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· 2031: The Singularity Pogrom

· PeaceMaker: A Thriller

· Unholy Domain

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· Softrware Keeps Getting Smarter

· The Unique Structure of my Novels

· Dan Ronco Interviewed on Fascinating Authors

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· Midwest Book Review: 2031: The Singularity Pogrom

· Material Witness: a story that develops at breakneck speed and is cinemati

· Win a Free Copy of Unholy Domain

· Book Chase: Unholy Domain is a rollercoaster ride

· Soulless Machine Review: UD is an Action Packed Coming of Age Story

· Unholy Domain almost screams Look around you!

· J. Kaye's Book Blog: Unholy Domain is a real page turner.

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BooksAreMyOnly Domain is a fast paced thriller

6/29/2008 12:29:00 PM

by Dan Ronco

Interesting review of Unholy Domain


Hey, you got your AI in my dogma . . .

Should you wish to grapple with the interplay between science and religion, in the words of Tony Soprano, "you got options." You could TiVo "Faith and Reason" on PBS, ponder some Betrand Russell and G.K. Chesterton (which – like duct tape and a universal remote – no home should be without), or crack open Dan Ronco's Unholy Domain. I've gone with door number three, and I've gotta say, it ain't half bad.

Unholy Domain opens in a dystopian, not-so-distant future, in which the world's political and economic systems are gimping along in the wake of the PeaceMaker, a mess-you-up-like-bad-chicken computer virus. It appears that this piece of sunshine was unleashed, for reasons unknown, by the ubertalented and correspondingly erratic programmer Ray Brown, essentially taking down Teh Interweb. As a result of the devastation wrought by PeaceMaker, the federal government has banned all but the most miniscule advances in technology and devolved into corruption and incompetence. *cough, cough *

Against this backdrop we find the Church of the Natural Humans, a sect of anti-technology nuts whose vestments include shoulder-holstered gats and whose theology puts the Luddites to shame, locked in a clandestine war with The Domain, a cabal of black market tech peddlers (imagine the Illuminati recruiting at MIT and bringing on some temps from Blackwater) to be Lords of All We Survey.

Cut to college student David Brown, whom we accompany on his quest to discover the truth about his father Ray and the PeaceMaker virus. What follows is a fast paced techno-thriller that would fit well between a beach chair and cooler of Red Stripe. Some of the prose is somewhat clunky, but Ronco does a great job of drawing out relationships between his characters that seem more fully developed than most genre authors tend to produce. Moreover, the fundamental questions raised by Ronco about the roles of science and religion in the arc of human development are ones worth considering, even if it's while sitting on the beach with a bronson. Perhaps especially then.

If Dan Simmons' Endymion got you all freaky and hot in the ass, what with its time travellin' spikey robot, the AI TechnoCore and the Galactic Catholics, then Unholy Domain will be right up your alley. On the other hand, if you like your discourse to be more elevated, then go get a Mother Jones. And put the beer away.


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· Midwest Book Review: 2031: The Singularity Pogrom - 3/5/2011 6:35:00 AM
· Material Witness: a story that develops at breakneck speed and is cinemati - 8/6/2008 12:05:00 PM
· Win a Free Copy of Unholy Domain - 8/2/2008 10:25:00 AM
· Book Chase: Unholy Domain is a rollercoaster ride - 7/22/2008 10:02:00 AM
· Soulless Machine Review: UD is an Action Packed Coming of Age Story - 7/20/2008 4:06:00 AM
· Unholy Domain almost screams Look around you! - 7/16/2008 9:50:00 AM
· J. Kaye's Book Blog: Unholy Domain is a real page turner. - 7/15/2008 2:33:00 AM
· Midwest Book Review: Unholy Domain is a gripping thriller all the way - 7/12/2008 10:04:00 AM
· Unholy Domain on TCM Reviews - 7/5/2008 10:23:00 AM
· An Interview with Dan Ronco About Unholy Domain - 7/2/2008 7:47:00 AM
· Blogger News Network: Unholy Domain takes this genre in a new direction. - 6/26/2008 5:21:00 AM
· Unholy Domain a Must Read for fans of Science Fiction - 6/24/2008 8:49:00 AM
· Unholy Domain placed in Suburban Fiction Top Four Books - 6/20/2008 3:39:00 AM
· Unholy Domain is a mix between Orwell’s 1984 and Dick's Minority Report - 6/13/2008 9:37:00 AM
· Top Fifty Amazon Reviewer: an action-packed, page-turning read - 6/10/2008 4:44:00 PM
· Midwest Book Review: Unholy Domain is a tale from our worst nightmare - 6/7/2008 4:14:00 AM
· Kunati Books Selected as Independent Publisher of the Year - 6/6/2008 4:26:00 AM
· BookShelf Reviews calls Unholy Domain Riveting - 6/4/2008 9:30:00 AM
· Unholy Domain Praised by Roundtable Reviews - 6/2/2008 7:42:00 AM
· Unholy Domain Review by Blogcritics Magazine - 5/31/2008 12:20:00 PM
· Deep Interview with Dan Ronco - 5/27/2008 11:44:00 AM
· Excellent Review of Unholy Domain in BookHuntersBlog - 5/14/2008 6:17:00 AM
· Top Book Review Site Praises Unholy Domain - 4/26/2008 8:47:00 AM
· Win a Free Novel! - 4/12/2008 10:47:00 AM
· #1 Amazon Reviewer gives Unholy Domain 5 Stars - 4/12/2008 10:33:00 AM
· The Count, a Wonderful Musical - 3/23/2008 7:53:00 AM
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