Green really enjoys traveling and has gone all over the world, visiting at least fifty countries in his zest for traveling. Green has also not only toured these countries but lived in a few of them.
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He has said that he wants to see everything that the world has to offer and this is his plan, as he has a desire to see every street, castle, cemetery, city, beach, country, and more. He would like to go to every far-flung dot on the map and he has also been interested in such things such as religion, cults, and the spiritual and the supernatural as well.
Green has always liked to travel and learn about different things. He has also had fifteen years of training in the art of Japanese Jujitsu. He created the popular character of Dominic Grey for his series by combining his interests in jujitsu and spirituality as well as travel. The result simply came out and the rest, as they say, is history.
The series has done quite well and continues to be a hit with readers. Green is the proud author of the Dominic Grey series. The debut novel in this series was The Summoner and it was quickly followed by The Egyptian two years later. He is also the author of the Blackwood series. This series was first released in The debut novel in the series is titled The Brothers Three. It was followed by the second exciting book in this fantasy series that was titled The Spirit Mage. Green also writes more than just series. He is the author of a few standalone novels that include the book The Metaxy Project.
He currently resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and his son. Dominic Grey is his first series. It begins with The Summoner. Dominic Grey is the main character and the namesake of the series. He works as a special agent in the field of Diplomatic Security for the government. He has traveled all over the world working in his field, and he is very good at his job. Grey has a pragmatic attitude and the capacity to handle the demands of his job, and his passport is very well-worn. When a diplomat for the United States suddenly disappears right in front of a crowd at a religious ceremony in Zimbabwe, Grey is called upon to look into it.
There were hundreds of people there at the ceremony, and yet no one saw it happen.
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The thing about it is that he will also be working with a number of specialists in this case and together they will try and investigate to reach some positive results. Dominic is going to be working to find the diplomat along with Professor Viktor Radek and Nya Mashumba. The professor is a religious phenomenologist who studies cults for a living.
Mashumba is a local government liaison that is more or less keeping an eye on things. Want to find out what happens? The Egyptian is the second book in the Dominic Grey series. It was released in The main character in this novel is once again the dynamic and haunted Dominic Grey, special agent. The Shadow Cartel is riveting and fast-paced, while still being moving, well-researched and as always, beautifully written.
Sep 30, Shaunda rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite , Well I'm hooked, The Shadow Cartel was a darn good read. Excellent job Layton Green! I was saddened by the ending. Oh who knows, but I tell you what. I'll surely find out. How is that one might ask, yep you know it. By reading the next novel. The Resurrector. So with that being said, I hope you liked my review because I sure liked composing it. Layton Green, I hope you have something else in the works.
Because you cannot leave me hanging out here, fiening for the next Dominic Grey adventure. Nov 16, Ron rated it really liked it. Good story with Lots of action and adventure. Interesting story about cults,dark magic and a lot of globe trotting around the world. What I Loved: 1 The religious and mythological aspects. Green does a fantastic job weaving these in and making them believable and I love learning about religions and myths. I was a philosophy and religion major at college and I've always loved myths.
The premise of the series involves cults and religions so I was sold right from the first book. He's well aware of his flaws and weaknesses and tries not be a jerk unnecessarily. He owns up What I Loved: 1 The religious and mythological aspects. He owns up to his mistakes and has a strong code he lives by. He tries to do no harm but has no qualms about defending himself or innocents, and has a strong vengeful streak. We have everything from pure white to stark black and every shade in between. Mostly, there's a lot of gray.
Dominic and his employer Viktor often disagree on details but generally agree on the big picture, which is rescuing people from cults and investigating cults. He missed Viktor's experience and steady mind on this case, felt adrift without him. Grey doubted he would ever feel at home in the world of cults and bizarre religions and mysterious phenomena, but that was okay.
