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Relentless (Dominion Trilogy #1) Paperback – June 1, 2007
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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
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"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
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"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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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.
I wish I could rate this higher, but based on the description I expected more of thriller than a fantasy.
The problem is, it's a novel, not a movie. If I wanted to rent an action flick, there's Comcast on Demand...
It did have the absolute best line or certainly one of the very best opening lines of any book I've ever opened up, "Colin Boyd stepped off the Metro bus on his way to work, and across the street he saw himself strolling down the sidewalk."
I expected so, so much more from this book as the beginning totally grabs you. But what I got was two dimensional characters that were more out of a comic book than they were for a good solidly written novel.
The other trend I take exception to is this trend that every page, every single scene in a plot, has to have "action." It seemed as if the characters didn't take a breath before something else badda bing badda boom was happening off-screen to bring the readers attention to yet another explosion, or car wreck or assailant attacking or other boring action.
It was so tiresome and it left the reader wanting more from these cartoon-like characters. Much, much more.
I won't be reading the other two in the trilogy. If you're a guy's guy and you like car chases and explosions galore - this is your book. If you like some depth to characters and a plot that isn't over the top with action, you should spend your money elsewhere.