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->''"Men are mortal; but Daemons are Forever"''
-->-- ''Daemons are Forever''

[[SimonRGreen Simon R. Green's]] ''Secret Histories'' is about Shaman Bond, aka Edwin "Eddie" Drood, black sheep of an ancient, superpowerful family (the Droods) that protects humanity from its nightmares. The books are a take-off the James Bond books by Ian Fleming with a supernatural element to them.

* ''The Man with the Golden Torc (2007)''
* ''Daemons are Forever (2008)''
* ''The Spy who Haunted Me (2009)''
* ''From Hell with Love (2010)''
* ''For Heaven's Eyes Only (2011)''
* ''Live and Let Drood (2012)''
* ''Casino Infernale (2013)''
* ''Property Of A Lady Faire (2014)''

Not related ''Literature/TheSecretHistory''
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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Molly Metcalf, Janissary Jane, the Bride of Frankenstein.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The hungry gods/ the loathly ones.
* ArcWords: ''"Anything, for the family."''
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[HellGate The Apocalypse Door]]. The Droods also have a bunch of them. They keep the Armageddon Codex such as:
** Oath breaker -- A long stick of ironwood with pre-human symbols. It undoes all agreements, all bonds... right down to the atomic level.
** Torc Cutter -- ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
** Sunwrack -- For putting out the stars one at a time.
** Juggernaut Jumpsuit -- Possibly makes the wearer invincible
** The Time Hammer -- For changing the past through brute force.
** Winter's Sorrow -- Size of a paperweight. Break it and you unleash the Fimbulwinter: an eternal winter that covers the world.
** Dissector -- the ultimate scalpel created by Baron Von Frankenstein. It can cut through any thing, neat as you like.
** Dominator -- A laurel wreath made from silver. The user's thoughts and wishes becomes other peoples thoughts and wishes.
** The Merlin Glass -- can be used to teleport and contact any Drood from the past and future.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted except in three instances in the first book, [[spoiler: when the strange matter arrow pierced the golden armor, when Eddie figures out how to merge it with the armor of his opponent near the end, and when dealing with Torc Cutter.]] Other than those times, the golden torc is indestructible as long as it is on.
* BadassBoast: Despite being in the [[CanonWelding wrong series]], [[{{Nightside}} Walker]] gets one in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me:''
** ''Walker: ''"I could handle Good Time Georgie if I was unconscious." He smiled easily into Georgie's reddening face, completely unmoved by the man's size or presence or anger. "Are you sure you want to do this? [[spoiler: Are you really sure I don't have my Voice anymore? Would I be here in Strangefellows, without my Voice to protect me?]] Perhaps you've forgotten all the terrible things I've done to you down the years. Or made you do to yourself. You're just a cheap thug, Georgie, whereas I... am Walker. Now go away and stop bothering me. Or I will tell you to do something deeply amusing and so extreme that people will still be laughing about it thirty years from now."
* BadassNormal: The Indigo spirit.
** All the Drood field agents when they're not in their armor.
* BatmanColdOpen
* BattleCouple: Eddie and Molly.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Early on, Eddie mentions that many of the conspiracy theories in pop culture are true. [[spoiler: Mr. Stab began his career and immortality as Jack the Ripper. A family really does (or did) control the world.]]
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Droods, right from when they are born until they die.
* BottomlessMagazines: The Colt Repeater with infinite ammo and flawless auto-aim.
* CanonWelding / MassiveMultiplayerCrossover:
** In ''Daemons Are Forever'' the Droods are revealed to be the ancestors of Giles Deathstalker.
** Janissary Jane (in both ''Man with the Golden Torc'' and ''Daemons are Forever'') also appears in the {{Nightside}} series.
** Walker from {{Nightside}} is a character in ''The Spy who Haunted Me'' [[spoiler: and then reappears after his death to question the now dead Eddie for his new bosses in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'']].
** In ''From Hell With Love'' Methuselah was in the Nightside during the events of ''Agents of Light and Darkness'' and steals an angel's hand, then makes it into a hand of glory.
** Merlin Satanspawn gave the family the glass which bears his name in payment of a favor.
** Dead Boy from the {{Nightside}} and J.D. Chance of the GhostFinders attend the ''Casino Infernale'' Summit meeting [[spoiler: and turn up at the end for the final fight]]. The Little Lord, a minor character from the Haven stories, shows up as one of the gamblers in the Casino itself.
