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The Summoner

(Dominic Grey #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,649 ratings  ·  182 reviews
A United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony in the bushveld of Zimbabwe. Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, product of a violent childhood and a worn passport, is assigned to investigate. Aiding the investigation is Professor Viktor Radek, religious phenomenologist and expert on cults, and Nya Mas ...more
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Published December 8th 2010 by First Ward (first published December 6th 2010)
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Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
With The Summoner, Layton Green introduces us to Dominic Grey, a Diplomatic Security special agent with a flair for unearthing dangerous religious cults. His story begins with the disappearance of a US diplomat during a Zimbabwe religious ceremony, but quickly gets darker, stranger, and more sinister with the secrets he uncovers.

Part mystery, adventure, and thriller, this is an exciting tale that grabs hold of the reader early on and refuses to let go. The physical descriptions of Zimbabwe are a
Apr 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie
Gems: It is impossible to turn away from the rituals of the cult and the depravity of its followers. Hidden away in the darkness is something worse than most people have ever imagined. Zimbabwe is mysterious, but grows even more so as the practices, fears and superstitions toy with Western thinking. For those who love plot-driven suspense thrillers, The Summoner will not disappoint. Good and evil are in continual struggle and it seems everyone has a motive to do both. The squeamish will squirm a ...more
Sibel Hodge
Feb 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! The Summoner is a chilling thriller - full of suspense, intrigue, and action. Eloquent descriptions and vivid images give you the feeling you're actually in Zimbabwe. You can taste and smell the country clearly. The writing was engaging from the first page.

I'm interested in Voodoo and the African version of Juju, which is the main premise for this novel, so I found it enthralling and couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a gripping read, you should definitely check this one out. I ca
Joanne Moyer
“Dominic Grey, Diplomatic Security special agent, is serving in Zimbabwe when a United States diplomat disappears in front of hundreds of onlookers while attending a religious ceremony. His investigation takes him into the dangerous world of ancient cults and beliefs. Well written and fast moving this first book in the series kept my attention and made me want to come back for more”
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A crowd of chanting people, a leader in a red robe, a cloud of smoke, and Addison's girlfriend, Taps, who saw it all and who lost Addison in the crowd.

Taps couldn't believe Addison just disappeared.....they had been to other ceremonies such as this, but this one was completely one had ever vanished. The investigation into the disappearance was being led by Dominic Grey. He was being helped by Nya who he knew was smart, but who he also knew had ulterior motives for involving Grey.
Martin Hill
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to classify Layton Green's novel The Summoner, the first entry in his best-selling Dominic Grey series. Part mystery, part suspense thriller, part horror, it crosses genres the way Layton's globetrotting hero crosses international borders. Whatever genre you want to put it into, however, The Summoner remains a damn fine read.

The mystery: Dominic Grey, a Diplomatic Security Service agent working out of the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe, is tasked with investigating the disappearance of a ret
Article first published as Book Review: The Summoner by Layton Green on Blogcritics.

In Harare, the capital city of Zimbabwe, life is often difficult and fraught with danger and hunger. It is here that Dominic Grey finds himself, working in the capacity of Diplomatic Security. Often quick to speak his mind and not always the first to follow rules, he has bounced around on different job. Always a fighter, an expert in self-defense and a practitioner of jiu jitsu, he is not someone you want to mess
Giovanni Gelati
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I read this on my new Kindle; it is the first full length novel I have read on it. I have posted previously that A.J. Pompano’s digital short story was my first use of the device. Overall, the Kindle is an amazing device and tool. I love it! Oh, yeah the novel by Layton Green: this was as much fun and just as amazing as turning the pages with the new machine. I don’t know which I enjoyed more. The originality of the novel, the narrative, the setting, the characters are just mind blowing, this no ...more
William Bentrim
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Summoner by Layton Green

A country in corrupt decay sets the scene for a morally reprehensible Yoruba priest’s deprivations. This blackest of villains is on a quest for spiritual and political power. Dominic Grey, a security agent of questionable pedigree, is his only stumbling block.

Dominic Grey is certainly not the white knight but a more believable, emotionally conflicted hero. He appears to be a man with a moral compass that is undeterred by legal and illegal restraints. While he is not
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Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I did put TWO Five Stars up there. Let me explain why before I delve into the actual book.

I've given out Five Stars before on many different books. Five Stars, to me, means I thought it was a great book and I loved reading it. But giving Mr. Green's The Summoner Five stars and Five stars alone downplays how I felt about this book.

Dominic Grey is working for the U.S. Embassy and finds himself deep in the heart of an investigation involving the occult. Grey battles his own faith as he delve
R. Scott
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. Scary as hell but well written. Layton Green really did his homework on this as far as locations, the Yoruba religion, etc. His portrayal of Dr. Fangwa and "Click clack" was disturbing and intense. I'm really looking forward to reading "The Egyptian."
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I read about this book on another book blog a while back, and it has been sitting on my kindle neglected until yesterday. Fresh from a supernatural book about fairies I thought it seemed like a short-ish hop to bizarre and dangerous cults that embrace spirits and rituals.

