Domain (The Domain Trilogy #1)
Miami, September 2012: Psychology Dominique Vazquez is assigned a special patient-Mick Ga
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more