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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Love, death and betrayal at the end of the world May 14 2004
By Meh
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 doing work. That being said, I wasn't very excited about the recently released sequal. I wasn't sure how Mr. Alten could top what I considered to be an amazing work of science fiction. I'm extremely glad I relented and bought this book.
Moreso than in the previous installment, Ressurection is almost agressively character driven. Throughout the course of the story, I find myself caring for the characters, even some of the psychotic villains from Domain. The real shining star of this novel, however, is Lileth. A tragic and beautiful young girl; her descent into madness is as enthralling as it is heart-breaking. Next to Simon Covah of Goliath, Lileth is the most well-rounded and intriguing character Steve Alten has ever created. I'd go so far as to suggest this book on the basis of her character alone.
But if it's more science fiction you want, the book delivers near the halfway point. Taking place in the near future, it's great fun looking at the author's view of what our world could look like someday soon.
Last but not least, however, is the return of the Mayan prophecies. If you enjoyed them in Domain, you'll love Ressurection, which establishes them extremely well.
I give this book a four out of five because while it is spectacular, there are some disturbing scenes that might not appeal to everyone. Other than that, though, it's a fun read.
The Domain series is the literary equivalent of the Matrix trilogy. Don't miss out!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too "out-there" ..... May 7 2004
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. Let's put it this way, if this book was made into movie, it would be no less than NC-17.
That said, this book is a huge myriad of technical mumbo-jumbo thrown together into one very strange, very unbelievable book.
I didn't think it added anything to its predecessor-Domain-and only detracted from how much I liked the original. This one was just too "out-there." It mixed too many Christian beliefs into mythological and new age voodoo nonsense, IMO.
Unlike Domain, this book didn't have the journal of Julius Gabriel, which absolutely sold me on the idea in the first book. I had actually emailed Steve and asked if it was a real journal after I read the book. He told me "nope." That was how well he had written it.
I guess, in conclusion, I give this one 4 stars because of Domain. I just liked seeing a sequel to my favorite book even if it didn't quite add up to my expectations. This is not too shabby of a book, mind you, but you will absolutely just have to take the author's word on most of it. You will have to suspend disbelief hardcore for this one. If you can do that, you will love it. If you can't, then get ready for some weird stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection Rocks! April 15 2004
Steve Alten has done it again in this thrilling, nail-bitting, page-turner. A super-natural rollercoaster ride, chalked full of action, adventure, mystery, suspense and horror. Not for the faint of heart or the squeemish, once you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down until the end. From the chilling first page, to the suspense filled ending, you'll be left salivating for part 3 (Phobos) in the "Domain" trilogy. "Resurrection" is the ultimate battle of good vs. evil!
I loved this book! With each new novel Mr. Alten outdoes himself. He truley is a gifted author and an amazing man who appreciates his readers as much as we appreciate him. "Resurrection" is a must read for any of those who wonder what happens when we die, if there's a heaven or a hell, or anyone who just loves a good book!
Also check out Steve Altens' other awesome novels "Meg", "The Trench", "Domain", "Goliath" and the soon to be released, "Primal Waters" (Part three in the 'Meg' series).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Alten should have stopped with Domain March 24 2004
By Scott
"Domain" is one of the best science fiction books I have ever read. Definately in my top 5. In addition, I've read every other book Alten has written, which is why it pains me so much to write a negative review, almost as much as it pained me to read "Resurrection."
I normally don't buy books, but instead check them out from the library, and if I do buy a book, I wait until it comes out in paperback. I loved "Domain" so much that I pre-ordered "Resurrection" months ago. Probably the first hardcover book I've bought in years. The story gets off to a good start, but falls apart after the first few chapters. This book is nothing like Domain. Whereas Domain had a great Mayan/Alien storyline, Resurrection almost completely abandons this and shifts over to a plot involving aliens, time travel, and Heaven & Hell. The word "Mayan" appears in this book maybe 5 times. No more visits to Chichen Itza or theories involving the Yucutan crater, which is what made Domain such a great book.
Resurrection focuses mainly on Michael Gabriel's twin sons, and what I think is their quest to free their father. I still don't know if I have any idea what the book was really about. Characters that seem important, are introduced, built up, and then killed or removed a few chapters later. Alten focuses the first half of the book on the twins, and the latter half on the aliens, in what comes off almost as two completely different books. He introduces the concept of wormholes, time travel, species evolution, the afterlife, and so many other concepts that will have you completely confused as to what is going on. All of this culminates into one of the most anti-climatic endings I have ever read. I actually started reading a new book with 10 pages to go because it felt like such a chore to finish it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ressurection
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
Published on Dec 30 2011 by Robert Boutin
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BLUCKING MESS..!!
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! Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2010 by NeuroSplicer
1.0 out of 5 stars great disappointment
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2009 by Brenda Pink
1.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection "Why I Should Not Waste Hard Earned Money?"
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 more
Published on June 5 2004 by Gerard V. Beard Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner
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 more
Published on June 2 2004 by J. M. Tkalec
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book based on the mayan myths
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 more
Published on May 20 2004 by jon m hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars true page turner
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 more
Published on May 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
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 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
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