Jun 142013
 
Review: The DiabolistThe Diabolist (Dominic Grey #3) by Layton Green
Published by Thomas & Mercer on Jun 4, 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller
Format: eARC from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

In this gripping thriller, the bizarre murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco draws Dominic Grey and Viktor Radek, private investigators of cults, to the scene. Witnesses claim a robed figure, seemingly able to appear and disappear at will, set fire to the priest. When the leader of another Satanic cult in Paris dies under similar circumstances, the case only grows stranger… and more dangerous.

Convinced that a charismatic New Age prophet is behind the murders, the investigators undergo a perilous journey into the world of the occult as they try to penetrate the prophet’s inner circle. From the catacombs of Paris to London’s nefarious East End, from the haunted walls of York to a monastic fortress in the Sicilian wilderness, the case plunges Viktor and Grey into a vortex of black magic, ancient heresies, and the dark corners of their own pasts.

The Diabolist is a chilling novel that not only pulsates with action and suspense, but also mines a trove of fascinating historical, philosophical, and paranormal research to probe some of our closest held beliefs. From the opening pages to the astonishing conclusion, this latest installment in one of today’s most original new thriller series is not to be missed.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was an action packed story that provides an insight glimpse into the world of religious cults. I was surprised at how much I learned about the way cults work and enthrall people, without feeling religious. While religion plays an important part, there is no preaching about faith, only a view from side at how the system works, and what fanatism can result in.

The two main characters, Viktor and Grey, are almost anti-heroes. They both have strong faults which they are constantly battling with. It creates a unique feel as there is a lot of uncertainty about whether they will accomplish their tasks. A sure outcome is never there, which creates a tense atmosphere within the story. You really have to keep reading to see what happens.

While this is part of a series, each book stands alone quite well. It’s been a while since I read book 2, The Egyptian, almost 2 years actually, and I’ve never read book 1, The Summoner, yet I never felt like I was missing anything important.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read that featured dark characters involved in even darker cults. It is action-packed, and at times violent, but is still relatively clean as most of the impact is pyschological.

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