Blurb from goodreads.com, Scroll down for my review, please be warned it may contain spoiler.
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.
My Review. I read this back to back with Layton Green´s first novel The Summoner so I had high hopes, as I was thrilled with the first book, unfortunately I was a little disappointed , although not too much, I guess my hopes were too high. I should also point out that it will make more sense if you read The Summoner first.
The book covers an issue that is on plenty of people’s minds: Longevity, or in this case, not dying at all. Is there a medicine or something else that can prevent humans from dying, or a fountain of youth?
Dominic Grey is once again star of the book and he is now working for Viktor from The Summoner, on his first case. There is plenty of action, but there is also a little too much description regarding the science of longevity which bored me a little, but I was interested enough in the book to keep going. The really exciting part took place from around 70% onwards (kindle edition) and from there I couldn´t put it down.
There is a new main female character who tries and does eventually get into Dominic´s trousers, but his mind is constantly on Nya (from The Summoner) although he feels very protective of Veronica, she seems a little Bond girl ish, but does it well.
Don´t get me wrong, this book is fantastic, get past the long descriptions in parts and you have a solid second novel.
I am really looking forward to the next novel tentatively called The Diabolist due out in June 2013 (info from Amazon).