The Egyptian

The Egyptian

by Layton Green


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“Stirring and imaginative, with an engaging premise that is briskly paced. Both the characters in the story and the reader are in for a wild ride.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The King’s Deception

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477805091
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Series: Dominic Grey Series , #2
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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The Egyptian 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Soooz More than 1 year ago
BOOK REVIEW: THE EGYPTIAN by LAYTON GREEN. What have I missed? Damn this is a good read, it stands alone, yet I am now aware that another book 'The Summoner' exists encompassing the same pivotal character, Dominic Grey. I had no preconceptions when I began reading "The Egyptian" and at that point had not read any of this fine authors previous work, rest assured that is about to be rectified. I base my reviews on several very simple yet intrinsic parameters. Plotline. Characterizations. Dialogue. Research. And the ever illusive X factor.that strange compelling thing that makes a work un-put-down-able! So last things first.The X factor? Was it present in The Egyptian? By the truckload! The pacing is almost breathlessly fast, and the superb writing grabs the reader by the throat and holds them in its grip until the last sentence ends. And.Then? This reader went online scrounging frantically to find more books by this author.I'm smiling 'cause I now have a copy of "The Summoner" to look forward to. But I digress. "The Egyptian" is fascinating on many levels; it has a psychological jolt that makes you wonder just how you would react given the opportunity to access "the Elixir of life." Author Layton Green permits his characters to explore their own values and integrity when confronted with the reality of the factual existence of the mythical Elixir. He doesn't spare the characters from self-destructing by greed. The characterizations are crafted with a clever and intelligent pen. Author Green makes you care for the central character of Dominic Grey, by making him worthy of caring about, yet not infallible by any stretch of the imagination. Grey is a mystery to everyone but himself, with a vulnerable underbelly that he shields as best he can. In this novel he harkens back to a female that I believe appears in The Summoner.his feelings and memories of her are very strong.that doesn't mean that he isn't attracted to Veronica, who is in search of the "Story to end all stories." Her job as a freelance journalist has her scrambling to follow Dominic as he travels to Bulgaria on his mission to locate the "Elixir." Enter Stephan and threats to the lives of all three of them as the nightmare investigation begins throwing mutilated bodies in their path. The research is impeccable; cleverly utilized descriptions take the reader from the streets of Manhattan, to villages in Bulgaria, to the endless fascination of the land of Egypt. I walked the bazaars, tasted the sand, and felt the sun scorching my limbs; such is the power of the description used by this author. That alone makes this a stand out book, yet when I factor in the believability of the plot, the beautifully drawn characters, the dialogue which is flawless.well I just keep finding more reason to give this work five stars. I love it when I find an author whose next book I can't wait to read. Layton Green has me as a fan... hook, line and sinker. If you love a fast paced, well written, and exciting read, you can't go past this one. The Egyptian has become my favorite read so far in 2011.
GeekyGirlReviews More than 1 year ago
Just like the first book in this series from the very first page I was drawn into this book and could not put it down. This one is just as good as the first. Very well written and this series so far keeps you on the edge of your seat .If you like mystery/suspense then you should read this one.
boomr More than 1 year ago
The Summoner, Layton Green's debut novel, was all anyone could want from a thriller, with its lush description of an exotic locale, its fast pacing, its dark subject matter, and its believable, yet conflicted, central character. It was a mature novel, something complete, thoroughly researched, and written by an author who has clearly found his voice. But The Egyptian is even better. The exotic locales are multiplied, the action is intensified, and the pacing prevents the reader from putting the book down. Drawing from The Summoner's precedent of using unusual settings, The Egyptian's plot takes the reader to Venezuela, Bulgaria, and the desert sands of Egypt, as well as more familiar locations like Manhattan. New characters (recurring? I hope so) are introduced to play off of the brooding crusader in Dominic Grey (who matures as a character with more backstory) and the enigmatic absinthe-addicted professor in Viktor Radek (who continues to get curiouser and curiouser). Like in The Summoner, Layton does a great job of dealing with a seemingly supernatural subject in an entirely believable manner. Is it magic? Is it science? Is it a bit of both? The Egyptian takes this to a new level, grabbing the fantastical subjects of the Fountain of Youth and The Mummy, and pulling them into the world of the here and now. They're no longer subjects for a Bela Lugosi movie requiring suspension of disbelief; they're now subjects that anyone could see being the results of a pharmaceutical company's diabolical plans to improve the profit margin. The only bad part of this novel was that it ended with my knowing that the third in the series is still a few months away from being published. Write faster, Layton. We're waiting.
