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Casino Infernale

(Secret Histories #7)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  2,124 ratings  ·  119 reviews
My name is Drood. Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond. For generations my family has protected you ordinary mortals against things that lurk in the darkness, just out of sight, but not all out of mind.

Unfortunately, I've had a falling-out with my near and dear (some of whom were trying to kill me), so my true love and powerful witch, Molly Metcalf, and I are now in the employ of
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Roc (first published June 1st 2013)
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L.E. Doggett
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As usual for me, I say it's actually 3.88 stars.

Good plot that Green kept to. Great action scenes and great descriptions. The settings were good, sometimes ingenious. The characters were solid even though he does have a habit of making one certain type of character the same. Half Droods. That is one reason this isn't a four star story. Another reason is that while Bond-as he went by in this book-fights hard and is determined I didn't get the feeling he was really in danger. Of being hurt yes, b
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Another ok addition to this series. Once again, only Eddie can save the family Drood and the world, blah blah blah.
Jason Caldwell
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I need to go back and start from the beginning of this series. Picked this one up on a whim at the library as I have read some of the Nightside series and one of the Carnaki group. This was incredibly entertaining. It is lighthearted but also dark and deals with losing and finding souls and the games played at the casino were inventive and more than a little disturbing. I really liked it.
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You have to love a book that plays off the James Bond theme, as often as it can, plus includes dinosaur riding Nazis, an entire race of people who remind me of Oompa Loompas (but better), inter dimensional travel, a sentient car, a game that reminds me of Merlin's battle with Madam Mim, evil banks, parent's who gamble with their son's soul, trips to Mars, an inheritance that can suck the world into a black hole, a giant horse god out for revenge, and bad guys you kinda of like. And when I mean b ...more
Alexander Draganov
Solid new entry into the Secret Histories series. After a journey to a haunted castle, Eddie Drood and his girlfriend, the infamous Molly Meltcalf, have new problem - they should enter the Casino Infernale, an event in which souls are traded as pennies. And, against all odds, win it...
The book, as always, has a blistering pace and Green again demonstrates that he has wild imagination with no limits. The opening chapter with the haunted castle, the Summit on Mars, which included some of my favori
Robert Brown
Mr. Green is getting rather redundant. I have enjoyed the Nightside and the Secret Histories for quite a while. However, since the Excalibur story-line in the Nightside, and Eddie's loss of leadership among the Droods, Mr. Green's books have become simple snark-fests with very little in the way of story.

His protagonists breezily shoot, snuff, beat down, magic, and wipe-the-floor, with their opponents; all while trading snarky comments and proclaiming their morality to the oppressed without thoug
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've had mixed feelings about the recent books in this series, but this one was pretty damned great. I loved seeing Eddie cope with fights and dangerous situations without the power of his armour behind him. I loved the casino and all its creepiness. And I especially loved how Green brought in characters from a bunch of his other universes and series, including the Nightside, the Ghost Hunters, and Shadow's Fall.

It did feel a little repetitive at times once they hit the casino - play risky game
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
Eddie Drood used to run the family business, keeping the world safe, but he gave it up to return to being a field agent. As Shaman Bond, he and Molly Metcalfe, the Wild Witch of the wood, travel to Nantes to break bank of the Casino Infernale and stop a war over the Crow Lee inheritance, something all the Major Players desire. Shaman and Molly must pass through a series of increasingly difficult tests to move up the food chain to get into position to break the bank and free all the souls held ca ...more
Ed Nemo
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I have a tough time explaining this series to people, but if I can get them to read it, they thank me. Sort of a Secret Agent meets super science and magic. I have tried to pinpoint the reason I like these books so much, and the easy answer is; they are just a lot of fun. Casino Infernale, is no exception. Funny quips abound with death and mayhem as Shaman Bond and Motty Metcalf proceed to take on the biggest Bank/Casino of all time.

With some surprise guests from the Ghostfinders crew, the Night
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basically ridiculous as always. The author has managed to tone down his worst verbal tics ("so much more than that") which only makes his second-worst stand out more ("all over the place", "it would only upset you").
Jason ON
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Drood books I've read. While the ending was a little quick and didn't answer any of the questions put forth in the beginning, the story was better than many of the Secret Histories novels.
Kathy Davie
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Seventh in the Secret Histories urban fantasy series and revolving around Shaman Bond/Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalfe as they save the world yet again.

And it slides in right after The Bride Wore Black Leather (Nightside, 12).

My Take
A comically disguised metaphor for the greed and insanity behind gambling in Green's inimitable style with a currency that begins in cash and quickly proceeds to souls.

Well, that settles it...anyone who loves Ngaio Marsh has to be great… Well, Green is also incredibly
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of twists! This may be my new favorite series! I love Eddie, Molly and the Armorer!

