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"Move over, Hal...meet Jay."
Alpha Redemption is a beautiful work of art, cleverly told, portraying deep spiritual themes - a perfect storm of fiction. The daring parallel structure of Alpha is wildly successful, both in terms of mere pleasure in reading, and the manner in which it drives the story forward. It is heart-wrenching, pulling with the force of a bulldozer. From start to end, my heart leapt for Baines' main character, and, unpredictably, for his secondary character. Baines possessed the creative ability to make me feel for a computer! Move over, Hal...meet Jay. Alpha's pacing flowed superbly, striking a nice balance between philosophy, action, and the resulting character development. The story is deeply satisfying, the characters are interesting and compelling, and the reader will pull for them...and the gospel. This one's a clear winner.
~ Marc Schooley, author of The Dark Man
In Alpha Redemption, a story both fascinating and unique, P.A. Baines wonderfully marries two of my favorite themes: the danger and isolation of space exploration and the idea of man's creation giving him greater insight into his own Creator. If you like your science fiction on the introspective side -- on the order of Clarke's 2001 or Pohl's Gateway -- then this is a must read.
~ Kerry Nietz, author of A Star Curiously Singing, 2010 Indie Book Awards Finalist in Science Fiction and Religious Fiction categories
An all nighter, can't-put-it-down read, with a unique twist I didn't see coming and the perfect book for fans of Asimov or Clarke!
~ Dana Bell, author of Winter Awakening
Alpha Redemption is a haunting Sci-fi tale told through the masterful prose of P. A. Baines. Astronaut Brett Denton is on a light speed journey to Alpha Centauri, but his true journey is one of tragic self discovery as he delves into his past and confronts the hidden pain there. With echoes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, this is a treat for any hard Sci-fi lover and a must for every Christian who has ever doubted their faith in the one true God.
~ Kirk Outerbridge, author of Eternity Falls and The Tenth Crusader
A book that is not simply bold and adventurous but also well-written. Bravo!
~ Chris Walley, author of the Lamb among the Stars trilogy
An inspiring look forward to mankind's first reach for the stars, and to AI's first reach for something beyond its programming.
~ Ryan Grabow, author of Caffeine
Alpha Redemption is that rarest of combinations: both thoughtful and emotional. Baines has crafted an intriguing and beautiful story of love, loss, and grace. While simultaneously tackling the singularly sci-fi question, what is humanity, the author weaves questions of greater importance: what is the soul, and what is love. Alpha Redemption is a brief, but ambitious work, spanning an entire lifetime, and Baines has managed to work all these disparate parts into a wonderful, eminently readable, enjoyable piece.
~ Randy Streu, Editor, Digital Dragon Magazine
If you enjoy Science Fiction, coupled with a strong Christian message, I can highly recommend Alpha Redemption.
Alpha's pacing flowed superbly, striking a nice balance between philosophy, action, and the resulting character development.
I'm pretty sure telling your story backwards breaks some kind of writing rule, but it sure works for P.A. Baines.
Potential sequels to this story idea may allow the exploration of human and machine synergy to develop into concepts that become as influential in their own right as those explored... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter
I'm going to say at the outset that I'm not a Christian. That said, this does not prevent me from reviewing Paul Baines' work for what it is: Christian science fiction. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darren Razbojnik
If you need lasers and explosions to enjoy SF, this book won't do it for you. If you hate thinking about Christianity or any religious questions, this book also will not work for... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Lelia Rose Foreman
I just noticed the stars spoke to me when I scrolled over them--prompting me with terms such as "it's okay"; "I like it"; "I love it". Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Jill
I never really developed any empathy for the main character. His arrogance was so off putting that, even with the terrible tragedy he suffered, he was unsympathetic. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Creamcityboy
I love stories about AI and space travel, so I bought this due to the high rating, but without reading the reviews. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by W. Hayes
Hard science fiction, a deeply dramatic character arc, lots of spiritual metaphor, and exploration of the interesting questions. This book has it all. Brett is a broken man. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Adam Collings
Don't judge a book by it's cover. But, hypothetically, if you judged this one by it's brilliant art, than your judgment would be spot-on. This was a fantastic book! Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Noah Arsenault
I urge you to read this book. I literally read it straight through in one sitting because I had to know what happened next. The ending is amazing. Read morePublished on March 10, 2012 by Meggy in AZ