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May 26, 2015

Review: The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green

by Donna Huber

The Shadow Cartel

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.

The Review

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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Book info
available formats: ebook, audio, and print (417 pages)
published: May 2015 by Thomas & Mercer
ISBN13: 9781477827819
genres: thriller, crime
read: May 2015

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  1. This may not be for me, but I'm glad you liked it.

  2. I remember reading a couple of reviews from another blogger whom I've lost track of over past couple of years who raved about Layton Green. I'm interested in Jim Jones and the Guyana camp, so you have my interest piqued. So happy to hear that they are all stand-alones! I love when an author uses a continuing set of characters but allows you to skip around. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. I am curious, so I would keep reading for a bit...thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. Yes, the Jim Jones cult thing has my attention. So, I'd keep reading and will put this series on my list. :-)

  5. I don't think this one is for me, though the Jim Jones thing has my interest. If it were laying around, I'd probably pick it up and start reading, but I'm not sure for how long...

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  6. I lived in Miami for quite a while and enjoy stories set in that city. So I just clicked over to Amazon and added this book to my Kindle. I'm looking forward to reading it soon.
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  7. I decided to skip over your review so I can decide for myself whether this book sounds like one for me. I am definitely intrigued by this man 'known as' John Wolverton although the poaching is potentially putting me off! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week and that I see you at ABEA!
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  8. This is a new to me author but I'm interested and would like to read some more! Thanks for visiting my Tuesday post earlier.

  9. I've read this author before and enjoy his work.

  10. I probably would not read this one. The cult aspect is just too much for me. I hope you like it though, and it sounds as if you already are a fan of the author. Thanks for sharing.

  11. This isn't something I'd be drawn to, but I am happy you joined us and shared your thought.

  12. I'm not sure I want to revisit this situation again, but thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. This is one of those book that I would not have picked up on my own.

  14. I love your enthusiastic review of the book, but I'm not sure this one is for me.