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The Egyptian (Dominic Grey #2)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  835 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
At a mausoleum in Cairo’s most notorious cemetery, a mercenary receives a package containing a silver test tube suspended in hydraulic stasis.

An investigative reporter tracking rogue biomedical companies is terrified by the appearance of a mummified man outside her Manhattan apartment.

A Bulgarian scientist who dabbles in the occult makes a startling discovery in his under
Kindle Edition, 327 pages
Published August 21st 2011 by First Ward
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Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Dominic Grey and his employer Viktor Radek are private investigators who specialize in cults. They are hired by a biomedical company to find stolen technology that may be a modern fountain of youth. When a team of hired killers appears on the scene, Dominic must not only find the missing technology, but also survive the attacks and figure out who sent them.

When I first started reading this book, I didn't realize it was the second in a series. It wasn't until I looked it up on Goodreads that I sa
Bob Milne
Apr 16, 2013 Bob Milne rated it really liked it
Shelves: archaeology
With his second novel in The Dominic Grey Series, Layton Green not only fulfills the potential of the first volume, he gives me precisely the story I had been anticipating for so long. The Egyptian is a stellar read, one that combines elements of Indiana Jones, Dirk Pitt, Robert Langdon, and Aloysius Pendergast. It nicely balances the conflicting themes of science and religion, teasing the reader with glimmers of each, and maintaining the potential for either one to commandeer the text.

It all be
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
Feb 10, 2012 Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books) rated it really liked it
What I Liked: I spend so much time these days reading paranormal and young adult fiction that I'm amazed sometimes when I get into a book and there aren't werewolves or vampires or fairies. Or teens, for that matter. So this book was kind of like taking a vacation from that world. That was fun for me. 1) If I could only choose one word to describe this book, it would be intricate. There are so many different things going on at once, that I was worried for a bit that I might have trouble followin ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Heather rated it liked it
Last year I reviewed Layton Green's first novel, The Summoner. In it, Green introduces us to Dominic Grey, a former member of the US diplomatic services security. While stationed in Zimbabwe, Grey is drawn into the mysterious disappearance of a US diplomat, and its connection to a ju-ju priest who seems to be able to do the impossible. This year I was lucky enough to be asked to review his next book, The Egyptian.

When I reviewed Green's first book, I said that while I thought there were some pac
Aug 27, 2011 L_manning rated it really liked it
Dominic Grey works for an investigator specializing in cults. Their new case involves a test tube full of a mysterious substance that has disappeared from Egypt. With the help of an investigative reporter, Dominic follows the trail to Bulgaria. Threw a series of twists and turns Dominic and crew try to figure out where the test tube is, what is in it, and why someone wants it bad enough to kill for it.

This book starts off with excitement, and it never really lets up. The action takes you from Ne
Aug 27, 2011 Yvonne rated it really liked it
Domenic Grey goes on his greatest adventure yet…he’s off to Cairo, Egypt to locate a missing test tube which is supposed to be a cure for aging. His client, Al-Miri, claims to have discovered eternal life. If the test tube gets in the wrong hands, it could be a disaster for all mankind.

Grey still hasn’t recovered from his last case in Zimbawe and he’s still getting over the end of his romance with Nya. After their last case, Nya hasn’t been the same and Grey has no choice but to move on with his
Brian O'Hare
Jul 25, 2014 Brian O'Hare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Highly Imaginative Thriller

I had never heard of Layton Green until I came across his first book, The Summoner. If he isn't famous, he should be. All he needs is that elusive break. The Summoner was highly cinematographic and so, too, is The Egyptian. In fact, while the latter contains a great story and an intelligent and complex plot, I'd suggest that the movie would be even better. I say this for two reasons. First, in this book Green is a little too conscious of his actual writing. He's like
Martin Hill
Apr 12, 2015 Martin Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The search for eternal youth and life has been an obsession for mankind since the first humans could recognize their reflections in still water or understand their own mortality. In Layton Green’s The Egyptian, ancient myths of immortality meet modern day biotech’s search for long-term youth and life.

