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 underground laboratory.
These seemingly separate events collide when Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, are hired by the CEO of an Egyptian biomedical firm to locate stolen research integral to the company’s new life extension product. However, after witnessing the slaughter of a team of scientists by the remnants of a dangerous cult thought long abandoned, Grey and Viktor turn from pursuers to pursued.
From the gleaming corridors of visionary laboratories to the cobblestone alleys of Eastern Europe to a lost oasis in the Sahara, Grey and Viktor must sift through science and myth to uncover the truth behind the Egyptian and his sinister biotech – before that truth kills them.
For fans of Douglas Preston, Steve Berry, Dan Brown and the X-Files.
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. But he needs to move on, and with this mission he starts a great action rollercoaster as he discovers, while working for Al-Miri, his client who wants the test tube back, that friends can’t betray you.
We got fascinating new characters in this book, like Veronica, the journalist who desesperately wants a good history, or Jax, a mercenary. I loved both of them, and thought Veronica was well developed during the whole thing. She starts being a little character but she grows and almost wons the plot as it progress. I loved her relationship with Dominic, even through he was still sad over Nya and they didn’t truly had time to give it a go.
The action soon starts envolving a mummy and a old cult—just the kind of mystery that got our attention with The Summoner—and for this moment the book couldn’t be put down. I love Layton’s writing style and the way he develops his plots. You are never completely in the dark, you got information, but needs to work to get the whole story, and that’s what makes me like his books so much.
The Egyptian was an amazing follow-up and solidified my belief that this is a genre Layton Green really knows how to write. I ended the book already missing Dominic and asking: when can we met again?
If you are curious about this series, go check it out: this weekend, celebrating the release date for The Egyptian, both book in the Dominic Grey series can be bought for $U$0,99. Don’t miss it.