Thursday 31 December 2009


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 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 information. Eddie Drood, aka Shaman Bond, has been invited to join the great game and of course he can't say no, especially when he learns what the mysteries are - everything from the Tunguska Incident to the Philadelphia Experiment, to whatever the hell it was really happened at Roswell. But that means he needs to survive working alongside old friends and old enemies...especially when the spies start dying, one by one. And one of them is going to haunt him...for the rest of his life.

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 secret agents in the world, including Eddie -- and the Nightside's own Walker -- have to endure several tests in some of the most well-known places in the world. Such as Loch Ness, Roswell, and even the Nightside. This little contest will result in one winner. And that lucky person will be the owner of the mysteries and secrets that the Indepedent Agent has learned along the way. But there's always a catch. Things aren't what they seem and when agents start dying, it's obvious that someone really wants to win.

The Spy Who Haunted Me is another great addition to this series. I really enjoyed leaving Eddie's world (mainly his family troubles) behind for a bit and getting to know a handful of new characters. It was also very cool to see them drop in and out of places that we all know to be filled with mystery, and happen to be paranormal activity hotspots. Not to mention that I got a real kick out of seeing Walker in a different light.

This installment is another quirky mix of adventure, mystery, and dark fun.

The Spy Who Haunted Me, May 2009, ISBN 978-057-507946-5, Gollancz Paperback

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