Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Summoner, by Layton Green

The Summoner: (The Dominic Grey Novels) (Volume 1)When an American diplomat goes missing in Zimbabwe, Dominic Grey is put on the case.  Ever a man of facts and science, Grey has a hard time believing the story behind the diplomat's disappearance during a tribal religious ceremony.  It would seem that the man disappeared into thin air.  As Grey and his colleagues delve deeper into the world of Africa's different cultures and religions, Grey finds himself struggling with logic, as well as with his heart.

Wow.  This book, it packs a walloping punch.  There were times when I myself was not sure who or what to trust, including my own reasoning.  I can only imagine Grey felt the same way.  What a truly original story this was.  I was immediately drawn into the story and setting.  Although the story is set in a culture with which I am unfamiliar, the writing is so vivid, I was easily transported to Africa.  I was fascinated by the Juju religion as described in the book, and more than a little frightened.

I really thought the plot and the characters were extremely well developed.  I had no idea who the villain was until Green was ready to reveal it, and I love that.  I like being fooled by red herrings every now and then, and this book certainly had me fooled.

This is the first book in a series starring Dominic Grey.  I can't wait to see what he gets himself into next.


I received a review copy courtesy of the author.