Last year I reviewed Layton Green's first novel, The Summoner. In it, Green introduces us to Dominic Grey, a former member of the US diplomatic services security. While stationed in Zimbabwe, Grey is drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a US diplomat, and its connection to a ju-ju priest who seems to be able to do the impossible. This year I was lucky enough to be asked to review his next book, The Egyptian.
One of my favorite phrases for someone who seems to be feeling at the top of their game is "in the pocket". Green has found his groove with this series, and The Egyptian felt much more "in the pocket" that The Summoner.
While there is less about Grey's back story in this book, there is
enough to keep you interested in him as a character. The story moves
from America to Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, making for a lot
of globe-trotting action. The information about the immortality cult,
and the science behind anti-aging, was presented in such a way that I
felt like I learned a lot without being lectured at, and it was
well-placed in the overall arc of the story. I am so glad that this
series is shaping up the way it is...smart thrillers for people who like
their action with some cognitive stimulation!
Thanks for Layton for giving me an advanced preview copy. You can get it in Kindle or Nook version from his website, www.laytongreen.com.
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