He didn't have to be comfortable to make a difference. For Viktor, it's the intellectual challenge he craves: "Your weak spot is solving the mysteries of the universe, Viktor. Putting bastards like this in the ground is mine. That which Viktor craved was the inexplicable, the divine, the pieces of the cosmic puzzle. More than ever, he had grown weary of the evil that men do, and wished only to sink into the mysteries of the world. Grey, as you see, isn't overly worried about obeying the letter, or even the spirit, of the law.
That can present a problem when he's working with officials as he does in this story. Though, these officials are more willing than some to look the other way. What I Liked: 1 Most of the characters are complex and well-developed, with an exception noted in the section below. No one is all good or all bad, everyone has their flaws and their good points, even the major villain. Also, Viktor has had a problem with an absinthe addiction over the course of the series and in this book, it's tackled head on.
His evolution, though it stretched credibility a bit, was mostly believable. That it was anchored in a real world cult tragedy helped. In mysteries, I tend to prefer my endings tied up but I know that in real life that rarely happens. An author who can have the story conclude with those open threads and not leave me frustrated or annoyed has written a good ending. That said, there was an event near the end that was practically the definition of deus ex machina and I was rolling my eyes. And yet, Green nearly ties it into earlier events and gives us a twist at the same time. I didn't see the twist coming and yet the hints were there.
This is another strength of the series. Grey and Viktor travel the world for their research and investigations and you feel as if you are there; the sounds, the sights, the smells. I don't know if Green actually visits his locations or just does an excellent job of research but I never feel as if I'm reading a travel brochure or a Wikipedia article. There are two glaring exceptions - the women, Nya and Lana. All throughout the series, Green's weakness has been writing female characters. They're generally not weak but they don't stand well on their own, most of them need a man to complete them.
Most of them are accessories. The main problem I have is the misogyny and there's a crap ton of it. The women in the books are consistently the victims of rape or other sexual assault and several have also been tortured. Women exist to be raped and seemingly they have to be raped in order to be interesting. I understand that rape and sexual assault happen, often, in the real world, hell, I've been there, and Grey moves in a violent world.
But, if Green can't write strong, interesting, compelling female characters without subjecting them to rape and violence then maybe he should not include women in the series. After the third book, I thought maybe I was done with the series because of the consistent violence toward women. But I gave this book a chance since the series has so many strong points.
Now, I just don't know. I enjoy the stories but I can't condone the violence and the misogyny toward women. Feb 28, Rubina Savage rated it liked it. I've not read a book by Layton Green before. I've given it three stars because it was a good story.
However, it's overlong and a bit complicated. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and places. I didn't find it compulsive reading but I did want to finish it to find how it would end. I'm not sure that the main character will make me want to read more. Jul 01, L. Little does he know that this cartel is run by a man known only as the General. He is invisible to those in the DEA who have been following the rumor of such a monster for years. This character has combined religious ceremony using dark ceremonies as well as mythical assassins to keep the cartel in line and to keep all others away.
He is ruthless but invisible. As the leads tend to create misdirection and the rumors of death by mysterious assassins continue to grow, Grey must rely on every investigation from his past to help them find this elusive yet invisible killer before he can kill again. His mentor is out of commission, yet Grey keeps him informed of the strange and shadowy secrets they are tracking. Viktor is unavailable, but his mind is as sharp as ever, and he helps guide them to connections where there seem to be nothing.
With all the help at his disposal can Grey find the General and keep the deaths from piling up? Can he find the answers behind the mythical assassins before they strike again? Green gives us characters that have guts and a strong survival instinct. They are smart and at times extremely dangerous.
While many of the thugs are just that, they are always controlled by their own fears, and Green gives us that scary individual that hangs out in your nightmares in the form of the General. His character Grey is quite heroic but also very caring about people. Those he cares about have a champion, but those he is after understand his drive, so he is constantly in danger. Green portrayal keeps you guessing. If you enjoy mystery and things that go bump in the night you will enjoy The Shadow Cartel. Dominic Grey is an investigator with heart, and his past as well as his elusive mentor keeps him ahead of many of the situations.
