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Dominion (Ollie Chandler #2)

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Clarence Abernathy, an Oregon columnist and suburban middle-class black, is dragged into a world of inner-city gangs, drugs, violence and racial conflict.

Clarence Abernathy, an Oregon columnist and suburban middle-class black, is dragged into a world of inner-city gangs, drugs, violence and racial conflict. Clarence's anger at injustices he cannot control pulls him onto t
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Published December 30th 2008 by Multnomah Books
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Amanda
Dec 04, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian readers
Shelves: spiritual, mystery
This review isn't going to be the easiest to write if I really delve into why I liked the book and the parts I didn't like, because someone out there is bound to call me a rascist. That's not the case.

The truth is, I thought this book was awesome. As a Christian mystery novel, it obviously came across as spiritual, but in a way that didn't overpower a reader. Even a non-Christian could read the book and get into the main story. Alcorn puts alot of philosophy in his book as well, and the picture
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Jenn
Jul 12, 2010 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very hard for me to get through. It was LOADED with racial issues (we're talking every sentence, no exaggeration, was regarding race, white vs. black, judging based on race, etc.) and frankly it was so distracting that I ended up skimming/skipping those sections by the end (as well as the Heaven scenes. They seemed irrelevant to the story line). The point was made in the first 100 pages. Besides, the dialogue wasn't believable during the race discussions. Don't get me wrong, I thin ...more
Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it  ·  review of another edition
Product Description

Sweet Revenge?

When two senseless killings hit close to home, columnist Clarence Abernathy seeks revenge for the murders—and, ultimately, answers to his own struggles regarding race and faith. After being dragged into the world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict, Clarence is encouraged by fellow columnist Jake Woods to forge an unlikely partnership with a redneck homicide detective. Soon the two find themselves facing dark forces, while unseen eyes watch from above. Thi

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Mary Blendermann
One of my all-time favorite books. If you're looking for the one fictional novel you should read this month, or this year even, it should be this one.

I think I've had more conversations inspired by Dominion than by any other book. It covers a myriad of different topics with honesty and clarity, and can give you valuable insights on a number of race and faith related issues.

The writing is always well-paced and pulls you through the plot, and the murder investigation never seems plasticine or fak
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Tuuli Platner
Feb 03, 2011 Tuuli Platner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, fiction
Not as good as Deadline.
Maybe it's just because I live in the UK - where racial prejudice is nowhere near such a big issue, because most 'non-English' (!) moved here of there own volition - but it got tiresome being bashed over and over again for being an assumedly ignorant white American. And that while the protagonist is the biggest racist in the book. And doesn't seem to actually realise it ever.
Alenna
Dec 27, 2010 Alenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't the full of the typical fluff that a lot of Christian books have - it had a lot of depth. It also made me think about a lot of things that don't normally cross my mind much: inner city life, gangs, drugs, racial conflict, prejudices and also heaven. Heaven was REAL in this book and while I have believed that my entire life, this book left me with a longing for my true home.
Kristina
Aug 30, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite in this series, which seems to be unusual in my reading circle. I appreciate that Alcorn doesn't shy away from uncomfortable issues involving race and gang crimes, but doesn't wallow in their ugliness either.
Debbie Ward
This novel has a good plot and it captured my attention from the beginning. However like 'Deadline' the author goes into too much detail in this case about the racial tensions. This detracts from the actual story which I believe gives the message the Author is wanting to get across. Also found the Heaven scenes not relevant to the actual storyline except maybe at the very end when Obadiah goes to be with the Lord. I found myself skimming past a lot of the irrelevant parts and just focused on the ...more
Melissa
What would you do if your sister and niece were murdered in a drive-by shooting? This book explores pride, revenge, fatherhood, gangs, abortion, racial prejudice and stereotypes, forgiveness, and God's justice through a broad view of eternity. I think I liked it better than the first in the series, as I've often been interested in cultures and "races" (I believe there's really only one race, as the author does), and it helped me see both sides of the issues blacks and whites (and others) have to ...more
Gloria
Nov 14, 2014 Gloria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really sure how to feel about this book because of my perception of the last one. So while I thought that I wouldn't enjoy it, I actually did.

Clarence Abernathy, who was introduced in the first book, is the protagonist in this book. He lives in the suburbs and his sister Dani lives in city. After visiting her one day, he received word that she and one of her daughters had been shot.

The story follows Clarence and Oliver Chandler, also in the first book, as they try to figure out who kill
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Ray
Jan 07, 2013 Ray rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I am a Christian and I really liked the other books Randy wrote, "Deadline" was great, "Safely home" was very moving, but I had to stop reading this book. I am not offended or surprised by the heaven scenes as the consideration for afterlife is what Randy's ministry is all about. As a Christian I welcomed them and appreciated the reminder to think about what I believe.

However, they did appear much more frequently than they did in the other two books I mentione
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Tom
Aug 09, 2010 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When his sister and niece are murdered in what appears to be a senseless drive-by shooting, Portland journalist Clarence Abernathy is forced into an evaluation of his racial identity. His planned move into a swankier neighborhood is derailed and he moves his family into his deceased sister's home in a poor section of Portland. He meets Ollie, the white detective who is handling his sister's case. Over the course of the book, he holds discussions with Ollie and with Jake, another white friend, an ...more
Abbe
Sep 20, 2012 Abbe added it
Shelves: in-library
Product Description

Sweet Revenge?

