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I have received this book as an ARC from the author for an honest review.
The author has blended his love for mystery and horror novels with the influence of Stephen King, Jim Butcher and Ayan Rand to create this pulp horror based on an old classic.Amazon Author Page
Print Length: 708 pages
Text-to-Speech | Screen Reader | Enhanced Typesetting | Word Wise | Lending
Publication Date: 20 October 2020
Categories: Spanish Literature | Classis Fantasy | Continental European Dramas & Plays
Trigger Warnings: Death | Violence | Graphic Descriptions | Mind Control
Trevor J Robinson developed a desire to be an author after reading a collection of mystery and horror novels he received from his older brother. He has self-published The Good Fight, a young-adult horror novel. He also published the only romance story in the Secret Stairs – a bestselling horror anthology on Amazon.
The Mummy of Monte Cristo is derived from the classic The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Even though it uses the basic storyline, the author has put his own spin on this intriguing story.
It features many strange, fantasy creatures like the Kraken, drakes, vampires and even the living dead.
The Life of Edmond Dantès
The main character is Edmond Dantès (19), a sailor just back from his last voyage. He is madly in love and ready to marry his sweetheart, Mercedes. The untimely death of his captain leads to a possible promotion for him.
Life is indeed good to Edmond.
But jealously makes an ugly enemy. Fernand Mondego, Danglers and Caderousse plots a devious scheme to get rid of Edmond by sending a letter to the public prosecutor, Gerard Villefort, accusing Edmond of treason. Villefort arrests Edmond and sends him to the prison Château d’If – without informing him of his crime or sentence.
In prison, he meets Gianmarco Faria, an old and considered crazy banker. Faria educates Edmond in various fields, and close to his death, he reveals his secret – great wealth and an incredible power hidden on the island of Monte Cristo.
After Faria’s death, Edmond escapes by hiding in his burial cloth. Edmond is thrown into the sea but manage to swim to the main land. He joins a band of smugglers and eventually made his way to the island of Monte Cristo. Here he discovers the cave with the incredible wealth Faria told him about as well as the secret power.
The Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond emerges and starts a new life as the Count of Monte Cristo. His new-found wealth enables him to purchase the title of count as well as the island of Monte Cristo. He also buys a yacht and set out to discover the whereabouts of his enemies.
The Count is shocked to discover that all of them – except Caderousse – has managed to amass their own wealth, albeit through unethical means. He realises that he needs more than money and wealth to exact his revenge on them and return to the island for the secret power.
After his mummification, he develops an intricate plan to avenge himself on his enemies. He visits Paris and manages to become a prestigious member of society. One of his mummification benefits is the ability to probe people’s minds and implant false memories. He uses this to manipulate various people to help him get his revenge.
He knows his enemies well and hit them where it hurts the most – damaging their reputation, ruining them financially, stealing their health or even through their death.
The race to save the world
The Count discover that Danglers has obtained a gem that will enable him to raise the dead. He plans to benefit from this uprising of zombies through the selling of firearms. Will the Count be able to find him and put a stop to this devilish plan?
What did I love?
When I’ve read the sample, the book didn’t really appeal to me. But I’ve decided to give it a try, and it was worth reading. The characters are well developed, and the readers can easily see what motivates them and drives their actions.
We are fully on the side of Edmond (aka The Count) as he seeks his revenge. I was simply amazed at the complexity of the plan he creates to avenge himself on his enemies.
The book stays true to the original work, with adjustments made to fit the new title. Obviously, the mummification and the way he deals with his enemies are different from the original novel.
It is not an easy book to read due to the many characters and the complexity of the Count’s plan for revenge, so you should take your time to finish it. Giving yourself enough time to process all the characters and the intricacies of the plot.
And not so much
The book has 110 chapters. It took me forever to finish! 😊
Should you read it?
I have never read The Count of Monte Cristo. Still, according to the summaries I’ve found through my research, the author stayed true to the original story, only changing certain parts to fit in with his title: The Mummy of Monte Cristo.
The book is long – 110 chapters – and not everyone will have the patience to read it. If you’ve read the original novel by Alexander Dumas, it will be interesting to read and compare it to the original. If you haven’t read The Count of Monte Cristo before, read this version and enjoy the narrative.
I recommend this book for readers that enjoys classics, fantasy and books where justice are served. Similar to this are The Lords of the Rings series by J.R.R Tolkien.
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Susan van der Walt is an avid reader of genres like crime, thrillers, adventure, and true stories. On Read or Rot she shares her favourite books and quotes with you. She also writes articles, book reviews and book recommendations. She lives in Alberton (South Africa) with her husband, Warrick, and fur baby, Pixie.