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Resurrection [Mass Market Paperback]

Steve Alten
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May 30 2006 The Domain Trilogy (Book 2)
What happens to us when we die?
Is there really an afterlife?
Do we possess a soul?
Does God exist?
For Michael Gabriel, the answers to these questions lie in another dimension, a realm of eternity where there is no concept of time, only pure life force . . . pure existence.
And pure evil.
Five hundred years ago, the Mayan Popul Vuh prophesized the birth of powerful twins--the sons of Michael Gabriel. White-haired, azure-eyed Jacob, blessed with inhuman physical prowess, intelligence, and insight into the cosmos, knows from birth that he is meant for more. His dark-haired brother, Immanuel, refuses his genetic calling, desiring a normal life. But only the combined powers of the Gabriel twins can resurrect their savior father and save the human race from an eternity of repeating its own self-destruction.
There is a third great power upon the earth, born the same day as the twins. Exposed to the uglier side of existence, empowered by her post-human genetics, the beautiful, schizophrenic Lilith will travel down a darker path that leads to Xibalba---the Mayan version of hell. An epic battle of good versus evil will begin . . . and the final fate of the human race will be revealed.

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Bestseller Alten's sequel to Domain (2001), based on the Mayan Popul Vul myth, charges bravely out of the gate, but quickly loses momentum. Centuries ago, Mayan legend predicted the death of hero Michael Gabriel, who would sacrifice himself to save Earth from alien invasion in 2012and the birth of Gabriel's superhuman sons, the Hero Twins, who would descend to the Mayan underworld Xibalba, to fight evil and resurrect their father from cosmic darkness. Born in 2013, Gabriel's sons, precocious Jacob and less enthusiastic Manny, grow up in seclusion, protected by their mother and the U.S. government. Within minutes of the twins' birth, a third extraordinary child predicted by prophecy, Lilith Eve Robinson, is born nearby. Raised in horrible circumstances, the girl later suffers unending sexual abuse by her Fundamentalist foster father. Ultimately, Lilith will face Jacob and his mother in an alien world where the winner will claim all the souls on Earth. Though the relatively unknown mythology intrigues, the story stalls early under the weight of one-dimensional characters and a plot choked by the moral certainty of the Left Behind series and paranormal "science" on the level of that in Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods. (Alten confuses electromagnetic arrays with electromagnetic pulses, misdefines volcano calderas, etc.) Still, with its apocalyptic scenario and emphasis on the afterlife, this novel will attract the same kinds of readers who've made LaHaye and Jenkins's books a success.
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"Galloping, hugely detailed scientific/paranormal/spiritual SF superdrama that deserves a wide audience of warped but delighted readers."--Kirkus Reviews on Resurrection

"With the storytelling sensibilities of Crichton and Cussler, Alten sure knows how to write a thriller."--Kevin J. Anderson, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Dune: The Battle of Corrin on Domain

"A chilling, deeply researched peek into our ancient past. Jarring frightening, thrilling . . . What more could you ask?"--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Subterranean and Excavation on Domain

"Alten draws clever parallels with Mayan myths in this rippling space-age yarn equipped with a credible love story and Earth-bound side plots . . . Star Wars like."--Publishers Weekly on Domain

Galloping, hugely detailed scientific/paranormal/spiritual SF superdrama that deserves a wide audience of warped but delighted readers.
(Kirkus Reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ressurection Dec 30 2011
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 amazing
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1.0 out of 5 stars great disappointment Oct. 26 2009
By Brenda Pink TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I purchased this book. All I know is that it wasn't what I got. First of all, I wasn't aware this book was the second in a trilogy. That ended up not being a problem as the book stands alone as a single novel. I wasn't expecting a full-fledged sci fi book, which this most definitely is. I wasn't expecting all the sexual content that was in the book. I'm not a prude, but bring this up only as a warning to others who might not like to read that sort of thing. The premise of the storyline is that life on earth cycles over and over until we get it right. What that means from a reader's perspective is that the plot jumps all over hell and creation, which made the storyline a mess and hard to follow. Unless you take notes as you read, you cannot figure out the order of events within the storyline. If this is an indication of Alten's regular writing style, I have no desire to read any other of his books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BLUCKING MESS..!! Sept. 23 2010
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If I ever make a list of the worst books I ever wasted time on, this book would sure lock a Top-10 position. IT IS ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE!

