I want to thank Keryl Raist, author of Sylvianna, for submitting a recently read post. The book she talks about today is The Summoner by Layton Green.
Here is what she has to say:
What does 87% cocoa dark chocolate and The Summoner, by Layton Green have in common? Both are black, rich, bitter, and exquisitely satisfying if you want something really dark.
The Summoner is a mystery wrapped in a paranormal thriller. William Addison walked into a Juju religious ceremony in the bush outside of Harare Zimbabwe, and never came out. Dominic Grey, a member of the American Diplomatic Mission in has been put in charge of finding him. But, this is Zimbabwe, so he can't just go it alone, Nya Mashumba a shadowy member of Mugabe's Government has been assigned to keep an eye on him. And, to help them thread their way through the maze that is Juju, Professor Viktor Radek.
They rapidly find themselves wrapped in a tangle of religion, superstition, violence, and murder. They'll have to learn to trust each other if they're going to solve the mystery, let alone get out alive.
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 Mashumba, the local government liaison.
What Grey uncovers is a terrifying cult older than Western civilization, the harsh underbelly of a country in despair, a priest seemingly able to perform impossibilities, and the identity of the newest target.
The first work in a globe-hopping series whose protagonists investigate the world's most bizarre and dangerous cults, The Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after the last page is turned. 335 Pages (95,000 words).
Thanks again to Keryl for submitting today's Recently Read post. If you'd like to read more about her and her books you can visit Keryl at her website: www.topublishornotto.blogspot.com
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