Book Review: Alexandre Dumas’ “Count of Monte Cristo” by Michael Martin of Ascentia

The Count of Monte Cristo

Over the next few months Nine Circles is very pleased to bring you a new series of book reviews written by musicians throughout the metal scene. As much as they love to write their own blast beats, discordant riffs and swirling maelstroms they also love to read and, for all of our benefit, discuss. The second post in this series features Michael Martin from the progressive metal band Ascentia with his thoughts on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

My favorite book is without a doubt The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.  Alexandre also wrote The Three Musketeers series, which is amazing, but this book easily outshines that series for me.  I actually saw the movie before I ever read the book.  Jim Caviezel stars as the main character and he did a great job.  The movie is very entertaining and has a 7.7/10 stars on IMDB.  A friend had told me that the book was better, though, so I decided to read it.
The story begins in Napoleon’s France in the year 1815ad.  A time of revolution and counter-revolution.  Edmond Dantes was a young sailor from Marseilles who had the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and he gets caught up in a political/social controversy which lands him in prison for being a traitor.  He spends the next decade plotting his escape and revenge.  He did have some luck, however, because the inmate in the cell closest to his was an educated man who had already begun an escape attempt.  The inmate taught Edmond everything he knew including foreign languages, sciences, and self-defense.  He also gave him a treasure map and told Edmond how to find what would equate to 100’s of millions of dollars today.
Eventually, Edmond escapes and finds the treasure which allows him to formulate and execute an ingenious plan of revenge against the men who conspired against him.  The rest of the book tells the story of how everything plays out and is so entertaining that I have read the entire book twice and plan to read it again.  I love the book so much that I made a point of visiting Dumas’ grave in Paris while I was honeymooning there with my wife.  He is interred in a place of honor at the Pantheon along with other famous Frenchmen like Victor Hugo and Marie Curie. If you enjoy an action-adventure story that will make you feel every human emotion and even take you on a spiritual journey, The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that you can’t afford to pass up.

Many thanks to Michael for his time and thoughts on this book!

The Count of Monte Cristo is available in book stores and online worldwide. For more information on Alexandre Dumas visit his wikipedia page.

Pathways is available now on Bandcamp. For more information on Ascentia visit their official website.

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