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Dominion Paperback – April 23, 2009
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What differentiates Dominion from the vast majority of its predecessors, however, is that this book does not take place in a fictional country and is not a searing commentary of the Soviet Union. It takes place in the United States of America.
A regime borne and accepted on the ideals of "bringing America back to its roots," the culture of the people of America fully supports the regime on the grounds of keeping America safe and free from foreign threats. The people are satisfied with their country because they are frightened and strung along by politicians to think everything the government does is right, that any news-sources from outside the country are merely "foreign propaganda."
Rather than having an official religion or guidelines for the way people are supposed to act, the social structure of the country is formed in such a way as to keep out any dissenters. The church that people are "supposed" to follow is not, by law, the official religion of the country, but all that do not follow it are put on watch by the Department of Terror, a governmental body made to watch "suspected terrorists" - and frequently arrested.
Dominion offers a burning critique of American society and draws on various themes and issues that face the country today, including but not limited to: the sacrifice of liberties in times of war, domestic propaganda, state-sponsored terrorism by the alleged "good guys," racism in the 21st century, and the world-knowledge of average citizens.Read more ›
The totalitarian-surveillance-warfare state depicted in Dominion ends up being a major character in the story as Daniel Ruppert goes from realizing some inconsistencies in his news reporting to spotting outright lies and conspiracy.
It is a fun book, made even more fun by being self published and marketed, and I eventually began to play "spot the typo" but understand that many errors have been fixed for the latest printings (so too bad!). You can read it online for free, but who likes reading a book on a screen? (No, you can't afford a Kindle, Mr. Gates). Buy the paper version and read through the book, it is a relatively quick read and surely the starting point of what will be an interesting and impressive career from JL Bryan.
I'm looking forward to what else Bryan puts out there, especially Myself^2, and I hope he continues to evolve and experiment as a writer.
My biggest complaint, the ending was weak. I would like to see a sequel that changes the weak ending into something stronger.
The first third of the novel, which sets the stage for what will come, is very reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, but about a third of the way through takes off in a different direction.
The book was well written, with believable and likeable characters and suspense that kept me stuck to the page when I should have been asleep or writing something of my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this book and recommended it to others....However, for some reason this book is no longer available in Kindle format. Why???Published 17 months ago by Robert C. Jones
Gripping story, felt like I'd like to read the sequel as soon as I turned the last page.
I wasn't sure about how this one was going to end. I really wanted the protagonist to 'get away,' to 'live happily ever after,' but after reading the end, I'm glad that it didn't... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Missy
It's not just government that can combine two valuable commodities, paper and ink, and produce something worthless.
I regret parting with the purchase price of this book. Read more