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 (approximately 350 pages).
My Review. This is the first book by Layton Green an indie author.Let hope it goes well for him in the future.
I am completely blown away with this book, it has loads of elements I love in books: religion, (in this case Juju) It is based in Zimbabwe, murder and/or disappearances, thriller, mystery. etc.
Dominic Grey is the main character who along with Nya and Viktor are investigating the disappearance of a US diplomat, they get drawn into a dark world of Juju. There is also a little love in the story to soften it a little.
The lush descriptions make me feel as if I am actually there, participating in a Juju ceremony and the descriptions of Harare and parts of Zimbabwe are just brilliant. It is a bit on the dark side entering a world of cults, ceremonies, religion, sacrifices, there are parts that are a little gruesome with rich descriptions.
It also keeps you wondering who is the Summoner until the end and I have to admit it surprised me, but I don´t like to try to figure out who is the baddies before hand, I just go with the flow.
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