Betrayal, deception, injustice. and revenge . . . The Count of Monte Cristo
delivers in juicy detail the most tragic yet masterfully concocted tale of a
lifetime of hatred and wasted passions. One cannot help but feel remorse yet
triumph as the story of Edmond Dantes unfolds in fate's mesmerizing grip.
Edmond Dantes begins life as a poor, uneducated yet happy sailor for he is in
love with the beautiful Mercedes and she has pledged her undying love for
him. They are too be married when Dantes is given the captain's papers for
his own ship in the company he works for. Just as his fortune begins to grow
with his much anticipated and early promotion as ship's captain, a twist of
fate and the deception of a friend, lands him in the most despised prison in
France, the Chateau D'If. Here, he is set to spend the remainder of his youth
decidedly giving up on freedom, God, and the mystery behind his internment.
A chance meeting with a frail, yet wise priest, who also resides within the
prison walls for untold years, sets Dantes on the path which will eventually
lead to his freedom and opportunity for revenge. In the calculated moments
they are able to spend together, the priest imparts literacy, philosophy,
mathematics and linguistics to Dantes with the cautionary wisdom to use
these tools for good.
He shares a well guarded secret that, should Dantes
help him escape, will make them both very rich men. As the lessons
continue, so does the concerted effort to find an escape route.
Unlike his gloomy arrival at the prison walls so many years earlier, his
exhilarating escape leaves one with anything but despair. Leaning on his
new intellect, the bitter Dantes returns to the unkind world he had left
behind, carrying with him a burden of hatred and revenge. He finds his
enemies have profitted and his true friends have suffered during his long
absence. But, with untold wealth behind him and the assistance of an
indebted companion, Dantes, now the Count of Monte Cristo, begins his
swathe through French upper society in his quest for vengeance.
A story full of adventure, love, and a misguided heart, The Count of Monte is
a captivating read, one that is sure to be read many times over and hold a
sacred spot on the bookshelf.