Great narrator for the audio!
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the characters very much
I'm also intrigued by the world
The bad thing is that the library doesn't
have anything like the complete series
so I was playing catch up a lot.
Ron Dictado
Not a bad read. Playful banter between Eddie and Molly is starting too get on my nerves.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These really are ridiculous books, but extremely entertaining and gripping. Can't wait for the next one.
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shayan Kh
3.3 sars

It was better than the previous books in the sense that it was different. So a little bit of my problems with this series, about it being repetitive was addressed. But, some parts of it was still pretty much like the other books in this series.
The whole plot for example. There is this really big and terrifying organization that wasn't really mentioned in the previous books, there is this big disaster that Eddie should miraculously find a way to avoid. It is like a template that Mr. Gre
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Secret Histories is one of those series that I kept meaning to read and after finishing this book I definitely want to start at the beginning as I felt that I was missing out on certain past events that were referred to in CASINO INFERNALE. Ending CASINO INFERNALE with a burning desire to read more of Secret Histories aside, this story is a thrilling supernatural adventure that feels like a fun twisted James Bond homage. Most of my favorite scenes in a
Jul 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point in the series, and the work of Mr. Green, you're either on-board and you'll read everything that comes out (as I am) or you've moved on. If you haven't read the previous Secret Histories books, don't start with this one. Go back and pick up The Man with the Golden Torc.

For those of you who are firmly on the Secret Histories team, I'll say that this is not the strongest entry. It feels a bit forced; I almost had the sense that Green came up with the title and then created a plot to
Daniel Shellenbarger
In a very loose sense Casino Infernale is like a Secret Histories version of Casino Royale, but largely the similarities are only there for laughs. After all the byzantine family politics and deaths/un-deaths of the previous few books, Casino Infernale was a return to form, keeping its drama well-balanced with Eddie's well-meaning sarcastic wit and Molly's cheerfully psychotic exuberance and avoiding the cheap plot devices that marred the ending of some of the last few books (you know, (view spo ...more
Nicole Gozdek
Band 7 der Eddie Drood-Reihe von Simon R. Green steht wieder einmal unter dem Motto "James Bond meets Fantasy". Unter dem Tarnnamen Shaman Bond und mit einem ironischen Augenzwinkern lässt Green seinen Geheimagenten in einer Welt der übvernatürlichen Schurken und Geheimorganisationen ermitteln. Ihm an die Seite gestellt ist die schöne, wilde und gleichzeitig berüchtigte Hexe der wilden Wälder, Eddies Freundin Molly Metcalf. Für seine Missionen stattet ihn sein Onkel Jack, der Waffenmeister der D ...more
Terry Woodson
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eddie Drood is at it again! No longer acting as just an agent of the Drood family, Eddie and his better half Molly Metcalf. (the Wild Witch of the Woods) are now working for the Regeant of Shadows (Eddie's long thought deceased grandfather) at the Department of the Uncanny. His and Molly's first mission with the department? Infiltrate the games at Casino Infernale, win big at any cost, and bring down the Shadow bank. Just another case for the infamous Edfie and Molly, right? Except that Edfie ha ...more
Chris Bauer
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a total fan of Simon R. Green. He manages to cram more raw, undiluted imagination into any 10 pages of his work than I read in most novels. While he has created several VERY memorable series in the past, his current Secret Histories books are like crack for me.

Based loosely on plots from James Bond movies, the series is about the Droods, an extended family dedicated to protecting humanity from otherworldy forces. And with the help of strange matter armor they do a great job of it.

Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can only say i am very disappointed with this book i remember when Nightside books used to come out i used tho finish in straight 20 hours after that book was available on amazon almost till 4 in the morning but compared to nightside these books are just trash
There are few problems with the books
Firstly there is no sense of drama in it the strange material armor and the gadgets act as story breaker objects and author tries to circumvent this problem but wrecks the story in the process
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 7 of the Secret Histories.

It seems like Eddie Drood is always cleaning up the messes he caused--whether he wants to or not. Undercover as Shaman Bond, working with the witch Molly Metcalf, he's assigned the impossible job of breaking the bank at the Shadow Bank. Crow Lee, The Most Evil Man in the World, is dead, but he left behind an Inheritance that many are willing to kill to get their hands on.

To keep it away from those who would misuse it, Eddie and Molly will destroy the bank that fina
Erin Hartshorn
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love grabbing new Simon Green books -- both the Secret Histories and the Nightside. Green has done a marvelous job of creating a world most of us aren't aware of that has everything we like to imagine as real: secret societies, King Arthur, elves, magic, dimensional doors, future tech, intelligent cars, secret cabals that rule the world, and even the odd dragon. This latest offering in his Secret Histories series has Eddie Drood going undercover as Shaman Bond, along with Molly Metcalf, his on ...more
Ryan Vaughan
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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John Parungao
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when Eddie Drood has to give up his Torc and with it his Armor? Can Shaman Bond be the hero without his armor to help him? For his latest adventure Eddie Drood must go deep undercover and give up his torc and rely only on his wits and skills and the back up support of Molly Metcalf. Together Eddie(in his guise as Shaman Bond) and Molly must attend Casino Infernale, a high stakes gaming weekend, where players wager their souls to advance and must use their wits and skills to survive. ...more
Brian Palmer
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
I've long regarded the Drood series as 'guilty pleasures' -- usually I find the books incredibly silly, but I can't stop reading them. This book actually takes a step above that, by virtue of making unavailable the Deus Ex Machina that is the Drood armor, and turning it into a legitimate spy/action novel, where Eddie Drood (along with his girlfriend Molly the Witch) goes into the heart of darkness.

That said, I still think I'm giving it a higher grade than it actually deserves, because it's bette
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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.

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Other books in the series

Secret Histories (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Man with the Golden Torc (Secret Histories, #1)
  • Daemons Are Forever (Secret Histories, #2)
  • The Spy Who Haunted Me (Secret Histories, #3)
  • From Hell with Love (Secret Histories, #4)
  • For Heaven's Eyes Only (Secret Histories, #5)
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