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This would be a great work for a reading or discussion group. I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Ly I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. A somewhat interesting read concerning drugs, religious cults and government agencies. A fast-paced thriller that keeps the tension up quite a bit but never fully delivers on the promise.
Well written characters actually made me cheer for Dominic and plenty of boos for the fabulously-crafted 'The General' and a cast of secondary characters that really do fill out the story well. Having praised those things, the one major reason this didn't score higher for me was the character development of both Lana and Nya. Both could have been strong, tough, independent women - instead the author makes them victims and reliant on men to help them.
There is plenty about Lana, in particular, that screams "tough-as-nails", yet she is left to the whims and fancies of the men in the book. Really could have done without that. Paul ARH Green has added another quality offering to the Dominic Grey Series. This book gets closer to what makes Grey tick and gives more perspective and development of the Grey character.
By giving Grey some strong characters to play off of, including a DEA agent and CIA agent, we really see some of the duality of Grey's existence and why he continues to risk his life for others. As with the previous works, Green has done a masterful job of researching the locations where Grey is required to travel and really brings each location to life.
I am sure it is hard for Green to keep his personal views separate from those of Grey, and I think that really gives us a graphic and gritty portrayal of places where less intrepid adventurers would try to avoid.
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As to the plot, Green, as always, is excellent at staying on point and bringing the Shadow Cartel to an exciting conclusion. Where other authors could easily get distracted by side plots, Green keeps the plot focused and keeps us turning pages late into the night. Radek is a dark and fascinating character who I really enjoy reading about.
However, this is a minor point in an otherwise excellent novel. Dec 16, Martin Hill rated it it was amazing. In Layton Green's first three Dominic Grey novels, former Marine and Diplomatic Security agent Grey and his employer, religious phenomenologist Viktor Radek, investigated religious cults with mysterious and lethal practices.
In his fourth book, The Shadow Cartel , Green's heroes tackle something far more sinister, Latin American drug cartels.
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When his former lover, Nya, asks Grey to avenge the death of her sister at the hands of Miami drug dealers, he becomes targeted by a shadow cartel ruled by a In Layton Green's first three Dominic Grey novels, former Marine and Diplomatic Security agent Grey and his employer, religious phenomenologist Viktor Radek, investigated religious cults with mysterious and lethal practices.
When his former lover, Nya, asks Grey to avenge the death of her sister at the hands of Miami drug dealers, he becomes targeted by a shadow cartel ruled by a mysterious man who simply calls himself the General. A former CIA agent gone rogue, the General uses the religious cults indigenous to Latin American to control the production and distribution of narcotics throughout the Western Hemisphere. Meanwhile, Radek has checked himself into a sanitarium to recover from the emotional turmoil caused by his last investigation as well as his addiction to absinthe.
However, even the sanitarium offers no safe haven from the General. I applaud Green for not sugarcoating the brutality of drug cartels, as recent movies and television shows have done. I also applaud him for creating believable characters with a true sense of humanity. In the previous Grey novel, The Diabolist , Radek's soul was laid bared.
In this book, it's Grey's turn to have his inner demons dissected. Without offering spoilers, after a roller-coaster ride of adventure and action, the ending of The Shadow Cartel is nothing less than heart wrenching. I hope this isn't the last we see of Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek. Apr 21, Carrie rated it did not like it Shelves: adult , And now I'm officially done with this series. Grey is a joke. He's the most lethal person you could possibly encounter, but he has a Heart of Gold and a Conscience and it has Ruined His Life.
I'm so freaking pleased that Lana didn't fall in love with Grey. I'm also so tired of him being female catnip in every book. He is not that great. Male power fantasy from start to finish, so deadly and so irresistible. The "bad guys" finally turn up a woman, but lo and behold it's not just one woman. It's a w And now I'm officially done with this series. It's a whole pack of them that the "real" villain has been "breeding" so they all look the same. The one thing I liked about this book was Radek's addiction finally actually catching up to him. That's a human characteristic in two men that are often very inhumanly perfect.