John_RS More than 1 year ago
I have been looking forward to Layton Green's follow up to his suprisingly good and refreshing book, the Summoner, and I was not disappointed. The Egyptian is a great sophomore showing by Green. As with the Summoner, Green shows his ability to meld the supernatural with the scientific, keeping the premise of his book firmly planted in the realm of possibility. Green's wonderfully descriptive writing demonstrates his fine eye for detail and that Green meticulously researches both the topic of his work and each place where the characters visit. While the plot driver of the "fountain of youth" is not a new one, Green tells it from a refreshing new perspective, delving not only into the search for the fountain of youth, but why, in theory, the elixir from the fountain would work. During this search, we catch up with our old friends Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek and meet some new ones as well. As with the Summoner, Green does a great job of developing his characters and their respective backgrounds. With Green's penchent for sharp editing, developed characters, and well thought out plot, I can't help but look forward to Green's future books.
djreader More than 1 year ago
Green has another winner! Dominic Grey is back in business!. The Egyptian is the perfect mix of action, mystery, and romance. Green's impeccable style is repeated in this, the 2nd of the Dominic Grey novels. If you have read "The Summoner" you will not be disappointed. If you have not, don't worry, "The Egyptian" is a great stand alone novel. Wonder where Grey will turn up next?? djreader
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
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 begins with a clandestine hand off of stolen goods in the City of the Dead, a mysterious test tube contained within a ridiculously well-protected box. Before long, Dominic Grey finds himself hired by the CEO from whom the substance was stolen, not to recover it, but simply to determine where it was taken. It's an odd case right from the start, marked by an eccentric Egyptian gentleman in green robes, with an ornate golden disk around his neck. The obscure mythology connected to that disk, and the historical secrets it leads Viktor Radek (Dominic's employer) are half of the story, paired with the very real science of aging and immortality that lies behind the test tube. This is a story of conflicted loyalties, tenuous alliances, and more than one betrayal. Green takes us across the world and back, from the streets of Manhattan, to the sands of the Sahara, to the mountains of Bulgaria. While the story moves too quickly to really get us involved in the settings, the details are more than sufficient to help carry us along. The juxtaposition of mummies in a Manhattan park, religious cults in a high tech science lab, and well-armed goons in the depths of a desert cave creates an excitement all on its own, while playing with the story's themes. In terms of storytelling, this second book is a bit more accessible, marked by multiple POV characters. It allows Green to expand the story and to add some much-appreciated depth, without straining the credibility of Dominic's travel. We see a bit more of Victor, a man whom I suspect could carry a story on his own, if given the chance, and are introduced to the likes of Veronica (a UN investigative reporter), Jax (an ethical sort of mercenary), and Stefan (a scientist full of secrets). There's a great mystery at the core of the novel, and Green maintains the suspense throughout, never tipping his hand until the very end. There's a lot of action and adventure as well, of course, which keeps the pacing tight. Behind all of the mystery, the action, the adventure, and the romanticism is a very serious exploration of life, death, and what we'll do to keep the two as far from one another as possible. Nearly all of the main characters are haunted by the death or sickness of a loved one, providing them with motives and justifications that blur the line between hero and villain. If you're up for a solid adventure that has a bit more brains than your average thriller, and appreciate a hero who is strong, realistic, and vulnerable, then give this series a shot - you won't regret it.
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vvb32 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable thriller with a few story lines that intersect well. Issues of aging and Egyptian folklore come into play. I liked the action and martial arts scenes. I could totally see them with the descriptions and moves. Also, this book kept me wondering who or what was that bandaged mummy-like presence through to the end of the book.
