much of this book and are looking for some escapism, this book is worth the portion of you life that you lose reading it.
I know I will be getting and reading the sequel “Daemons are Forever”