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Domain (The Domain Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – June 17, 2002
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Miami, September 2012: Psychology Dominique Vazquez is assigned a special patient-Mick Gabriel, a paranoid schizophrenic with a high IQ who attempts to charm her into believing his father's theories of the Apocalypse so he can escape.
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In Domain, the conspiracy is actually one fostered by aliens and it starts millions of years ago when a spaceship crashes into the Earth with such intensity that the environmental effects wipe out the dinosaurs. We then go to 2012 where Mick Gabriel is locked in an insane asylum, where no one will listen to his declarations that humanity will end its existence on the coming winter solstice. This prediction was based on interpretations of old Mayan artifacts that point to that date. Given the prologue about the spaceship crash, the reader knows that Mick is not insane, but others are not that convinced.
One person he is able to win over, however, is Dominique Vasquez, who is serving an internship at Mick's hospital. Sadly, Dominque - who is the main character in this story - is not all that bright: her beliefs seem to be based solely on what the last person she spoke with has said. Hence, she believes Mick until someone convinces her otherwise. Then she believes him again as soon as she speaks with him anew. Add to that her deep unprofessional attraction to him, and she is definitely a woman who should never be allowed to practice (and he's only her first patient).
Eventually, Dominique will help Mick escape so they can head to the ancient Mayan ruins where an alien presence is being felt. These nasty aliens are bent on destroying humanity, but with escalating international tensions, they may be beaten to the punch by the world leaders.
Despite all the science and archaeology facts thrown at the reader (and it is a mark of conspiracy fiction that the explanation has to be super complicated), anyone with a basic knowledge of astronomy will find holes in these theories. Nonetheless, Alter's detailed writing is interesting and he weaves a story that is occasionally fun, albeit dumb fun. Much of the time, however, it is definitely subpar (so I rate it a high two stars). This book has the potential to be good, but it is mostly unrealized potential.
When the book wasn't focused on the diary it really flew and it was the classic reading that I'm used to from Steve. I love how Steve's storytelling puts it all out there and could care less who he hurts, kills, depresses, or blasts into space. Sci-fi fans will REALLY LOVE this book, regular fiction fans will love this book but might have some problems getting through it. I loved how he went through and talked about the Myan calendar, the ancient markers like Stonehenge, the pyramids, and the Gulf of Mexico.
This wasn't one of my favorite Steve novels but that is due to personal preference than anything else. I'll read book #2 because I HAVE to see what happens but it's not on the top of my list.
As for the end of the book, I won't spoil it but I was not expecting that what so ever. It was a weird twist and to this date I'm not sure if I liked it or not..HAHAHAHA But the book as a whole I really enjoyed. Thank you for reading.
So why only 2 Stars? Well...Domain takes a serious stumble in the last 50 pages or so. What started off as a great storyline devloves into a series of cliches that if you read or watch movies you will be able to identify all too easily: nuclear war (aborted at the last second), a giant monster that is very 'B' Movie-like in description, dream sequences (do people ever dream like this in the real world), and a climax that leaves a lot to be desired. After all of his adventures, when the main character reaches the ending...he basically just stumbles around and lets others guide him along, it certainly would have been nice to see the portagonist handle something on his own. The antagonists are also let off way too easily in this novel, robbing the reader of the "pay-off". By the way, why is it that characters in books or movies always have twins when they are impregnated...after that one-time only romantic encounter? Of course, these same parents also have that special "mental bond" with said progeny. Oh yeah, and the story doesn't end here...or at all. Instead we end with a sequel blurb on the last page. That really robs you of any feelings of completion.
Kudos for Mr. Alten for all of the work he put into this story (especially the first 250 pages), and hopefully in the future he'll avoid the easy ending and the highway to clicheville and give us an original ending worthy of his efforts.
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