Friday, August 26, 2011

Book Review: The Egyptian by Layton Green

The Egyptian is a great suspense thriller by Layton Green.

Book Description
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.

The Egyptian reminded me a lot of a Preston & Child novel (which is always a great thing).  The biggest plus regarding The Egyptian is I love, love, love science in my thrillers.  That's why I'm a big fan of Michael Crichton.  He was great at mixing the suspense and the science all up together.

Layton Green was able to successfully mix the science of cellular degeneration with a fast paced thriller.  I love the Egyptian setting, too.  I've been watching Boris Karloff all week.  :)

The Egyptian is the second stand alone book in the Dominic Grey series.  Dominic Grey is an investigator of cults which should make an excellent premise for future novels.  I will definitely go back and read The Summoner now.

If you are a fan of Preston & Child's Pendergast series or books by Dan Brown, I recommend you read The Egyptian.

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3 comments:

  1. I'm excited to read The Summoner by this author. Seems to have the right type of creepy and thriller all wrapped up in one!

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  2. Natalie, I'm looking forward to checking out The Summoner, too.

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  3. I enjoyed the mix of science and suspense as well. The Summoner is quite different, but in a good way. I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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