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Relentless (Dominion Trilogy #1) Hardcover – July 1, 2006

3.7 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Dominion Trilogy Series

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Parrish's latest opens upon a world so tilted--people are "shifted" into new bodies, while their old bodies and personalities proceed--that it brings Philip K. Dick to mind. Gradually, the Dick-like paranoia itself shifts into flourishes of sword-and-sorcery and a cast of characters rather like X-Men. Psychokinesis is the theme, and Parrish makes it seem plausible, as his reluctant hero, Collin Boyd/Grant Borrows, discovers his powers in a kind of spiritual journey. The cliff-hanging plot mostly holds up, and the pace is, well, relentless. It's almost as though Parrish has too much talent and can't quite bring it under control. Nonetheless, another of Bethany's sf writers, Randall Ingermanson comes to mind, and Parrish is every bit as skilled. John Mort
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"...excellent, different approach to a murder mystery... has my endorsement for this... very imaginative foray into a difficult genre." -- Alan Paul Curtis, who-dunnit.com

"If you are a fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti... this book is a must." -- Jeff Holton, 1340mag.com

"If you enjoyed Ted Dekker's Three, or Frank Peretti's Monster, you will love this book." -- Marty Medley, armchairinterviews.com

"If you were unsatisfied with this summer's big superhero movies, you need to read this book." -- Tim Frankovich, christianfictionreview.com

"Parrish writes with the verve and attitude of a New York City cab driver..." -- Bookpage, Oct. 2006

"Rather than being a great "Christian novel," Relentless is a great novel by a very talented Christian writer." -- Jenn Wright, hollywoodjesus.com

"Relentless is a mystery/ action novel like you've never read." -- Shane Werlinger, buddyhollywood.com

"Relentless will quicken your pulse, send shivers of fear through your body, and change the way you look at life." -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book Previews.com

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House; First Edition edition (July 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764202219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764202216
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

"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.

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Format: Hardcover
With high expectations, but very little advance knowledge of the plot, I opened "Relentless"--and held on for the ride.

The world of young man is completely Shifted when he stands on one side of the street and sees himself walking along the other. He has switched identities, or jumped bodies, or entered a parallel universe...He's not sure which. Soon after, he discovers his new name is Grant Borrows, he is wearing a ring which cannot be removed, and he is running for his life while trying to make sense of the mayhem swirling around him.

While wholly original, "Relentless" starts with a Phillip K. Dick type opening, then draws inspiration from "X-Men" and "The Lord of the Rings." These elements are both strengths and weaknesses. The setting starts in the real streets of L.A., then moves into a realm of swordmen, villains, and superhuman skills. Sometimes, it seems the story is trying to accomplish too much--hurried romances and belief-stretching escapes from speeding cars. Throughout, I kept thinking this would make a fantastic graphic novel.

Parrish is a skilled writer, using strong verbs and prose to convey his tale. Although some of the relational aspects seemed to need more depth, he unfolds the story with great mastery and presents more than one surprise, while unveiling a uniquely spiritual premise. At its core, the story is one an identity crisis: Who am I? Deep down, in my soul, who am I really? And what is my purpose?

This is one of the better amalgams I've seen of suspense and fantasy. And it's only the first in a trilogy, which means we have more great stories to come.
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Format: Hardcover
The concept of a synchronized "shift" of two peoples' consciousness is fascinating. The initial third of the book details the resulting confusion well. Then . . . ? The book "shifts" into a reluctant superhero story. The third act finally heats things up, but the ending felt rushed and unsatisfying. While this is the first book of a trilogy, there is too little explaination for the appearance and motivation of the "bad guy".

I wish I could rate this higher, but based on the description I expected more of thriller than a fantasy.
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This is the most mixed review I have ever written. Mixed because part of me loved Relentless. It is fast paced, tight, and builds to its conclusion (or cliffhanger, well, relentlessly.

But then again, there is much I didn't like. There is so little original about this story under the skin. Parish throws in everything from a Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker plot with Grant Borrows and his longed presumed dead father to as another reviewer has mentioned, a X-Men type mansion.

As much as I like Parish's writing (and his mentor, Ted Dekker), Parish does little to develop character. The one thought I kept having as I read this book was, "Wow - this would make a great movie." But I wanted it to be a great book first and in my opinion it is not.

Is it a good read? Oh yeah! And, I will read the sequels. But is this a great book? Not really.
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Collin Boyd's life is unremarkable--his job, his apartment, even his clothes. But everything changes when he switches bodies with Grant Borrows. In one terrifying moment his entire identity vanishes, and he has no idea how or when it happened. All Collin knows is that when he stepped off the LA Metro bus, he became a new man. Now his name is Grant Borrows, a man with an entirely different physique, lifestyle, and bank account. And someone is trying to kill him and those he loves.

Running for his life, Grant rescues his sister, Julie, but she doesn't recognize him. When he finally convinces her he really is her brother, together they begin a quest for answers. Just who is Grant Borrows? How is he able, when provoked, to manipulate objects with his mind? And why won't the strange gold ring he's wearing come off?

It's only when Grant and Julie discover others who've experienced the same "Shift" that Grant experienced, that the puzzle pieces start dropping into place. Those Shifted have several things in common. They all wear rings like Grant's, and they all have unique abilities. From photographic memories, mathematical prowess, to the ability to convince others they're seeing things. But the real question for Grant is: why has this happened to any of them? And could Grant really be the one called the Bringer, prophesied about some 7,000 years ago?

Robin Parrish has been compared to Ted Dekker, and I can see the similarities. They both know how to create vivid and imaginative plots. Both can hook readers on page one and never release them until the last paragraph. But frankly, I enjoyed Parrish's writing style even better than Dekker's.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I was intrigued by the idea, but the author's one-dimensional characters, overly expository dialogue (who tells their life story to strangers for no good reason?) and meandering plot ruined the premise for me. I will admit that the first few chapters did have a "relentless" feel to them. However, as action scene piled on top of action scene, with little to no explanation, the bad writing and dialogue started to become more apparent. Before long, I stopped caring about any of the characters, and started only noticing the obvious plot holes and painful dialogue. The main character seems to waiver between sullenly confused to anger (teenager angst type of anger), and the love interest seems to have no valid reason to be falling for the him. Sadly, no other characters were developed enough to be memorable.

Fortunately, it was a free book, so I didn't lose any money on this. However, I do firmly believe that the author needs to take some basic fiction writing classes before trying his hand at another book. The premise was good, and his style of writing grabs your attention, but in the end, it was no where close to enough to save this book.
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