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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
It's been two months since we last looked in on Grant Borrows and the rest of the ringwearers. In that time, the world as we know it has ended. There are emergencies and natural disasters everywhere. Los Angeles is only surviving thanks to the help of Grant under his guise as "Guardian." He's using his ability to move any object with his mind as a super power leading the rest of the ringwearers in a quest to help restore order to the city.

But their actions have caught the eye of the Federal Government who isn't pleased with these powerful beings. FBI agent Ethan Cooke has been assigned to find out who Guardian really is and bring him in if he can't make him stop.

Since the Secretum has been silent for the time, Grant begins to feel like he's put that evil group behind him. But then mysterious signs begin to come true. Is Grant still destined to be The Bringer? Can he avoid this destiny?

If you are lost by reading all this, it is perfectly understandable. This is the second book in a fantasy trilogy, and it knows it. In fact, it falls into the middle book trap. The first half is okay, but pretty episodic and slow going. Things really pick up in the second half with plenty of action, twists, and revelations. And I can't forget the cliffhanger that will make me read the third volume soon.

The characters don't fair too much better. There is little in the way of development that wasn't in the first book. Yes, there are two or three exceptions, but it wasn't anything spectacular. The most frustrating thing was there were references to details I couldn't remember from the first book that were never fully explained again here. You really need to read the novels back to back; the three months I waited was obviously too long.

I really did enjoy the book and stayed up way to late to finish it. I'm anxious to see where Grant's journey takes him in the final book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 February 2008
This is the follow-up to "Relentless" which introduced the group of superheroes led by Grant Borrows, nicknamed Guardian. This story takes place two months after the events of the previous book where the world is still being shaken regularly by natural disasters and other events. Grant and the rest of the Ringwearers, the people with superheroic powers, are working hard and doing all they can to mitigate the disasters whilst at the same time being hounded by the media and knowing that the US authorities view them with mixed feelings. There is a subplot in this story of the head of the US team, Ethan Cooke, who shadows them to learn about their skills and to evaluate their threat, as well as the continued investigation by the superheroes into what caused their skills and what is the mysterious Secretum of Six which may be working against them.

The book is written in an almost episodic form with most chapters just three or four pages long, making it feel a little disjointed to the reader. Characterisation was rather sparse, particularly of Grant Borrows, the hero, and the large cast of main characters meant it was rather difficult to fully get to know them - and they kept getting killed. Somehow this book lacked a certain style or grittiness to make it unputdownable; it felt rather more like a series of set-piece events interspersed with filler to frame the superheroes' rescue missions. There was quite a high level of violence and little apparent reflection on events and their wider meaning which would have been helpful to this reader who couldn't follow what was going on most of the time. The end of the story didn't provide a resolution, merely a springboard for the third book in the series, but it's not one that I will bother to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2011
Having read and loved the first book, I could not wait to download this one. This is more of a bridging novel for the third and final installment and unlike the first one can not really be read as a stand alone novel. Having said that though I once again loved this novel and could not put in down. In fact I read the 2nd and 3rd books in a weekend. You contnue to get more insight into the characters past lives and see how the events at the end of book one have affected them, we also meet new super humans, although most of these are only referred to in passing and you never get any in depth information about them. In conclusion I would recommend this book if you have already read the first one and intend to complete the trilogy.
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on 26 December 2011
I wont repeat the description of the story as you can read this elsewhere. Having enjoyed the first book in this series I looked forward to the second book of this trilogy. In short its disappointing and feels like a fill~in to the final book, without a clear storyline and ending of its own. There is only so long that you can read a book whilst asking yourself 'What is the answer to Grant's continous question of the meaning of life?' and the sub~plots with Ethan and Payton are not fully developed enough to stand alone. As with Grant's conundrum they also remain unfinished. Annoyingly I'm a completer finisher so will have to read the last book and continue to ask the question so the author has won but my advice is to stop affter book one unless you are totally hooked and want to go all the way.
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on 19 August 2014
Had to re-read the first one (relentless) again as I had left it too far apart to pick up this story, so I would recommend doing all 3 within a short space of time or you will lose the plot! Good story when you put all 3 books together, but maybe a bit long winded
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on 11 February 2013
This is not the sort of books I am interested in, but once I started reading I Could not put it down,just as you thought nothing else could possible go wrong. Bang there it was. A thrilling read.
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on 15 December 2013
Following on from book no. 1 of the Dominion Trilogy this was just as good and the plot thickens to prepare for the last book in the trilogy no. 3
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on 14 July 2011
Bought this book and the third in the series after getting the first one free on kindle download. The story is fast paced with lots of characters.
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on 7 November 2014
Worth reading. Get the series as soon as you can."..........the ring bearers are not the enemy any more. Very Dan brown
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on 21 April 2014
Not as gripping as the first book but good enough to make me buy the last book in the series
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