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The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,828 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Eddie Drood's evil-stomping skills have come to the attention of the legendary Alexander King, Independent Agent extraordinaire. The best of the best, King spent a lifetime working for anyone and everyone, doing anything and everything, for the right price. Now, he's on his deathbed and looking to bestow all of his priceless secrets to a successor, provided he or she wins ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Roc Hardcover (first published 2009)
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Jun 21, 2009 Jeffrey rated it liked it
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans with a taste for violence, green fans
Simon Green who penned the space opera Deathstalker series has turned his eye to urban fantasy and has a winner, I think, in the tales of his secret agent Shaman Bond a/k/a Eddie Drood. The Droods are a family of super secret agents who combat evil with the armor that encases them from a torc around their necks. Green has populated their world with all sorts of foul murderers, magical creatures, elfs, aliens, witches and spies. Eddie Drood, the grandson of the Matriarch of the clan Drood is one ...more
2.5 stars. Ok paranormal thriller in which Eddie is teamed up with five other agents, who must work together and compete against each other to solve five great mysteries. The best part of this was Walker from the Nightside being one of the agents.
It's really a 3.5, but it's a significant step above his normal work, so I had to give it a boost. Not that I don't like his other books, I've read most of them. But they aren't always that well done. The books in this series are longer and somewhat more complex than his other books. There is just a bit more story and depth. Not tons, but more.

The series reminds me of a mix between James Bond and Xanth. Lots of puns, take-offs, and pop culture references. I'm sure I missed a lot of them, but I
Shayan Kh
2.6 stars

Once again, a book that seems like an Agatha Christie mystery novel. Seriously, the whole time I was trying to guess who is the bad guy and who I can trust. But it wasn't as good as a mystery novel. And if you've read some of Christie's book you can guess the plot of this book.
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Aug 20, 2011 Aliyyah rated it really liked it
In this third installment in Simon R. Green's Secret Histories series, we find Eddie Drood back out in the field as Shaman Bond, no longer heading his family, but no closer to finding the traitor either. There is a brief escapade as Eddie as Shaman has to protect the Tower of London, but this seems more to point out that Eddie is no longer the head of the Droods and he likes it that way. He is then invited to play a high-stakes game with several of the best secret agents in the business for the ...more
The legendary Independent Agent is going into retirement so he invites 6 of the world's best agents (well 5 of the world's best agents and his grandson, who is a corporate spy) to compete in a contest. The group is to solve 5 mysteries, and the prize for the winner (there can be only one) is the Independent Agent's vast horde of secrets, including the name of the traitor inside the Drood family.

I believe three of the other competitors are new characters, but readers of Green's Nightside series w
Jul 06, 2015 Rhyson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Joe Slavinsky
Jan 24, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it
The parody of Ian Fleming's Bond books continues(after "The Man With the Golden Torc", & "Daemons Are Forever"), with this book. Only Green's Eddie Drood out "Bonds" Bond. As full of hyperbole & bombast as Fleming's books were, Green takes it even further, with outlandish characters, and over-the-top plots, at a machine gun pace. Check your sense of reality at the door, and enjoy the wild ride. It used to be, when I'd read books like this, I'd wonder how they could ever make a movie, unl ...more
David Wilson
Oct 05, 2015 David Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shaman Bond -- aka Eddie Drood. Another "very British" book about the exploits of Eddie Drood as he works alongside other "independent Agents" to (again) save the world. As with other books in this series, there is a nice tongue-in-cheek tie in with Ian Fleming's James Bond books and stories (The Spy Who Loved me) with plot twists, and names of characters flowing throughout the book. This one adds(IMHO) a character that resembles John Steed from the Avengers T.V. Series (bowler hat, umbrella, da ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, humor
Does anyone else think that Eddie is like the superpowered Marty Stu version of Severin von Kusiemski? No? That's just me? Ok then.

Eddie is sent on a scavenger hunt around the world in order to receive the secrets of a legendary, dying spy. Winner take all; there can be only one. His competitors include the spy's grandson, Walker from the Nightside (love him!), the Blue Fairy, and Honey, a dangerous damsel occasionally in distress (depends on the scene, she mostly seemed to be the token girl). M
Dec 20, 2009 Yael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eddie Drood, a.k.a. Shaman Bond, is a top-rated secret agent. His family, the dreaded Droods, have from time out of mind protected the world from everything from vicious ETs to the forces of Hell itself. Now Eddie and five other of the greatest secret agents have been chosen to play a deadly game by Alexander King, the Independent Agent, the greatest secret agent in the world, who is dying. Only one can win, and the winner will inherit King's deepest secrets, the most valuable commodities in the ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
This is the third book in Simon R. Green's Secret Histories series, and there seems to be a traitor in the Drood family.