This is the second book in Green’s series featuring Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults. Grey, a former Diplomatic Security Service agent, is hired by an Egyptian biotech f
Mar 17, 2015 Lyssa rated it really liked it
Lots of substance

The Egyptian is a good, meaty read, with believable characters, exotic locations, ancient religions, and a lovely silver thread of humor and humanity.
One willingly goes where our characters go not just out of curiosity but also affectionate.
Fast paced, with a narrative that has you smelling, tasting and loving each new destination. Mr Green throws lots of local flavor giving the reader plenty of material for the mental pictures.
Even though the situation was extreme and unique,
Apr 12, 2014 Vickie rated it it was amazing
Searching for the elixir of life? Watch out for the mace wielding mummy!
After recovering from near death in Zimbabwe, Grey finds himself in Prof. Victor Radek's employment. His first case involves the theft of a vial of liquid from an eccentric Egyptian scientist obsessed with finding the elixir of life. The case takes him from New York to Bulgaria to Cairo where he builds new relationships and alliances. Together Grey and his new friends fight for their lives and come face to face with their ow
Bex Fahey
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first for one main reason. Veronica. What an annoying character! I was physically rolling my eyes every time she said something! Nyah in the first novel was such a good play against Dominic but Veronica was an emotionally needy lead weight in this novel. She merely served to complicate the plot without bringing anything good to it. I think that her character was completely unnecessary and she could be cut out completely and not affect the story at all.

I won this book for free through the GoodReads Giveaway program. I encourage you, if you're interested, to pick up a copy of your own to form your own opinions and review.

When I first cracked opened this book, I commented saying, "The type size is really small..." However, there was a character named Veronica who had me excited and hoping that she was on the "good team" ; usually a character named Veronica is a villain... eh, just proves its an awesome name!

The story did take a little while to s
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
Jul 10, 2014 Yvonne (Fiction Books) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Yvonne (Fiction Books) by: Author Review Request
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"Fascinating Storyline, Intriguing Characters And Non-Stop Action"

I have been eagerly waiting for this second adventure in the `Dominic Grey' series, ever since I was given the opportunity to advance read Layton Green's first book `The Summoner', where we were introduced to this great character.

The final cover art for `The Egyptian' was only decided a couple of weeks ago and is fantastic, much more life and intrigue than the first pass, which can be found on earlier promotional material.

I was su
Aug 27, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it

Who wouldn’t like to stop aging; even possibly regress a bit? Of course you would! And so would the men in Layton’s Green’s newest novel The Egyptian. It’s the lengths these men are willing to go to that separates you from them.
Dominic Grey is working for a man named Viktor who is in charge of religious phenomenology and is getting a crash course in all this “odd.” Odd being a silver tube which was stolen from its maker and given into the hands of someone who shouldn’t have it – ever.
Dominic has
Grace Krispy
Aug 28, 2011 Grace Krispy rated it really liked it
Written by Layton Green, this is the second book in the Dominic Grey series. As with the first book, this story takes you into an incredible new world and offers plenty of information along the way. The details in this story point to thorough researching skills on the part of the author. I found the story quite engaging, although the beginning dragged for me a bit as the author set up the starting points of the various characters. It felt a little disconnected, although I knew it would all flow ...more
Michelle (True Book Addict)
One of the oldest quests in history...the quest for the secret of eternal life. This is the root of The Egyptian. This is a first-rate thriller with elements of history, martial arts, and just the right amount of spy games and conspiracy theories. Think The DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons without all the religious symbolism. All of this is enough in itself, but what I really like about it is that the writing is terrific and the characters are interesting and engaging. Dominic Grey would be a g ...more
Nov 18, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't a fan of the Dominic Grey the lead character because I felt like the author pushed him to be this broken man without giving a reason but I soon realized this was a sequel to another book and Dominic Grey made a lot more since. I loved that the author never once changed Dominic Gray to be this super hero he was a trained former military man who did his best to right wrongs. Dominic Greys employer Viktor Radek I felt could have been the humor needed in the book or at lest someone ...more
My Little Book World
Sep 16, 2011 My Little Book World rated it really liked it
Wow. Layton Green has become the new master of gripping, chilling, and suspenseful stories. His books are fast-paced and grab you right from the start. I have completely fallen in love with Dominic Grey!

Dominic is an investigator working for Viktor, a specialist in religious cults throughout the world. Dominic has just taken on the job of recovering a missing test tube of anti-aging research for a biomedical company. A simple case of suspected corporate espionage soon turns into much, much more
Aug 29, 2011 Al rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, read-2011
Typically a book series will have a formula of some kind. Formula, in this instance, isn’t intended to imply a value judgment, either positive or negative, but some common elements. It takes a sequence of three in math to determine the pattern. It may be a fool’s game for me to attempt to determine the common elements in this series after reading just two books, but I’m going to try to identify them, at least the obvious ones.

Since Dominic Grey’s employer, Viktor Radek, specializes in religion a
Alexis Villery
Sep 06, 2011 Alexis Villery rated it really liked it
Dominic Grey is back for yet another adventure. When a mysterious business-man hires him to find the location of his stolen property, Dominic dives straight in, meeting a New York reporter, a scientist, and teaming up with Victor to solve the mystery. However, things are not what they seem (who would have thought) and reality and myth are entangled in a confusing web of uncertainty. The theme concerning the elixir of life is new and refreshing.

