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A confirmed Layton Green fan, I was so pleased when he contacted me, with the chance to read and review this, the 4th and latest installment of the excellent ‘Dominic Grey’ series; especially as I have been very remiss in reading the last review copy he offered me, the stand alone story, ‘The Metaxy Project’, which is still languishing on my Kindle TBR list. I promise Layton, that this is simply due to there not being enough hours in the day to both read, or blog, as much as I would like to. I really have to catch up with Dominic’s adventures, before I do anything else, but I promise that ‘The Metaxy Project’ will make its way to the top of list … one way or another !

The Shadow Cartel

Called upon by a former love to look into the death of a family friend in Miami, veteran investigator Dominic Grey is sucked into the darkest reaches of international narcotics trafficking. The murders of multiple drug dealers during a bizarre religious ceremony, combined with the appearance of a mythical assassin, take DEA agent Federico Hernandez and CIA operative Lana Valenciano down the same deadly path.

Lying in wait is an enemy known only as the General: a criminal mastermind whose uncanny ability to avoid detection while cowing even the most ruthless of rival cartels has made him a legend.

Thrown together on a covert manhunt, Grey and the two government agents race across the Americas to unearth a dark chapter in the history of the CIA that has spilled into the present—and put them in the crosshairs of an underworld puppeteer with a frightening reach.

Layton Green

Photograph of author Layton GreenIn addition to being an internationally renowned mystery/suspense/thriller writer, 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.

Catch up with Layton’s latest news at his website

‘Like’ Layton’s page on Facebook

Become a Layton Green follower at Goodreads

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox 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.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

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!

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    • Hi Cleo,

      You have to like your stories a little on the ‘dark and brooding’ side, if you are going to enjoy ‘Dominic Grey’ at his very best.

      I have long been hooked on the series, with all the books finding their way to my ‘Favourites’ shelf, so I have great hopes for ‘The Shadow Cartel’.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all the books in the ‘Dominic Grey’ series to date. All have earned 5 star ratings from me and places on my ‘favourites’ shelf, which is quite unusual, as 4 star is my normal average rating.

      I admit that overall some of the reviews and ratings have been a little disappointing, but perhaps readers have found the stories a bit more dark and brooding then they had originally anticipated.

      Either way, I love the series and Layton Green’s style of writing.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always look forward to receiving your comments 🙂

    • I am sure I shall Kathy.

      Whilst not a genre that I would like to read on too regular a basis, when Layton sets his character Dominic Grey off on an adventure, you know you are always in for a treat!

      Thanks for visiting and have a great reading week 🙂

  • It’s always fun to have a new book from a favorite author! This series might be a little intense for me (I don’t really enjoy the occult), but I certainly hope this next installment meets your expectations.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I just repled to Kathy, with the comment that this isn’t a genre I would read on too regular a basis.

      In fact, if Layton hadn’t sent through a review request, way back in 2011 for the first book in this excellent series, I probably never would have even contemplated trying the genre in the first place.

      I think I have become addicted to the characater and the excellent writing style of the author, rather than the genre per se! Although all of ‘Dominic Grey’s’ adventures are real page-turners!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, even though this isn’t a book for your own TBR pile, I really appreciate that 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment, even though this isn’t one for your own TBR list. I really appreciate it and hope that you have a good week 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann, I’m sure I shall.

      Layton Green is one of my favourite authors, who never seems to disappoint!

      Thanks for taking the trouble to comment and have a good week 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      I can see from Goodreads that you have read and enjoyed the first book in the ‘Dominic Grey’ series, ‘The Summoner’.

      The series really does only get better and better, so if you do manage to make an extra few hours in the day, installments 2 and 3 are well worth the trouble of fitting in!

      I have great hopes for ‘The Shadow Cartel’ 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

  • A bizarre religious ceremony and a mythical assassin? Sounds like my kind of read.

    Hope you had a good Bank holiday weekend even if like here it was cold and wet.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The weekend weather here in Somerset was pretty mixed, although we did get a few sunny breaks and managed to get in a couple of good walks, in The Cotswolds and down on the Dorset Coast.

      I did check on Goodreads to see if you had ever read and posted a review about any of Layton’s books, but couldn’t find any reference. I really think that the ‘Dominic Grey’ series would appeal to you. Each story is stand alone and takes place in very diverse locations across the world. However, to get the most out of the relationship between Dominic and Viktor, starting the story at the beginning would be the best idea.

      Unfortunately, all my copies are on Kindle, or I would gladly have sent them up to you 🙂

      Thanks for the visit and I hope that all is well with you.

  • Enjoy the latest in the Dominic Grey’ series Yvonne, sounds exciting!
    I know, there are just never enough hours in the day to do it all. I just take my time and try to do what I can without stressing it.
    Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      That’s also the approach I have been trying to take just lately. I’m not sure just how successful I have been, but I have definitely been spending a little less time each day at the keyboard.

      I have become rather addicted to the Dominic Grey series, which is also unusual for me, as I generally tend to come in right in the middle of a series, read a couple of random stories, then move on!

      I really want to make time to read the stand alone story which Layton has written, just as a comparison.

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope that all is well with you and that your weekend is good so far. I have worked all day today, so I am hoping for a stress free, relaxing Sunday 🙂

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