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 Summoner is a stylish, haunting novel of mystery and suspense that will linger long after its ending.
©2013 Layton Green (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"The Summoner is one of those books that make you want to turn on all the lights in your house and lock the doors.... The settings are authentic and you can feel and smell the countryside.... This is a wonderful read for those who enjoy both suspense and action stories." (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Thomas More on 30-08-15

Something repulsive about this experience

I was underwhelmed by the wooden characters and nonsensical plot. Even worse, there was just something ugly and empty about it. I can't stand books that place women in positions of torture like this for purposes of supposed literary entertainment. My stomach was upset by the whole experience. Narrator Peter Berkrot gives a decent effort, though he tends toward melodrama.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 29-01-17

Lackluster writing

The background of the Obeah magic was really well researched and authentic. I found the writing to lack depth. I never had the feeling that the book was other than an adapted screenplay, except for the backstories, which were interesting. Hard to maintain interest in the main character. That gets better in the last third. Peter Berkrot's performance is fine, he's a master narrator and he did his best with this book. I just didn't like the writing, I found it dull and inert. The setting and background of the story however, are superb, so it isn't a complete waste of time.

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