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Dominion by Doug Goodman

Book Review

10/10

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Dominion has been taken from man. Now, six friends must cross an apocalyptic wasteland dominated by a hell’s menagerie of mega-fauna. Their middle-class suburban skills are no longer applicable to the world they live in. To find a safe haven in this world they will need to develop a new set of survival skills and fight the mutated denizens of the animal kingdom for every step of their terrifying journey.

Dominion is a post-apocalyptic thriller written by Doug Goodman. It was published through Severed Press, which is known for its military horror and apocalyptic stories. Dominion fits right in with it’s adrenaline pumped pace and climatic twists.

The story starts right smack in the middle of the chaotic event with Jaxon and Peter scavenging supplies for the rest of the group. Things get complicated for all of them and a set of choices are taken giving the reader a taste of the wonderful and violent nature of what it is to fight for survival. The story takes a brief change in pace with a flashback revealing how it all started or at least the beginning of the chaos the main characters find themselves in.

By stepping back in time characterization is driven up a notch. Now you don’t have a group of young people striving to survive, you have a group of young people you care about go through loss and change in a world that has mutated to kill them. The heart pounding race to stay alive continues accompanied by a few smaller and brief flashbacks that never let up in adding to the realism of the characters.

The way the story is set causes the horrors that are occurring to become even more riveting and nerve racking. Thus one isn’t simply reading a post-apocalyptic story, one is transported into the story itself. The desire to urge the characters forward, to question and pry about their choices, their need to survive each and every stumble they comes across becomes second nature.

From the roc, the grackle, the relentless wargs, the unexpected tricking form of the Dryder and the tentacle monstrosity Malifax, the horrors and dangers come in many shapes and forms. Add in the over grown bees, bats, and my own personal favorite-the squirrel, and you have an array of creatures that are more horrific than the last.

Though it is never explained exactly why the animals and creatures came to be what they are now, the story is filled with heart pacing, nerve wrecking moments that propel the reader all the way to the end. Dominion gives you all the horrors, tension, and mishap a post-apocalyptic setting offers with an even more surprising and moving ending.

Great imagery, realistic characterization, sense driven description, and witty dialogue all make this story far more than just a post-apocalyptic story, it makes it enjoyable, moving, and a must read. Dominion is the first I have read from this author, publisher and genre. It differs from the usual end of the world zombie norm and will keep you screaming and jumping in your seat.

Sum it up: A different and fresh take to the end of the world delivered in a whole new level of horror.

What I liked most: The intensity of the story, the various creatures and the ending, gosh I loved the ending!

What I liked the least: The formatting. Every page or so had the page number and title of the book somewhere in the page distracting me from reading. But I think my kindle setting was mainly to blame for that and the fact that I was reading an ARC. The original eBook does not have those issues.

Would I read the sequel(s)? Yes. Not sure if there will be a sequel, but the ending has enough reminiscence for another one and if it does I want to read it. In fact, getting the paperback of Dominion is quite tempting, this story deserves to be read more than once.

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Hope you enjoyed this book review. Doug Goodman is one of our guest authors we had the privilege to take part in last year’s NANOWRIMO pep talks. Check out what he had to say about harvesting ideas if you missed it and don’t forget to come back to read our next review on Accidental Passion: Seduction written by Meagan Hedin. Like the title suggests, our next review promises to be steamy and seductive. 🙂

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Catching up on Reading

These past few weeks have been quite a handful. I traveled from Texas to Illinois and back again, got sick and then better to only get sick again. The cold weather didn’t agree with me at all. 😦 But no worries next week we will continue with our After NANOWRIMO and tackle one of the hardest and most often ignored step: editing. For now enjoy the titles I am currently reading while I catch up on my much needed bed rest.

Paperback: A Soldier’s Duty (Theirs Not to Reason Why) by Jean Johnson

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Ia is a precog, blessed-or cursed-with visions of the future. She has witnessed the devastation of her home galaxy three hundred years in the future, long after she is gone, but believes she can prevent it.

Enlisting in the modern military of the Terran United Planets, Ia plans to rise through the ranks, meeting and influencing important people and building a reputation that will inspire others for the next three centuries. But she needs to be assigned to the right ship, the right company, and the right place to earn that reputation honestly-all while keeping her psychic abilities hidden from her superiors, who would refuse to risk such a valuable gift in combat.

