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Relentless (Dominion Trilogy #1) Paperback – June 1, 2007
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I did finish the book and if the ending had been good it could have redeemed the flaws in the rest of the book. But it didn't leave you with the "ahhhh man, what a satisfying ending" or the "Uh-oh, what's coming?" feeling either one (though I believe the latter is what was tried for). It just sort of drifted off into mediocrity. The graphic violence didn't help, but I would't take away from the rating for that.
I am not a big fan of suspense being generated by not letting the reader know what is going on. This book is made a bit worse by everyone keeping our hero deliberately ignorant of anything he needs to know to defend himself or accomplish the goals that those keeping him ignorant wish him to accomplish for them. (Seems fairly stupid on both counts.) Our hero even conspires with this as every time he has an opportunity to ask what is going on, he asks his interlocutor about their history and their personal lives instead.
Gradually, we learn that our hero (developing into a powerful TK) has a big destiny as the key to something hugely important that is going to happen to humanity, though almost no one (including the reader) seems to have any idea what. Odd that the prophecy has been around for 7000 years and everyone is interested in meddling with it, even if they do not know what or why.
Meanwhile large corporations, generals, lost parents and evil detectives bumble about the edges, seemingly just to add to the general confusion. I trust that the author will eventually tie all of the loose ends together, but I couldn't wait for him to get around to it. Did not finish this book (very unusual for me) and I will not be buying the sequels.
The premise for the story was great - the beginning of the book pulled me in. Unfortunately, the riveting, page-turning book that I thought this might be became cliche, underdeveloped and poorly written. With Ted Dekker as a mentor, I suppose it's no surprise that the dialogue was poorly written and at times, very cheesy. This series had all the weaknesses of Dekker's writing with none of the strengths.
So many times throughout the book, there were plot holes so huge or character actions that made such little sense that it just couldn't be overlooked. It was hard to care too much about the characters as the attempts at developing them were superficial and the dialogue made you wonder who would ever talk as some of his characters do.
I stuck with the entire series thinking it might get better further in, but it only got more confusing and seemingly thrown together. It took me an entire year to get through the trilogy because I would get bored and set the book down for long periods to read something more interesting. Not sure why I stuck it out - I guess I was hopeful I would find some redeeming qualities. Perhaps I would be willing to read more of this author in the future if he develops and hones his skill, but I can't take reading any more Ted Dekker-esque books. I read lots of Dekker for a while and finally gave up on him because I just couldn't get past the terrible dialogue. Sadly, I don't feel Parrish even has the same ability to make you keep turning that page - at least not from what I have read in this series. He has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants to win an audience who wants an intelligent product. For now, I will have to read my stand by authors: Robert Liparulo and Tim Downs. . .
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Writing style felt elementary and did not grab me and make me want to read hours on end.