Of course, Eddie's determined to find out who it is but in order to do that he has to deal with something else first. He needs to be Shaman Bond, the spy, in order to take part in a quest for the dying legendary Independent Agent. IA happens to be the best spy in the world and is willing to pass on all his knowledge to whoever solves/survives his little contest.

The six best se
Oct 10, 2012 Jody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, sci-fi, mystery
If you have not read the first two books in this series then you should do yourself a favor and read them before you read this one so you will have all of the background. That being said, you could read this one only or first and not miss a lot but you will not find the characters as endearing if you read them out of order. This is the third in the series and the best so far. I enjoyed seeing a more human side of Walker from the "Nightside" in this one. I also enjoyed seeing how Green tackled al ...more
Alexander Draganov
The thirs novel in "The Secret Histories" series by Simon R. Green has a classic action plot. The greatest agents in the world are selected to compete in a deadly game as they must reveal the greatest mysteries in the world - what is hidden in the murky depths of Loch Ness, what haunts the forests of Arkansas, what happened in the Tungusia Event, what was the Philadelphia Experiment really about and, of course, what is the truth behing the Roswell legend. Eddie Drood represents his powerful fami ...more
John Parungao
A good mix of action, mystery and fantasy. Part "Around the World in 80 Days", part "Most Dangerous Game" and part "Ten Little Indians". Edwin Drood has been invited by the legendary Independent Agent; Alexander King, to compete with a group of rival agents for the secret legacy of the dying King. Along the way Eddie must work with amongst others, his old rival and sometimes friend the Blue Fairy. What follows is a quest for answers to various myths and legends including Loch Ness. Along the way ...more
Hali Sowle
The secret Histories #3 starts off a little bit after the Dead Gods War that took place in book #2 of the series. The Drood family is pretty much back to normal, and Edwin Drood (Shaman Bond) is once again a mostly rogue agent for the family, no longer leading the family and pretty much happier that way, but there still is a traitor in the family. The Independent Agent is a spy of nearly mythological proportions, he appears to know everything, has done nearly everything and is apparently dying. ...more
Kathy Davie
Oct 08, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, urban
Third in the Secret Histories urban fantasy series about the Drood family who are the hidden protectors of the world.

My Take
Well, this was interesting. It was a lot of short stories woven into a larger tale of six of the world's greatest secret agents invited to play a game with the winner to gain all of Alexander King's, the Independent Agent's, secrets. And Green has brought Walker from the Nightside in as one of the participants.

I love it! The Hiring Hall is incorporated as Pound of Flesh, I
Jan 11, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thus, fans return to the world of Eddie Drood aka Shaman Bond, secret agent extraordinaire, Drood family rebel, and field agent sworn to protect humanity -but most importantly, constant cheesy James Bond reference that never gets old. The Spy Who Haunted me is third book in author Simon R. Green's series about Eddie, and what was originally meant to be the final book of the series before it was later expanded before a trilogy.

In Spy Who Haunted Me, Eddie is faced with another wild road of unexpe
Jul 25, 2012 Zarin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the series by Simon Green and as always a scientific fictional fantasy. Only this time there are many many incidents tied together and each different from the other. And there are many more interesting characters thrown together to give you much more than the previous one.

As usual the book starts out with the introduction to Shaman, the drood and what all supernatural capabilities his torc gives him. The characters of the previous novel are given just a brief refresh an
David Caldwell
Book 3 of the Secret Histories seies.

I am about halfway through and have found 3 contiguity problems between book 2 and book 3.One is very minor and the other two are larger.The small one is about Eddie. In book 2, he basically states he has seen too many James Bond movies,but in book 3 he tells the Matriach that he doesn't watch spy movies.The next one is about Subway Sue.In book 3, she is called one of the walking wounded and teamed up with Callan Drood. Unfortunately she was dead at the book
Andy Shuping
I love Simon R Green's books and the Secret Histories series is normally quite good...but this is the worst book in the series. Don't get me wrong I like the story and the action (although it gets really over the top in some places) but this book has a lot of mistakes in it.

