Domain Mass Market Paperback – Jun 17 2002
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For those who never leave home without a copy of the prophecies of Nostradamus tucked in their hip pocket, Steve Alten's new thriller is just the ticket. Domain focuses its doomsday scenario on an ancient Mayan myth and sets up an intriguing pair of saviors in Dominique Vasquez, a psych grad student who's an intern at a Florida psychiatric facility, and Mick Gabriel, her first patient. Mick, the son of two famous archaeologists, has languished in the Miami asylum for over a decade after attacking the man who publicly humiliated his father and who now happens to be the American secretary of state. The elder Gabriel believed he had unearthed the riddle surrounding the origins of Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Giza, the desert glyphs of the Nazca desert, the temples of Angkor Wat, and the Mayan ruins of the Yucatan peninsula--and that the answer pointed inexorably to the doom of humanity.
As the winter solstice of 2012 approaches (the day of reckoning prophesied by the myths of the Kukulcan Pyramid at Chichen Itza), Mick enlists Dominique in his effort to save mankind from the apocalypse. Engineering his escape from the hospital, she accompanies him on a desperate search to find his way into the pyramid before the radio message from space, which has already activated a deadly alien weapon buried deep in the Gulf of Mexico, can open a galactic gateway to a world where evil will reign for all eternity. Alten's talent for pacing far outstrips his other writerly gifts. The political subplot is ludicrous, the special effects way over the top, and the villain-in-chief, who happens to be named Borgia, is merely a cartoon. But the story is original enough to pass muster and the past success of similar apocalyptic thrillers bodes well for this one. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
The author of Meg taps Mayan mythology and Old Testament lore in his sci-fi/fantasy take on the age-old battle of good and evil. Archeologist Julius Gabriel is ridiculed when his research shows that ancient wonders like the pyramids, Stonehenge and Angkor Wat were built with extraterrestrial help to play a role in an Earth-based Alien Armageddon on Dec. 21, 2012, the winter equinox. When Julius dies of a heart attack, his son, Mick, attacks Gabriel's main tormentor and former partner, Pierre Borgia, now the U.S. secretary of state, and Borgia has him thrown illegally into a Florida insane asylum. Dominique Vazquez, a part-Mayan psychiatric intern, is assigned Mick's case, but the plan to control him backfires when she reads Julius's journal and joins forces with Mick. She helps him escape, and they rush to the Gulf of Mexico off the Yucatan Peninsula, where evidence supports Mick's claims. As evil alien interference in human affairs triggers disaster, Mick learns he was born to lead the opposing alien forces for good in an apocalyptic battle. Alten's imaginative roles for the pyramids and Peru's Nazca peoples are the perfect springboard for what is set up to be a continuing series grappling with sweeping, Star Wars-like themes. Characters are worthy of the best role-playing games; sorcery aces technology every time; and Alten draws clever parallels with Mayan myths in this ripping space-age yarn equipped with a credible love story and strong Earth-bound side plots. (Feb.)Forecast: Meg had its fans--the novel was a minor bestseller--but not enough to keep sales of Alten's second novel, The Trench, from dipping precipitously (it's notable that Forge makes no mention of that novel in its publicity for Domain). This title is bound to do less well in hardcover than in its eventual mass market edition, which can excerpt any positive reviews.
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If you are a skeptic who can suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride of B-grade science fiction, you might also enjoy this book but don't expect much based on fact.
As basic entertainment it is comparable to an X files show this does ok. but there is not much in the way of facts here. sophomoric interpretations of archeological legends that were explained away ages ago are the underpinnings of a story that's rife with material filched from an undergraduate screenwriting class.
It's a comic book, which is ok as long as you don't expect more. But for God's sake, if you really want to believe that this thing is talking about SCIENCE, you might as well be a member of the Flat Earth Society. If you want to read a thriller set in the Yucatan check out James Brumfields "A Tourist in the Yucatan" Here the author nailed the settings and the science!
Alten's pacing is quick and the tone is taut from cover to cover. Don't peek at the last few pages, because he's still got plot twists cooking until then! His descriptions of people and settings are vivid, but allow some play within the reader's mind. Character development is sufficient to keep the plot clipping along, though the herione, Dominique, does some things that are not logically explainable (ie: attempting to free a mental patient from an asylum with NO proof of his sanity). That's probably nitpicking, because it isn't so unbelieveable as to derail the story. Mick's character is quite well written and one can feel his anquish as he is forced to make some agonizing, life-altering decisions throughout the book.
As if transported into some alternate historic reality, I felt completely enveloped by Alten's tales of creation, human development, and ultimate showdown with Evil. Even though it requires a bit of sci-fi suspension-of-disbelief, it makes some very powerful, compelling (and entertaining) reading. I highly recommend DOMAIN to those who enjoy a bit of sci-fi, a bit of Indiana Jones-style adventure, and a fast-paced story all rolled into one.
Our hero is a sane man who has been in a mental institution for 11 years (can he still be sane after that?) He believes that the Mayans were right about an apocalypse happening on Dec. 21, 2012, and that date is fast approaching. He has evidence to support his claim.
The book appears to have been well researched in spots and completely lacking in others. The hero is convinced that the great temple of Kukulcan (the famous stepped pyramid at Chichen Itza in Mexico) has something inside of it. Well, anyone who has been there knows the pyramid is hollow and has a smaller temple inside (it is part of the regular tour). How the author missed this while tying together other well-researched history, I will never know.
The action escalates as alien artifacts are found and it is discovered that there is a series of alien doomsday devices set to end everything right when the Mayans said.
But the action is not quite enough to drag the reader through the rest of the plot and characters. Alten's giant shark books are more fun.
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An Amazing Book . What Can I Say More , It's major Scary And it's a must buy ! how the story is told , it's amazingPublished on Dec 30 2011 by Robert Boutin
EASY TO READ WITH LOTS OF DETAILS. WITH ALL THE FACTS INTERTWINED WITH THE STORYLINE IT WAS A BIT OF A HISTORY LESSON FOR ME. I PLAN TO TRY MORE OF STEVES BOOKSPublished on April 16 2009 by Richard B. Barnaby
If I could I would rate this book a 6 but it would not let me. Mr. Alten's use of Christian and Mayan mythology work hand in hand to provide a very engrossing story. Read morePublished on May 14 2004 by ultramancosmos
Good read. Mr. Alten really did his research. I probably like the book because I have been to many of the places in the book. Good read.. well researched.Published on Feb. 23 2004
I picked up the book Domain at a sale, I had read some on the late Julius Gabriel, but did not have an educated backgroud. When I began reading Domain, I could not put it down. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Gabrielle
From the begining this novel grips and and makes you want more. Full of ancient mysteries and sci-fi, Domain is a must read for anyone who likes Indiana Jones.Published on Oct. 31 2003 by J. Colon
I have read some of the previous reviews of this book, and it sounds as if they are reading a different book. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by Gareth Estey
Steve Alten is a wonderful writer...where he grips the reader in twists and turns that soon becomes a rollercoaster ride till the end of the book... Read morePublished on July 28 2003 by William Dobson IV