Domain is an eye-bugging, white-knuckle flight of a book that hurtles along with the velocity of an asteroid from the ancient world to the twenty-first century on an unforgettable doomsday mission.”



Released in 2001, Domain is the first of three novels in the Domain series by Steve Alten. The story line is based around the Mayan Calendar, and the dreaded December 21, 2012 Doomsday prophecy.

Dominique Vazquez, starts her psychology internship at a psychiatric institute. Her first patient, Michael (Mick) Gabriel, is an intriguing man with a very high IQ. He is also a paranoid schizophrenic, obsessed with the Mayan prophecy. However, Dominique isn’t so sure that Mick is as dangerous, or crazy, as the Director of the institute claims.

As Dominique moves along with Mick’s treatment, which includes reading his father’s journal, Dominique begins to question whether or not there may be some truth to Mick’s claims that the world will end on December 21, 2012.

But what will cause the end? How does the Mayan Calendar, Stonehedge, Pyramid of Giza and the Kukulcan Pyramid in the Yucatan Peninsula, all fit together?

If you enjoy science fiction genre, I highly recommend this novel. The novel jumps back and forth between Julius Gabriel’s journal entries and the story of Dominique and Michael. The combination of factual and fictitious material will have you jumping on the internet to see if the facts really do add up. My only regret with this novel, is that I read it after December 21, 2012.

The other two novels in this series are Resurrection (2004) and Phobos: Mayan Fear (2011).



Reviewed by:

Carrie-Anne Foster

Added 9th August 2015