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BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
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 and cults, it is safe to assume obscure or offbeat religious practices play a part in the story. Most of each book takes place in an obscure corner of the world, at least for those from English speaking countries who are most likely to be reading the books. As you might guess, "The Egyptian" takes place in Egypt, both Cairo and other locations. A significant portion also happens in Bulgaria. Last, you can expect you'll learn at least a little, in some way. Part of this may be increasing your vocabulary. I complained in my review of "The Summoner" that Green sometimes seemed to use obscure words because he could, not because they were needed. This time around it didn't seem as extreme, but you should still expect to refer to your eReader's built in dictionary a time or two. In "The Egyptian" you'll also get a feel for the geography and history of both Egypt and Bulgaria. However, the most important part is the story. Green knows how to tell a suspense-filled tale. That it largely happens in foreign locations and cultures only heightens the effect, as most readers are that much more off-balance, unable to predict what might come next. As I get deeper into the series and feel like I know Dominic Grey better, I like him more and more. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
shelleyrae More than 1 year ago
w 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 village in Bulgaria and an oasis in the middle of the Sahara Desert in pursuit of the truth about the contents of a stolen vial that Grey and Radek were hired to find. Yet this story is more than an action packed thriller, its also an intelligent and tightly plotted mystery. While Radek remains elusive on a seperate case for most of the story, Grey is paired with investigative journalist, Veronica Brown and scientist, Stefan Dimitrov. Veronica follows Dominic to Bulgaria sensing a story that will help boost her career and the two become involved during the course of events. Stefan is initially the target of Grey's investigation but circumstances result in him joining Dominic and Veronica after an assassination attempt. The author continues to develop Grey's character making much of his internal conflict between the violence he is capable of and his reluctance to resort to it, even when his choices are limited. Grey is also struggling with the collapse of his relationship with Nya and his attraction to Veronica. I was hoping to learn more about Radek but apart from glimpses here and there he remains a mysterious figure. If I was to be picky, I don't think the writing isn't quite as sophisticated as in The Summoner, sentences seem shorter and sharper and it's not quite as descriptive. However Green has put more thought into his character development and the plot remains strong and exciting. As a successor to The Summoner, The Egyptian proves that Layton Green is a talented storyteller who has created an exciting and orginal series. I am already looking forward to Dominic Grey's next adventure.
1000-Plus-Books-to-Read More than 1 year ago
My Blurb: Dominic Grey is starting his first case under his employ of Viktor Radek, a private investigator specializing in Cults, and can't help but to feel unease as his Client appears to be more than he seems. His job is to find a test tube that was stolen from an Egyptian Bio-Tech Firm and retrieve it. As Dominic delves into the case of the missing test tube he finds more than he bargained for and suddenly the hunter is being hunted. Time is running out for Dominic and his crew as the sands of time fall. Lets Talk About It: Layton Green does it again! If I could use one word and one word only to describe this book: CAPTIVATING. I was hooked within the first few pages and thrown into Dominic Grey's world and what a world it is. If you haven't read the first book in this series, The Summoner, I suggest you do so. While both are solid stand alone books you'll understand the background of the characters and some of the references in The Egyptian much better. That and they are just fantastic books. The Egyptian is another mystery book surround aging, bio-tech firms and the elixir of life. Dominic, of course, finds himself mixed up in between the two warring sides fighting to retrieve a test tube of this anti-aging elixir. Along the way he adds a reporter to his side and befriends the very scientist who stole the test tube from the client who hired Grey. Add to this mystery a heavy dose of betrayal and you've got quite a ride in this book! Melissa Reviewer for 1000 + Books to Read
aobibliophile More than 1 year ago
"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 exploits and hearing about how things have been since they survived the horrors at the hands of the N'anga was a most welcome diversion for the good part of one weekend afternoon. Viktor is as enigmatic as ever and more of Grey's past is revealed in bits and pieces. new characters are introduced as well and i wonder if i will get to see more of them in the next book(s). author Layton Green is in his top form again as he follows up the success of his first Dominic Grey novel The Summoner . he whips up another well written, intelligent and fast-paced story by combining science, technology, myths and archeology and liberally sprinkles it with enough thrills to make you beg for more!
l_manning More than 1 year ago
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 New York to Bulgaria and then on to Egypt. I enjoyed that. There were also many surprises, which made for some fun. I enjoyed the combination of science and the discussions of different cults. Some of the most interesting parts for me involved the discussion with the Egyptologist. That was fascinating. Dominic was an interesting character, but I felt like I was missing something about him having not read the first book in the series. I liked that everyone seemed to be a little grey. There were many reasons for the people doing what they did, and it was all very complex. I was slightly disappointed in the end, but overall I thought it was a good book. There is mystery, action, and adventure. If you have an interest in Egypt or in the science of aging, you will also find things of interest in here. So if you're ready for a fast-paced story with lots of intrigue, definitely pick up this book. Book provided by author for review.
