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It's no walk in the park for a Drood, a member of the family that has protected humanity from the things that go bump in the night for centuries. They aren't much liked by the creatures they kill, by ungrateful humans, or even by one another. Now their Matriarch is dead, and it's up to Eddie Drood, acting head of the family, to figure out whodunit. Unpopular opinion is div It's no walk in the park for a Drood, a member of the family that has protected humanity from the things that go bump in the night for centuries. They aren't much liked by the creatures they kill, by ungrateful humans, or even by one another. Now their Matriarch is dead, and it's up to Eddie Drood, acting head of the family, to figure out whodunit. Unpopular opinion is divided: it was either Eddie's best girl, Molly. Or Eddie himself. And Eddie knows he didn't do it.


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It's no walk in the park for a Drood, a member of the family that has protected humanity from the things that go bump in the night for centuries. They aren't much liked by the creatures they kill, by ungrateful humans, or even by one another. Now their Matriarch is dead, and it's up to Eddie Drood, acting head of the family, to figure out whodunit. Unpopular opinion is div It's no walk in the park for a Drood, a member of the family that has protected humanity from the things that go bump in the night for centuries. They aren't much liked by the creatures they kill, by ungrateful humans, or even by one another. Now their Matriarch is dead, and it's up to Eddie Drood, acting head of the family, to figure out whodunit. Unpopular opinion is divided: it was either Eddie's best girl, Molly. Or Eddie himself. And Eddie knows he didn't do it.

30 review for From Hell with Love

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Take a not-so-good pulp or comic book story filled with too powerful, completely unlikable characters. Then give all of these overbearing pricks every magical device that James Bond's Q could dream up & flesh it out into a novel. Then fatten it up with enough repetition to set your teeth on edge. Repeat that last. Toss in a few logic holes, something that resembles poor humor, & then have it read by a man who has all the vocal emotion of a HAL 9000. The mess that pours into your ears will resemb Take a not-so-good pulp or comic book story filled with too powerful, completely unlikable characters. Then give all of these overbearing pricks every magical device that James Bond's Q could dream up & flesh it out into a novel. Then fatten it up with enough repetition to set your teeth on edge. Repeat that last. Toss in a few logic holes, something that resembles poor humor, & then have it read by a man who has all the vocal emotion of a HAL 9000. The mess that pours into your ears will resemble this book. I managed to listen to it for a few hours, maybe halfway through, but found myself ignoring it more & more. This is during my daily 45 minute commute with 15 miles of construction to drive through, so it's not as if I had to pay a lot of attention, but found I wanted to pay less, so I turned it off & then realized I REALLY didn't want to turn it back on & this was in the middle of what was supposed to be a thrilling battle scene.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Nikki

