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‘The Shadow Cartel’ by Layton Green

The next morning Grey took a coffee on his hotel patio, which fronted Lummus Park on Ocean Drive. Nya’s absence felt like a port without ships. He took a jog along the beach to dull the pain of their parting, remembering their long runs together in the cool Harare mornings, dodging potholes and fallen mangoes.

The police had looked a little incredulous at his story, but his connection to Nya and Sekai checked out and, combined with his Interpol liasion badge garnered due to Viktor’s consulting gigs with the organization, secured his release.

Grey had also provided a composite sketch of the assassins, to no avail. He doubted they were in the system, or at least this system.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … Jenn at ‘Books And A Beat’

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘A Daily Rhythm’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for Jenn, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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    • Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for stopping by Fiction Books this week. I enjoy ‘meeting’ new people and always look forward to and appreciate, reading comments and thoughts about my posts 🙂

      Crime story, thriller, cults, the occult … Pick any one, or all of those genres and they don’t really begin to describe the intensity of the ‘Dominic Grey’ series!

      This is the fourth book in the series and can be just as easily read as a stand alone story.

    • Hi Kathy,

      I have not long started reading this one, but so far, so good.

      ‘Dominic Grey’ is straight into the action of his latest case and author Layton Green is extending his winning formula for what makes a good thriller, great !

      Thanks for the visit, it is always good to have you stop by 🙂

  • I had to look back at your previous posts to refresh my memory about this book (and author). While it does sound intense and exciting, I still don’t think it’s a series for me. I don’t mind venturing into the paranormal occasionally, but when it crosses over into the occult I find it far less appealing. I know you enjoy this author, though, so I hope it’s living up to your expectations!

    I’m currently reading two books, something I don’t often do – but one is fiction and the other non-fiction, so it’s not confusing. I’ll take my teaser from the fiction.

    “When he was gone, Dorothea’s tears gushed forth, and relieved her stifling oppression. Then she dried her eyes, reminded that her distress must not be betrayed to her husband; and looked round the room thinking that she must order the servant to attend to it as usual, since Mr. Casaubon might now at any moment wish to enter. On his writing-table there were letters which had lain untouched since the morning when he was taken ill, and among them, as Dorothea well remembered, there were young Ladislaw’s letters, the one addressed to her still unopened”
    – Page 281 of Middlemarch by George Eliot

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am not a huge fan of either the paranormal, supernatural, or the occult – so I tend to be very choosy about the books I agree to read / review, in any of those genres.

      I have been reading Layton’s books for a few years now though and have become a firm fan, not wholly of the story content, but of his style of writing and interpretation of a storyline. He has also built up a great character base in the two main protagonists of the series and watching them grow and develop in their roles, has been much of the reading enjoyment for me.
      You really do have me at something of a disadvantage with the teaser lines you are sharing this week. Not only are you reading two books at the same time, something I really struggle to do – but you are reading from the classics, the British classics at that 🙂

      I have been woefully bad at reading the classics, even though I have vowed to do so on more than one occasion. There just seems to be so little time and there are so many other books I want to read, from so many different genres.

      I particularly like the descriptive qualities of the very first line from your passage. Having a jolly good cry can truly relieve some of the pent up emotions, if only for a brief period. Although what good all those tears actually do for your overall health is very debatable and they are probably as bad for you as the original stress which caused them!

      Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Loreen,

      It is great to have you visit for the first time. I really enjoy meeting new people and I always appreciate any thoughts and comments you may wish to share 🙂

      Many years ago, I used to be quite a fan of the traditional horror story, however since discovering thrillers in a big way, I now tend to stick with that genre through choice.

      When Layton first contacted me about reviewing ‘The Summoner’ which is the first book in the Dominic Grey series and explained that the storyline included cults and the occult, I have to admit to being a little sceptical. However now, three books later and with Dominic about to set out on his fourth adventure, I am well and truly hooked on both the character, the storylines and Layton’s excellent writing and delivery style.

      I hope that you will be too 🙂

    • Hi Olivia,

      It is great to have you visit for the first time. I really enjoy meeting new people and I always appreciate any thoughts and comments you may wish to share

      Dominic Grey is now on his fourth adventure and yes, they have all been incredible so far. Each case has tested his strength of both mind, body and spirit to the very limits, as he has discovered more advanced and dangerous cults and sects, than he ever thought possible.

      If you search Layton Green by author at the top of the page, you can check out my thoughts about the first three stories and see what you think 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I’m sure that if Layton Green’s books of the ‘Dominic Grey’ series, were ever adapted for film, they would certainly give Dan Brown’s ‘Robert Langdon’ series a run for its money … the stroylines really are that good!

      It’s funny, but one of my regular fellow bloggers Kelly, who comments above, feels exactly as you do about watching more films in this genre, rather than reading the books. I’m not too certain where I sit in this debate, although I do know that I would only ever do one thing or the other, either watch the film or read the book, but never both!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and thoughts 🙂

    • Hi Sarah,

      Layton Green writes so much more than a straightforward thriller and I am always on the edge of my seat, long before the finale.

      It was great to have you visit today 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I haven’t had the chance to read much this week, so I am not really too far into the story yet. However it is definitely shaping up to be another great case for Dominic Grey, who generally has to display both his mental and physical strength, in order to outwit the bad guys 🙂

      My weekend wasn’t too bad at all and I hope that yours was likewise.

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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