AFStewart More than 1 year ago
The Egyptian is an engaging blend of corporate espionage and paranormal conspiracy wound together a tense, gripping thriller. It has a tight, well constructed plot, engaging characters and did a nice job of pulling me, the reader, through to the end while retaining that air of mystery. I liked the book and found it a compelling read. The characterizations in this novel are excellent, bringing vigorous personalities to life with both strengths and flaws. All the individuals portrayed are absorbing as they play their parts in the taut cat-and-mouse drama of the story. And I appreciated that the romance subplot was built without the overkill of the typical "damsel-in-distress" mentality. I enjoyed the subtle undertone of the arcane in the book. It never develops into a full-blown paranormal, but maintains its hint of the unknown enough to keep the reader intrigued. The author walks the fine line between realism and fantasy expertly. Also, the plotline was logical, flowed with a good pace and the science was worked in to the story without boring the reader. A few times I thought the book was headed into standard thriller territory, but the plot never became overly predictable. The ending was an especially nice surprise, avoiding any inevitable showdown clichés. The Egyptian is an entertaining, fully satisfying book that kept my rapt attention from start to finish.
murphyslibrary More than 1 year ago
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.
YvonneReviews More than 1 year ago
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 life. He delves into his work with Viktor and devotes himself to helping Al-Miri. He had no intentions of finding romance, but that's exactly what happens when he runs into the beautiful journalist Veronica. She manages to get herself in the middle of the investigation. This could be the biggest story of her career. She won't let anything get in her way, not even her attraction to Grey. Grey and Veronica do not have much time for their developing romance as friends turn into enemies, scientists are being murdered and religious cults could be taking over. They race against the clock to discover what's really behind Al-Miri's motives and stop him before it's too late. This is the second Domenic Grey thriller by Layton Green and it's guaranteed to take readers on a roller coaster ride they won't soon be forgetting. The story absorbs the reader into the adventure and takes you to another land, leaving readers breathless and anticipating what will happen next. The book did tend to get a bit too technical for me, but that didn't stop my enjoyment of it. Layton Green has done his research and it shines through on each page. I was delighted when the author asked me to review this book and will be anxiously awaiting the next installment of the Grey adventures. These books each stand alone, but it's more fun to read them together.
Blodeuedd More than 1 year ago
Posted on my blog Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell by my guest reviewer *Squee* Remember how a while back I reviewed Layton Green's The Summoner? Remember just how much I loved it and recommended you read this book too? Well a while back B. was contacted by the author to do a pre-release of the author's latest book: The Egyptian. Let me tell you, I was one happy happy woman when she got me that request. Needless to say I got right down to reading, but the knights put me of from writing the review. So here I am with my notebook full of squee about this book. Let's see if I can get you to squee right along with me. To tell you the truth, this book is not a girly, squee, romantic kind of book. It's quite the thoughtful and scary story, full of details of myths and history, occultism, background and world building, and a mystery to rival The DaVinci Code. Remember Dominic Grey? In The Summoner he worked for the Diplomatic Service, but since then he started working for our other hero: Professor Viktor Radek, who specializes in religious phenomenology. Basically, he consults high ranking clients on dangerous, obscure cults. Grey is James Bond to Viktor's Indiana Jones and together they make one heck of a team. This time the mystery involves a mummy. Alright, I'm kidding. There is a mummy but the mystery goes much deeper than that. Initially Grey and Radek are hired by an Egyptian company to locate stole research on something oh so interesting - I'll let you find that out for yourself - but it isn't long before they run into a dangerous cult and things get real interesting real quick. You know how cults, religion and science make a very bad mix? Well you ain't seen nothing yet! Like in the first book there is a lot of information in this book. There is a lot of background on myth, history and the occult and cults (and the cult featured in this book actually made my skin crawl). The flow of information in this book is well balanced by both the story and the characters. Grey is just as interesting and rogue as in the first book and Radek is just as mysterious. While they are the main characters in this story, they are supported by a well-balanced cast. These characters are not just your average story characters. They are complex, interesting and mysterious. The author gives you just enough to keep you wondering as to what they role in the story really is. One character I found most interesting was Veronica. The setting in The Egyptian is breathtaking. Layton knows how to write the characters' surroundings in such a way that it almost feels as if you're actually there. Just like in The Summoner this story takes you places: from Egypt to Eastern Europe. It's nice to see a setting that doesn't feature America predominantly. The Egyptian is a rare gem that puts the DaVinci Code to shame. It's a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, makes you want to grab your teddy bear and hide under the covers just as it keeps you from putting it down because you want to know what happens next. I sure hope this author keeps writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago