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The Diabolist (The Dominic Grey Series) by [Green, Layton]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in The Dominic Grey Series (4 Book Series)
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Layton Green is the author of the Dominic Grey series. Please visit him at at www.laytongreen.com for additional information on Layton, his works, and more. You might find him in the corner of a dark and smoky café in Bogotá, researching the next Dominic Grey novel.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4061 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (4 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AR04IHE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,164 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Diabolist is the third novel featuring Dominic Grey and works well as a stand alone. I haven't read the other two novels but had no problem diving straight into the plot because there's enough back history to cover most of the gaps. Obviously it's best to read a series of books in the proper order but don't worry too much if you haven't it won't spoil your reading pleasure.

I'm a fan of the surreal and the supernatural and The Diabolist mostly worked for me. Fast paced, well plotted and offering some unique twists and turns featuring Satanism, ritual, jujitsu, out of the body phenomenon, magic and organised religion to name but a few. It's all just slightly obscure and close to being unbelievable but this crazy, scary, dark novel is certainly entertaining.

Layton Green moves the plot along with a clever use of different, odd, locations from San Francisco to Whitby as he examines the murders of a satanic elite. Viktor Radek and Dominic Grey, both with their own unique speciality, are the men bought in to investigate and it's probably safe to say they have some 'unusual habits'.

There's a lot to take in. You do need to suspend your belief to stay with the plot. The Diabolist isn't like anything else I've read and please don't think you're going to be reading a 'Dan Brown' or a serious police procedural. You're not. The Diabolist is a fast adventure into weird territory populated by the eccentric and downright 'odd' but it does read well.

One of those strange and quirky novels that's going to divide opinion and harvest varied reviews.
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The Diabolist is the third in a series featuring Dominic Grey, but this is very much a standalone book which only occasionally refers back to things which happened in the preceding stories and certainly does not rely upon the reader knowing what has come before. It is an interesting story, which starts with the strange death of the leaders of various satanic cults, apparently with paranormal intervention and Dominic and his employer, Viktor, set about investigating them.

Although there is an action packed climax, this story, in general, does not move along at a fast pace. However, there is a lot of background information on the supernatural, particularly astral projection, and the history of various cults such as Zoroastrianism and Ahriman. This all gives the impression of being well researched and factual, and the information I was already aware of was certainly based on fact. I have not, however, checked to find out if the author has embellished these facts and in particular I do not know to what extent the cult of Ahriman, which is an essential element in the story, is the invention of the author, or is based on fact. Personally I thoroughly enjoyed all of this as I have always been interested in the supernatural. However, it may not be for everyone.

At the heart of the story is that thorny old question which has exercised the minds of theologians throughout the ages. If God is all powerful then why does he allow evil into the world. Or is there a counterbalancing force for evil to balance the force for good.
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Having initially discovered that The Diabolist was the third of a series, I purchased the other two and read them first. I'm glad I did. I fully enjoyed them, particularly The Summoner with the beautiful Nya and the mysterious Voodoo priest and his frightening powers. Learning to know and love the principal characters, Victor and Grey, I was truly gasping to read the third book in the series, The Diabolist.

The Diabolist is a great story and I truly enjoyed it. In my youth I was a keen fan of Dennis Wheatley and I found many echoes of Wheatley in this book. All of Wheatley's old terms and concepts are here...magus, ipssissimus,astral projection, satanic rituals...but with a highly scientific, modern overlay. I have to say that in sharing the proceeds of his extensive research with his reader, Green sometimes loses the pace and tension that never flagged in the old Wheatley books but Green's own slant, with its patina of cynicism and disbelief, helps make the story all the more credible.

I might also add that if the reader is one who likes to grapple with philosophical and theological issues, there is an extra layer of interest available to him in this book. I am such a reader and, while Green weaves his theological details seamlessly into the story, I found myself at odds with much of what he was saying (or implying.) Nonetheless, my theological views do not detract from what is a fascinating and exciting tale with a truly nerve-curdling climax.

If you're simply reading this review, I urge you to try all three books. All are exceptionally erudite, well-written and, most of all, darn good yarns.
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A good plot line, and I've read the other stories, but maybe I'm too used to the characters, but felt a bit bored, I read as the story idea is always good. The characters Grey and Victor just annoyed me. A lot of reflection back to previous cases, and their angst with life histories. Whilst it's not a good idea to have the characters killed off, life was a little bit too easy. No airport delays, no customs officials and airport police checking gun paperwork. Characters being saved at the last minute.
I don't think I'll bother reading anymore of the series if there are more, I've enjoyed the previous, but as with anything too much enjoyment can spoil.
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