For Heaven’s Eyes Only
Author: Simon R. Green
Release Date: 7 June 2011
Publisher: Roc Hardcover
Secret Histories Series #5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Hardcover (384 pages), e-book
We received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.
From the author’s website:
The fifth and possible penultimate book in the Secret History’s series.
After the murder of the Drood Matriarch, the family finds itself vulnerable to evil. This time, it’s a Satanic Conspiracy that could throw humanity directly into the clutches of the Biggest of the Bads.
What Gikany & Una are talking about:
We must preface our review by saying that we have not read the series. Gikany and Una have jumped into book five, For Heaven’s Eyes Only without trying to read the previous novels. (See, we are working on our OCD) We can’t wait to read the previous novels in the Secret History’s Series.
From the start of For Heaven’s Eyes Only, you have the sense that the author loves a good cliffhanger. Just based on the beginning of this book, the last book must have been a doozie. This is the first book we’ve ever read where the main character starts off dead. Oh, yes, dead…not a ghost, not some out of body experience, no, he was dead, just like the parrot in Monty Python (for those that don’t get the joke, check this Youtube link for Monty Python Parrot sketch). Gikany has to admit, even though it didn’t really have any bearing on this novel’s plot (however, it may prove to be important in later novels) it is a dramatic way to start a book. Una, at first glance, noticed the allusion to the James Bond series (you must check out the book titles on the author’s site for this series – see html link above) and hoped it would be a witty and lighthearted book.
Una and Gikany were not disappointed. We found For Heaven’s Eyes Only to be a very enjoyable read, even for jumping into the middle of the series. The banter is very witty and the book flows very well. We both found it to be (when Una could sit down without a sick child screaming) engrossing and a quick read. We now have to go out and purchase the rest of the books in this series because we just NEED to know what happened previously so we are prepared for the next book in the Secret History’s Series. We get the feeling that the plot lines in this novel were introduced earlier in the series and therefore to get the most of the series, it should be read from the beginning. However, if you are new to it, we see no problem with picking up this series with For Heaven’s Eyes Only. We both feel that if we had read the series from the start, it may have been a 5 star book for us. As it is, we have rated it a 4.5, which for us OCD girls is VERY extraordinary. Yes folks, it’s that good.
4.5 stars: Loved it – enthusiastically recommend (A)