Item description for Relentless (Dominion Trilogy #1) by Robin Parrish...
Overview Grant Borrows' life has just taken a drastic left turn. There's another man in the world wearing his face and living his life. Somehow, he's been shifted--his whole life fundamentally altered, in the space of a single breath. He soon learns he's become the central figure in a vast web of intrigue that stretches back to a 7,000-year-old prophecy.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.925 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2007
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
Grade Level Multiple Grades
Series Dominion Trilogy
Series Number 1
ISBN 0764203452 ISBN13 9780764203459
Availability 0 units.
More About Robin Parrish
Robin Parrish has written for over a decade as a journalist on the cutting edge of Christian culture, from books and music to film. He is the author of the Dominion Trilogy, Nightmare, Offworld, and Vigilante. Robin, his wife, and their children live in High Point, North Carolina. Daniel Lusko attended film school at the New York Film Academy and directed the documentaries Inside the Revolution and Epicenter based on Joel Rosenberg's New York Times bestsellers. Over the past two years Daniel has directed his first action/adventure feature film entitled 500 MPH Storm and a gritty crime drama, 11 Seconds. He is writer and director of Persecuted, produced with Gray Frederickson (The Godfather and Apocalypse Now). Daniel and his family live in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Reviews - What do customers think about Relentless (Dominion Trilogy #1)?
Birth and death? This COULD get interesting! Feb 8, 2007
So, is there is mystery behind all the 4 star reviews for this? Probably not, because this did indeed end on a cliff hanger, and I'm ready for a lot more of Robin Parrish! So, I've seen the 4 star reviews, and at least one of them is fair. Maybe one with less might come off a bit jealous, but hey! I loved it! And I really don't buy the talk about this being like Star Wars. X-Men I never really got into, (I actually HATED X-Men) so that means I actually got to read this with an OPEN MIND!!
What the heck would YOU think if you wondered off the local bus, and saw yourself standing across the street? HUH? Well, Grant Borrows will answer that question for us. He's been given quite the unusual gift, and he uses it quite well. He knows how to fight too. Lots of fists and kicks and blood in this. But that's not exactly the main idea here. Go take a look in the mirror and ask yourself, "WHO AM I?" If you can grasp that concept, you just might get the idea. And while Grant certainly has his enemies, he also has his allies, some he might not have a clue about.
Fans of Ted Dekker shouldn't be let down by this. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but I really enjoyed it! Robin Parrish has stepped into a most unusual octagon, and when the referee commands, "LET'S GET IT ON!!!" Oh believe me, it is on! If you listen closely, you might here the sounds of both birth and death. You listening? Oh yeah, this could get quite interesting! Robin Parrish is indeed RELENTLESS, charging on at a FEARLESS pace!!
True rating about 4.5 stars Nov 7, 2006
Relentless is almost ridiculously addicting. I obsessed over it until I read the last page. Then I found out there will be two more books AND they are coming out in 2007 and 2008. Sheesh, I almost wish I had waited to read it now. I'm not one for delayed gratification (being American, and all that.) However, I do love a book I can burn through in very little time because it keeps my attention. I despise a boring story. The characters in Relentless were beat up and nearly pummeled to death so often that it was almost funny (in a twisted way), and like a soap opera, some of the characters refused to die or came back though you thought they were dead. I'd say that the violence was one of the things that made the story so vivid, yet it was a bit much for me in regards to description. I can still envision some of the stuff in the story and it ain't purty. It reminds me of a chop-chop flick with the near constant fighting, but at least there was a purpose for it in Relentless. Almost everyone wanted someone else dead. Sometimes the bad guys were actually the good guys and sometimes the good guys did bad things. All around it was a five for entertainment value except for the gore, which tempts me to rate it lower, however, in all fairness it was still riveting. Great plot, wacko scenes, cliff hanger moments, and even some heart tugging emotion are packed into this story. I'm thinking that Parrish and Dekker must be friends because they think alike in regards to depth and intrigue.
