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Alpha Rising

2.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0595411009
ISBN-10: 0595411002
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"...a rich and imaginative tale...exceptionally well-written. Use every means to promote this book, it deserves a large audience."  - Writers Digest International Book Awards (added by author)

"Alpha Rising soars to the top of my list of great books...a thrilling taste of the extraordinary! ...credible and compelling...there is a startling sense of reality in this book...."
- Joyce Handzo, In the Library Reviews
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 "...lots of great things to say about Alpha Rising...G.L. Douglas has definitely got the right stuff when it comes to evoking interest...character development is strong..." - Paul Weiss, Sci-fi Reader (added by author)

"...suspense-filled book. You must, must, read this book with a clear mind, and please don't turn back to recapture the details...great reading...I still think about what could have happened." - Danelle Drake for Reader Views (added by author)

"A remarkable good versus evil tale...overtones of C.S. Lewis in abundance...exceptionally savvy and well-constructed tale..." - Peter Sykes, Sci-Fi Lists --Sci-Fi Lists

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"Alpha Rising soars to the top of my list of great books...credible and compelling...there is a startling sense of reality in this book, as if this story could actually happen one day in the distant future...The author successfully straps readers into the cockpit, giving them a clear view of the story, as each turn of the page accelerates them deeper into a new dimension...The characters and the cosmos merge into a story line that has eternal significance...The final pages are like riding a shaft of sunlight into a place long forgotten but easily remembered...Alpha Rising is a thrilling taste of the extraordinary!"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 283 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (April 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595411002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595411009
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,692,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
'Alpha Rising' begins with two astronauts, Bachman Turner (yes, like the band) and Faith Christopher (the name is no accident) leaving Earth on a mission to rescue a stranded space lab and its crew of four (including Bach's fiancee. They manage to hook up with the crippled ship, but before they can return to Earth, the rescue ship and the station are propelled across the galaxy to a strange planet called Jenesis. Bach's crewmates are captured by a rotten bunch called Rooks (Rulers of other kingdoms. I wish I had thought of that). Bach is picked up by the scientist Altemus and his daughter, Star. Bach soon doscovers that Altemus, an old genius, is on a mission from God, or the Creator. And soon, so is Bach. I won't say anything more about the plot.

Ms. Douglas writes in a clear, cut-to-the-chase prose that's refreshing these days, when so many authors just pile on the verbiage. The quest that Bach and Star are sent on is compelling and wholly original. Just as compelling is Bach's own journey from mild agnostic to God's chosen messenger. Everything-the brutal Rooks, Bach's shipmates, the scientific culture of Altemus and Star, the varying societies Bach and Star encounter on their mission-comes fully alive, with real emotions and real detail. Douglas is obviously inspired by earlier writers like Le Guin and Lewis, but this work never feels second-hand.

I hope that Ms. Douglas isn't through with these people. The ending, which concerns both the end and the beginning of the world, leaves plenty of room for a sequel. If she writes one, I'll buy a copy.

Read this book. You won't be disappointed.
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As I read through all the reviews I was excited to see all the great things said about the book and author. There seems to be a shortage of real science fiction writers these days, with so much more fantasy being written.

Unfortunately, despite the decent beginning and story potential, there is so little science in this fiction that it can hardly be called a science fiction book at all. The "advanced" science is balanced by incredibly simple mistakes in application, and missing elements. At one point the main character discovers he is only 1/4 as smart as the population of the people he meets (who all just happen to speak American English, and even have Earth names), and yet he is easily able to keep up with everything going on and contribute to the application of advanced science. The science in the story is more like magic, and the dialog like it was written by a child.

After reading the likes of Asimov and Vinge it is hard to take this book seriously. The very thinly veiled reproduction of the biblical Noah's Ark story rings false and the annoyingly simple action scenes reduce this book to a pre-teen level of potential acceptance as a serious novel.

I am only half way through, and my not be able to finish this book, only the second time this has ever happened in the thousands of books I have read. Were it not on the free Kindle book list when I got it, I would say I wasted my money on it. As it is I simply wasted my time.
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This is a children's Bible story in a science fiction disguise. It's similar to the silly, overblown B movies of the 1950s. I can't count the number of times I rolled my eyes at what I read. I had to give up a third of the way into the book - I wasn't willing to waste any more of my time on it.
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I can't believe I finished this book. I wish I would have read it when I was a pre-teen. I see that one reviewer admired the attention to detail and I wonder if we were reading the same book. There is absolutely no detail. Concepts are introduced without foundation or explanation. The characters are single faceted. Other reviewers commented on the Noah's Ark similarity but it was so blatant and poorly done. I'd consider it more like Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince but for an audience a couple years older. This is definitely not an adult science fiction work.
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Every so often I pick up a book that I wouldn't ordinarily read just to test my own boundaries and assumptions. This is how I came to read `Alpha Rising', and I am pleased that I did.

Ultimately, this is an adventure story which uses a blend of science fiction and fantasy to explore new worlds, possibilities and futures. Will good triumph over evil? Will the instructions provided to our hero Bach Turner by the Creator enable life forms to be saved in an unstable environment? Which life forms will be saved and why? Running out of time and fuel, and with only a few instructions to follow, Bach Turner needs both his scientific knowledge and his faith in a higher power in order to succeed.

Suspend your cynicism and enjoy both the journey and the destination. And, if you recognise some parallels with some well known biblical tales, perhaps that simply serves as a reminder that there is nothing intrinsically new about battles between good and evil.

3.5 stars

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Flash Gordon becomes Noah....not sure why? Very shallow characters - not surprised the hero's fiancee runs off with another bloke at all. I would have preferred to know that I was going to get religious mantra crudely rammed down my throat. I read the whole thing (perhaps hoping for redemption?) - well, nothing to redeem this I am afraid. Trying to be constructively critical, the tour of planets to pick up the "chosen" and two of each animal felt like an American bus tour of Europe in 6 days and could have been fleshed out somewhat.
The evil Spectre was entirely "over the top"..... at times I couldn't help think of Captain Scarlet and "THIS IS THE VOICE OF THE MYSTERONS"
I know it was free ....but PLEASE....can't we get some kind of warning that we are downloading the Bible Channel? I have no issue with novels that are allegorical....I read the Narnia books as a young teenager... I have even read C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity"....but I knew what I was getting....the message was clear and the diction good. That was certainly not the case here. While agree with the author that this certainly is not sci-fi - neither is it "action adventure" - in the final analysis....it's just not very good.
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