To save the galaxy, Ia must become someone else: the soldier known as Bloody Mary.

eBook: Dominion by Doug Goodman

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Dominion has been taken from man. Now, six friends must cross an apocalyptic wasteland dominated by a hell’s menagerie of mega-fauna. Their middle-class suburban skills are no longer applicable to the world they live in. To find a safe haven in this world they will need to develop a new set of survival skills and fight the mutated denizens of the animal kingdom for every step of their terrifying journey.

eBook: The Angel of Death by Blair C. Babylon

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To protect and to serve, or to save her own brother?

Angel Day, the lead sniper for the Phoenix Police Department, got her nickname “The Angel of Death” the old-fashioned way: she earned it for her ruthless efficiency at stopping crimes with one well-placed bullet. When a massive call-out down by the Mexican Border reveals a terrorist cell and turns into a standoff, Angel’s youngest brother, the lost soul of her family, texts her that he is inside that barricaded house, and her orders are to shoot anything that moves.

Harvesting Ideas by Doug Goodman

Seven more days and NaNoWriMo comes to an end. What a rush. Will you be a winner? Struggling to get those final ideas down? Searching for another doze of motivation to jump that final leap? Check out author Doug Goodman’s pep talk and get writing.

 

Harvesting Ideas

Here is one of my truths of writing:  ideas are like fruit.  They are planted, they are nourished, and they are harvested.  When properly harvested, ideas can be sweet and juicy and inspiring.  But left to over-ripen, they can die on the vine.  This is the problem I have as a writer.  A good idea gestates a proper length, then must be plucked.  The harvesting is the writing itself.

I have on more than one occasion written a beautiful beginning to a story, then let the story gestate until a new story idea absorbs me and I get busy working that idea, and then everything else in life tumbles along and a year later, I have forgotten to go back to the original idea.  When I finally returned to that beginning, I read it, and I am amazed at how beautiful it is worded, and I am enthralled with the setup.  What a great story, I wonder how the rest of it goes!  Then I remember that I wrote it; I am the one responsible for the rest of the story.  I wonder where I was going with what I wrote.  What was I thinking?  It sounded great, and I would love to read more, but the idea has wilted and died.

For NaNoWriMo, this process is sped up, but the same repercussions exist.  Stories can die.  They can lay there like half-eaten fruit devoured by finches and blue jays.  This is why it is so important to keep writing, keep pushing yourself, to finish the project.  Finish!  That alone is an accomplishment.  I used to compare it to running a marathon.  For most, it’s not about trying to break some record or place in a race, the simple act of finishing is an accomplishment.  You will have written a novel.  Few people can actually say that.  And think about it:  a finished project is much easier to adjust than an unfinished one.  You can always go back and cut off the final act of your story, which is what I did for a recent project of mine.  This is what the editing process is for, but ideas that are not fully developed are beyond difficult to renovate.  Again, you return to the problems of “where was I going with this?” and “what was I thinking?”

And this is the hardest time of NaNoWriMo.  Everybody knows this.  Sure, it was easy to dedicate yourself to a rough draft on November 1, but then you took off that weekend, and now you are starting to feel like you are behind.  And the holidays are beginning.  Thanksgiving requires attention (cooking, cleaning, football watching, holiday luncheons) as well as early Christmas duties (Black Fridays and shopping and decorations), but don’t disregard the writing project.  Get your numbers in.  Put your words together.  Don’t worry about refining yet.  You are a writer.  This is what writers do.  We sit in front of computer screens and try to squeeze blood from a stone.  You can make it happen.  Leave revising to you in three months.  For now, concentrate on the moment.

If you put it off, you may find that it is mid-January, and that great idea you had in November is now an autumn fruit that has died on your vine.

 

Bio:

Doug Goodman is a writer who lives on the Texas Gulf coast. He works at NASA and in his spare time when he is not writing about death and destruction, he trains human remains dogs. Dominion is his first book with Severed Press, and Warriors of Camlann is his first self-published book. His writing has also appeared in anthologies such as Twisted Boulevard, Horrors Beyond, Cthulhu Unbound, and State of Horror: Texas.

 

book2Where you can find his books:

Dominion (post-apocalyptic horror): http://www.amazon.com/Dominion-Apocalyptic-Thriller-Doug-Goodman-ebook/dp/B00NJ6T5GW/ref=asap_B00IHF1I8S_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416675192&sr=1-3

Warriors of Camlann (bloody King Arthur): http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Camlann-1-Doug-Goodman/dp/1484836863/ref=asap_B00IHF1I8S_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416675195&sr=1-5


I hope you enjoyed today’s pep talk. I was thrilled to meet, Doug Goodman, one of the nicest and energetic writers I know, at South Texas Comic Con last month and just had to have him as a guest in our blog. Don’t forget to check out our previous pep talk by author Willow Wood.