Sultan of Monte Cristo: Are Sequels Better Than the Originals?

Mysterious author, only known as the Holy Ghost Writer attempts to create an official sequel to the literary classic, Count of Monte Cristo.
July 22, 2012 - PRLog -- WASHINGTON, District of Columbia -- An unknown Holy Ghost Writer who has concealed his or her identity has published a sequel to the infamous 1844 adventure novel, Count of Monte Cristo under the auspices of Alexandre Dumas. Supposedly, this Holy Ghost writer emerged from prison as a type of adventurous character in his own life and will reveal him/herself when he/she interacts with the fictitious characters in the sequel series, The Sultan of Monte Cristo. But, are sequels better than the originals and is this sequel even worth reading?

Sequels, especially book sequels, are often seen as mediocre, conditional on the buying power of their literary success. There are only a few ways to make a sequel “work.” It either has to be an immediate continuation of the original film or it has to have higher stakes, bigger conflict and it has to introduce characters and catchphrases that will enlighten us.  According to literary reviews on The Sultan of Monte Cristo, the book has done just that and more, which suffice to say is gaining 5-star reviews, with unprecedented attention, at an alarming rate from avid readers and fans of the original work. Perhaps, in this case, the sequel is better than the original. Whereas Alexandre Dumas left his readers 'hoping and waiting' to learn of what had become of Edmond Dantes, Haydee, Mercedes, the Morels, the Danglars or the Villeforts, The Sultan of Monte Cristo sequel is vehemently satisfying that hunger and thirst.

In today's society, hope, justice, vengeance, mercy and forgiveness are revered as ostentatious.  Coupled with the fact that according to the National Registry off Exonerations, only a small percentage of those accused are exonerated. The registry, a joint project of the University of Michigan Law School and the Northwestern University School of Law, is the most comprehensive accounting of exonerations ever compiled.  In 2012 the American death penalty reached a crossroads. Public support for executions has decreased over the years with capital punishment critics citing its high cost, failure to deter crime, and the fact that the practice places the nation out of step with international human rights norms.   Moreover, a project of The Shorenstein Center at Harvard University, has comprised a list of resources from around the web about false arrests, convictions and imprisonments that was published by the New York Times July 14, 2012.

That makes being wrongfully accused, escaping from jail, acquiring a fortune and setting about on a path of revenge ever so popular.  The Sultan of Monte Cristo has numerous plot shifts that "come unexpectedly in this sequel... they fit seamlessly and grow out of some small seeds planted in the original story that never took root therein," according to its introduction.  In short, The Sultan of Monte Cristo sequel is proving to be even better than the original and more intriguing with the added mystery of the author, who we only know as the Holy Ghost Writer.

For more information on the Sultan of Monte Cristo: First Sequel to the Count of Monte Cristo, contact:

Lynita Kimble, Media Relations
The Kimble Group, LLC
(202) 695-2077

To request a complimentary paperback review copy, contact the publisher, Xlibris, at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.  To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. The Sultan of Monte Cristo * by Holy Ghost Writer The First Sequel to the Count of Monte Cristo Publication Date: July 3, 2012 Trade Paperback; $15.99; 67 pages; 978-1-4771-3019-3 Trade Hardback; $24.99; 67 pages; 978-1-4771-3020-9
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