I read this without having read Dominion and had no trouble understanding it or following the story- it is not really a sequel, just a story which has some of the same characters. The author really did his research into gangs and inner city life. It is an interesting book to read because it captures so well the differences between African American and White people's lives and attitudes. I really felt like I knew the main character, and understood him, although he is very different from me. Also, the heroes are likable but not perfect, which made them more realistic. The mystery was interesting and the solution surprised me. The only downside is the heavy-handedness of the religious material. It is definitely a Christian novel. There are many scenes of people in Heaven and many religious conversations which were interesting at first but after a while got really tedious. Also, there seemed to be a lot of "information dumping" i.e. political or religious material that was thrown in there that didn't seem to be necessary for the plot, the author just wanted to preach. It got so annoying that by the end I was skipping over pages- of course, I am a liberal atheist and most of Alcorn's intended audience are Christian conservatives, so it might not be a problem for most readers. In that respect, I think dedicated Christians would appreciate and enjoy the book more than nonchristians like me.
This is an excellent read. Takes present day situations and brings you to really meditate on them. Deadline is also a sequel to Dominion.
Aclorn combines extensive research (of characters and subject matter) with good writing and a gripping plot. This book is an enjoyable and thought provoking read.
A shocking murder drags black newspaper columnist Clarence Abernathy into the disorienting world of inner-city gangs and racial conflict.
This series brings the hope of Heaven to life!