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by Steve Alten

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ISBN: 0613554442
ISBN13: 978-0613554442
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Steve Alten
Language: English
Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (June 2002)
ePUB size: 1736 kb
FB2 size: 1442 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 388
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Michael Gabriel was raised by his archaeologist parents to believe that the Mayan Doomsday prophecy would come 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 that he's not really crazy, which isn't easy with the wild stories he's telling. Despite stern warnings, Dominique finds Mick's urgent statements about the end of the world compelling, particularly when the Mayan prophecy starts to come true. She finds herself in a dilemma between believing everything she's ever known, especially from the education she worked so hard to get, and believing Mick's strange stories about the end of the world when bizarre things start to happen in the Gulf of Mexico.

To date, this is Alten's best book, and that is high praise. In this story, he weaves ancient history, scientific speculation, and science fiction together for one heck of a tale. The action takes awhile to get going, but the pervasive sense of impending doom kept the pages turning. There are ugly, mean villains with an agenda, along with selfless good guys intent on saving humanity despite itself, and the story crosses realms and a galaxy. Readers who insist on realism should look elsewhere, but those who like to get swept away on a wild ride with few restraints are in for a treat.

Steve Alten always writes good books, but in this one he has outdone himself. I highly recommend it.
You won't find it in most book stores, but there is a branch of fiction that can only be categorized as conspiracy fiction. Typically in the suspense genre but also reaching into science fiction and historical fiction, conspiracy stories propose that there are hidden cabals out in the world who have secret (and usually sinister) agendas. Things that seem tame on the surface are really elements of some grand plan. Recently, the big novel in this field would be The Da Vinci Code, which has spawned a whole bunch of similar historical conspiracy stories. Another example would be Steve Alten's Domain, which unfortunately shows some of the weaknesses in conspiracy fiction.

In Domain, the conspiracy is actually one fostered by aliens and it starts millions of years ago when a spaceship crashes into the Earth with such intensity that the environmental effects wipe out the dinosaurs. We then go to 2012 where Mick Gabriel is locked in an insane asylum, where no one will listen to his declarations that humanity will end its existence on the coming winter solstice. This prediction was based on interpretations of old Mayan artifacts that point to that date. Given the prologue about the spaceship crash, the reader knows that Mick is not insane, but others are not that convinced.

One person he is able to win over, however, is Dominique Vasquez, who is serving an internship at Mick's hospital. Sadly, Dominque - who is the main character in this story - is not all that bright: her beliefs seem to be based solely on what the last person she spoke with has said. Hence, she believes Mick until someone convinces her otherwise. Then she believes him again as soon as she speaks with him anew. Add to that her deep unprofessional attraction to him, and she is definitely a woman who should never be allowed to practice (and he's only her first patient).

Eventually, Dominique will help Mick escape so they can head to the ancient Mayan ruins where an alien presence is being felt. These nasty aliens are bent on destroying humanity, but with escalating international tensions, they may be beaten to the punch by the world leaders.

Despite all the science and archaeology facts thrown at the reader (and it is a mark of conspiracy fiction that the explanation has to be super complicated), anyone with a basic knowledge of astronomy will find holes in these theories. Nonetheless, Alter's detailed writing is interesting and he weaves a story that is occasionally fun, albeit dumb fun. Much of the time, however, it is definitely subpar (so I rate it a high two stars). This book has the potential to be good, but it is mostly unrealized potential.
...still worth reading. Being a huge Steve Alten fan I was working my way to reading all of his work. I've always been interested in "end of the world" novels and this one seemed very interesting. It was.... HOWEVER... I'm not into Sci-Fi type stuff and it took some work for me to get through this book. NOT because it wasn't good, but rather because Alten kinda lost me whenhe started talking about space, black holes, different dimensions, and planetary markers. Julius Gabriel's diary was difficult for me to understand and slowed the book down.

When the book wasn't focused on the diary it really flew and it was the classic reading that I'm used to from Steve. I love how Steve's storytelling puts it all out there and could care less who he hurts, kills, depresses, or blasts into space. Sci-fi fans will REALLY LOVE this book, regular fiction fans will love this book but might have some problems getting through it. I loved how he went through and talked about the Myan calendar, the ancient markers like Stonehenge, the pyramids, and the Gulf of Mexico.

This wasn't one of my favorite Steve novels but that is due to personal preference than anything else. I'll read book #2 because I HAVE to see what happens but it's not on the top of my list.