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Unholy Domain Hardcover – April 1, 2008
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Set in the year 2022, Ronco's techno-thriller continues the premise established in his first book, PeaceMaker. In 2012, the PeaceMaker virus, supposedly designed by madman software expert Ray Brown, shut down the Internet, resulting in worldwide devastation. Since this cataclysm, the government has curtailed new technology. Those who would see the government limitations overturned are known as Technos; opposing them is a group of dangerous religious extremists, the Church of Natural Humans. Several events have brought these two warring factions head-to-head: the creators of illegal technology, the Domain, has decided to take over the government, and Ray Brown's son, David, has undertaken an investigation in an attempt to clear his father's name. The basic idea is interesting, but there's something more than a little of the adolescent about the entire enterprise, from the constant sexual references regarding every female character ("She wore skin-tight jeans, which showed off her tight, round butt as she walked past") to such lines as: "She enjoyed a drag of her cigarette, which felt robust and full." This is the second volume in a proposed trilogy.
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In 2012 a computer virus called PeaceMaker rips through the Internet, plunging the world into an economic depression. The already nasty division between technophiles and technophobes turns violent, and a decade later, the two factions are at war. On one side, the radical Church of Natural Humans is dedicated to destroying technology that threatens to replace human beings; on the other, the Domain sees technology as the world’s salvation (and its own path to world domination). Stuck in the middle is university-student David Brown, son of the man accused of unleashing PeaceMaker on the world. The novel wants to be a gripping, near-future technothriller about young David’s crusade to prove his father’s innocence, but it only partially succeeds. The premise is thought-provoking, but the execution is a little sloppy; for example, a Church watcher, at one point, wears a gas mask to avoid being spotted by a Domain probe able to detect human respiration. But wouldn’t cutting-edge technovillains design their probes to search for temperature variation, movement, and other signs that someone’s lurking around? Such gaffes aside, this is a solid futuristic thriller. --David Pitt
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I'm less happy with the quality of the ebook though. While the first one (which I didn't buy through Amazon) was laid out nicely with bold titles, italic quotes and different font sizes this one misses all that. The fact that almost every title ends with a superfluous letter P - which is unlike all othter text bold and in a larger font size - proves that making this ebook has been done carelessly. I don't know who made the ebook (Amazon or the publisher) but at least Amazon should have checked the quality.
I received my copy on Thursday, and once I started reading I could barely put it down. Ronco's deep character development combined with a literary canvas of impressive colors provided me with a wonderful experience. Through rich use of visualizations, Ronco led me through a maze of technology which may soon be upon us and which may, someday, become a part of our everyday life.
Once into the action of the book, the story just pours from the pages and moves at a perfect pace. The intertwining storylines come alive as each character begins to interact with the others and the vision of the future of our planet is revealed. Ronco takes you into a world which is not only believable, but is beginning to become a reality!!! With every twist and turn, the thrill becomes more intense.
UNHOLY DOMAIN is a riveting read which will pique and keep your interest. I HIGHLY recommend this book and also Ronco's first book, PEACEMAKER.
While the story line had a good flow I did find it a little unbelievable that it was only 2022. In my opinion it was hard to believe that a society could make the progress in computers and androids that was shown in Unholy Domain while going backward by fifty plus years in the infrastructures of cities and businesses. I also agree with another reviewer that it was unbelievable that the women in David's life would fall for him so quickly. While the book was hard to believe in some instances, I did enjoy reading the book and am looking forward to the next installment.
I found the idea of the main character evolving into a new kind of human intriguing and will take the time to read his first novel in the series. This writer has a bright future and I look forward to see how his writing evolves over time. I hope that part of that evolution will be more in-depth character building for the secondary characters.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about an all to possible future that involves a devolution of humanity. This all too possible future made it impossible for me to put down the book and I found myself comparing today's financial crisis to what was happening in Unholy Domain.
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This techno-thriller starts a few years after the events in `Peacemaker' but works well as a stand alone novel.Read more