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Title:The Sultan of Monte Cristo: First Sequel to the Count of Monte Cristo (Volume 2)
Authors:Holy Ghost Writer
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2012), Paperback, 76 pages
Collections:Your library, Early Review
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The Sultan of Monte Cristo by Holy Ghost Writer

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    That Girl Started Her Own Country by Holy Ghost Writer (Debbie_Davis1)
    Debbie_Davis1: This one is a nail biter! There is more from the descendants of The Count of Monte Cristo. It is set in more current times and filled with political story lines as well as courtroom drama. The heroin spends time in jail and meets many new friends who will help her in accomplishing what she wants to do with her life. She has a sharp mind and can out think almost anyone, much like her ancestor, The Count. It moves fast and is an easy read. Don't miss this one as the saga continues.… (more)

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Bestselling author Holy Ghost Writer has long become a literary phenomenon, but no one has managed to discover his/her real identity yet. The prize for the reader who will follow the clues in his books and figure out who he/she is has risen to $5000. If you haven’t read any of his/her novels, now it’s the time to start, because two of the “Count of Monte Cristo” sequels are permanently free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble“The Sultan of Monte Cristo” and “The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter”.

“The Sultan of Monte Cristo” is the first sequel to Dumas’s well-known novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo”. The action takes place after everything that happened in Dumas’s story, and after Edmond Dantes got his revenge. Now he is off to new adventures. He’s got Haydee and Mercedes by his side. By marrying Haydee, he becomes Sultan, but this doesn’t mean that his life is about to become peaceful and happy. Edmond has to fight a new enemy, the pirate Medusalocks, and overcome many obstacles along the way.

This book will be greatly enjoyed by those who have read the original novel, but also by those who don’t know much about the character Edmond Dantes. Holy Ghost Writer introduces enough back-story and background information to turn the sequel into a pleasant, rewarding read. New characters are introduced, such as Raymee. Like all the women in “The Sultan of Monte Cristo”, Raymee is strong, intelligent, and confident. Actually, this is one of the many things that readers will appreciate: the author has created some amazing female characters that prove to be just as powerful and determined as the male characters. Mercedes, Haydee, and Raymee all play an important role in Edmond Dantes’s life and development.

The second book Holy Ghost Writer has made permanently free is the fantasy/science-fiction bestseller “The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter”. Even though it is part of the series, the novel can also be read as a standalone. It is appropriate for young readers, but it will be greatly enjoyed by adults as well, especially because they will be able to see the connections between all the sequels written by HGW, and the characters in them.

Zeddy is a six-year-old genius who is trying to find his father in a world that has gone mad. The International Government changes the laws every day to keep the population busy, and interdicts almost everything that might bring the poor people some happiness. Zeddy’s father is a physicist, and it seems that he was kidnapped. While Zeddy’s mother, Zadie, believes that the International Military Police have taken her husband, Nimueh, the ancient Lady of the Lake, tells the boy that his father is in a parallel universe. Now Zeddy has to travel to the dark-matter planet Zamira to save his father.

Holy Ghost Writer’s novels have a unique way of grabbing the readers’ attention and keeping them glued to the pages. The stories are creative, the characters are likeable, and the world-building is absolutely amazing.

Don’t forget that you can now download “The Sultan of Monte Cristo” and “The Boy Who Played with Dark Matter” for free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. ( )
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  OanaMatei | Jul 16, 2014 |
Thumbs up! This book is a well-written sequel. The tone and the atmosphere given by Alexandre Dumas are very well respected. I like the way Holy Ghost Writer makes you traveling into different sceneries such as the tales of The Arabian Nights when introducing Raymee. A breath taking book to which you hardly give a break! ( )
  Lemesle | Nov 11, 2013 |
After reading The Count of Monte Cristo as Retold by Sherlock Holmes, I was anticipating some pretty interesting adventures for Edmond Dantès in The Sultan of Monte Cristo. What I read was a story that began as promising, and then sort of took a comical turn. And, I don’t think the Holy Ghost Writer had this intention. Regardless, it was pretty entertaining.