When two senseless killings hit close to home, columnist Clarence Abernathy seeks revenge for the murders—and, ultimately, answers to his own struggles regarding race and faith. After being dragged into the world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict, Clarence is encouraged by fellow columnist Jake Woods to forge an unlikely partnership with a redneck homicide detective. Soon the two find themselves facing dark forces, while unseen eyes watch from above. Thi

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Lee Anne
April 23: Again, this author's content, as in his other book I read, is trite, with a low-level vocabulary & rife with hackneyed or mismatched analogies. I'm on p.142 & not sure I can continue with the negative racial diatribes from the bitter protagonist. After looking at a couple of other reviews on Goodreads i see i am not alone in this observation. I may not finish it. I may pick it up again & skim before book club meets to discuss it in June. The action picked up a bit from p.25 ...more
Stefan
Mar 24, 2008 Stefan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dominion is one of my favorite works of fiction by a Christian author written from a Christian perspective. The narrative is well written and thus highly readable, the dialogue is tense and catchy, the characters and their respective histories and environments were in my opinion a major reason for reading Dominion. I especially connected and enjoyed reading about two secondary but nonetheless important characters: homicide detective Ollie Chandler and Obadiah Abernathy. The simplicity, disciplin ...more
Grampy
Apr 16, 2012 Grampy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in a series of three books by Randy Alcorn, "Deadline" and "Deception" being the other two, I highly recommend reading all three. Randy is a writer of Christian literature, but for those of you who may be turned off by the label "Christian literature", this series of three books will entertain you as suspenseful thrillers on their own merit. The Christian aspect is present, but subtle, and will not interfere with your enjoyment of three good thrillers. Randy does not write his fiction wit ...more
Abby
Sep 27, 2010 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
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Patricia W Tozer
Loved this novel!

This book really opened my eyes in a new way to the black American experience. As a white woman raised in the south with very little exposure to blacks, I'm amazed at the insights I gained from this book. I also enjoyed the depiction of heaven. Very thought provoking on several levels.
Kristen
Dec 03, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, fiction
As always, I enjoyed Randy Alcorn's writing, but this book was especially thought provoking as it dealt with many issues of race. It is from the perspective of Clarence (the black newspaper writer that we met in the previous Ollie Chandler book).
Wendy Dawn
Good book.

A journalist gets involved with a cop trying to unravel his sisters murder. His sister was mistakenly hit in a gang murder, but nothing is as it appears when turf wars and gang wars are entanbled with the fight for personal survival.

Lays a a lot of groundwork for other Alcorn works. From the perspective of being thought provoking spiritualy and socially this is a phenominal book.

For casual reading this book is a little hard to get through. Not difficult reading, just lots of overlap
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Brittany
Sports columnist Clarence Abernathy is heartbroken when his sister and her five year old daughter are killed in what appears to be a gang shooting. He enlists the help of Detective Ollie Chandler, and they will stop at nothing to find justice.
"Dominion" covers some important subjects such as racism, gang activity, Salvation, and even angels. It had some really good stuff in it; but overall I didn't like this book nearly as much as I liked "Deadline". Especially the first half really held my int
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Mom
Jan 27, 2009 Mom rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought I was going to like this book, altho a little tired of Alcorn's heavenly scenes which I believe to be based on assumptions. Also do not care for the way in which Jesus is depicted as being so in love with us...as is common in current Christian thought and writings.

The book is about racial issues and black culture, which I appreciated knowing more about. However, the story line got old as it turned out to be so similar to what is common cops and robbers TV/movie fare with some
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Nick Woodall
Randy Alcorn is the only author I know that can write as equally good a fiction book as he does a non-fiction. This one is a must-read, especially as it relates to race relations.
Cresanna Kahrl
May 19, 2015 Cresanna Kahrl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best description of Heaven I've ever read
Simon Gelling
May 09, 2014 Simon Gelling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable thriller,and also made me think about how other people feel and are treated.
Sebrina
Difficult to get into at first, but worth it in the end.
Sarah
Jun 02, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a little of everything in it! The author,Randy Alcorn,covered a wide range of topics and did a great job I think of it.Just a tip,I didn't realize that this book was number 2 in a series and so I read this book first.Then I read the 3rd,and then I realized it was part of a series,although I think that these could be read in any order you wish.Some of the book can be a little intense,so a more mature aduience would enjoy this...Enjoy!
Micah
Oct 02, 2008 Micah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very racially loaded. It made me realize some of the small things that I do that are discriminating and so now I'm trying to change. The religious views of the book are very dominant. Overall it was written from a different perspective than I'm used to. It made me think, but I took a long time to finish it. It didn't quite draw me in. It's a pretty sad story in my opinion, and there is a twist in the mystery at the end.
Starla Gooch
Jul 24, 2011 Starla Gooch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I didn't like this book. We already hear so much about racism and I viewed this as just another attempt at trying to complain about it. It wasn't until the last couple hundred pages that I realized how much our perception is really altered because of race and I began to notice my own biased perceptions in every day life. This book made me look into myself and encouraged me to change the way I see the world.
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Randy Alcorn is the founder of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world.

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