    I squeezed in one more book for 2016 and it was not awesome. *******Spoilers (But are they really?) Amidst the repetitive gold fists and armor this book basically got rid of some characters in a quick hurry by juicing them up letting them kill themselves off. Eddie was a little more full of himself than usual and I found myself not loving his character as much. Nothing magical here folks. This book exists as a stepping stool to the next. The cliffhanger, well, I'm not in a rush to know how things tur I squeezed in one more book for 2016 and it was not awesome. *******Spoilers (But are they really?) Amidst the repetitive gold fists and armor this book basically got rid of some characters in a quick hurry by juicing them up letting them kill themselves off. Eddie was a little more full of himself than usual and I found myself not loving his character as much. Nothing magical here folks. This book exists as a stepping stool to the next. The cliffhanger, well, I'm not in a rush to know how things turn out because there is another book which in and of itself gives us a big ass clue as to how things fare. Nuff said.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    I've enjoyed pretty much everything SRG has ever written, but these things are getting really derivative. Every single exchange of dialogue is a declaration of who people are and why they're doing what they're doing. Literally. They spend more time explaining themselves in stark, unrealistic terms than they do anything else. These stories (and the Nightside series as well) are getting so repetitive that they're starting to hold less and less interest. Recommended only for serious fans with a cou I've enjoyed pretty much everything SRG has ever written, but these things are getting really derivative. Every single exchange of dialogue is a declaration of who people are and why they're doing what they're doing. Literally. They spend more time explaining themselves in stark, unrealistic terms than they do anything else. These stories (and the Nightside series as well) are getting so repetitive that they're starting to hold less and less interest. Recommended only for serious fans with a couple hours they don't mind blowing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Ok continuation of this paranormal thriller series. I would've been severely annoyed about the cliffhanger ending if I hadn't had the next book on hand.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    James Bond meets Harry Dresden--except with a much bigger family--in Simon R. Green's newest urban fantasy mystery, FROM HELL WITH LOVE. Our hero, Eddie Drood, is devoted to the family cause: keeping humanity safe from the real horrors that threaten it. He's spent his entire life saving the world from one danger after another, and the needs of the Drood family has always come first. Now he has to protect Earth from Hell itself, even at the expense of the life of the woman he loves. Doctor Deliri James Bond meets Harry Dresden--except with a much bigger family--in Simon R. Green's newest urban fantasy mystery, FROM HELL WITH LOVE. Our hero, Eddie Drood, is devoted to the family cause: keeping humanity safe from the real horrors that threaten it. He's spent his entire life saving the world from one danger after another, and the needs of the Drood family has always come first. Now he has to protect Earth from Hell itself, even at the expense of the life of the woman he loves. Doctor Delirium, who usually isn't taken very seriously by the Drood family, has gotten hold of the Apocalypse Door, and will threaten to open it and let all Hell loose if his demands aren't met (these demands include rare postage stamps...). But not everything is as it appears. As Eddie works to track down the semi-evil mad scientist, he discovers that the real power behind this threat are the Immortals--a kind of anti-Drood family who think of humanity as their playground, rather like a mob of toddlers set loose at Chuck E. Cheese. Eddie and his complicated 'family' are an interesting bunch. Eddie himself is driven and determined, but also sentimental; he's got a history and it flavors the choices he makes. While he prefers being a field agent to a former role as head of the Drood family, he's known for leaving a path of destruction everywhere he goes, which rather ruins the 'secret' agent part. Another main player is his uncle the Armourer, whose inventions make it possible not only for Drood field agents to kill people in strange and unusual ways, but also makes their activities undetectable. He used to be a field agent, himself, and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve. Or there's the half-lucid librarian William. Or the ruthless rogue Drood, Tiger Tim. Or the Bride of Frankenstein. Yes, she happens to be an old friend of Eddie's. They're more caricatures than people with depth; if anything, you could say that they all have too much personality. If the characters are any indication that this novel is slapstick cheesy fun, then you should also be expecting it from the action. Eddie walks into fights with brazen disregard for subtlety, over and over again--he appears to be a fan of dramatic entrances and even more dramatic finishes. Witness: Eddie, as he fights a self-healing dragon, in order to defeat it because he can't hack it down fast enough to kill it, lets himself be intentionally swallowed and turns the dragon from the inside out. Yeah, and that's just in the first forty pages. The plot is often random, as Eddie reacts to a varied and dazzling assortment of events, from half-crazed Droods, to an army invasion, to monsters at a convention. At times it's predictable, other times events don't at first appear to have any connection with each other. But Green sprinkles enough clues around that when the next curve ball shows up, the twist does make sense. Then something else random happens. Eddie's PoV narration is entertaining and often silly; unfortunately it includes a liberal sprinkling of cliches and emotionally prosaic musings when he's fighting or thinking about his enemies. When the story gets dark, it's the humor that keeps the themes from bogging down readers. The pacing moves pretty well, but the flow could have used some streamlining as well as the addition of better transitions. The wordy dialogue adds to the uneven pacing and makes the story feel over-padded with information because every character loves to talk. A lot. And it's not only verbose, it can get grandiose. I'm a sap for good dialogue, but this got annoying when I just wanted to get on with the story. Technology and magic together are integrated into the Drood way of life. And like Q's inventions for James Bond, the Drood field agents have some nifty gadgets to make their job easier (my favorite is the Merlin Glass), like the golden torc they use to armor themselves while in battle. While this indestructible armor does have limitations, Green tries to create concern for Eddie's well being with questions about how much the armor can handle, only to have it always work out. That happens a lot actually, seeing questionable limitations not become limitations at all, which affects suspense and makes problems too easily resolved. But since this story is all about the ridiculous, Green gets a pass, otherwise it would have been a sticking point with me. FROM HELL WITH LOVE is part of The Secret Histories series, but Green explains the back story without confusing new readers, so this book is fine as a standalone. It's a popcorn-fun kind of read, so don't be expecting anything with depth...or logic for that matter.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Draganov

