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Domain (The Domain Trilogy #1)

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For 32 years, archaeologist Julius Gabriel has investigated the Mayan calendar, a 2500-year-old enigma that predicts the end of humanity. Julius believes the sites of the ancients, placed all around the globe, represent ancient pieces of a puzzle linked to the salvation of our species.

Miami, September 2012: Psychology Dominique Vazquez is assigned a special patient-Mick Ga
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Mass Market Paperback, 461 pages
Published June 17th 2002 by Tor Books (first published 2001)
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Aldo Aguirre
El primer tercio del libro me entretuvo, hasta que empezaron a salirse las cosas un poco de control y realidad. Los personajes poco a poco perdieron profundidad (la poca que tenían) y llegó un punto en el que simplemente quería acabarlo por el puro hecho de acabarlo.
Karen
Aug 10, 2012 Karen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Started off well - seemingly well researched and reasonably well written, but I'm afraid I lost interest with all of the alien space craft. After ploughing through about 4 fifths of the book, I couldn't even bring myself to finish it.
Lizeth
Jul 25, 2011 Lizeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uff, Profecias Mayas, Angkor Wat, Stonehegde sinceramente al leer la cubierta posterior parece que todo va bien y pinta para ser un libro muy interesante, al principio lo es, cuenta con muchos hechos historicos realmente sorprendentes, de pronto la historia se convierte en una novela de Dan Brown o Ken Follet mal escrita, realmente me resulto muy dificil continuar leyendo, logre terminarlo, sin embargo no supe si lei un libro de ciencia ficción, una novela, un libro historico o que lo unico que ...more
Siobhan
I’m going to be completely honest and say I entered this trilogy with no real idea of what to expect.

Entering the book unsure what to expect, I must admit that I enjoyed it more than I had expected. I have not read all that many alien books and the fact that this one was connected back to the Mayan calendar was very interesting. That being said, the three star review reflects the fact that I have not read all that many books in this genre rather than across all the books I have read.

When compar
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rameau
Well, wasn't that a disappointment.

Some time ago--probably a year or two back--I saw a paperback copy of this book in the bookshop. I glanced at the blurb and thought interesting, but put it back and decided to look it up in the library. Aren't I glad I did.

It wasn't the sketchy science that I found unpalatable. I'm too lazy to look up the real numbers but I can smell circular mathematical reasoning when I stumble on it. By nature I'm an easy sell. Just put some effort into the storytelling, m
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Ana Bolox
Aug 24, 2014 Ana Bolox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Thriller que comienza bien, planteando una serie de situaciones y conflictos que llaman la atención del lector, pero que a medida que va avanzando degenera hasta sumergirse en lo inverosímil.

Es cierto que este libro pertenece en cierto modo al género de la fantasía, pero, desde mi punto de vista, el autor ha resuelto el final de una manera que defrauda.

Puntos positivos: la primera mitad del libro es intrigante y está construida de forma que gusta y en ciertos momentos llega a atrapar, los person
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John
Mar 04, 2012 John rated it liked it
Domain is a really ambitious novel--the first in a trilogy--from Steve Alten, who seems to be trying to get people to see him as the next Michael Crichton instead of as a poor man's Peter Benchley. The story weaves together conspiracy theories regarding everything from ancient Mayan prophecies to Genesis' reference to the Nephilim to the question of who built the pyramids to the seeding of human life by aliens. But, while I keenly appreciate the effort and realize that Alten really worked his he ...more
Kimberly
Jun 21, 2011 Kimberly rated it did not like it
Is it possible to be too smart for a book? If so, that's what happened here. This book is about the end of the word (Mayan-Calendar-Doomsday-Style) so of course it is supposed to suspend reality, but I don't think they had to summarily dismiss common sense. I am just too hip on science to get behind a lot of stuff in this book, not to mention the sheer idiocy of the some of the situations. (Who knew it was safe/feasible for the president to fly from DC to the Yucatan over 1000 miles of open ocea ...more
Pearl
Jul 27, 2009 Pearl rated it really liked it
The last thing I usually pick up when reading for pleasure is sci-fi. I don't like spaceships. I don't like aliens or Star Trekky-like creatures. I don't like physical laws breaking in books (that goes for fantasy too). But somehow Domain, Steve Alten's sci-fi doomsday page-turner, kept me glued enough that I actually think I'm going to start giving sci-fi another chance. Maybe it was because it was part psychological thriller, part historical fiction, and all undeniably, relentessly plot-driven ...more
Amy
Sep 19, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paperback/Sci-Fiction: I figured I'd better get this one off the shelf because 2012 is around the corner and this is a trilogy. I really loved Alten's shark books and this one was pretty good too.
Let's get the hard part over: There were some problems: 150 pages too long, slow beginning, undone loose ends. The biggest thing I did not like was the father's journal. Instead of a man, who has pretty much isolated for much of his life, seems to get saner as his journal goes on.
The good parts are ever
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Ed
Dec 05, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it
I wanted to read at least one "2012 Apocalypse" novel before Dec 21. I chose Domain.

