PEOPLES TEMPLE AGRICULTURAL PROJECT, NORTHWEST GUYANA
NOVEMBER 18, 1978
The man known as John Wolverton cocked his head at the sound, a faint thwap that echoed through the vines and trees. He reasoned the shot had come from a poacher's rifle.
I absolutely LOVE Layton Green's stories. The Shadow Cartel is the third Dominic Grey book I've read (there are 4 in the series, but I haven't read the first book). Each book stands alone with just mentions of previous "adventures".
Though this story starts in 1978 it is just a flashback. It is a flashback to the Jonestown massacre and plays an integral part to the bad guys in this story.
Dominic Grey is called to Miami by his true love Nya (we meet her in book 1 - The Summoner) who has come to claim the body of her cousin. She wants the people responsible found and Grey is the man to do it. Grey is pulled into the darkest corners of the narcotics cartels along with DEA agent Fred Hernandez and CIA operative Lana Valenciano. Grey's esoteric professor of religion boss is aiding the investigation from the safety of a Switzerland asylum. Though with these bad guys around no where is safe.
I love the cult aspects that Green's novels bring into to the ordinary crime story. It is this psychological element that truly makes these thrillers so awesome. Oh and Dominic Grey is a total hotty with a very troubled soul. You will want to take him home and "fix" him, particularly by the end of The Shadow Cartel.
Green's writing is concise yet eloquent. He brings his characters off the page and into the hearts of readers. There is a danger when reading one of Green's novels. You don't want to put it down and that "one more chapter" turns into up half the night reading. I tried to prepare myself for that by spending the afternoon reading and, well, I only stayed up a couple of hours past my bed time.
If you like thrillers full of twists and turns and you aren't sure if this is the end of the line for the main character, then you MUST read the Dominic Grey series and like I said at the beginning they stand alone so you can start with The Shadow Cartel.
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available formats: ebook, audio, and print (417 pages)
published: May 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
genres: thriller, crime
read: May 2015
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