I read this on my new Kindle; it is the first full length novel I have read on it. I have posted previously that A.J. Pompano’s digital short story was my first use of the device. Overall, the Kindle is an amazing
device and tool. I love it! Oh, yeah the novel by Layton Green: this was as
much fun and just as amazing as turning the pages with the new machine. I don’t
know which I enjoyed more. The originality of the novel, the narrative, the
setting, the characters are just mind blowing, this novel rocked in more ways
than one. Check it out:
“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. 95,000 words.”
The descriptions of the settings in Africa are just intense. Layton Green leaves nothing to our imagination, putting us right there in the midst of it all. I felt like I could smell the grass and see the different
plants he described so well. The description of the novel doesn’t do it enough
justice. There are so many different elements to this novel that trying to
focus one just one or two elements of it is difficult.
The characters of Dominic, Viktor, and Nya are just a trifecta of personalities that I hope has a long and prosperous run. Green can go in so many different directions with these three that I don’t see them
getting to be tired reading in a long time. I feel I was taken to school on the
JuJu cult plot and won’t forget the different rituals that were performed
anytime soon. Personally he gained a fan and reader in me; I can’t wait for the
next installment to come out.
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