Edmond Dantès is a pirate. (And boy, do I love pirates. Edmond is no Jack Sparrow, but he does okay.) After a run-in with the dreaded pirate Medusalocks, the Count settles down and happily weds Haydee. She was the former slave girl who became his ward in the original novel. Her title and authority as Sultana is reinstated, making Edmond the Sultan of Albania. Eager to succeed in his new role, the Sultan converts to Islam.

This is the part where it gets crazy.

The Count/Sultan leaves Albania, and returns to Paris for business. There, he encounters Mercedes. She has letters from Edmond’s father that prove he is a direct descendant of Mary Magdalene. Edmond still has feelings for his former fiancée. He has been given permission from Haydee to take on a new wife, preferably Mercedes, as long as she doesn’t forget her place as wifey number two. Mercedes actually agrees to this arrangement, and she and Haydee become BFF sister wives. From there, there’s adventure—really crazy adventure—involving The Count, or Sultan, or Pirate, or whomever Edmond has to be that day. In the end, there’s a surprise twist that will make you wonder if the author was smoking the stuff Edmond had in the book.

This book was a good attempt at a sequel. The Holy Ghost Writer stayed true to Edmond’s character by continuously creating alliances and aliases in much the same way as Dumas does in the original story. But there were times when I thought, “This is insane,” or “I can’t believe this is happening.” I still enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes angle; and, the very 70’s, hippie-like marriage arrangement between Edmond, Haydee, and Mercedes. What I can tell you is that either you’re going to like it or loathe it. ( )
  Jada_W | Aug 7, 2013 |
For those who made it through The Count of Monte Cristo, it is an exciting adventure to engage in the opportunity of where someone else’s imagination takes the characters after the book ends. Dumas certainly leaves some threads which can be followed, and it’s thrilling to follow an author as they explore paths that characters and story lines could potentially take. The opening lines of the The Sultan of Monte Cristo may leave one nostalgic about their journey with Dantes through the Count of Monte Cristo, and therefore ready to pursue what this sequel has to offer.

As a warning, The Holy Ghost Writer is not Alexander Dumas. Anyone who is wanting another wordy and lengthy novel written with the same language and austerity as Dumas may be disappointed. It is advised to read on simply out of curiosity for where another writer’s imagination will take the story. The writing style is different from Dumas, and the author takes some liberties to fill in details that perhaps he wishes Dumas would have expanded upon. Though The Holy Ghost Writer, as s/he calls himself, uses many flowery and descriptive words throughout the book, he continues to leave much to the imagination as well. Most characters are already familiar for those who read the original by Dumas, but for those who didn’t it is no problem to jump right in.

The story begins its setting on the sea, sailing away with what will be the new object of his affection, Haydee. Though not all were left with the feeling of Dantes questioning his identity at the end of The Count of Monte Cristo, it is obvious that there are now many questions about his feeling of identity. Perhaps all the time on the open sea has left him with much to ponder.

The Sultan of Monte Cristo is a short, exciting read. It’s full of both gushy romance and dangerous adventures. All actions are over fairly quickly, however. And the reader is quickly thrust into another scene in a different place, with new characters. There could be a lot of detail filled in, such as how is Dantes getting between these places, what is happening with the other scene while he’s there, and what else can we know about Raymee’s appearance? The reader will need to use their imagination to fill in many of these details. The book is rather chopped up into three scenes with three different sets of characters which are each left at the end. This leaves the reader wondering how each of them will come together in the books to follow. If you’re happy with a quick, expressive book, then you’ll enjoy this for a weekend story.

The last intriguing point of these stories is the mystery of the author’s identity. He begs to play a guessing game with the reader – one which will certainly draw many people in. What kind of clues are we looking for exactly? Is it someone incredibly famous, or someone who is less known and will be harder to find? My guess: they are a foreigner living in the U.S. – but I, as others, will have to read on for clues. ( )
  Jcmrd07 | May 25, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books so this was an intriguing read for me! The author does a good job of capturing Dumas's writing style and prose. It is interesting to imagine what happens to the characters in this way. A good read for any fan of the original story!
  meliarose | May 18, 2013 |
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