Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Summoner by Layton Green

The Summoner (Dominic Grey, #1)

A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe.

Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mashumba, the local government liaison.

What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.


My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. It had 2 of my favorite topics in the book; travel in foreign lands (Africa) and Anthropology (strange cults/voodoo/juju) I was easily captivated by the story. The author has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are a part of the story. The characters were so well developed that there were several parts in which I felt deep emotions for happenings in the book. Unfortunately I'm not able to list them here without giving any spoilers, so I will just leave it at that ;) There were many times where I read it before bedtime and wound up having dreams about it, but never once had the typical nightmares you would expect from reading a sadistic cult-type book before sleep.

This book was definitely a page turner. He dumps you right in the action and doesn't let the suspense up until the final page. I can't wait to see what he has come up with in the second novel, The Egyptian. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great "who-dunnit" type book with amazing twists and turns :)

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