Dominic Grey and his employer Viktor Radek are private investigators who specialize in cults. They are hired by a biomedical company to find stolen technology that may be a modern fountain of youth. When a team of hired killers appears on the scene, Dominic must not only find the missing technology, but also survive the attacks and figure out who sent them.
When I first started reading this book, I didn’t realize it was the second in a series. It wasn’t until I looked it up on Goodreads that I saw this. There were some references to recent events that I assume were part of the first book, but this one easily stood on its own.
I found the main themes of biomedical gerontology (science related to aging) and the obscure Egyptian myths to be both interesting and a bit confusing. A lot of the discussion went over my head, but it didn’t really affect my ability to understand or enjoy the story. Even if I didn’t get the finer details, the characters were both passionate and believable in their knowledge. It is evident that a lot of research went into getting the details correct.
The only thing I didn’t believe in the story was the romance angle. It felt very unrealistic. The characters involved seemed to go from “lets jump in the sack for one night” to love without any action or emotion.
Overall, this was a very interesting story. It showed a side of Cairo that I would never want to visit, one that was both dark, depressing and dangerous. There was plenty of action and Dominic was both a likable and admirable hero.