Saturday, August 27, 2011

THE EGYPTIAN by Layton Green

Title: The Egyptian
Series: A Dominic Gray novel
Author: Layton Green
Publisher: First Ward (August 21, 2011)
Format: eBook
Source: Author
To Purchase: Amazon

Description: At a mausoleum in Cairo's most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.

An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.

A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory.

These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company's new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.

From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech - before that truth kills them.

Review: Layton Green thrills with his second Dominic Gray novel, The Egyptian.

Dominic Gray, now working for Professor Viktor Radek, accepts a case of corporate espionage to discover some things are much more mysterious and ancient. His search for the culprit leads him and a beautiful reporter to Bulgaria and a biotech company specializing in anti-aging. When the same people who hire him try to kill him and his friends, they flee back to New York City and then Egypt to search for a liquid that rivals the fountain of youth, if they can get out of Egypt alive.

The Egyptian combines mythology and modern scientific research in a fantastic thriller that leaves the reader breathless and on the edge of their seat. Green's writing reminds me of Michael Crichton's works with the mysteries, thrills, and the life-changing scientific discoveries. Having studied ancient Egypt, I loved that the mythological knowledge involved within this Nu-inspired cult. The pacing is quick, the characters fantastically well-written and three-dimensional. The Egyptian, although a sequel, can be read as a stand-alone novel.

I highly recommend Layton Green's The Egyptian, especially to fans of the late, great Michael Crichton seeking a new thriller writer to love. I can't wait for the next Dominic Gray novel!