Item description for Dominion (Ollie Chandler, Book 2)
Audio Book - CD by Randy Alcorn & Frank Muller...
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. This re-release of Randy Alcorn's powerful bestseller spins off from Deadline and offers a fascinating glimpse inside heaven.
Can One Man's Search for Justice Stand Up to the Forces of Evil Threatening to Destroy Him?
A shocking murder drags black newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy into the disorienting world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict. In a desperate hunt for answers to the violence (and to his own struggles with race and faith), Clarence forges an unlikely partnership with redneck detective Ollie Chandler. Despite their differences, Clarence and Ollie soon find themselves sharing the same mission: victory over the forces of darkness vying for dominion.
Filled with insight---and with characters so real you'll never forget them---Dominion is a dramatic story of spiritual searching, racial reconciliation, and hope.
I don't know when I have read a novel that affected me so profoundly. Randy Alcorn has combined a superb mystery/detective story with a lesson in racial relations in America, gang dynamics and symbols, Christian values, and spiritual warfare.
Even better than its predecessor...Alcorn's writing remains top-notch.
---Sean Taylor, CBA Marketplace
READER'S GUIDE INCLUDED
Story Behind the Book
Randy Alcorn thoroughly researched his characters, spending time in the inner city with homicide and gang detectives to better create the scenes for this bestselling novel. He set the story in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, and the main character, Clarence Abernathy, is a black journalist whose unforgettable father played baseball in the old Negro Leagues. Randy has received many letters from readers who assume he is African American due to his accurate portrayals of racial issues.
Publishers Description Can one man's search for justice stand up to the forces of evil threatening to destroy him? A shocking murder drags black newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy into the disorienting world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict. In a desperate hunt for answers to the violence (and to his own struggles with race and faith), Clarence forges an unlikely partnership with redneck detective Ollie Chandler. Despite their differences, Clarence and Ollie soon find themselves sharing the same mission: victory over the forces of darkness vying for dominion. Filled with insight--and with characters so real you'll never forget them--"Dominion "is a dramatic story of spiritual searching, racial reconciliation, and hope.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook, CD
Studio: Oasis Audio
Running Time: 390.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.98" Width: 7.22" Height: 1" Weight: 0.47 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2006
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
Series Ollie Chandler
ISBN 1598591460 ISBN13 9781598591460
Availability 0 units.
More About Randy Alcorn & Frank Muller
Randy Alcorn is an author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit ministry dedicated to teaching principles of God’s Word and assisting the church in ministering to the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled, and unsupported people around the world. His ministry focus is communicating the strategic importance of using our earthly time, money, possessions and opportunities to invest in need-meeting ministries that count for eternity. He accomplishes this by analyzing, teaching, and applying the biblical truth.
Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has an MA degree in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.
A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written more than forty books, including the bestsellers Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books in print exceed seven million and have been translated into over thirty languages. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM’s quarterly issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, The Bible Answer Man, and The Resurgence.
Randy and his wife Nanci have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, tennis, research, and reading.
Randy Alcorn currently resides in Gresham, in the state of Oregon.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Dominion (Ollie Chandler, Book 2)
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dominion Jul 14, 2008
found it a bit difficult to relate to in the beginning, but half way through knew why. opened my eyes as to the way people relate to their ancestors and to what has happened to them.
Another hard-hitting novel by Alcorn Jun 23, 2008
A while back I read the book "Deadline" and really enjoyed it, so I was glad to get the chance to read "Dominion". I was definitely not disappointed. The story is fairly well written and it flows quickly, yet does not seem very hurried, so it was not hard to follow along. However, the book does have a few minor problems in my opinion. For example, the mystery seems to be solved far too easily, and the clues along the way seemed far too easy to find. Although the book tried to suggest that the killers were very professional and hard to trace, there were too many obvious clues that seemed to contradict that idea. A few times, a critical clue (cup in the trash; graffiti on the wall) just happened to be found a very short time before the clue would have disappeared forever. This just seemed to go too far. At the same time, the constant flow of unsolved mystery punctuated with the occasional finding of hints helped to draw the story out and make it more interesting. Also, I think that more time actually goes by than you really realize when you read through the book quickly, because not much mention is made of the times when little is happening on the case. Several people have made mention of the race issue in the book. I did nit find it annoying or distracting, but rather I found it to help draw the story out as most of the race issue parts of the book were put forth in the form of Clarence trying to resolve issues in his own mind. As for the part where Jake apologizes for the injustices done against blacks, my personal opinion after reading the book is that he was not exactly apologizing for what his ancestors did, but rather for his part in continuing the injustice of racism. I would have to reread that part of the book again to confirm this, but that is what I remember getting out of that section.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading "Dominion". It is a long book, but it reads easily and quickly. It is an interesting book and it is presented in such a way that it seems pretty realistic. I definitely recommend this book, as well as the books "Deadline" and "Deception". However, I would suggest that you read "Deadline" first, "Dominion" second, and "Deception" third as that is the way that they were written and intended to be read. While they are all stand-alone books, some things might make more sense if you read them in order. Read and enjoy.