And I know some people are thinking that I'm just talking about "well the character were a red shirt in that particular scene but it's really supposed to be blue" type thing. But I'm not. I'm talking rather big mistakes like
The legendary Independent Agent is dying who will inherit his hoard of secret information and fabulous secrets? For most of the last century, he was the greatest spy in the world, but now The Independent Agent is retiring, he has decided on one last great game - the six greatest spies in the world today must work together - and compete against each other - to solve the six greatest mysteries in the world. Whoever wins the game will also win The Agent's priceless treasure-trove of informati ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Joshua rated it liked it
Recommends it for: James Bond fans who also like the urban fantasy genre
This is the third book in Green's Shaman Bond/Eddie Drood series. If you're thinking about reading this book, chances are that you know what you'll be getting into: a good urban fantasy romp with a tinge of Lovecraft and a dash of shaken not stirred James Bond. Green has always been one of my favorite writers, but with this new volume, I feel like Green is still searching for where to send this series and this one is just a quiet thriller before the inevitable universe hits the fan Green appears ...more
Diane ~Firefly~
Nothing like a Drood book to bring you out of a reading slump. The legendary Independent Agent is retiring and has concocted a game for 6 possible successors to win his secrets.

What I enjoyed:
* Action. These books have tons of action and cool toys. Think James Bond in UF. The whole Drood family is fascinating.
* Learning about the other agents and seeing Walker outside The Nightside
* The mysteries they had to solve were interesting, ranging from the Loch Ness Monster to abandoned Russian secret l
Mar 01, 2014 Jasper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
every bit of fun to read as the first two Secret Histories novels. Edwin Drood is and continues to be a really solid protagonist.
some of the dialogue got very repetitive and dry but the overall story was quite worth it. i will admit that i didn't put everything together until the very last chapter but that said, it didn't feel rushed either. a well done story with no cliffhanger but still makes me want to read the next one (apparently there seven).
if you're new to the Secret Histories novels, i
This book had a really interesting format, almost like a treasure hunt or a video game. My favorite bit was their adventure in Siberia, in X37. The rest of the jumps was... not bad but mostly used for shock value, I think, for their glitter, infamous reputation and style. X37 was genuinely scary and I loved how it was tied to what happened in Tunguska. Abandoned research facilities scare me more than haunted houses, to be honest.

Regarding the characters, I actually felt sorry for Blue Fairy. I h
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Plot summary: Alexander King, The Independent Agent, is on his deathbed, and is looking for a successor to take over the name and his secrets. A group of six of the world's best are in the running for the title, and King wants them to solve five of the world's great mysteries. They must work together, but also watch their backs. Because at the end of the day, only one can win.

Thoughts: I actually enjoyed this a lot more than the previous Eddie Drood book. It was a lot more like the first book in
Jun 22, 2010 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just the simple things:

I really like that Simon Green combines characters from his different series. Walker was an awesome choice, but why not Mr. Taylor himself?

Also, if either Eddie or John T. are suiting up for a book, then I'm going to read and mostly enjoy the show.

The contest was an interesting plot idea but it did seem strange to not have Molly along for the ride.

The other contestants never really got under my skin as a reader. Just found out as they died off one by one that they hadn'
Oct 03, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sf, series
I haven't read other books in this series, but I think that was ok. Some things didn't make sense in the mythology and references to earlier battles/magic/people, etc., but because I have read a lot of the Nightside series, I was able to pick up this one without a problem. Walker is in it! An interesting Nightside character that I don't think gets enough page-time. Nice to see him out of his element, but still very much in charge of himself and unflappable. The Droods (the actual family this ser ...more
I don't think Simon Green could write a bad book if he tried. I read the first one in this series and decided the main character was too much like the lead character of the Nightside. So I skipped the second one, then picked up the third (this one) because I was desparate for some urban magic. It's a long wait for the latest Dresden File book at my local library.

At any rate, it was better than the first one by far and even had some of the characters from the Nightside in this book. The story wa
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Simon Richard Green is a British science fiction and fantasy-author. He holds a degree in Modern English and American Literature from the University of Leicester. His first publication was in 1979.

His Deathstalker series is partly a parody of the usual space-opera of the 1950s, told with sovereign disregard of the rules of probability, while being at the same time extremely bloodthirsty.

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“Eddie Drood: Is this why we become agents? To play games, to chase after secrets that are rarely worth all the blood spilled on their behalf...To end up stabbed in the back, just when you thought you'd won, bleeding out in some nameless backstreet...With most people never even knowing who you were, or what you did, or why it mattered?” 8 likes
“I am not weird!” I said. “I’m just differently normal.” 2 likes
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