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Saturday, April 30, 2011

review: the summoner by Layton Green

“Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.” - William Shakespeare

The Summoner
William Addison, retired head of Consular Affairs at the United States Embassy in Africa, vanishes into thin air during a bizarre religious ceremony held in the bushveld. the American Ambassador enlists the help of Diplomatic Security Agent Dominic Grey, Religious Phenomenology Professor Viktor Radek and local liaison Nya Mashumba from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in finding the missing diplomat. as the investigation goes deeper, Dominic and his team eventually face a dangerous enemy that will test their beliefs in what is real and what could be possible.
author Layton Green's story takes place in Zimbabwe - a nation suffering from economic meltdown, international sanctions, repressive political measures and widespread poverty. these conditions, among others, contribute to the emergence of cults where people can escape from their oppression and feel their worth as human beings.
locals in the rural areas engage in Juju ceremonies led by the N’anga - one who summons. things get out of hand as more and more people disappear. Dominic, Nya and the Professor race against time to uncover the mystery and identity of the cult's leader. aside from this, each of them has to battle his/her own internal demons.
suspicious characters, narrow escapes and startling revelations kept me on the edge of my seat from the first chapter to the last. this was one hell of a ride and it was worth every second!
The Summoner is a journey into the dark forbidden side of fringe religious groups. it is well-researched and intelligently written. this gritty, suspenseful, entertaining and highly-charged supernatural thriller will keep you turning the pages well into the night.

*The Summoner is available at Amazon (paperback and Kindle), Barnes and Noble and Createspace. for more information about Layton Green and his work, please visit http://laytongreen.com/

my personal rating is: 
The Summoner contains material not suitable for younger readers 17 & under

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of The Summoner from the author himself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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