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Dominion [Mass Market Paperback]

Bentley Little
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Dec 4 2007
When Dion Semele moves to Napa, all he wants is to fit in. But his new life soon becomes a twisted nightmare, as mysterious townspeople claim he is the vessel for the resurrection of the god, Dionysus. Soon Dion and his girlfriend Penelope are caught in a battle for control of their souls and their town as malignant forces plunge Napa into an abyss of debauchery and blood.

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Bentley Little was born in Arizona a month after his mother attended the world premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. He is the author of ten previous novels, including The Revelation, The Mailman, The Summoning, Death Instinct (published under the name Phillip Emmons), University, Dominion, The Ignored, The Store, The House and The Town. An acknowledged master of horror, he is currently at work on his next novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Horror isn't all Greek to everyone... June 27 2003
By DanD
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Dion Semele has just moved to Napa Valley, California. He lives with his attractive mother who has trouble holding jobs due to her hormones. He is a high school senior, a typical kid by most respects.
On the first day of school, he befriends Kevin Harte, a local rude-yet-cool dude.
By the end of the first week, he befriends Penelope Daneam.
Penelope lives with her mothers at their winery. They are strange yet friendly, and treat her as if she were there own daughter. In fact, one of them IS her mother, but she doesn't know which.
Finding the identity of her mother will soon become the least of Penelope's concerns.
For she falls madly in love with Dion, but there is a catch. The wine produced at the windery--Daneam Wine--is not your typical beverage. It is the same recipe used by the ancient Greeks, and it has astounding effects on those who drink it...like insanity...
Penelope and Dion soon find out that Napa Valley is in for a wave of trouble. It appears that the Mothers want Dion for a ritual...a ritual to bring about the ressurection of the god Dionysus...
Their entire world thrown into chaos, Penelope must join forces with Kevin to save the Valley, themselves, Dion...and quite possibly the world.
This is a great read. Bentley Little outdoes himself. Yes, some of the content is graphic and disturbing; but it adds to the novel (in an entirely appropriate way, I mean). Bentley Little's "Dominion" is packed full of scares, gore, and some great Greek trivia. Not a read for someone alone at night...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing June 29 2002
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Be warned this book has high violence, sexual contents and very perverse, yet it all fits nicely into the context of the story and mixes in nicely with the anciant Greek mythology, I found many sections of this story to be disturbing, but isn't that what horror is all about??, this book may be to graphic for some peoples tastes so if you are week of stomach this is not the book for you, the high intense murder, sex and even bestiality all adds to the atmosphere and the sudden insanity and the disappearance of all inhabitions of the community.
The book is in two parts, the first focuses on Dion, who starts at a new school and he is some one we can all relate to and it is impossible not to like him, He develops a crush on a girl named Penelope, and as you read there relationship grows stronger but so does the unstability of the city's people.
The second part concentrates on Penelope and Dions best friend Kevin as they try to come to grips with the evil that has become of there lives and as they try to figure how to get Dion back.
I'm not going to say muck more but while reading this book you can not help but be affected by it, and the effects last long after the completion of it and a sense of loss, a must read for those who like horror with bite adn those who are not afraid of the disturbing.
This is the fist book I have read by Bentley Little but definatly not the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true master of the macabre. Feb. 9 2001
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Bentley Little is a genius. He manages to weave the mythology of ancient Greece into a gripping horror tale. Little catches the reader's attention instantly with a gruesome prologue that opens this captivating novel.
Dion Semele moves to Napa Valley after his mother is fired from her job in Arizona. He meets Penelope Daneam at his new high school and the two are instantly drawn to each other. Unlike the synopsis on this site, Penelope has not been raised by nuns, but by a group of women who run a winery. She does not know which one of them is actually her mother. Dion and Penelope do not realize that their meeting has been fated. Each has felt a force within them. Their union will bring about an evil that will forever change the world.
This is a disturbing book. Little does not flinch in his writing. The scenes are extremely graphic. When the town is gripped by the insanity that follows the rebirth of the god Dionysus, no one is safe. The violence is constant and brutal. The book is filled with drunken celebrants, satyrs, and Maenads who turn Napa Valley into a hell on earth under the rule of their new god.
A couple of reviewers have stated that the ending was too abrupt. That's not necessarily a bad thing. When an entire novel is a battle between good and evil, a long drawn out ending is just overkill.
I tried for a long time to get my hands on this book and it was definitely worth the wait. I would easily count it as one of my favorite novels. It has everything, great characters, an original storyline and the kind of writing that keeps you reading well into the night. If you can find it, snap it up, you wont be sorry.
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Bentley Little has outdone himself with this one. In another review I made on Amazon, I said "The Store" is my favorite BL book.
This one might have made me change my mind. Yes, it is brutally graphic - especially in the second part, but if you check his source material; Euripides "The Bacchae", written in about 450 BC, he is staying true to the form of the original myth, transplanted from ancient Greece into modern-day Napa Valley.
BL has done his research, mapped out his story, and unlike some of his other novels, this one has a truly satisfying ending.
The story stays with you long after you finish it - the scope of the horror, the visceral violence and the true sense of Dionysian chaos - the Bacchanalia mixed with violence.
You'll definitely think about it as you open your next bottle of wine
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but somewhat disappointing.
Dominion is the 5th book of Bentley Little I have read so far. I was somewhat disappointed with this one. The story revolves around two teenagers Dion, and Penelope. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dominic
3.0 out of 5 stars BACCHANALIAN REVELS...
Bentley Little, an author who has a penchant for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary, takes on Greek mythology and gives it its place in the horror fiction genre. Read more
Published on March 23 2007 by Lawyeraau
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my fav Little books
I really enjoyed this book when I read it and I have read all of Little's books (except Dispatch which I bought but haven't gotten to yet). Read more
Published on March 19 2007 by Kelly Brianna
4.0 out of 5 stars INSANE
Little really goes to the extreme in this book of gods and witches.
The sex in this book is crazily graphic and outlandish. Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by E. King
1.0 out of 5 stars Not scary, not interesting...
...just stupid! Silly, overdrawn, and full of cliches. (And the reviews made it seem so great!)
Published on July 4 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I wanted an introduction to Little's work, read the wonderful reviews here, and bought the book.
If I were still a teenager and cutting my teeth on horror, I might have said... Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Just silly
Oh, I was hoping for so much more! The reviews I read here are what led me to buy this book. I have to say that it was an extreme disappointment. Read more
Published on Nov. 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book was awesome, It totally blew me away. One of the best Bentley Little books I've ever read. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003 by Holly Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bentley's Best!!!
Awesome book, a tad bit different than his other books..A lot seems to happen in this little book, from all that you read it seems the book should be thicker.. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by C. Drakulic
5.0 out of 5 stars Bentley does Splatterpunk
Dominion is one of Bentley Little's best books. I don't quite understand why it rarely gets mentioned as such. Read more
Published on April 21 2003 by Matthew King
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