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Alpha Redemption

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From despair he fled, through tragedy he lived on, and journeyed to innocence.
His trajectory: the stars. His companion: a computer poised at the brink of sentience.
An unlikely friendship on a prototype spaceship at lightspeed towards Alpha Centauri, and redemption.
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Overview

From despair he fled, through tragedy he lived on, and journeyed to innocence.
His trajectory: the stars. His companion: a computer poised at the brink of sentience.
An unlikely friendship on a prototype spaceship at lightspeed towards Alpha Centauri, and redemption.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780986451744
  • Publisher: Splashdown Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Posted July 19, 2013

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Alpha Redemption

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    Alpha Redemption by P.A. Baines allows readers to journey deep into space where they will observe astronaut Brett Denton in total isolation as he searches his soul. Denton lost it all, his wife, sons, his faith in God and himself. After applying to be a test subject on an experimental starship, Denton trained thoroughly for his mission to assess the ability of man to endure travel at the speed of light and to explore Alpha Centauri. Even though he knew what to expect there was a slight sense of fear as he climbed into the ship, knowing he would not see Earth again for a decade. The technician attached the hoses that would keep him alive. His underwater training taught him to relax with his mouth covered. His body was immersed in a thick goo. Remembering his training, he opened his eyes wide and looked around. Denton’s only companion is AI (Jay), who has total control over every aspect of his well being. Brett discovered he was physically growing younger as his spirit was maturing. So begins a journey we will never forget. 

    If you are looking for a Star Wars type of plot look elsewhere. Alpha Redemption’s plot is much more subtle, reminding me of 2001 A Space Odyssey, The Abyss or Contact. The plot moves along at a slow speed, allowing readers to savor the depth and significance behind the words. There are only two important characters: Denton and Jay. Their interaction is fascinating. Jay asks questions in his desire to learn all he can about humans. The reader acquires a greater depth and connection to Brett’s character through his answers and flashbacks. This book has a deep message of redemption and explores questions about God. The ending is unique and will leave the reader pondering it long after they close the cover on this tale.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    Excellent and thought-provoking read

    The Synopsis:

    From despair he fled, through tragedy he lived on, and journeyed to innocence.

    His trajectory: the stars. His companion: a computer poised at the brink of sentience.

    An unlikely friendship on a prototype spaceship at lightspeed towards Alpha Centauri, and redemption.

    When Brett loses everything in a tragic accident, he gladly accepts an invitation to take part in a prototype speed-of-light trip to Alpha Centauri, knowing that he may not survive. His only companion is the ship's on-board computer, Jay. At first he finds Jay an annoyance but, as time passes, the two become friends. With the voyage drawing to a close, Jay develops a sense of self-awareness and a belief in God. When it becomes clear that they cannot both survive the return trip, one of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

    My Thoughts:

    Alpha Redemption is a slow book. Fortunately, in this case, that's a compliment! There's a bit of tension about two-thirds of the way through, as well as at the end, but for the most part, it's about a guy in a spaceship who hangs out, teaches the computer about emotions, and...

    Ah, if I told you what else happens, that'd be a major spoiler. Can't do that, now can I? Let's just say that in the beginning of the book, we know nothing about Brett's backstory--who he is, why he's important, or why he volunteered to take such a dangerous job. But the further along the story progresses, the more backstory we get. And the way the backstory ties in with the main plot is sheer genius.

    Another neat thing about Alpha Redemption is how it raises questions about life, God, and even--to me, at least--about artificial intelligence developing emotions and self-awareness (more on that in an upcoming post). It's definitely a book you want to hand to friend and family and say, "Hey, read this--I want to talk about it with someone. What do you think?"

    The writing is quite good for a first-time book and the content is family-friendly, which as always, is awesome! Alpha Redemption is a definite must-read for fans of science fiction!

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    Alpha Redemption

    I'm not normally a big sci-fi reader, because so many tend to be all tech and battles. But this book is neither. Alpha Redemption is the story of a man, on a outward quest as well as an inward one. It is beautifully written, deep, and engaging. The book has voice and style that really makes it stand out. I love the unique way in which the story is presented. Ah, you have to read it to understand! At first I wasn't sure I was crazy about the ending, but the more I thought about the story--and I did think about it long after closing the cover--the more the ending affected me, and I realized it did need to be just as it is. I agree with other reviewers who would have liked more time spent on the planet. But that is my only gripe. Certainly not worthy of knocking a full star off my rating. It's a touching book, haunting and intense.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    A Turtle's Thoughts on Alpha Redemption

    I prefer my sci-fi character-driven, and P.A. Baines does not disappoint. He takes sci-fi concepts of speed-of-light travel, hyper-sleep and journeying to another solar system and blends them with the story of a broken man and an A.I. curious about the human condition. I compare the book to a three-course meal of soup, salad and stew. Satisfying at the start, crunchy with excitment in the middle and spiced with enough tension to rush you to the end smacking your lips for more. I found the relationship between man and machine fascinating, especially the catalyst by which Jay the computer gains sentience. More than once I found myself thinking, "Yes, that's it exactly. That's what that feels like." I wish we'd spent more time at the planet and I was annoyed at the abrupt ending of the book, but since I can't think of another way to end it, I can hardly blame the author. I know P.A. Baines from his blogs. His story-writing style is just as polished, coherent and humorous. A good read.

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