* CastFromLifespan: The price for the pacts Molly Metcalf made with the various powers.
* ChekhovsGun: The James Bond like devices Eddie gets. Subverted in ''The Spy who Haunted Me (2009)'' since Eddie never uses the items his uncle gives him to his uncle's extreme frustration. However in ''From Hell With Love (2010)'' he uses the items he didn't use in the last book.
** [[spoiler: The arrow that makes it through the golden torc comes back in full force by the end of the first book.]]
* ChekhovsGunman / TheManBehindTheMan / WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[VeryPunchableMan Philip MacAlpine]] [[spoiler: in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'' he was thrashed by Eddie and Molly he was demoted to MI-13. He then used his contacts to find members of the old satanic conspiracy. Then made himself the leader of the new satanic conspiracy.]]
* TheClan: the Drood family obviously. Also [[spoiler: The Immortals]]
* CombatClairvoyance: The Dancing Fool ''claims'' he's a martial arts master, but he's really a wannabee who benefits from this trope.
* ConspiracyKitchenSink
* CoolCar: The Hirondel is packed with gadgets: [=EMP=]s, flamethrowers and much much more.
* TheCowl: The Indigo Spirit is basically a CaptainErsatz for Batman -- except that he has no problem killing people.
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler: Eddie and Molly Metcalf, to the family. Also, Roger and Harry, taken to Squicky levels when one considers the incest.]]
* DeadToBeginWith: [[spoiler: Eddie in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' , he's stuck in limbo in a copy of the Drood hall]]
* DeusExMachina
** It's one of those series where you need to be one to ''survive''.
* DiabolusExMachina: [[spoiler: done at the end of ''From Hell With Love'' An Immortal disguised as Isabella stabs Eddie, then bites his poison tooth and dies while Eddie is slowly dying.]]
* {{Druid}}: the origin of the Drood family name.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: This is done twice. [[spoiler:In first book the Heart was destroyed. In the second, the Loathly Ones/Hungry Gods are destroyed.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
* TheFairfolk:
* FantasyKitchenSink: psychics, aliens, spies, elves, gargoyles, werewolves, ghosts, zombies, angels, demons, Frankenstein's creations, witches, interdimensional mercenaries, Lovecraftian monstrosities, satanists, superscience of various stripes and a few superheroes to boot.
* FateDrivesUsTogether: Subverted an Hell to get an agent cozy with the Droods. [[spoiler: However, Roger actually does fall in love with Harry.]]
* FightingAShadow: In ''Daemons Are Forever.''
* FirstPersonSmartass
* FlyingBrick: When the torcs are on, the Droods become a variant of this with NotQuiteFlight.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: In ''The Spy who Haunted Me.''
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: [=MI13=]. Also whatever unnamed US agency Honey Lake ''really'' worked for, while ostensibly serving the [=CIA=].
* HiveMind: The servitor-drones who run the Medium Games for Casino Infernale. [[spoiler: And who also operate the Shadow Bank.]]
* [[spoiler: IncestIsRelative: Harry and Roger are half brothers by the Gray Fox.]]
* InstantArmor: The Droods' chief asset in their countless world-saving battles is the magical golden (or silver, in a couple of books) flexible armor that retracts into their torcs when it's not needed.
* LightIsNotGood: [[spoiler: the golden armor is powered by the dead soul of each Drood's twin, sacrificed shortly after birth.]]
* JackTheRipper: Mr. Stab performed several gruesome human sacrifices in Victorian Whitechapel in order to obtain immortality. It worked, but this form of immortality had consequences for which he was not prepared.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicalDatabase: a particularly literal case, the Karma Catechist is a living database of every spell, ritual and magical concept conceivable in his universe.
* {{Magitek}}: All over the place. The Drood armor, the Flying Saucerers and the Chelsea Lovers.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Mr. Stab. In-universe example is anybody named "Drood." The mere mention in the first book is enough to empty a bar.
** Subverted by Shaman Bond, the use-name/code name of our narrator and protagonist. He intentionally keeps that persona very friendly and low-key, so that no one would associate him with the Droods.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: The Immortals are this to the Droods. [[spoiler: The "Teen-age" leader "Methuselah" got to the Heart before the Droods did. The Heart gave himself, some family, and friends [[LivingForeverIsAwesome immortality]] and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]].]]
