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Product Details

  • Series: Dominion Trilogy (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House; Reprint edition (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764206451
  • ASIN: B003E7EY4E
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Parrish has proven he is an excellent writer.... [He] has finished the Dominion Trilogy beautifully with Merciless..." -- Shane Werlinger, Suite101.com --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Robin Parrish is a journalist who's written about the intersection of faith and pop culture for more than a decade. He's also the author of the acclaimed DOMINION TRILOGY. Robin and his wife and son live in North Carolina.

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"Robin Parrish is a keen-eyed, passionate pop cultural savant, whose writing is as incisive and insightful as it is entertaining."
- Allan Heinberg, Executive Producer, Grey's Anatomy

Robin Parrish wants to take you on a ride.

A wild ride -- which is exactly what you're in for when you pick up one of his books. And he's adamant that it will never be the same kind of experience twice.

Robin's stories mix, mingle, and meld various genres together to create thoroughly original suspense/thrillers. His Dominion Trilogy, for example, mashed up superhero action, secret societies, ancient myths, and an apocalyptic setting to create an entirely new take on the classic "hero's journey." Offworld mixed science fiction and an end-of-the-world scenario with high-octane action. Nightmare, his 2010 novel, is a spine-tingling examination of the world of the paranormal, paired with can't-put-it-down mystery. He describes his 2011 novel, Vigilante, as a story about a man who sets out to do something that no one has ever done before.

Always pushing the envelope, ever on the edge of where modern storytelling is going, Robin Parrish will gladly and unapologetically tell you that he's an entertainer, a weaver of stories that ignite the mind and delight the heart. Defying labels and refusing pigeonholes, his imagination is fueled by the possibilities of asking "What if...?", and as anyone who's read his work knows, he has a very big imagination. Readers will be happy to know that he has an endless supply of wild stories with enormous scope, that are still yet to come.

As a journalist, Robin has worked for About.com, CMCentral.com (RIP), INFUZEmag.com (also RIP), PopCultureGeek.com, b5media, SplashPress Media, and many more. His writing has been printed in numerous magazines and newspapers.

His influences as a novelist range from television and film storytellers like Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams, to masters of the modern myth like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Akin to Philip K. Dick's search for the meaning of identity, most of what Robin writes about boils down to his own ponderings and examinations of just what this thing we call "existence" really is.

Customer Reviews

This was a thrilling end to an incredible trilogy!
Lisa Marie Ivory
The second book maintained its fast paced story line, with some new characters presented.
LJ
So, books 1 and 2 get a thumbs up and book 3 ruins the series for me.
K. Klein

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Taylor TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 9, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a great book! And there was no disappointment to the finality of a super trilogy (pun intended).

For starters Robin's writing has greatly improved. The use of the English language and the smoothness of the story are much better and therefore more enjoyable to read. He must have been working extra hard on this book. How he kept all the many characters and plot lines straight I'll never know and he wrote them so that it was easy to follow. Well done!

As for the story, it starts at the exact same place where we left off at the end of "Fearless". And from the first page the story explodes. No more of the Secretum being just the bad guy, now they are pure evil. Soon the earth as we know it will no longer exist and the heroes we came to know and love... forget it, read it for yourself if you want to know. At first I thought this may turn into another end-times Revelation novel but that didn't happen (which is a good thing in this case). All the confusing elements in the first two books are made clear in this third book and the story not only makes sense it's much more in-depth then originally thought. When you think you know how it's all going to end the story turns, over and over, keeping you guessing until the very end.

The book is impossible to put down. The action and drama are intense and they never let up. Plan to lose a lot of sleep.

As for the Biblical aspect of the trilogy there's a lot lessons to be learned without being "preachy" (although I happen to love preaching). Since this is not an End-Times story and it's not based in reality, Jesus does not come to save the day. He does however play a part but not by name.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
From beneath the Taurus Mountains in Turkey, he climbs upward taking the DarkWorld with him. He is aware of his bloody future and the human sacrifices by the Secretum of Six, but is indifferent. His container awaits him on the surface; Grant Borrows will serve fittingly as his vehicle just like the naive Dominion Ring wearer's late sister was once used. Oblivion will soon surface and the end of days, not that fake propaganda found in Christian literature misinterpreting Armageddon, will begin when time stops.

Oblivion reaches the acme of the Hollow to the euphoric rejoicing of his Bringer, the Secretum of Six, who insured the Millenia aged prophesy of the end occurs. His body denotes instant death when excited Angela upon seeing her God reaches out to touch him. Oblivion begins his MERCILESS final trek to fulfill his destiny. However for the first time Secretum leader Devlin has doubts as Oblivion did not even notice his touch killed Angela and his comment of unworthy frightens the human. Still they follow their prophet, who says the DarkWorld has surfaced with him. Only the Ring of Dominion Bearers might be able to prevent the end of the world, but they feel like doubting David without a slingshot as each realizes the earth has changed for the worse as he is coming causing chaos and death in his wake.

Though there is a one page recap and this final tale can stand alone, to fully appreciate this excellent different Christian end of the world thriller, it behooves the reader to first peruse RELENTLESS and FEARLESS. The story is action-packed from the opening climb until the final confrontation between good and evil; but this is no Jesus arriving to save the day from Lucifer climax.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Nahin on July 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Ancient buildings are pulverized into dust. Fire and blood rain down from the sky. Oblivion has come to Earth with power that would make Superman cry and no one can stop him.
In this blockbuster finale to what has been one of the most interesting twists on the superhero, Parrish takes the reader back to a time when comic books weren't one rehash after another.
Parrish delivers one blow after another. This book is simply fun storytelling.Watch out Greg Rucka.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jake on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Grant Borrows has fallen into the depths of the earth. Out of the darkness climbs the unstoppable evil known as Oblivion to take his place. Oblivion has one goal: to destroy the Earth and bring torment and death to all humanity. However, a small remnant remains that refuses to give up. Armed with nothing more than hope they set off on one final mission to stop Oblivion and save the world from his destruction.

When I come to the end of a trilogy or a series it is always with some trepidation. Too often even the greatest writers don't know how to end the incredible sagas they have begun. Storylines are left dangling, we get no sense of closure, or alas they have to leave it wide open just in case they want to revisit the story later. All of these writers should pick up a copy of Merciless to see how it's done.

With the Dominion Trilogy, Parrish has proven not only to be a top notch writer, but a writer who knows how to tell a story. Each installment of this trilogy is simply incredible, and Merciless is everything you want in a finale. I was quite surprised that Parrish manages to answer all of our questions (and there are a lot of questions), and every storyline is tied up giving us the perfect amount of closure. The action and intensity never let up from the beginning and there are delightful surprises around every corner.

Strong spiritual themes abound in this installment and I was completely awed by the messages of hope, sacrifice, and redemption that are so beautifully displayed within these pages. Days after reading the last lines I still get chills from the final scenes with the characters that have become so dear to me.

I can't recommend this trilogy enough to anyone who loves quality storytelling at the highest level.
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