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From Hell With Love
Simon R. Green
Roc, 368 pages

Simon R. Green
Simon R. Green was born in 1955 in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, England. He obtained an M.A. in Modern English and American Literature from Leicester University and he also studied history and has a combined Humanities degree. After several years of publishers' rejection letters, he sold seven novels in 1988, just two days after he started working at Bilbo's bookshop in Bath. This was followed by a commission to write the novelization of the Kevin Costner film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. He is a British Fantasy Society (BFS) member and still finds time to do some Shakespearean acting.

ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: Just Another Judgement Day
SF Site Review: Deathstalker
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Coda
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Return
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Return
SF Site Review: Drinking Midnight Wine
SF Site Review: Beyond The Blue Moon
SF Site Interview: Simon R. Green
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Destiny
SF Site Review: Swords of Haven
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Honor
SF Site Review: Twilight of the Empire
SF Site Review: Deathstalker Rebellion

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Michael M Jones

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From Hell With Love When it comes to secret organizations dedicated to protecting the world from all threats, both internal and external, no group is as resourceful, widespread, or potentially insane as the Droods. And of that infamous family, none is as dangerous or misunderstood as Eddie Drood, who has saved the world more than a few times in his checkered career. After a stint as head of the family, he's back to being a nice, normal field agent like he prefers. Unfortunately, subtlety is not his strong point, and after a rather embarrassing incident involving a destroyed Los Angeles hotel, he's been called home to explain himself. Perfect timing, then, for the Matriarch of the family to be murdered and Eddie's own girlfriend, the mercurial Molly Metcalf, Wild Witch of the Woods, to be implicated. Things quickly get out of hand, and a bad situation turns tragic.

In the aftermath, Eddie's left chasing ghosts and rumors to seek the Matriarch's true killer. Soon he's on the trail of the Immortals, an ancient family that's the opposite of the Droods in every way, undying shapeshifters who could be anyone, anywhere, doing what they please without rhyme, reason or consequence. Worse still, the Immortals have recruited the infamous Drood traitor, Tiger Tim, and the evil genius, Doctor Delirium, as unlikely allies. Worst of all, the dread Apocalypse Door has been put into play; if it opens, all Hell will break loose. From one end of the world to the next, from Castle Frankenstein to Area 52, it's all-out war between the Droods and the Immortals, and the last man standing isn't necessarily who you'd expect.

From Hell With Love adds another chapter to the grand saga Simon R. Green's been constructing over dozens of books and multiple series. Characters from the Nightside, Drinking Midnight Wine, and Shadows Fall all make appearances or are name checked as he ties together all his different works. Meanwhile, we get even more insight into the secret world of the Droods and their long-lived arch foes, and get an idea of the stakes at hand. Like the rest of this series, it's an odd blend of action, science fiction, fantasy, and pulp weirdness, which somehow works despite itself. It's an epic adventure that gleefully goes over-the-top with a stylized, exaggerated style all its own.

Heroes and villains strut their stuff across a worldwide stage, and the end result is something so entertaining, it's almost a guilty pleasure. This will never be Great Literature, but you always get your money's worth of popcorn enjoyment from a Green book, and From Hell With Love definitely maintains that standard. The cliffhanger pretty much guarantees readers will be back for the next in the series, but I'd come back anyway just to see what the heck happens next.

Copyright © 2010 Michael M Jones

Michael M Jones enjoys an addiction to books, for which he's glad there is no cure. He lives with his very patient wife (who doesn't complain about books taking over the house... much), eight cats, and a large plaster penguin that once tasted blood and enjoyed it. A prophecy states that when Michael finishes reading everything on his list, he'll finally die. He aims to be immortal.


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