* OurFairiesAreDifferent: Elves used to rule this world, but we beat them by out-reproducing them, so most of them left.
* PoweredArmor: The Droods have their golden armor that comes out of the torcs.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler: How did the Droods get there golden armor? Droods give birth to twin babies but one is sacrificed to the Heart to make a torc.]]
* ReligionOfEvil: The Satanic Conspiracy.
* RuleOfCool
* RunTheGauntlet: The first book, wherein Eddie Drood has to survive attacks by (in order) [[TheMenInBlack Men in Black]] in [[BlackHelicopter Black Helicopters]], car-eating entropic Ghost Cars, [[ScrewYouElves Elves]] riding [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragons]], ''Demonic'' Ghost Cars and, finally, a fleet of human-built MagiTek [[FlyingSaucer Flying Saucerers]] (not a misspelling.)
* RussianRoulette: Shaman has to play this in the introductory round of games at ''Casino Infernale''.
* SealedEvilInACan: Grendel Rex
* ShapeshifterShowdown: At Casino Infernale, this trope is offered as one of the Medium Games. Played with when Shaman competes, as [[spoiler: he mostly battles his opponent in his human form, rather than transforming into powerful shapes.]]
* ShoutOut: Even the name Eddie Drood is a shout out to [[Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood the last novel]] of Creator/CharlesDickens.
** All of the titles of the books are variations of ''Film/JamesBond'' movie titles.
** In ''Daemons Are Forever'', Eddie suits up in Silver Armor that covers his entire body, jumps up onto a helicopter; punches through the window, and tells the pilot to [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} "Get out."]]
*** He also comments on how the Droods have technology from various MadScientist. A [[Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon Moon Cannon]]; a [[TheMolePeople Mole Driller]]; and a [[Film/WildWildWest Giant Mechanical Spider they got from some American Mad Scientist from the Wild West.]]
** The Kandarian amulet from the first novel psychically projects creepy pleas to "''[[Franchise/TheEvilDead Join us]]''" into Eddie's head.
** In ''Spy,'' we get reference to the Wizard of Northampton, who has been [[Creator/AlanMoore writing comic books for twenty years or so]]. Which has done odd things to his perceptions of gods and monsters, if Walker is to be believed.
*** ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' references "Description Theory" of {{Planetary}} fame.
**** The same book also mentions [[{{Gravel}} SAS combat sorcerers]] a couple of times.
** The Scarlet Lady bears a suspicious resemblance to [[Literature/{{Christine}} another red Plymouth Fury with a mean streak]].
* StupidJetpackHitler: Vril Power Inc. As well as Schloss Shreck.
* SummonToHand: The holder of the Serjeant-at-Arms position within the Drood family can pull weapons out of thin air as needed.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: just about every variety there is. See FantasyKitchenSink.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt:
* TheMole: played literally.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: In ''Daemons are Forever'' Roger uses it to stand up to the Soul Gun.]]
** [[spoiler: He also uses again in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' to banish a major demon of Hell.]]
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler: Penny. Despite being repeatedly warned by everyone, including the man himself, not to get close to Mr. Stab, she insists he's a good person at heart. Right up until he murders her.]]
* TrilogyCreep
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Molly has a literal magical version by reusing the same fabric and transforming it with magic.
* VeryPunchableMan: Philip [=MacAlpine.=]
* TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed: Only to be expected, given the Droods' role as big-league defenders of humanity.
** Lampshaded in ''Daemons'': [[spoiler: "So," I said. "I am left with just a few days to stop the bad guys from destroying the world and save the family from itself. If I hadn't already done this once before, I might be seriously worried."]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When last seen in ''The Spy Who Haunted Me'', [[spoiler: Coffin Jobe had succumbed to his necrolepsy and died at the Independent Agent's secret lair. It's never mentioned whether he revived in time to leave before Eddie and Walker finished looting the place and blew it up. Even Jobe's cameo appearance in ''For Heaven's Eyes Only'' doesn't resolve the issue, as Eddie's near-death experiences are an enigma in themselves.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Happens to Methuselah. He wants to leave earth because he's done and seen everything. He also wants break into heaven to enjoy its splendor.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Doctor Delirium, a villain who threatens to unleash diseases unless he is paid ransom in rare postage stamps -- once a collector, always a collector. He sends his goons to steal the Apocalypse Door in order to make the world take him seriously.
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