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Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

What happens when you combine a man’s troubled past with an ancient evil so old even the indigenous people fear it? Read Layton Green’s The Summoner to find out.

Dominic Grey is tormented by his violent past. Abused by his father, he left home at an early age, abandonment and pain always following close behind. Past decisions are always a mirage before his eyes. Traveling on assignment after assignment, he has always gotten by, used to a gypsy-like life. But when he finds himself in the middle of rural Zimbabwe with a religious phenomenologist, his close comrade and only his gut instincts, he must rely on his past to secure his future. Because everything he has ever known is about to change.

As a diplomatic security agent, Dominic is dispatched into the bush lands of Zimbabwe when a U.S. diplomat mysteriously disappears. A participant in an unknown religious ceremony, the victim vanishes into thin air, over come by what on lookers say is a religion so dark it precedes traditional African religion. Dominic must use his violent and dark past and his travels around the world to delve into the demonic realms of the unknown. With the help of Professor Radek and Nya Mashumba, Dominic opens his mind, brushing the underbelly of this pungent civilization only to find himself in the path of demise.

Demonic priests, cult phenomenon, mystery, temptation and danger contribute a fascinating velocity to the plot. Never short of climactic events and supernatural thrills, Layton Green twists and turns you in your seat, unraveling a tale so multi-dimensional even the most leery will be attracted. The sheer combination of strong protagonist interaction with a historical and anthropological landscape delivers thrills, chills, and a beguiling sense of fear that makes The Summoner a wonderful read.

Rating: 4/5

Jenna lives in the bustling city of Pittsburgh, PA with her fiance and her two beautiful cats. Along with her passion for reading and the literary world, she is also an artist, writer, environmental activist, creative coordinator and aspiring culinary genius. She believes there is nothing better to her then a good book, and lives one cover to the next.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Layton Green. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.