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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)
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
To date, I have read every book that Mr. Alten has written. They have been "GREAT" each and every one of them, until now. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by Gerard V. Beard Jr.
Wow! What a great follow-up to "Domain"! I was hoping I could read this book while relaxing in the evenings... I was wrong! Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by J. M. Tkalec
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. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by jon m hudson
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. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on May 14 2004 by Josh Moore
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 morePublished on May 14 2004 by ultramancosmos
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 morePublished on May 10 2004