Review: Live and Let Drood by Simon R. Green

Posted June 16, 2012 by Gikany-Una in 4 stars, Rating A, Reviews, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , ,

Live and Let Drood
Author: Simon R. Green 
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Roc
Secret Histories Novel #6
ISBN: #978-0451464521
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format(s): Hardcover (368 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher

About the book:

     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…

What G & U are talking about:

     Live and Let Drood is the sixth novel in the delightful Secret Histories series.  Mr. Green continues to write a witty and exciting adventure with Eddie and Molly in the forefront.  Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf have returned from a much-needed vacation to discover that everyone at Drood Hall is either missing or dead.  They must discover who is responsible for this horrific deed without letting the world know that it has happened.  The Drood family has, for time immemorial stood between humanity and that which goes bump in the night.  The disappearance of the Drood family would allow these various forces to run rampant.  Unfortunately, the powerful people best positioned to assist Molly and Eddie in their quest must be avoided since they are the same people who would rush to fill the vacuum of power created by Drood family’s disappearance.
     One of the best aspects of these Secret History Novels is the interaction between the characters.  Although this one starts out a little slow (since his family – a fabulous gathering of the “peanut gallery” are missing/dead), once Molly and Eddie are on the hunt, it picks up.  The adventure and mystery is gripping and incredibly entertaining.
      As Eddie and Molly seek to find his family and the person responsible for their absence, they must tackle the question of when the means used are no longer justified by the ends.  As two very powerful people trying to do good, they are forced to examine their actions and question whether the end result is justified by the sometimes questionable methods they use.  This transforms these novels into something bigger and better than a simple action/adventure.
     Maybe part of the delight of Live and Let Drood is the wonderful blending of the 007 Bond series and the paranormal world.  We love the British humor and banter.  The tongue-in-cheek dialogue is funny and enjoyable.  We can almost hear the accents in our minds as Molly and Eddie banter back and forth.  Mr. Green is a wizard at writing characters that come to life.
     As always, everything (sort of) is wrapped up in the end.  Well, except for the exciting new adventure that awaits Eddie and Molly in the next Secret Histories Novel, Casino Infernale.

Their Rating:

Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)
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