    I write a very long review and for some reason the system cleared it; which annnoyed me immensely. So I'll write a short summary of the problems of the novels - it's repetitive, it is needlessly cruel, promotes questionable morality and because the hero is all-powerful, there is not real tension. These are problems which Green always had, but usually his wonderful imagination and sense of humor save the novel. Sadly, not here. Turning a bunch of monsters agains kids was simply disgusting and the I write a very long review and for some reason the system cleared it; which annnoyed me immensely. So I'll write a short summary of the problems of the novels - it's repetitive, it is needlessly cruel, promotes questionable morality and because the hero is all-powerful, there is not real tension. These are problems which Green always had, but usually his wonderful imagination and sense of humor save the novel. Sadly, not here. Turning a bunch of monsters agains kids was simply disgusting and the book left a foul taste in my mouth. Still, two stars instead of one, because this is Simon R. Green, after all.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nate Warren

    This is one of the better books of the series. I didn't care for way the traitor was revealed. We needed more information about the list. I think the Drood's powers need recalibrating, but besides that, it's a decent series, not on par with the "Nightside" series..but still worth the money and time.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Another fun book in this ongoing series, I found the actions of the lead character to be a little out of sorts with how things normally go in this series, and It made the book feel a little disjointed to me, however it was still a nice read with plenty of weird and wonderful things thrown in as Simon R Green is known for in most of his books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    A good addition to Green's Bond pastiche series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    From Hell with Love is the fourth book in the Secret Histories series written by Simon R. Green. It stars Edwin Drood, code named Shaman Bond and he is a part of the Droods, an ancient family that purportedly watches over the world and protects it from various threats, including supernatural and magical ones. Doctor Delirium, an insignificant villain, plans to acquire a powerful, mysterious item at a secret sale. This simple event explodes into complexity when someone kills the Drood matriarch an From Hell with Love is the fourth book in the Secret Histories series written by Simon R. Green. It stars Edwin Drood, code named Shaman Bond and he is a part of the Droods, an ancient family that purportedly watches over the world and protects it from various threats, including supernatural and magical ones. Doctor Delirium, an insignificant villain, plans to acquire a powerful, mysterious item at a secret sale. This simple event explodes into complexity when someone kills the Drood matriarch and turns Eddie's family into a deadly mob, with horrifying consequences. The real enemy is truly worthy of the Drood clan: a race of immortals that plans to breach the gates of heaven itself. From Hell with Love is written rather well. Greene has delightfully combined sharp-edged sarcasm and treachery upon treachery in an action urban fantasy adventure. The narrative is engaging, grapping, fast-paced, and emotionally intense as insights into the secret world of the Droods are revealed along with their immortal enemy. Greene has successfully blended of action, science fiction, fantasy, and pulp oddness. All in all, From Hell with Love is written rather well and is a good start to what would hopefully be a wonderful series, which I plan to continue in the very near future.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fourth in the Secret Histories urban fantasy spy series revolving around Eddie Drood and the Drood brood. This story takes place shortly after the Griffins die in the Nightside in Hell to Pay . My Take Think James Bond and an assortment of Spectres, just with a supernatural bent with a slight crossover with characters from the Nightside. The Droods have the best toys! The Droods are the ultimate power, they think, in the world with their own private landing areas at all major airports around th Fourth in the Secret Histories urban fantasy spy series revolving around Eddie Drood and the Drood brood. This story takes place shortly after the Griffins die in the Nightside in Hell to Pay . My Take Think James Bond and an assortment of Spectres, just with a supernatural bent with a slight crossover with characters from the Nightside. The Droods have the best toys! The Droods are the ultimate power, they think, in the world with their own private landing areas at all major airports around the world. "Major governments, organizations, and significant individuals the world over" let them do what they want and the Droods promise to leave them alone. We do find out who some traitors are within the family along with some of what they're responsible for. Oh, that Molly: "I'm starting to feel like she's the only sensible one here, and I'm not used to that." I'd be worrying about Ethel having to think about how deceitful humans are... The Story There's a major artifact auction being put on by the Really Old Curiosity Shoppe at the about-to-open Magnificat Hotel and Eddie Drood has arrived to "pick up" a few things and prevent Doctor Delirium from getting the Apocalypse Door. Worse, the Family doesn't know that the Door is a true entry into Hell that could let loose Hell's inhabitants. Neither Eddie nor Luther think it will be a problem, with the Drood armor, of penetrating the many layers of security enwrapping the hotel. The problem could be the two opposing sets of mercenaries who suddenly pop in through dimensional doors! Three events set the Drood Family and Eddie on this particular warpath: a sneering remark from a captured, dying enemy; a link Molly has discovered between the Droods and the death of her parents; and, an assassination inside Drood Hall. One or more traitors are hidden within the Drood family, and it's time to find out who before they take down the family. The Characters Eddie Drood, a.k.a., Shaman Bond, is a field agent for the Drood family based in London. Molly Metcalf is his witchy girlfriend and her goal in life is to find out who killed her parents. Isabella is her sister, "a supernatural terrorist, twilight avenger, and so hardcore in her convictions she could scare the wings off an angel". Louisa is the youngest sister. She's been dead seven years now and it hasn't held her back. Martha Drood is the Matriarch of the Droods, Eddie's grandmother. She rules the family with an Advisory Council consisting of Uncle Jack, the Armourer who has way too much fun in his workshop (think James Bond's Q); William is the whacko Librarian with Rafe as his assistant (and nanny); Cousin Harry is still plotting for his own gain with his partner, Roger Morningstar, the half-demon, his half-brother, AND his lover; there's still a Cedric as Serjeant-at-Arms, but he's sneakier than his predecessor; and, you just can't keep Ethel out of anything. Other significant Droods include Callan, who is the Head of the War Room and adjusting to his new torc; Howard is in charge of Operations; and, there's something in the Old Library that watches over William. Alistair is the Matriarch's second husband and he's been in a coma forever. Iorith is a new assistant to help William. Luther Drood is their Los Angeles agent and Eddie is worried that he's gone native. The Bride is attending a Spawn of Frankenstein reunion at the Castle Hotel near Castle Frankenstein in Germany along with her boyfriend Springheel Jack. Baron Frankenstein, an Immortal, tries to infiltrate the reunion, but the Spawn aren't having it. Doctor Delirium is a smalltime mad scientist with his own army who occasionally pops up to threaten the world with some plague or another. Timothy Drood, a.k.a., Tiger Tim, is Uncle James' son and he went rogue years ago, psychotic. The Lampton Wyrm is a seriously powerful dragon. Dom Langford is a mercenary who chose the wrong side. Methuselah is the Leader of the Immortals. And he's bored. The Droods sprang from a Druid back at the beginning, almost, of time who made a deal with the Heart, an alien entity, that had a horrific requirement. Eddie destroyed the Heart and has a new, more benign deal with Ethel, another alien entity. The Droods have since watched over the world, ensuring that nothing too horrible occurs and they are feared by all—"aliens, elves, mad scientists and their monsters, secret organizations, and ancient inhuman enemies". The Anti-Droods are the Immortals. A human reached the Heart first and made his own deal. Since then, the Immortals have manipulated history and the Droods for their own profit. The Cover The cover is cold and snowy with Molly and Eddie prepared to close the beautifully carved Apocalypse door and its doorframe as it begins to open. The title plays off the James Bond movie, From Russia with Love, as well as a nickname for Los Angeles, Hell A, so hullo, it's From Hell with Love where our adventure begins.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eric Smith