Alten manages to take facts and theories behind the Mayan calendar and blend them effortlessly into a storyline that is gripping, fascinating, action paced and believable. At times its hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction. I actually went on line to varify some of the research Alten used in the book.

The story kept me turning pages until I fell asleep reading. Turn after turn the storyline kept me
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Amelia
Jul 29, 2014 Amelia rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, re-read, horror
Still creepy as ever, yet I'm continuing to the next book in the series. Mayan prophecies always gets to me.
Chiara Martin
Libro all'inizio un po' duro da digerire, non coinvolge subito nella lettura e in alcuni tratti presenta un linguaggio molto tecnico, talvolta del tutto incomprensibile per chi non sappia già di che cosa si sta parlando. Oggetto del libro è - come suggerisce il titolo stesso - la fine del mondo, prevista secondo il calendario Maya per il 21/12/2012, ma che tuttavia è possibile evitare. Non voglio rivelare niente perché rovinerebbe la sorpresa a chi lo sta leggendo, ma qualche accenno ad un paio ...more
Nicholas Karpuk
Aug 06, 2014 Nicholas Karpuk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read about half this book out of a sort of obligation.

Steve Alten wrote a hacky, but generally well-paced and tolerably readable book about a giant shark. Nothing award winning, but it would keep you amused on a long plane ride.

He then proceeded to make sequels to it.

And somewhere along the line he decided to branch out into the sort of silly doomsday prophecies that ebb and flow in popularity all the time.

It relates to the Mayan calendar ending, which is about as silly as believing that the
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Whispring
May 23, 2014 Whispring rated it it was ok
Shelves: novel
I started reading this book years ago when i was on a long distance bike trip and staying at a friends house for a few nights. I had never heard of the mayan doomsday prophecy or even of many of the ancient places in this book like the nazca plateau. I was horrified, i was intrigued. Unfortunately i had to leave before i could finish the book. It had ignited in me an intense curiosity of the mayans and their prophecy and i started learning all i could about both which led me to learning much mor ...more
Sunflower
This was a cheapie in one of the local bookstores, bought for reading while travelling and leaving behind somewhere. Trouble is, it wasn't engaging enough to get it finished, so it had to come home with me. It starts off with an interesting premise: archaeologists who stumble on something that is going to cause major destruction for the planet- some of the great sites on Earth are mentioned: the great pyramid at Giza, the Mayan sites. And then it all starts to go downhill: there is a lot of quas ...more
Polly
Oct 18, 2007 Polly rated it did not like it
loved Loch and wanted more intelligent fluff (no oxymoron there) lots of factual stuff lots of drunken ranting couldn't finish it, there should be a category on here for Yikes that was bad......
CanadianEditor
Jun 02, 2009 CanadianEditor rated it did not like it
Unreadable crap. Could only force myself through the first 1/4 of the book. To quote another reviewer "there should be a category on here for Yikes that was bad.."
Jake
Apr 27, 2009 Jake rated it it was amazing
Amazing book! Changed the way I looked at the Myans.
Neil Davies
Jun 18, 2014 Neil Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good science fiction thriller. My only complaint is that there are times when the wealth of detail goes beyond being interesting to feeling like the author is just showing off how much research he did on the subject. There is such a thing as too much information. And one personal niggle, and it is a purely personal thing: I don't like narrative written in the present tense. But these are small matters in a big book, both in pagination and scope. This is the second book I have read by Steve ...more
Mark Easter
Jul 19, 2015 Mark Easter rated it liked it

Archaeologist Julius Gabriel has devoted his life to studying the Mayan calendar, a 2,500-year-old enigma that ends abruptly on December 21, 2012. Many believe this foretells the end of the world. Julius is convinced it’s one of many pieces to a puzzle that could lead to the salvation of our species. He has passed on his knowledge to the only person who ever believed his theories—his son Mick. It is now the fall of 2012 and Mick is still haunted by his father’s predictions. He’s been committed t

