Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Egyptian by Layton Green

The Egyptian
by Layton Green

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Book Excerpt

Published: 2011
Publisher: First Ward
Genre: Thriller
Rating: 5

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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.

Quote to note:
In places like Bulgaria the past and present have melded together, stirred by the spoon of change into an anachronistic stew, soon to be gobbled up by the greedy jaws of progress.
- location 1186, chapter 15

Zombie sighting:
He'd seen more exorcisms than he could count, he'd seen Juju priests induce blindness and boils with a wave of the had, he'd seen Tibetan monks melt snow ten feet from their bodies, he'd seen the drug-induced zombies of Vodun, he'd seen mind readers and levitators and necromancers and fire-walkers and telekinetics and balls of colored air floating through cemeteries.
- location 3082, chapter 37

The Dominic Grey Novels series:
The Summoner
The Egyptian

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): elixir

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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