    Another fun ride in the world of Simon R. Green. A step back in the right direction from the last book with plenty of mystery, magic and mayhem to go around. This proved a great opportunity to see a bit more of the ruthless side of Eddie's character while also throwing up a big new enemy to deal with. My only regret is that I don't think they were utilized to their fullest potential but that's just my opinion and it was a lot of good fun. Good addition to the series with some wonderful twists an Another fun ride in the world of Simon R. Green. A step back in the right direction from the last book with plenty of mystery, magic and mayhem to go around. This proved a great opportunity to see a bit more of the ruthless side of Eddie's character while also throwing up a big new enemy to deal with. My only regret is that I don't think they were utilized to their fullest potential but that's just my opinion and it was a lot of good fun. Good addition to the series with some wonderful twists and a few unexpected but welcome characters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adam Prat

    It was a good story. The reason only 3 instead of 4 is because the ending. 3.5 After everything the villains put the main characters through and build up the ending was a bit of a let down and felt a little lazy at the end. The beginning and middle were very good. Some of the Villains I thought could have been done a bit better. Overall not a bad book just not as well fleshed out as the previous.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cst

    This is the fourth book of the series, if you have made it here, you know what to expect. It is weaker than its predecessor (I am beginning to sense a pattern here), but improves over time. Other than that, there are new people to intimidate, new enemies to kill and new quips to be made. It is nice when a series finds its pace.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Green

    The first in this series was a good read... then subsequently worse and worse till this one is soooooo bad I wonder where the editor was. Bad writing, bad editing and childish plot. Unreadable sorry

  16. 4 out of 5

    Harrison

    This might be my favorite of those Simon R Green series I've been going through. I like the riff on James Bond. I like the cold opens. I like the first person narration. It's good stuff.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    Simon Green's books are always interesting and exciting. They are enjoyable, without asking too much of you, kind of like an action movie.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Chianna

    I love this series. I love Eddie and Mollie...it's so different from anything I've ever read. I'm so happy I stumbled upon this author/series...the ending though...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Scott Fogel

    Much better than the last one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace Of Liddle

    Lovely rolicking tale. Read as audiobook - very well narrated.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark Duncan

    So over the top it's fantastic. Thi sis my favorite series of all.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shayan Kh

    3.7 stars really... From Hell With Love was really better than the previous book in my opinion. The lack of weird stuff in the last one was a deal breaker for me, but this time, it got fixed. It is full of action, silly urban jokes, cheesy dialogues and a hell of a lot more action. With magic on top. I did have my usual problems with this book, though. (view spoiler)[ It is as if death doesn't matter in this series. No one important ever dies. Up until now, only secondary characters have died t 3.7 stars really... From Hell With Love was really better than the previous book in my opinion. The lack of weird stuff in the last one was a deal breaker for me, but this time, it got fixed. It is full of action, silly urban jokes, cheesy dialogues and a hell of a lot more action. With magic on top. I did have my usual problems with this book, though. (view spoiler)[ It is as if death doesn't matter in this series. No one important ever dies. Up until now, only secondary characters have died that we didn't really care about. For example, the old sergeant at arms. I don't think anybody really cared about him. Was it suppose to be a big deal? Or was Penny's death suppose to be a big deal? This time, Molly died. It was really sad, especially the way the family killed her. I was almost traumatized. It was a good serious part of the series. The Green fixed the death. See? It is like death doesn't matter in this series. Especially since I know the last lines of the book, didn't end the series. My other problem is there is always something new and extremely dangerous. And the family didn't know about it! The Drood family that supposedly know everything that matters. Immortals, for example, was a really big and hidden family. Nobody knew anything about them in the Drood family. But they were always there, and manipulating humanity and the Droods from the shadows. So there was no mention of their names at all anywhere before? Okay, I can live with that. But in the next book, they are mentioned like it is a common knowledge. And not by a Drood. Didn't these Immortals cared about the Hungry gods? Because it seems to me that they were going to die like everyone else. Okay forget Immortals secret, the Droods secret is a joke too. Everyone knows about them! Eddie is always saying that Droods are like myths and legends. And nobody really knows whether they are real or not. But there is no mission where they are in and out and nobody knew they were there. All their missions were bloody and with lots of bangs. Like the first chapter of this book. Another issue is that the all say the hall is impregnable and nobody can attack there. But everyone does exactly that. The door to Hell was a nice concept. Inverting it to make it a door to Heaven was a nice concept too. But the ending was a literal deus ex machina. The bad guy literally gets killed by Gods intervention. But I loved the last lines of the book. (hide spoiler)] Anyway. This was a good book for this series. If you liked the previous ones, I think it is safe to assume you would like this one too.