When a US Diplomat disappears during a religious ceremony in the Zimbabwean bush there are hundreds of witnesses but no one willing to help the investigation. Dominic Grey works as a diplomatic security expert and is asked to in
Murphy's Library
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
from Murphy's Library — — rated 4 and a half there

Dominic Grey is an investigator that has been given a difficult task: discover what is behind the mysterious disappearance of an American diplomat. Investigating for the Consulate of Zimbabwe he never thought he would find such a result in this mystery.

The Summoner is one of the most well described self-published works I’ve read. The story is extremely fragile to tell, because it has to make the occult understandabl
Tom Walsh
"Summoners were officials in ecclesiastical courts who delivered a summons to people who had been brought up on various charges; the office was prone to corruption, since summoners were wont to threaten to bring people up on charges unless they were bought off." - wiki and "The Canterbury Tales." The Ambassador of Zimbabwe has disappeared. Lawton is very clever here. He introduces three key players, Grey security agent for the missing Ambassador, Viktor, a religious expert and Nya, a local agent ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good but in an offsetting kind of way. There was a lot of issues with the story line but eventually I connected all the strings. The main character to me is still a little odd acting and doesn't do what a normal person would do. I will continue to read this series to figure out if I like Dominic or not.

April Rohrer
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. A new (to me) author, and a unique plot line. I like Dominic Grey, and the story about religion and cults in Zimbabwe was really interesting. Looking forward to reading the others in the series.
Beth Haren
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Love a good suspense book! I recommend that this one be read during the waking hours as opposed to a good bedtime story. Definitely sparked all the childhood fears of the bogeyman. I must now read more of the series to see if Viktor's character is expanded with more depth.
Apr 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away when I read THE SUMMONER. It captured my attention and it felt like I was watching a movie. I was able to see everything that happened because of the vivid descriptions and it made for a really great reading experience. Pick up this book, you won't be disappointed!
Keryl Raist
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, 2017
I love when I stumble upon an author & his writing style is sooo refreshing. Layton Green is that author.

As you know, I love love love reading. This book: The Summoner was AWESOME. Do you hear me, this book was A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

I always wondered about this religion. I know it exists, but I respect it enough to stay clear of it.

The story & character's are very believable. I especially like Professor Victor Radek. He was very enlighting, in regards to Juju. I was not aware it had other names
Blood Rose Books
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
In his debut indie novel, Layton Green takes the reader to Zimbabwe where the government is corrupt and a new old religion has reemerged on scene with dramatic results and even the corrupt government is wondering how much power this religion will hold..

Dominic Grey, has traveled the world but has never found a place that he truly feels is home, as his childhood was not one he would wish on anyone. He is currently station in Harare Zimbabwe with the American embassy to provide investigative suppo
Tracey S Choat
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars

A thrilling experience! This is the first book I've read that the plot is located in Zimbabwe and I enjoyed the descriptions of the area and learning about the traditions and religion of the people. This book is rather violent and there is blood and gore, but it's not over described. I did suspect who the killer was but still was shocked when he was revealed. The main character is well defined. I will read the next book in this series.
Liz Urbancic
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The summoner tells the tale of dark doings in Zimbabwe. I found much of the tale to be dark and disturbing, but well written. The characters are equally dark. I have not yet decided if I will read the next in the series although this book is a compelling tale of the evil men do and of determined men trying to stop them.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was not for me. The descriptions of the demonic ritual kind of events were too graphic for me. I was doing as an Audiobook so that may have been part of it. Just not up my alley. I had to abandon the book. The writing itself was good for what I manage to hear.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit too scary for me

Exciting and we'll written. Well fleshed out characters and settings. But I had to skip some of the more graphic descriptions because I have a very vivid imagination!
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is an intense page turner that has some pretty hard to read animal sacrifice but overall a fantastic book that I could not put down Full review will be posted on The Cubicle Escapee.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. not something I would typically read,but it was the work bookclub selection.
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too evil

This is about an African religion that believes in human and animal sacrifice. Given in graphic detail. No thank you!!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Action packed, suspenseful, informative. Enjoyed this book so much I read all the rest in the series without pause and am so sad there are no more!
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
It really is difficult to believe that this is Layton Green's first foray into the world of thriller writing. In Layton, we have an amazing new talent, together with a strong and instantly established new character, in Dominic Grey.

I should say straight away, that this is not a book for the faint-hearted, or those of you with a weak stomach.

I suspect there has been great thought about Dominic and his path for future adventures, before Layton has taken pen to paper, with the result being a charac
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Layton Green writes in multiple genres and is the author of the bestselling Dominic Grey series, the Blackwood Saga, the Preach Everson novels, and other works of fiction. Layton's work has been nominated for multiple awards (including a two-time finalist for a prestigious International Thriller Writers award), optioned for film, and has reached #1 on numerous genre lists in the United States, the ...more

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