Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Summoner by Layton Green

Title: The Summoner

Author: Layton Green

Published: GryphonWorks, 2010

Series: Book 1, Dominic Grey

Pages: 237

First Line: "The only thing Dominic Grey knew for certain about the disappearance of William Addison was that it was the strangest case to which he had ever been assigned."

Summary: 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 demagogic priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target. 

Himself.   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: The Summoner is kind of creepy in that a man disappears during a religious ritual and nobody knows what has become of him or even how he disappeared.  One minute he was there, the next he was gone.  That coupled with another couple of events in the book creates a creepy atmosphere.

I thought that the pacing of The Summoner to be quite good.  It didn’t go too fast and it wasn’t so slow that I got really bored. Towards the end the pace picked up though and I was reading through pages as fast as I could to find out what was happening and how things would end.

There was enough character development of Dominic and Nya that I could relate to them and see their point of view about everything.  I’m hoping that in the next book we’ll get to know more about Viktor.

I really liked the storyline of The Summoner.  It’s not very often that I read a book about Africa and religions in African, so The Summoner was a really original story.  When I read the first few chapters I thought it seemed vaguely similar to the movie The Reaping because it seemed to be a guy investigating a religious phenomenon to find its scientific explanation.  I a way The Summoner is and isn’t like that.  The basic idea is the same but The Summoner has a much more interesting execution and story.

I enjoyed reading The Summoner.  It was very easy to read and it wasn’t too difficult to get my head around the African phrases in the book either.  The idea is really unique and I had a lot of fun reading it.  I definitely look forward to more books about Dominic and Viktor in the future.

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