First of all, the story is all over the place. Characters are built up only to fizzle and die off. Plot threads that lead nowhere. Ancient civilization prophecies, half-baked deism iconography, bad 70's science fiction concepts, pop-psychology, chakra points and pseudoscience all baked in tons of LACTIC ACID. Rarely was I more tempted to quit reading a book before finishing it.

"Tachyon engines", "tractor beams", "guns set on stunt", "enter the nexus", "computer, lights!" - sound familiar? Well, the STAR TREK universe seems to be plugging every creativity hole encountered. Not to mention the alien starship of unknown origin, the Balam, that looks strangely like a cross between SSN Defiance and the Starship Yamamoto (yes, there is a ...photoshop-rendered picture).

Finally, the..."science". In the back dust-jacket Steve Alten claims to have earned a Master's in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware as well as a Doctorate from Temple University. Well, if these institutions knew how little regard he holds for research and scientific accuracy they would be asking for their degrees back!
Case in point: on p.307 Steve Alten claims that "there are over 100,000 different genes in the human genome" - a notion that is at least 25 years old. Evidence presented in the past 15-20 years brought the number down and in 2004 the Human Genome Project concluded that there are no more than 20,000-25,000 genes in our genome. This book was published much later, in 2006 - but of course the writer could not be bothered to verify his facts.
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To date, I have read every book that Mr. Alten has written. They have been "GREAT" each and every one of them, until now. I purchased Resurrection and I'm about half way through the book and I am "BORED STIFF!" Mr. Altens other works were fased paced and loaded with Action/Adventure that took you into the book and had your blood pumping. Resurrection, on the other hand, can put one to sleep real quick. It would be nice if books like this came with a "Money Back Guarantee." I purchased Primal Waters last week and I'm waiting for the Postman to deliver it as I speak, I just hope it's nothing like "Resurrection!" Mr. Alten if you ever read this I hope you go back to your old style of writing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner June 2 2004
Wow! What a great follow-up to "Domain"! I was hoping I could read this book while relaxing in the evenings... I was wrong! I got so hooked on the characters and story and so engrossed in the action that I couldn't put it down! The way Steve Alten brings real science into his fictional worlds is astounding; makes every situation seem as plausable as tomorrow's sunrise!
If you're not already a Steve Alten fan, this book with hook you!
Dive into the world of Domain and Resurrection and join the rest of us, waiting with baited breath, for the final installment in this trilogy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book based on the mayan myths May 20 2004
this book was great, especially for anyone interested in archaeology or the central american myths, once you start reading you will not be able to put it down. the story is a continuation of domain, in resurrection the mayan myth of the hero twins is played out in modern times with a few twists and turns thrown in,jacob and immanuel the sons of one hunahpu are born after the dissapearence of their father after he saves the earth fron the mayan prophacy of 2012, as they grow up they realize that they have to save their father from the underworld, and save earth and the future from destruction. this book is a must read, you will not be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars true page turner May 17 2004
I have read this book, and many others from this author, but have to say, this is a true masterpiece of written science-fiction. A great follow-up to his Domain novel. The entire story will have you hooked from cover to cover, and you won't want to put this book down until you are done, and even then, you will want to get the final chapter to see how this story ends. Anybody who is new to science fiction or even a seasioned sci-fi veteran will enjoy this story. I highly recommend this book to anybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best book i've ever read!
Steve Alten is, in my opinion, the best author in the world, and this book proves it! I saw this book at Borders and had to buy it right away. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Josh Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Love, death and betrayal at the end of the world
I have fond memories of reading Domain, the prequal to Ressurection. The pacing, the plot twists, and the mood kept the pages turning long after I should have been sleeping or... Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Meh
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book unusual story
I would have rated this book a 5 had it gone into more details on the Mayan and Christian myths and as Domain had. Domain was most definitely a 6 on a scale of 1-5. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by ultramancosmos
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I loved this book. Mr. Alten is a wonderful author. It continues the Domain series the way I would have expected it to be written. Keep up the GREAT work Steve. Read more
Published on May 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection
This book is awesome. You need to read Domain first to know why certain things are happening. The writing grabs you from page one and never lets you down. Read more
Published on May 9 2004 by Roxanne Dunlap
4.0 out of 5 stars Too "out-there" .....
First, off I want to agree with one of the other reviewers below about kids not being able to read this book. At times it was vulgar, sinful, and overly dramatic on the sex scenes. Read more
Published on May 7 2004 by Greg E. Mahler
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