A country in corrupt decay sets the scene for a morally reprehensible Yoruba priest’s deprivations. This blackest of villains is on a quest for spiritual and political power. Dominic Grey, a security agent of questionable pedigree, is his only stumbling block.
Dominic Grey is certainly not the white knight but a more believable, emotionally conflicted hero. He appears to be a man with a moral compass that is undeterred by legal and illegal restraints. While he is not exactly likeable he is admirable.
Viktor is a mysterious, international, professorial enigma. His character was shrouded in mystery. Nya was well painted as a woman on a quest for revenge.
The book illustrated a wealth of mistrust between allies and opponents. The background of Zimbabwe was thoroughly depressing. A smidgen of research leads me to believe the author portrayed the country accurately.
I happen to discuss the book with friends who had visited Rhodesia and then later visited when it was Zimbabwe and they confirmed the negative changes. Another acquaintance who was a policeman in Rhodesia also lamented over the condition of the people and the rampant corruption.
This is not a book for the light of heart, it is frightening and gruesome. It also points out the power of psychosomatic reactions to belief systems. It is not a fun read but it is engrossing.
BTW I read this book on my Droid X using the FBReader from Geometer Plus free application.
I highly recommend the book.
Body of work of Layton Green
Web Site: http://laytongreen.com/