Relentless left me breathless Nov 2, 2006
Mr. Parrish takes the reader on a roller coaster ride. From the start, this book grabbed me and didn't let go. Grant is a great character, completely human and vulnerable yet with a wonderful inner strength I would love to find in myself. There is something here for everyone: suspense, a little romance, science fiction with a sword and sorcery thrown in. I'm barely able to contain myself waiting for book two.
Relentless, by Robin Parrish Sep 22, 2006
We wake up every single day and see the same face in the mirror. Every day, same life, same job, same face. For some, this is a comforting reality - stability, consistency, an anchor securing one's place in the world. It's a reassurance to be able to wake up in the morning and know who we are, and what we're meant to be.
One day, as Colin Boyd is waiting to get on the bus to go to work, he has all of that ripped away as he looks across the street, and unbelievably sees himself, walking to work, ready to start a new day. When Colin frantically whirls to inspect himself in a store window and sees a stranger looking back at him, that sense of identity, of knowing who he was is stripped away, as everything he knows and loves is taken from him. He is now Grant Borrows, a man who is mysteriously wealthy, trained in all sorts of things a normal person knows nothing about, with no past, no present, and no purpose, no identity...and is marked for death.
His only clues to what has happened to him: a mysterious girl with a penchant for showing up and vanishing without a trace, giving him cryptic advice and going around barefoot; a scientist and his assistant involved in a secret government project; several people who apparently want him dead, and the ornate, ancient looking ring on his finger that will not come off, no matter what he does.
Eventually, Colin - now Grant - encounters an enclave of people just like him; people who have been Shifted, and have lost the lives they used to lead, just like him. As Grant digs deeper and deeper into the mystery of what has happened to him, it becomes clear that whatever happens next, it is only the tip of an iceberg of secrets and prophecies, as a foretold destiny hurtles towards Grant - wanted or not. His family was not what it seemed to be, he is frightend by the power that grows within him, and even those who share his fate are uncertain what role he will play in the days to come.
And then there is The Keeper, a mysterious, invisible hand moving around Grant and his fellow life-orphans like chess pieces on a cosmic chessboard. What draconian plan does he have for the world, and why did he create a virtual army of super beings? To defend the world against something horrible...
...or to take it over for himself?
Robin Parrish's first outing is a work of impressive complexity. He blends together multiple plotlines and narratives, laying clues and leads in all the right spots, revealing things in some places, orchestrating surprises around all the right corners, and deftly slipping other things just out of view. The story is rich in detail, and the pacing frenetic. Those who love action will enjoy this read, and it would translate well to the big screen. You can easily imagine Harrison Ford in the role of Grant, running frantically from scene to scene as he did in Frantic or The Fugitive; or even Dennis Quaid playing an unlikely hero who wants nothing more than to be left alone.
All in all, Relentless is a good, solid read. You'll get caught up in the action and the frenzy, and pulled into trying to decipher what has happened to Grant and just what The Dominion is. This is a creative and imaginative tale; one that should have mainstream appeal. Relentless also marks a bold new direction for Christian fiction; in the tradition of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, this is a complete work of fiction. However, it is edifying for the Christian reader to enjoy, and exciting enough for all to read. He grabs you by the neck at the end with a surprise twist that delivers much promise for its sequel, which will be out sometime summer 2007.
It Was Great - Or Was It? Aug 17, 2006
This is the most mixed review I have ever written. Mixed because part of me loved Relentless. It is fast paced, tight, and builds to its conclusion (or cliffhanger, well, relentlessly.
But then again, there is much I didn't like. There is so little original about this story under the skin. Parish throws in everything from a Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker plot with Grant Borrows and his longed presumed dead father to as another reviewer has mentioned, a X-Men type mansion.
As much as I like Parish's writing (and his mentor, Ted Dekker), Parish does little to develop character. The one thought I kept having as I read this book was, "Wow - this would make a great movie." But I wanted it to be a great book first and in my opinion it is not.
Is it a good read? Oh yeah! And, I will read the sequels. But is this a great book? Not really.