Great Mystery Apr 20, 2008
This was my first introduction to Randy Alcorn. I had a hard time getting into Abernathy's character to start with, probably because Randy was doing too good of a job portraying him. Soon I wasn't able to put it down. His introduction of the Carpenter surprised me and add much to the book.
Ray Ruppert, Author of "The Sovereign Reigns, or Does He?" "The Sovereign's Last Battle" and "Revelation: A Layperson's Reflections"
Well-written, though somewhat flawed Jan 6, 2008
"Dominion," Randy Alcorn's follow-up to "Deadline," looks like one of those books so thick that it could substitute for a baseball bat in the case of a home break-in, but he scarcely allows the plot to drag for an instant. He skillfully and realistically blends the lives of Portland's upper and middle classes with those of its urban poor, and the amount of gang research that he obviously did to produce the the story is impressive.
"Dominion" follows Jake Woods's black friend, successful newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy. Clarence begins the book with prosperity gospel beliefs so superficial that they will pain some readers. Thankfully, reality forces him to jettison those beliefs early on, but the unfortunate vehicle for his change of mind is the drive-by shooting of his sister, Dani, and five-year-old niece. Clarence, filled with doubts about God's goodness in the tragedy's aftermath, finds himself the guardian of Dani's two remaining children, young Celeste and gangster-wannabe Ty. Though Clarence fights hard to avoid losing Ty to the streets, he becomes so addicted to his search for Dani's killer that he himself begins losing touch with his wife and two children. Helping Ollie Chambers, a cop once falsely accused of brutality and who Clarence at firsts writes off as a redneck, is an experience that stretches both the men. The many twists and turns of the case will keep readers hooked, and I doubt that many will be able to guess "whodunit." Alcorn certainly managed to shock me.
However, though Alcorn's realistic characters help cover the few mistakes in the plot, "Dominion" does not quite match up to its predecessor "Deadline." The main mistake Alcorn makes is that of trying to use his novel as a social commentary. The subject of abortion worked in "Deadline" because the book covered Jake's drastic belief change and didn't venture beyond Jake. However, though the subject of race initially feels genuine due to the conflict between Ollie and Clarence, Alcorn relies more and more as the story progresses on his characters making declarations about race rather than saying or doing things that seem to fit naturally with the plot. For example, Jake Woods' apology to Clarence for the victimization of slaves and sharecroppers--even though Jake is aware of no ancestor of his who even owned slaves or exploited sharecroppers--comes out of the blue and has little to do with the plot. Alcorn should have written a nonfiction book about race, as he has done about abortion, rather than using his characters to make declarations that readers have to accept on faith. Most readers of "Dominion," including myself, will likely be conservatives, and they will be skeptical of Alcorn's more liberal claims. Perhaps those particular views of Alcorn's are due to his living on the West Coast; who knows. One thing, at least, is obvious: Alcorn's portrayal of slavery is inaccurate and shows that he failed to research it as well as he did the Portland gangs.
Readers will find, in the end, that Alcorn's strongest point is not that whites ought to repent of their wickedness, despite (or possibly because of) the amount of time he spent on the subject of race. I won't mention any details to avoid spoiling "Dominion" for future readers, but the book's surpise ending clearly shows that a fascination with angels without a belief in Christ has the potential to be spiritually deadly. Had Alcorn's characters simply talked about the danger of angelic preoccupation, his words would have lacked force. But here, using action rather than words, and very little action at that, Alcorn gives us an unforgettable lesson.
Randy Alcorn's "Dominion" Sep 27, 2007
A very engaging story that addresses current issues in an eye opening way. This book addresses continuing, subtle racial issues, gang activity and the power of the press to influence for good or bad. Because the story is set near to where my family lives, it was fun to "drink Starbucks" with the characters in the same Barnes and Noble I visit when I am in Portland, OR. We are reading it for the second time. The first was from the library. It was worth purchasing a personal copy.