Layton Green, author of The Summoner, is celebrating the release of his second novel, The Egyptian, by offering both ebooks for just $0.99. The promotion is for this weekend only, so hurry! You can find links to purchase the books on Layton Green’s website.
Below is my review of The Egyptian.
Author: Layton Green
Published: August 27, 2011, First Ward
Goodreads Description: 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 Thoughts: This book was fantastic. It was full of action and mystery, science and myth. The characters were very interesting, and the plot was absorbing.
It isn’t just a standard search-for-the-fountain-of-youth story, it was actually interesting. I liked the way cults tied in, and several times I caught myself wondering if this was real. There were plenty of twists and lots of action. Even I didn’t see what was coming until it was practically happening.
I did end up with a few plot-related questions, but I don’t want to give anything away. Just know that what questions I was left with didn’t do any harm to the story at all. I just thought maybe the conclusion of the conflict happened a bit too abruptly, though I understand why. The conclusion of the story itself was perfect, I thought. I would definitely read more by this author.