It is also the last of the D'Artagnan stories written by Dumas and the three musketeers are the real heroes of the story, though the title is given to the man in the iron mask. As a fast paced Three Musketeers adventure, The Man in the Iron Mask is indeed an exciting and interesting read. It follows the musketeers and the fourth guy whose name i am unable to spell, Dar-something to the mostly sad ends of their lives. The story is engrossing with many plot twists. And, when the man is put into the iron mask, that part of the story simply ends. Athos, now the Comte Count de la Fer and one of the most respected noblemen of France.
However in comparison, this book is gloomy as roadkill, and I hate to see animals killed on the side of the road. The French novelist Voltaire was the first to speculate about the possible identity of Daugher. First of all, here is another triumph for Simon Vance, who should own the Audible Academy Award. All that remains now is D'Artagnan, will he stand against his long time friends, or do what is best for his country? If you have skipped the novels between The Three Musketeers and this, a few notes will bring you into the story: On one side — Aramis, now a bishop and secretly the Captain-General of the Jesuit Order, who believes he has found a path to a higher honor — the papacy. Thanks for the best read of my life.
However, it barely involves the poor soul condemned to the iron mask, not justification is ever redeemed, and we find ourselves mourning the lost of some beloved characters. Robert Whitfield is an award-winning actor and narrator. In any case I was impressed by the book even though it is not fun like the three musketeers is fun. All but one die in this one, and the one who lives is my least favorite! His works are riveting, fast-paced adventure tales that blend history and fiction. There is very little reference to anyone in a mask. It took me a while to get through it becasue it was so depressing.
I can also understand why this book should be required reading in school. Nice twist and hostorical facts. Most actors only have to play one part, Simon Vance plays multiple parts with distinction and feeling. Was still a good book but not quite as captivating. Athos, now the Comte Count de la Fer and one of the most respected noblemen of France. I thought that the majority of this book would be about the actual man in the iron mask but it wasn't. I read Dumas for adventure, action, and twisted plots.
But Aramis has not reckoned with a man whose loyalty to the throne exceeds his own welfare and who disastrously reverses the plot. The end was surprising and i'm satisfied with that. And I thought the way Dumas completes each of these four characters at the end of the novel was well done. However, nothing has been proven conclusively, though the story provided rich material for many conspiracy theories and novels. All in all it's good to work your brain sometimes. We learn how Porthos, Athos, Raoul, and the valiant d'Artagnan meet their ends, by by the end all we know is that Aramis is still General of the Jesuits and residing in Spain as a diplomat by the end, which left me to wondering.
It was very exciting during the first part of the book, after that it just got harder to get through. The final installment of the Three Musketeers' tale, this winds up everything that happens to everyone - with the exception of Aramis. Monsieur Colbert, first minister, who is jealous of Fouquet and plots his downfall. I believe it may also have the second of the trilogy, 20 Years Later on it prior to the beginning of the Iron Mask. Aramis is not one to let such a crime go unpunished. The French words and names pose a struggle for me not have much of a background in French.
This is Book 5, an excellent conclusion. It is so nice to meet them again in this story, and discover how different things are in the novel when compared to the film. In particular, I'm thinking of how Aramis exploited Pothos' gullibility, as one example. Alexandre Dumas' story is based on some interesting historical facts. Now it is time for the plotters to scurry to cover, there to figure some way to recover their lost ambitions.
Luckily, with knowledge comes ability to correct old mistakes. In this, the last of the Three Musketeers novels, Dumas builds on the true story of a mysterious prisoner held incognito in the French penal system, forced to wear a mask when seen by any but his jailer or his valet. Some of our heroes are quite greedy and even though they are such loyal friends, they allow selfishness and ambition to override the best interests of their friends. He enlists the help of Porthos. Now I am off to reading the entire series, which I so how have never done.