Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week.
Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
Your host for June 2013 is: Bellezza over at ‘Dolce Bellezza’
This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
I can’t believe that it was way back in 2010, when author Layton Green first contacted me with regard to Fiction Books reviewing his debut novel, ‘The Summoner’. This was actually to become the second in a series of thrillers featuring the new character of Dominic Grey, although it was written before the first book ‘The Egyptian’, which was released the following year.
From Africa, to The Middle East and Eastern Europe, Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults and the occult, must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth – before that truth kills them.
Now, after a short break, Dominic and Viktor are back and poised for their latest adventure, which is even more deadly and dangerous than before, taking the pair from the streets of San Francisco to Europe, as part of their quest to travel the world, investigating the bizarre…one cult at a time.
‘THE DIABOLIST’ by LAYTON GREEN
In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.
Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.
The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.
THE AUTHOR – LAYTON GREEN
In addition to writing, Layton Green has held down a diverse and varied array of jobs over the years, although he actually attended law school in New Orleans, qualified and was a practicing attorney for the better part of a decade. He has also been an intern for the United Nations, an ESL teacher in Central America, a bartender in London, a seller of cheap knives on the streets of Brixton, a door-to-door phone book deliverer, and the list goes downhill from there.
Layton is, as you may have gathered, a prolific traveller, having visited more than fifty countries, lived in a number of them and still carries a burning desire to visit every far flung dot on the map.
Religion and cults, as well as all things spiritual and supernatural, have also been a lifelong interest, together with a long-term passion for Japanese Jujitsu.
Combine all of these elements together and it isn’t too difficult to see just where Layton found his inspiration for the character of Dominic Grey and the storylines for this excellent series of adventures.
IN LAYTON’S OWN WORDS …
I think a good story is one that is, above all else, interesting. Assuming a well-written story, no matter the genre, my advice for aspiring writers is: Don’t be boring. That doesn’t mean you have to write a novel at a breakneck pace, it just means that readers shouldn’t want to put it down because they have to see what you’re going to say next.
I can only say a profound thank you to Layton for putting his trust in Fiction Books for a third time and I look forward to joining Dominic and Viktor on their latest investigation….
My review of ‘The Summoner’ can be read here ..
My review of ‘The Egyptian’ can be read here ..