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The Summoner (2013)

by Layton Green

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A mystery that had me baffled till nearly the end! What a thrill! Well researched, well written and a jewel to be found for this mystery buff! Excited that Dominic and Viktor's next adventure was on sale this weekend for inky $0.99 on Amazon! Going to dive in and enjoy more thrills from this latest jewel! ( )
  AKMamma | Nov 25, 2013 |
This is a fascinating start of a series starring Dominic Grey, a embassy official in Zimbabwe with a dark past and a reputation of flouting authority. He is assigned to the case involving the disappearance of an ex-diplomat and is forced into partnership with two individuals with equally dark pasts and murky motivations. As the trio delves deeper into the ancient African Yoruba religion, they confront evil mysteries that are grisly and unfathomable.

At times, this book almost becomes too macabre and disturbing but the fast moving action moves it along too fast to linger on these scenes. Zimbabwe provides a fascinating and chaotic setting and how the character interact with the culture and politics of the country adds substance to the book. I look forward to reading further books in the series. This book was a Goodreads Giveaway. ( )
  LissaJ | Nov 17, 2013 |
The Summoner is amazing. We are introduced to our new hero Special Agent Dominic Grey, of the Diplomatic Security in Zimbabwe, tasked with tracing a close friend of the Ambassador, who went missing in the middle of a Juju ceremony, in front of many chanting worshippers. The plot starts strong and doesn’t stop until its conclusion.

Layton Green clearly knows Zimbabwe well and did some thorough research. The writing style is excellent and vocabulary is refreshingly precise without being affected. I loved it and will read the next Dominic Grey story, The Egyptian, very soon. ( )
  christinelstanley | Oct 29, 2011 |
A dark novel where a Juju priest or Babalawo from Nigeria arrived in Zimbabwe and started to practice the rituals of his religion, including animal and human sacrifices. He was there to learn the true name of the Prime Minister of Nigeria where by he could, by the use of black magic, control the power behind the office. The hero in the book, Dominic Grey, is a military brat that was raised at military bases around the world, learning many languages while growing up. He also learned martial arts and weapons as a Marine Black Operative. The Marines wasn't everything he had hoped, for his ethic based sense of morality made him take offense at being ordered to eliminate innocent civilians. After a hasty discharge from the military, he stumbled upon a position in Diplomatic security. He was subsequently attached to the embassy in Zimbabwe. A friend of the Ambassador, Mr. Addison was missing after attending one of these Juju ceremonies. This story is thrills per minute and a good introduction to alternative religious activities in a foreign environment. The intrigue and clever deceptions the Juju priest pulled off while convincing the population and even modern men of the reality of Juju black magic is a lesson on holding tight reign on your beliefs. The different world the author invokes and the alternative belief system involved is reason enough to sample this book! ( )
  JosephLYoung | Oct 25, 2011 |
The Summoner is the first in the Dominic Grey series. Grey is a former Marine and Jujitsu expert working for the U.S. government and is presently stationed in Zimbabwe. A U.S. diplomat goes missing during a religious ceremony. His boss gives him the case. He's introduced to Professor Viktor Radek and Nya Mashumba and told he must with them. Radek is an expert on cults and Mashumba works with the local government. Grey's religious doubts are brought to the forefront in this case.

It contains vivid descriptions to transport the reader to Zimbabwe. In fact, if you have a squeamish stomach you may want to skip this and read The Egyptian instead. Some of the voodoo rituals involved people, animals, and a flaying knife with meticulous descriptions. There are fight and love scenes so there's a little bit for every reader. ( )
  astults | Aug 27, 2011 |
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