What happens to us when we die?Is there really an afterlife?Do we possess a soul?Does God exist?For Michael Gabriel, the answers to these questions lie in another dimension, a realm of eternity where there is no concept of time, only pure life force . . . pure existence.And pure evil.Five hundred years ago, the Mayan Popul Vuh prophesized the birth of powerful twins--the sons of Michael Gabriel. White-haired, azure-eyed Jacob, blessed with inhuman physical prowess, intelligence, and insight into the cosmos, knows from birth that he is meant for more. His dark-haired brother, Immanuel, refuses his genetic calling, desiring a normal life. But only the combined powers of the Gabriel twins can resurrect their savior father and save the human race from an eternity of repeating its own self-destruction.There is a third great power upon the earth, born the same day as the twins. Exposed to the uglier side of existence, empowered by her post-human genetics, the beautiful, schizophrenic Lilith will travel down a darker path that leads to Xibalba---the Mayan version of hell. An epic battle of good versus evil will begin . . . and the final fate of the human race will be revealed. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Bestseller Alten's sequel to Domain (2001), based on the Mayan Popul Vul myth, charges bravely out of the gate, but quickly loses momentum. Centuries ago, Mayan legend predicted the death of hero Michael Gabriel, who would sacrifice himself to save Earth from alien invasion in 2012and the birth of Gabriel's superhuman sons, the Hero Twins, who would descend to the Mayan underworld Xibalba, to fight evil and resurrect their father from cosmic darkness. Born in 2013, Gabriel's sons, precocious Jacob and less enthusiastic Manny, grow up in seclusion, protected by their mother and the U.S. government. Within minutes of the twins' birth, a third extraordinary child predicted by prophecy, Lilith Eve Robinson, is born nearby. Raised in horrible circumstances, the girl later suffers unending sexual abuse by her Fundamentalist foster father. Ultimately, Lilith will face Jacob and his mother in an alien world where the winner will claim all the souls on Earth. Though the relatively unknown mythology intrigues, the story stalls early under the weight of one-dimensional characters and a plot choked by the moral certainty of the Left Behind series and paranormal "science" on the level of that in Von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods. (Alten confuses electromagnetic arrays with electromagnetic pulses, misdefines volcano calderas, etc.) Still, with its apocalyptic scenario and emphasis on the afterlife, this novel will attract the same kinds of readers who've made LaHaye and Jenkins's books a success.
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Posted April 25, 2010 by Trey , KalamazooI loved this book. I liked how it expanded on some of the "mythology" of the series and how it was darker than the first.
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Excerpt from Resurrection by Steve Alten
JANUARY 21, 2013
30 DAYS A.N.D.E.
(AFTER NEAR-DOOMSDAY EVENT)
The Dojo is sixty feet long and thirty feet wide, its walls covered in mirrors, its floor made of polished wood. Master Gustafu Pope, fifth-degree black belt and former karate champion of Argentina, turns to his "Bushi" warriors, all seated along one wall in a lotus position. "Richard Rappaport. Andrea Smith."
Hearing her alias, thirty-one-year-old Dominique Vazquez jumps to her feet. Like the rest of Master Pope's students, the ebony-haired, Hispanic beauty is dressed in full Bogu--protective armor. Her chest and stomach is covered by the Do, her waist in the Tare, her hands and wrists by the Kotegloves. She slips the headpiece known as the Men over her long ponytail, the heavily padded base protecting her face, throat, and the sides of her skull.
In her hand is the Shinai, a sword consisting of four staves of bamboo, joined together at the handle and tip by leather straps. Designed to flex as it strikes an object, the Shinai, though infinitely safer than its predecessors, the Fukurojinai and Bokuto, is still a weapon that can kill.
She takes her place across from her opponent. Rich Rappaport is bigger, stronger, and more experienced than Dominique, but lacks her tenacity.
Master Pope calls out, Rei."
The two student combatants face each other and bow.
"On your marks."
Bracing their bamboo swords, each moves into a crouching posture.
Dominique attacks, shouting out, "Men!" as she launches an overhead blow to her opponent's head. Rappaport blocks the strike, but the woman's furious barrage continues, her Shinai a blur as it lashes out at the man's forearms and chest. Dominique calls out body part names before each strike, her brown eyes focused intently on her fellow Kendo student through the bars of her headpiece.
"Oosh!" Master Pope awards Dominique a point for a strike to the top of the head.
The two students return to their spots.
"One to zero. On your marks...begin!"
"Kote!" Dominique prances ahead, her Shinai raised to strike Rappaport's forearms--
"Men!" as the tip of her opponent's sword strikes her in the throat.
Dominique drops to one knee, swallowing hard against the throbbing pain.
Master Pope bends to her. "Can you continue, Ms. Smith?"
"One to one. Back to your marks."
She hustles back to her place, her blood pressure seething.
Dominique is an erupting volcano, her anger raging, her arm and shoulder muscles bulging beneath her armor as she whirls the Shinai at the retreating Rappaport--
--who deftly blocks each of her strikes, then slices her across the midsection.
"Oosh!" Master Pope signals to Rappaport. "Two to one, point and match. Rei to me, to each other...and shake hands."
Rappaport offers his hand, his face expressionless in victory.
Dominique shakes his hand, averting the eyes of the senior student.
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"Ms. Smith, may I see you?"
Dominique tucks her headpiece into her gym bag and joins Master Pope in his office. "Yes, sir?"
"How's your throat?"
Master Pope smiles. "It's good you were wearing Bogu or you'd be speaking out of a second mouth."
She nods politely, her cheeks flushing beneath her Hispanic complexion.
"Andrea, you're an excellent student, truthfully, I've never met anyone who trains so hard as you. But in battle, technique is not everything. Kendo teaches us to observe our opponent and devise the appropriate strategy in order to achieve victory. You fight with anger, you fight to kill, and in doing so, you reveal your weaknesses to your opponent."
"The Way of the Sword is the moral teaching of the Samurai. The art of Zen must go hand in hand with the art of war. Enlightenment is the realization of the nature of ordinary life."
Ordinary life? Ha. I'd give my right tit to have an ordinary life...
Master Pope stares at her as if reading her mind. "The teaching of Ai Uchi is to cut your opponent just as he cuts you, to train without anger, to abandon your life or throw away your fear."
"Do I seem afraid to you?"
"What I perceive is not important. Each of us has his demons, Andrea. I hope Kendo will help you to one day face yours."
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