  23. 4 out of 5

    jD

    I love Simon Green! This 4th installment to this series that I really did not anticipate even liking (much less loving). I feel that S Green moved Eddie Drood to another level. Don't get me wrong, Eddie's still arrogant and one-dimensional for the most part. In "From Hell With Love", Eddie is fighting mad about the murder of his grandmother and lover, Molly. He is out for blood and spills more than I have seen him do in the past novels. This one has a cliffhanger, a first for this series. There I love Simon Green! This 4th installment to this series that I really did not anticipate even liking (much less loving). I feel that S Green moved Eddie Drood to another level. Don't get me wrong, Eddie's still arrogant and one-dimensional for the most part. In "From Hell With Love", Eddie is fighting mad about the murder of his grandmother and lover, Molly. He is out for blood and spills more than I have seen him do in the past novels. This one has a cliffhanger, a first for this series. There are always some unresolved family secrets in each book but the case is always closed. This time the case is closed and we are left with a major cliffhanger. Aside from this fact, it's perfect. Loads of action and knee-slapping funny. Eddie's one and two liners are perfectly delivered, as always. His time in the Armory with his Uncle is priceless. Uncle Jack has a few new toys for us to enjoy. Eddie finally uses the duplicator which leads to questions in his mind of which one is really him and how did his Uncle make flesh and blood. It boggles the mind! Dr. Delirium is back and crazy as a bed bug. He is now a major player with a toy he really should not have. We meet more Droods. Apparently there is an endless supply of them. We discover a new enemy that has been around longer than the Droods. They are called Immortals, nasty folk. We also discover that Eddie can be harmed in his golden form. Interesting twist there. If you are a Simon Green fan or like your James Bond with a side of laughter and paranormal, this is a can't miss. Don't make this your first read of the "Secret Histories" series, it can stand alone but I don't recommend it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    I'm not a huge urban fantasy fan by any stretch of the imagination. I think I name on one had the number of series that I actually enjoy in the genre. Thankfully, for me, one of those is The Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green. It has to be one of the funnest and exhilarating series I've ever had the privilege to come across. In the fourth book, From Hell With Love, Eddie is given a monumental task. Find out how the Matriarch was killed in her bedroom and what caused so many of the family t I'm not a huge urban fantasy fan by any stretch of the imagination. I think I name on one had the number of series that I actually enjoy in the genre. Thankfully, for me, one of those is The Secret Histories series by Simon R. Green. It has to be one of the funnest and exhilarating series I've ever had the privilege to come across. In the fourth book, From Hell With Love, Eddie is given a monumental task. Find out how the Matriarch was killed in her bedroom and what caused so many of the family to turn into bloodthirsty "zombies" intent on killing Molly, The Wild Witch of the Wood, and Eddie's girlfriend. Eddie is quickly thrown for a loop and is forced to deal with the idea of having a traitor within the family. Of course since half of them thinks he did it, that won't be an easy investigation to undertake. Are one of the various nefarious criminal organizations behind the bloodshed? Could it be the fairies or elves bent on revenge? It's it the petty scientist bent on world domination? Or is it something even worse, a cancer spreading through the ancient family itself. Is there someone in the manor who is bent on destroying the family? Of course it could be the mythological AntiDroods. Is that family who's only major goal is to kill every Drood on the planet real, or do the belong in myth? The mystery takes Eddie around the world, from Hollywood to the snowy ends of the Earth, he is forced to hunt down the person(s) responsible the death of his grandmother, the Matriarch. It's a sarcastic, tongue in cheek romp that mixes all the best of James Bond and urban fantasy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul Carey