Before anyone jumps on the "being a high performing drug addict IS a character flaw" bandwagon: no, it isn't. They can take so much and still be Totally Awesome tm. Unless there are consequences for what they do, it's not a flaw, it's a feature. As the fourth book in the Dominic Grey series, this novel brings back some familiar characters including Professor Viktor Radek and love interest Nya, although they are more peripheral characters this time.
I enjoyed exploring deeper into Grey's psyche and history. The story is well paced and thoroughly researched and brings to life the exotic settings of Miami, Mexico, and South America. Green does not hold back any punches in this one, just like his main character. The reader will see what I mean at those certain gut-wrenching scenes, especially toward the end. I am a fan of this series and am looking forward to the next Dominic Grey novel.
For fans of exotic locales, well-written stories and characters, and a glimpse of the dark side of religions and humanity, then I highly recommend not only Layton Green's The Shadow Cartel , but all his Dominic Grey books. Jun 12, Jake Clark rated it really liked it. Wow, what a book! I bought this a couple of months ago as it was on special offer on amazon, I'm mostly into epic fantasy, grimdark and the like but I'm also personally interested in the real life mafia and cartels thus why this book caught my eye.
I truly didn't know what to expect having not read any of the previous novels from Layton Green, and I don't think I'd have known what to expect even if I had which is credit to him. The story is very fast-paced, plenty of action that keeps a reader very Wow, what a book! The story is very fast-paced, plenty of action that keeps a reader very interested, the only thing this book didn't have was humor but then I'm not so sure if it would have suited the characters and their predicament if I'm totally honest.
The story thrives on its great depiction of violence, deep characters and the mystery surrounding the cults and religions that are mostly unheard of which kept me hooked to the final page. I recommend to anybody who enjoys a book filled with action and the highest compliment I can Mr. Layton Green is that this particular book could easily be made into a film. Dominic Grey is asked to investigate the death by OD of a girl who is the niece of his former lover, Nya Mashumba.
His investigation takes him into a world where hard-core drug dealers and cults intertwine and places him squarely in the crosshairs of the man behind the largest and most covert cartel ever. Meanwhile, Viktor Radek has checked himself into a sanitarium, but when he starts investigating based on information Grey has passed along, there are unforeseen repercussions which he must face Dominic Grey is asked to investigate the death by OD of a girl who is the niece of his former lover, Nya Mashumba.
Meanwhile, Viktor Radek has checked himself into a sanitarium, but when he starts investigating based on information Grey has passed along, there are unforeseen repercussions which he must face.
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I have always appreciated the level of character development and research which goes into each Dominic Grey novel. The plot is tight and moves along at a fast, but not rushed, pace. Love it!!! This book takes you on a journey from the smoldering streets of Miami to the sweltering, dank forest of Guyana, down to the majestic ruins and ancient cities of Columbia and Peru on a fast-paced adventure in search of an enigmatic killer.
The main character, Dominic Grey, once again is in hot pursuit of a killer, but this time his religious phenomenologist is abroad and Dominic, utilizes his cohort's knowledge on the occult to track down who is responsible - is this someone or somethi Love it!!! The main character, Dominic Grey, once again is in hot pursuit of a killer, but this time his religious phenomenologist is abroad and Dominic, utilizes his cohort's knowledge on the occult to track down who is responsible - is this someone or something: taking the form of at once a blue assassin and a highly feared drug kingpin.
Dec 13, Susan Kenny rated it it was amazing. I am an avid reader and especially enjoy the added benefit of audio as it truly, in my opinion, creates an entire different entertainment experience that is extremely enjoyable. That, my friend, is an excellent sign of a talented Author. Shadow Cartel was a tough read for me. I had not read any other "Grey" books and this may have contributed to my lack of knowledge. I struggled to keep all of the characters in my head which made determining "who dunnit" practically impossible for me!