“Read from June 16 to 18, 2013
Expected publication: June 4th 2013 by Thomas & Mercer
ISBN 1611099846 (ISBN13: 9781611099843)
edition language English
characters Dominic Grey, Viktor Radek
setting San Francisco, California (United States)
London, England (United Kingdom)
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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.
Not having read either the first book The Summoner or second book The Egyptian it was surprisingly easy to follow along with Dominic and Victor's characters, especially since their past was touched upon by the Author in a manner that allowed one to grasp enough of their respective backgrounds to make them solidly fleshed out to the reader of the book.
This is described as a "gripping thriller", it indeed lives up to that name as one follows along with Dominic and Viktor to locales all over the world as they determinedly investigate the initial murder of a Satanic priest in San Francisco that is only the beginning of what could turn into a veritable blood bath unless the perpetrator and his accomplices are not stopped.
Racing against the clock both Dominic and Viktor must face seemingly insurmountable odds as their adversaries are much more widespread than they had first believed as well as motivated to the point of fanaticism. The themes that the author incorporates into this novel are not new, after all the battle between good and evil is one that has been played out many times in different literature. The manner in which author Layton Green approaches this conflict however is one that will lead to questioning ones personal feelings as well as ones beliefs as to what constitutes true evil.
I thoroughly enjoyed the strong contrasting characters, both the leads and the villains the author pitted against each other, in this fabulous richly detailed and well researched suspense thriller. If one came into The Diabolist with no prior knowledge of different branches of the occult or Satanists by the time you finish the story you will have a fairly respectable working knowledge as the author imparts a lot of information pertinent to both that rounds out the who/what/when/why and where in the merging plot lines.
This is a fast paced book that takes a stronger stomach to read as it is details practices that are not meant to create sensationalism but rather add reality to the subject matter that is touched upon as the central story line. It is not that it is so very graphically gory but that these details are brutally realistic in their descriptions of the tortures that the victims underwent prior to their deaths. This also includes the trials and tribulations at the hands of one man who viciously beats both Dominic and Viktor in the course of their separate investigations, these scenes alone will cause you pause as you read his callous disregard for the pain of others.
Now that have introduced myself to this series thanks to the kindness of the author, the publisher and Netgalley am planning on going back and seeking out my Kindle copy of book 1 The Summoner the first break that comes in my reading schedule so can enjoy more of the adventures shared by Dominic and Viktor. These two men are worlds apart in both background and age but share a very compelling need to explore the truth and that leads them as well as the reader into some very interesting territory that would love to pursue further. Hopefully this third book will not be the last in the series.
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[EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]