Book Review: The Summoner by: Layton Green



Publish Date:
March 7, 2011

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Trade Paperback

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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.


Review: Mr. Green’s first Dominic Grey novel, The Summoner, is a dark, dark story and at times you don’t know which way is up. I enjoy books that take me to places I’ve never been nor never thought of in a particular way and/or take me out of my “comfort” level. It’s great when a book comes along that challenges the notions you’ve held and makes you think about entirely new realms of possibility.

When you’re reading The Summoner, you can get the feeling of icy fingers on your neck as you follow Mr. Grey and his associates through the investigation into the disappearance of a U.S. Diplomat in Zimbabwe. The locations and characters come alive through Mr. Green’s words and transport you away to a place where culture, poverty, religion, and politics collide in a pulse-pounding action novel.

Dominic Grey series: The Summoner (1), The Egyptian (2)


  1. "icy fingers on your neck"..WOW. That must be one great book. :) I really like suspense/mystery novels, I'll check this one out.


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