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First Lines … ‘The Egyptian’ by Layton Green


The City of the Dead, Cairo, Egypt

“Siti hummed to himself as he picked his way through the crypts and mausoleums shrouded by eerie blue fog. He thought he had outgrown the nervous childhood habit at Cambridge, where he graduated first in his class in biomedical engineering and gained the hand of Halima, a beautiful Cairene girl he never would have dreamed of approaching back home.

The humming resurfaced when the gambling debts started mounting and reached a feverish crescendo when he discovered what was really going on at his company’s compound. Now, as he dodged the tombs and piles of human detritus, looking over his shoulder with every step, he had to fight to keep the humming from becoming a siren call to the thieves and murderers that populated the cemetery after dark….”

After reading Layton Green’s previous book ‘The Summoner’ and enjoying it so much, I am certainly looking forward to starting on the ARC for ‘The Egyptian’, which unfortunately, is not due for general release until 27th August 2011.

It was also great that Layton valued my comments about ‘The Summoner’ enough, to want to contact me again, with this latest opportunity.

As details of the book are as yet unpublished and the cover art is still undergoing final ‘tweaking’, I felt that a short synopsis might be appropriate in this instance. So as not to give away too many spoilers in this post, if the first lines have made you curious to know more, then click here

They say that the first lines of a piece of writing, are always the most difficult to set down on paper. It seems to me, that they may also be the most definitive, as I find they often set the scene in my mind, even before I have turned the first page. Layton certainly manages to set the scene with just a few short, yet infinitely powerful words, that arouse the curiosity and make you need to know more.

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    • Hi Hattie,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment, it is much appreciated and good to meet you.

      Those first few lines set the scene brilliantly, although just how succinct and appropriate they were, is becoming clear the more I read. The story is getting more scary and creepy by the page!!!

  • Hi Yvonne, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a lovely message! I’m glad I’m not the only slow reader around and like you, I get so jealous of some of the bloggers who can finish books so fast and put up 3 and 4 reviews a week! I wish I could 😀

    I am really looking forward to starting The Egyptian and am hoping to get the review up in time for it’s official release on 27th August.

    Best wishes


  • Hi Karen,

    Hope that you can get round to starting ‘The Egyptian’ real soon, I would love to hear your views about it.

    I have just finished it and can’t wait for ‘Dominic Grey’s’ next adventure, which apparently is already on the drawing board.

    I don’t know if you read Layton’s first book, ‘The Summoner’ as well?, but that is well worth getting hold of.


    I love the style and pace of the writing and the idea of basing the stories around all different cults from around the world, is amazing.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, it is appreciated and is always good to ‘meet’ someone new.

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