    This is my introduction to the series, and I have to say I laughed on numerous occasions at the witty banter of the characters. It's not 5 stars though...the magic is a little over the top (and this is from a huge Dresden Files fan), and the denouement was, frankly a disappointment. I have, however, already started the next episode.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Everyone's favorite secret agent shaman is back with his witchy lady in From Hell with Love, the latest in Simon R. Green's Secret Histories series. After gaining popularity for the series, Green expanded what was originally a trilogy into a full-blown series. From Hell with Love is the first step out of the original mold and into something more. The result is good, but not great. Eddie Drood never has it easy. Especially now, with the Matriarch of the Drood family dead and the family in chaos, w Everyone's favorite secret agent shaman is back with his witchy lady in From Hell with Love, the latest in Simon R. Green's Secret Histories series. After gaining popularity for the series, Green expanded what was originally a trilogy into a full-blown series. From Hell with Love is the first step out of the original mold and into something more. The result is good, but not great. Eddie Drood never has it easy. Especially now, with the Matriarch of the Drood family dead and the family in chaos, with Eddie as the acting head of the family to unravel the mystery behind his grandmother's death. Some people even dare to point the finger at Eddie himself. From Hell with Love tried to expand the Secret Histories universe, but something about it just didn't quite hit critical mass yet. This world just isn't as wild or as well developed as Nightside, so I find myself missing it. At least, in Hell with Love, readers get the opportunity to return to Nightside even more, but almost to a point where it starts to feel like Secret Histories is leaning too much on the Nightside instead of developing into its own universe. Despite this, I just can't dislike Green novels. Hell with Love has entertaining twists and turns, and is far more engaging and unexpected than the last novel in the series, Spy Who Haunted Me. But let me warn you: the cliffhanger ending of Hell with Love will make you so mad. Luckily for me, I had the next book close at hand, but if you don't, you'll want to throw the book against the wall -and immediately run out and buy the next one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Star

    The Drood family had been working in the shadows for centuries to keep humanity safe and yet they’re still hated by so many (but it would be almost everyone if they knew everything the Droods have done over the years). Eddie Drood starts out in LA meeting up with a cousin to stop Doctor Delirium from getting the Apocalypse Door. Doctor Delirium had just been a two-bit villain who couldn’t evil his way out of a paper bag (reminding me of Dr. Doofenshmirtz), but he’s now teamed up with some pretty The Drood family had been working in the shadows for centuries to keep humanity safe and yet they’re still hated by so many (but it would be almost everyone if they knew everything the Droods have done over the years). Eddie Drood starts out in LA meeting up with a cousin to stop Doctor Delirium from getting the Apocalypse Door. Doctor Delirium had just been a two-bit villain who couldn’t evil his way out of a paper bag (reminding me of Dr. Doofenshmirtz), but he’s now teamed up with some pretty serious characters. Everything seems to hit the fan at once at Drood Hall – the Matriarch murdered, the family whipped up into a frenzy, and traitors on the inside. Seems like a typical day in Eddie Drood’s life. I absolutely love the over the top characters and situations that Eddie finds himself dealing with. This is a great book to sit back, grab some popcorn, and dig into. There’s always a bunch of twists and turns – every one of them bigger and twistier than the next. All the characters are larger than life and none as much so as Eddie. I find his adventures to be entertaining and I love the one-liners! I love this series and, of course, the shticky takes on the James Bond film titles as book titles. Secret Histories Series: The Man with the Golden Torc (1), Daemons are Forever (2), The Spy Who Haunted Me (3), From Hell with Love (4), For Heaven's Eyes Only (5), Live and Let Drood (6)

