By: Jackie B. See Source. After reading (and loving) the original Count of Monte Cristo, I was very hesitant to read this book. The original being such a great book, it would be very hard to live up to it. I decided to give it a try anyways and am very glad that I did. This book was fantastically written and was a great follow-up to the original classic. It has great character development and a well thought out plot. The characters and events in the story were so well written that you feel as if you are in the 1800s standing next to the characters, experiencing their losses and their happiness. I would recommend this to any fans of the original story, as well as anyone wanting a great read!