I enjoyed this well-researched thriller. Though this
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Aug 28, 2011 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out rated it really liked it
Layton Green debuted his Dominic Grey series with The Summoner, an terrific thriller that I was impressed by (read my review). The Egyptian picks up where The Summoner left off, as Dominic begins his first case in the employ of academic cult expert, Viktor Radek.

Layton Green’s detailed research is complimented by his creativity resulting in an intriguing premise that embraces biotech development and Egyptian cult worship. The Egyptian is a fast paced story as Grey
travels from the US to a tiny vi
Aug 27, 2011 Cherie rated it it was amazing
Layton Green thrills with his second Dominic Gray novel, The Egyptian.

Dominic Gray, now working for Professor Viktor Radek, accepts a case of corporate espionage to discover some things are much more mysterious and ancient. His search for the culprit leads him and a beautiful reporter to Bulgaria and a biotech company specializing in anti-aging. When the same people who hire him try to kill him and his friends, they flee back to New York City and then Egypt to search for a liquid that rivals the
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
I think i found one more new favorite series! XD

So for those who haven't read my review of The Summoner (tsk tsk!), i will talk a little about the style of the book which hasn't changed. The Egyptian, is a mystery thriller story, where Dominic Grey and Victor Radek are working as private investigators on religion cults. Now now, don't be "oh it's religion..and will destroy what we know as Dan Brown" and stuff like that. Nothing like that my friends. Is a mystery, where (until know) try to find
Lisa  Emma Kilgariff
"All of this, he thought, all of us: the saintly and the damned, the genetic mutations and the flawless, the sparkling stars of society and the forlorn crust of the world, forgotten, doomed and legion. We have this ineffable gift of life, and we will never understand it. But we are here, we are alive, we are eternal for every minute of the day."

This is what you get when you combine Indiana Jones with Ludlum’s Jason Borne; high octane action from scientific discoveries breaking ethical boundaries
Aug 28, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"While death and darkness girdle me I grope for immortality." — Lionel Johnson

after resigning from his job as Diplomatic Security Agent and leaving Zimbabwe, Dominic Grey teams up with Religious Phenomenology Professor Viktor Radek. their new assignment takes them from Manhattan to Bulgaria and to a mysterious desert region of one of the world's great cradles of civilization - Egypt.
meeting Grey and Viktor for the second time was like a reunion with old friends. catching up with their latest exp
Aug 29, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Dominic Grey, previously a government worker and before that a champion jiu-jitsu fighter, is now working for Professor Viktor Radek on private detective cases frequently involving religious mysteries and the occult. His first case seems straight-forward enough–retrieve a vial stolen from a biomedical company in Egypt. But there’s more to this biomedical company than meets the eye, and Dominic soon finds himself racing around the globe from New Jersey to Bulgaria to Cairo in an attempt to unrave ...more
Aug 27, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
After having read The Summoner, I was really excited to see what The Egyptian would be like. I am absolutely astounded at just how much more amazing The Egyptian is. Don't get me wrong, I really liked The Summoner but I really really enjoyed The Egyptian, there was just so many layers to it and it was so well written that I couldn't help but fall in love with The Egyptian.

Layton Green is an absolutely brilliant writer. The descriptions are fantastic, the dialogue is extremely clear; the informat
Murphy's Library
Aug 27, 2011 Murphy's Library rated it it was amazing
After The Summoner, Dominic Grey, still a private investigator, but now working with Viktor, receives a new mission: to recover a test tube who is supposed to have inside the cure for time, a strong thing that can stop the aging proccess. As a Pottermaniac, I couldn’t stop remembering Flamel and his Philosopher’s Stone, and that’s a great way to start a book: remembering good ones.

Older, Grey seems to still live in the past, not really letting go of Nya, his former relationship from book one. Bu
Wendy Cantu
Three-Sentence Summary:
Special Agent Grey (from The Summoner) is now employed by Professor Radek in his cult investigation agency (that’s the best way I can describe it). He’s hired by a mysterious businessman to retrieve a test tube stolen from Cairo biomedical laboratory – although he’s given few details about what it is. Grey’s investigation takes him to Bulgaria (with an overly-ambitious tag-along reporter) where he meets a scientist and discovers the test tube contains the secret to life an
Keryl Raist
Aug 27, 2011 Keryl Raist rated it it was amazing
I'm about to make a pretty bold statement here. Layton Green's The Egyptian is the strongest, best written indie book I've ever read. Now, it's not my favorite indie book, I prefer a bit more humor in a book, but the basis of pure technical writing skill, on the ability to craft a story and have it hang together, The Egyptian is the best one I've seen so far.

What makes the Egyptian so great?

Let's start with the characters. Dominic Grey, the leading man, is back from The Summoner, older, and a bi
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