Monday, May 23, 2011

THE SUMMONER by Layton Green

Title: The Summoner
Series: Dominic Gray Novels
Author: Layton Green
Publisher: GryphonWorks
Format: Ebook/Print
Source: Author
To Purchase: Amazon 

Book Description: 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.


The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world's most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned.

Review: Layton Green’s The Summoner combines intrigue, heart-stopping thrills, mystery, and a clash of cultures that will leave the reader breathless and craving more Dominic Gray.

When a United States diplomat vanishes, Dominic Gray joins the case along with Nya Mashumaba and Professor Viktor Radek. They soon realize this isn’t a normal kidnapping. Dangerous and very deadly powers are at play that test their faith and beliefs in more ways than one. They must discover how to stop an ancient African religious cult or face fates worse than death.

Green’s research capabilities are phenomenal without distracting the reader from the story. I felt like I was in Harare and went every step along the twists and turns to discover who was N’anga. The characters are believable. As someone who briefly studied anthropology and ancient religions, I loved the attention to details. Reading The Summoner will summon you into craving more Dominic Grey novels. I anxiously await the next one!