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Richard (Davros)
I am sorry, but this was dire. The worst bit for me was of my own making. Over the last few weeks I had thrown so many ebooks away, as they were crap - or at least not doing it for me. Idiot here, kept reading this (well listening, as I turn my ebooks into MP3 files). As I studied psychology at polytechnic, I was interested in the initial interview between Dominique Vasquez and Mick Gabriel, her first patient. I had even dismissed the science fiction bit at the beginning. I should have left it t ...more
Edgardo
May 06, 2009 Edgardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El Testamento Maya By Steve Alten is about the Maya calendar and the Maya prophecy. In the Maya caledar it says that the world is going to end on december 21, 2012.
The most important characters of the book are Michel and Dominique. Michel was an archeologist, him and his father julius Gabriel a famous archeologist tried to discover the significant of the Maya prophecy. After his father presented their discovery to te scientist community, no one believe what they said and his father reputation
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Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
Michael Gabriel was raised by his archaeologist parents to believe that the Mayan Doomsday prophecy is true. After Julius Gabriel, Mick’s father, is discredited by an old enemy, and Mick beats the man severely after Julius dies, Mick spends the next 11 years in solitary confinement in a mental institution. It is nearing the Earth’s day of doom, December 21, 2012, when Dominique Vasquez, an intern, is added to his psychiatric team. Mick needs Dominique’s help, but first he has to convince her tha ...more
Kelly
Jan 24, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Step right up folks, if it’s horror you want, it’s horror you shall receive. Warning, this book is not for the faint of heart or readers with a depressive tendency.

The story has two plots coinciding, both equally horrifying, which makes it hard for one to recover from the mental anguish instilled in the book. While not philosophical or reflective, it is an endless horror ride. As soon as it looks like you might get hope, despair knocks down your door and makes itself at home.

Set in a post nucl
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Paul
Mar 18, 2011 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ancient prophecy. An evil older than mankind. It is the beginning of the end.

I was about three or four pages into The Mayan Prophecy by Steve Alten when I had a niggling suspicion that everything seemed awfully familiar. After bit of hunting around at the front of the book I discovered that the novel was originally published under the title Domain back in 2001. Though I had read it before, I decided to re-read and refresh my opinion of the novel.

The Mayan calendar runs out on the 21st Decembe
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Mark
Oct 03, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
I read this book approximately ten years ago by accident. I had read all the books I had brought with me on holiday and this was on a shelf of mostly german books in the hotel i was staying in. This review is based on the first read of the book not when i revisited it.

This book was brilliant, i literally could not put it down and that meant i read it in a single day. Having been to Mexico and seen Chichen Itza, it just helped materialise where and what the book was saying. I just loved the madne
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Amy
Oct 12, 2014 Amy rated it it was ok
So this was actually about 60% entertaining-stupid. I started skimming all the politics ("politics") sections less than halfway through and the outcome was the same. Definitely should have stuck to the Mayan-prophecy-alien storyline.

The main character's name is Michael Gabriel. His mother is Maria. He was born on Christmas.

The villain that is not a space devil is named Pierre Borgia.

That's how subtle we're playing this.
Scott Stoddard
Feb 23, 2014 Scott Stoddard rated it liked it
Felt roughly similar to Davinci Code with more horror / sci-fi mixed in: boy meets girl, chase a crazy sequence of clues to discover an earth changing secret, but add in some save the planet stuff and a really bizarre ending and you've got domain.

As silly as I think it would sound to actually explain the plot, it was very fun to read and a had several very memorable scenes.

Sharon
Nov 26, 2010 Sharon rated it really liked it
Entertaining speculative fiction focused on the Mayan calendar "doomsday prophecy" that has so many conspiracy theorists in a twist nowadays.

Alten's novel focuses on Michael Gabriel, the son of an archaeologist who discovers some information related to the Mayan calendar that no one else has found. When he begins sharing the information at a scholarly conference, his rival Pierre Borgia discredits him. At the time that the book takes place, Borgia is serving as secretary of state and has manage
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Steve Alten grew up in Philadelphia, earning his Bachelors degree in Physical Education at Penn State University, a Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate of Education at Temple University. Struggling to support his family of five, he decided to pen a novel he had been thinking about for years. Working late nights and on weekends, he eventually finished ...more
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