Review: The Egyptian {Dominic Grey #2} by Layton Green

Title: The Egyptian {Dominic Grey #2}

Author: Layton Green

Published: August 27th  2011

Synopsis: At a mausoleum in Cairo’s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.  An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.  A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his underground laboratory.  These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company’s new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.  From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech – before that truth kills them.

Status: Read August 18-19, 2011 – I own a copy {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

Layton Green debuted his Dominic Grey series with The Summoner, an terrific thriller that I was impressed by (read my review). The Egyptian picks up where The Summoner left off, as Dominic begins his first case in the employ of academic cult expert, Viktor Radek.

Layton Green’s detailed research is complimented by his creativity resulting in an intriguing premise that embraces biotech development and Egyptian cult worship. The Egyptian is a fast paced story as Grey
travels from the US to a tiny village in Bulgaria and an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert in pursuit of the truth about the contents of a stolen vial that Grey and Radek were hired to find. Yet this story is more than an action packed thriller, its also an intelligent and tightly plotted mystery.

While Radek remains elusive on a seperate case for most of the story, Grey is paired with investigative journalist, Veronica Brown and scientist, Stefan Dimitrov. Veronica follows Dominic to Bulgaria sensing
a story that will help boost her career and the two become involved during the course of events. Stefan is initially the target of Grey’s investigation but circumstances result in him joining Dominic and
Veronica after an assassination attempt.

The author continues to develop Grey’s character making much of his internal conflict between the violence he is capable of and his reluctance to resort to it, even when his choices are limited. Grey
is also struggling with the collapse of his relationship with Nya and his attraction to Veronica. I was hoping to learn more about Radek but apart from glimpses here and there he remains a mysterious figure.

If I was to be picky, I don’t think the writing isn’t quite as sophisticated as in The Summoner, sentences seem shorter and sharper and it’s not quite as descriptive. However Green has put more thought into his character development and the plot remains strong and exciting.

As a successor to The Summoner, The Egyptian proves that Layton Green is a talented storyteller who has created an exciting and orginal series. I am already looking forward to Dominic Grey’s next adventure.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer | Book Den
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 09:39:54

    I have not yet read The Summoner, but I really enjoyed The Egyptian.

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  2. Jake Hardman
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 00:44:50

    A great review. It’s persuaded me to buy a copy. I’ll let you know what I think of it.

    Jake
    http://jake-hardman-thrillers.blogspot.com/

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  3. Cherry Mischievous
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 17:51:32

    Do I need to read book 1 to understand this book?

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    • shelleyrae@ Book'd Out
      Aug 30, 2011 @ 02:27:40

      No Cherry It works just as well as a stand alone. Let me know what you think of it if you decide to pick it up 🙂

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