  28. 4 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    I have found a couple of glitches with this fourth book as I am reading it.In book 3,Eddie tells Walker he plans to restart the bomb to destroy the Independent Agent's lair.In this book,items from the Independent agent's lair are being brought to the Old Library for study.We even see the Independent agent's body.Also Eddie calls the librarian Walker when his name is William.I have also noticed a handful of typos which I don't normally expect to see from a larger publisher. These should probably I have found a couple of glitches with this fourth book as I am reading it.In book 3,Eddie tells Walker he plans to restart the bomb to destroy the Independent Agent's lair.In this book,items from the Independent agent's lair are being brought to the Old Library for study.We even see the Independent agent's body.Also Eddie calls the librarian Walker when his name is William.I have also noticed a handful of typos which I don't normally expect to see from a larger publisher. These should probably go under the glitches but i am getting tired of them myself so instead I will just say this was a question that confused me while reading the book.In the second novel, when an Elflord stabs Eddie with a knife made from starnge matter,his armor absorbs it.Also when he touches the stolen torc in book 3, his armor absorbs that as well.So why aren't the strange matter weapons of the Accelerated Men absorbed? The second question is why would an old style torc still be around and functioning? I think these glitches and strangeness keep occurring because the Droods are just too powerful in their armor.Therefore challenges towards them have no way to keep up with them if they play by the rules set forth so the rules keep getting bent. Even with the glitches, I am still liking the series.I just wish they stayed true to their own internal logic.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dani Shuping

    The matriarch, the leader of the Drood's, has been murdered in cold blood....and some in the family are thinking that Eddie and Molly had something to do with it. Out to prove their innocence and to stop Doctor Delirium from using the apocalypse door, Eddie and Molly set off on their biggest adventure to date. Along the way an old rogue returns, the family is attacked in its home base, and an ancient powerful is revealed at last. And only the Drood's...with the help of some of Frankenstein's cre The matriarch, the leader of the Drood's, has been murdered in cold blood....and some in the family are thinking that Eddie and Molly had something to do with it. Out to prove their innocence and to stop Doctor Delirium from using the apocalypse door, Eddie and Molly set off on their biggest adventure to date. Along the way an old rogue returns, the family is attacked in its home base, and an ancient powerful is revealed at last. And only the Drood's...with the help of some of Frankenstein's creatures, stand in the way. This is a typical Simon R. Green work, fast paced, full of action, tired cliches, and a story that keeps you coming back for more. If you've not read in the Drood universe before, put the book down and go pick up the first one. Even though you can read these out of order it really does help to have the background of what's gone on before (and just because their fun books to read.) This isn't the best book of the series and Green does tend to drag on a bit with describing some of the battle scenes and action which draws the book out a bit. He also repeats a lot of the same phrases in the book and from earlier books, which to me takes away a bit. Overall though, its another rousing book in the series and sets the stage for something even bigger.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Viccy

    The Drood family has stood between Humanity and the monsters since the beginning of time when an alien came to Earth and gave them torcs. However, it become clear to Edwin Drood (Eddie) that the alien behind these torcs was evil and he brought down the family and took it over. Eddie aligned himself and the Drood family with beneficial alien he calls Ethel who gave the Droods new torcs and a new lease of protecting Humanity. Eddie has returned to being a field agent and his grandmother, the Matri The Drood family has stood between Humanity and the monsters since the beginning of time when an alien came to Earth and gave them torcs. However, it become clear to Edwin Drood (Eddie) that the alien behind these torcs was evil and he brought down the family and took it over. Eddie aligned himself and the Drood family with beneficial alien he calls Ethel who gave the Droods new torcs and a new lease of protecting Humanity. Eddie has returned to being a field agent and his grandmother, the Matriarch, continues to run the family. Eddie has fallen in love with Molly Metcalf, the Wild Witch of the Woods and is beginning to think about retiring from field service. Then the Matriarch is murdered and Eddie has to rescue the family and Humanity once again. He has to take on the Immortals, Doctor Delirium, Tiger Tim Drood (traitor to the family) and assorted demons and aliens to retrieve the Apocalypse Door before the Immortals can gain access to Paradise or loose all the demons in Hell unto Earth. Just another day for Eddie Drood. Tons of fun and charming witticisms; it's always entertaining to read a volume in the Secret Histories saga.

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