Dominion Mass Market Paperback – Dec 4 2007
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Dion Semele, a teenager who is mature beyond his years, lives with his mother, April, in Arizona. His mom is not exactly like other moms, as she has an extremely carnal nature and her sexual escapades seem to create problems for her and embarrass her son. So, they are now moving to California, where they can start fresh. His mother feels a strange compulsion to move to the Napa Valley, northern California's wine country. Unfortunately, once she moves there she seems unable to keep her promise to her son to act more motherly.
Penelope Daneam is a young blond beauty whom Dion meets in his new high school. She lives on the estate of a winery owned by her mother, or rather, mothers, all twelve of them. Penelope and Dion hit it off, and their relationship is strongly encouraged by her mothers, who certainly have a strange way of acting around Dion. As Dion and Penelope's relationship progresses, a change seems to be going on in their environs, as the wine her mothers are selling seem to be causing people to shed their inhibitions. It also looks as if Dion has an intricate part to play in what Penelope's mothers have planned.
Of course, once the master plan is set in motion, all hell breaks loose. This book, which started off promisingly enough, degenerates into a bacchanalian nightmare. It goes totally over the top with raping and pillaging being the standard behavior of its characters. There is a lot of graphic, violent, and destructive sexual behavior with some incest tossed in for good measure. In this respect, the author has been over indulgent. Consequently, this is definitely not a book for everyone.
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...
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Feb. 1 2013
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
...just stupid! Silly, overdrawn, and full of cliches. (And the reviews made it seem so great!)Published on July 4 2004
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. Read more
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
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 morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
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 morePublished on June 6 2003 by C. Drakulic
Dominion is one of Bentley Little's best books. I don't quite understand why it rarely gets mentioned as such. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by Matthew King
If you like to read graphic-sexual novel then read it. The over all idea is good and kind of new but too much of graphic discription ruined the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2003