The Man with the Golden Torc (#1)

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The name’s Bond. Shaman Bond. Actually, that’s just his cover. His real name is Eddie Drood, but when your job includes a license to kick supernatural arse on a regular basis, you find your laughs where you can.

For centuries, his family has been the secret guardian of Humanity, all that stands between all of you and all of the really nasty things that go bump in the night. As a Drood field agent he wore the golden torc, he killed monsters, and he protected the world. He loved his job.

Right up to the point where his own family declared him rogue for no reason. Now, the only people who can help Eddie prove his innocence are the people he used to consider his enemies…


“This spy yarn is packed with enough humor, action and plot twists to satisfy fans who prefer their adventure shaken, not stirred.”

Publishers Weekly

“Green sustains a good spy thriller’s breakneck action with lots of magic, strange creatures, and even some character growth and romance. His new series star is one fun character.”


“With crossover appeal to fans of urban fantasy and adventure/suspense, this witty fantasy adventure belongs in most libraries.”

Library Journal

“Written in Green’s usual sarcastically snarky style, this is an entertaining and enjoyable series first […] While the story treads on the same ground as Green’s Nightside series, it stands on its own with the addition of James Bond-esque gadgets and highjinks.”

RT Book Reviews

“The wisecracking plot hits the ground running and ends with a riproaring finale. Green has certainly provided himself with plenty of scope for Eddie’s future adventures.”

Starburst Magazine

“SECRET HISTORIES is a mix of James Bond and Blade, a fast-paced roller-coaster ride through the dark side. The equivelant of a theme park ride, seat of your pants writing, with larfer than life characters and exaggerated situations. You’ll step off exhilarated and a little dizzy, but you’ll be aware that you had a pretty good time.”


“THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TORC is an enjoyable change of direction from sci-fi master Simon R. Green. The idea […] has been tackled before, but Green has given the idea a new lease of life with Eddie Drood, a character as fresh and original as anything seen in fantasy for some time. This will appeal to readers of Terry Pratchett and Christopher Fowler, and should work outside the genre’s traditional fanbase.”

The Bookseller

“There’s no one who’s consistently more entertaining writing that subset of contemporary fantasy that involves the wizards and creatures secretly living among us than Simon R. Green. I’ve enjoyed all of the books in the Nightside series and this new novel […] is even better, with its blend of humor and high adventure.”

Critical Mass

“An action packed paranormal mystery.”

Monsters & Critics

“Quite sharp and easy to read […] wonderfully imaginative. Green presents some great plot twists, and a few sparkling and quite original concepts. Imaginative narrative, which pays homage to a range of pulp prose. The novel rattles along at such a pace that, if you’re into spoof fantasy, you’ll find it compelling despite yourself.”


“This is a rollicking adventure that perfectly treads the line between taking itself too seriously and being overly tongue-in-cheek. If you like spy dramas and supernatural or both, this is the book for you.”


“Another example of Green’s action packed yet irreverent approach to story-telling […] All the staples are there for a cracking read; a fast paced plot (complete with car chases and big explosions) coupled with a main character that the reader really wants to succeed. Green’s sense of humour runs rampant throughout the book.”

Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews

“It’s almost impossible to find a writer with a more fertile imagination than Simon, and in his latest book he combines that imagination with non-stop action adventure and a dash of romance. He’s a writer who seems endlessly inventive.”

Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Awards & Accolades


#23 New York Times Mass Market Fiction Bestseller List


#5 Locus Bestseller List


#6 debut Barnes & Noble SF/F Hardcover Bestseller List