Alec's Dream

Alec's Dream

by Dave Birchbauer

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BN ID: 2940032827986
Publisher: Dave Birchbauer
Publication date: 10/24/2011
Series: Ghosts of Angels , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 468 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

I am an avid old school science fiction fan. After losing interest in the ‘new-age’ fiction books, I decided to try my hand at a new hobby, writing. That’s when the idea of ALEC’S DREAM came to me along with the invention of anti-gravity. Since then my mind has been flooded with ideas and I hope to bring these to life in future books.

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Alec's Dream 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
D_Ann More than 1 year ago
I love sci-fi and I was not disappointed with Alec's Dream. The first few chapters were a little hard to get through because I don't have that much of a techy background, but once you get the main gist of what they made it's easy to know what's going on. The book covers a lot, and in some places I had trouble keeping track of who was who and how they all knew each other because there are a lot of character. However, you don’t really need to know who all the minor characters are. Birchbauer does a good job of making the main characters different enough so they were easy to remember. I loved Birchbauer's characters. The Kan-ji were suitably creepy, the Cheorgh were just so nice and interesting, and Loomius was downright terrifying. I fell in love with Jessie. She started out as a typical teen but became really strong when they ended up on the Kan-ji ship. I know it had something to do with the knowledge she gained from the stone chair but what Birchbauer does really well is to keep the mystery surrounding her sudden influx of knowledge a secret. I wanted to know so badly how Chandler knew her. The only thing that was really jarring was the transitions between the characters thoughts. It wasn’t so much changing the focus to different characters as it was that sometimes weeks or months would pass and there was no warning. There were a few times that we started focusing on another character and what I thought was the same day or maybe a few days later, ended being a few months. That's the only reason why this book is not getting 5 stars because otherwise the book was fantastic. **I received this book from the Bookplex**
Sue_in_CT More than 1 year ago
I have to admit when I started reading Alec's Dream by Dave Birchbauer I put it down after the first few chapters never planning to pick it up again. I realize the author needs to give sort of background and get the story going in the first few chapters but I was so totally confused and lost. I found myself re-reading it many times and still helplessly lost in the science and anti-gravity jargon. I really can't say why this bothered me so much because in other fictional books it was fine that a couple of kids go into a thicket of bamboo and find themselves in a world with fairies and unicorns or some guy can walk to a certain spot of the pantry floor and find himself transported back into time and that was perfectly fine but this anti-gravity stuff bothered me. After a few days I picked it up and continued reading and I am so glad I did because it got to the point I didn't want to put this book down. As I said the beginning was confusing and full of some scientific reasoning for how and why Alec developed this anti-gravity blanket with the help from Jessie, his daughter. Alec really isn't well developed as far as the story goes but then again he doesn't have to be as none of the adults really had to be since the main character is really Jessie. Jesse and her friends end up in life and death situations when they find themselves face to face with aliens who not only want to gain this technology for themselves, they want to rid the earth of the life form they hated which are humans. Jesse is the key to getting them all off this alien spaceship alive and get the warning to earth. The story was a bit like what I would imagine Star Wars in the Twilight Zone with a little of Star Trek would read complete with four dimensions, anti-gravity blankets, space portals, space ships and even aliens both good and bad. The weapons as well as the ships were exciting and futuristic and I was never quite sure where the story was going, there seemed to be surprises with every turn of the page. By the time I finished the book I realized somewhere along the way the beginning sort of made sense and I did enjoy the book. The author really has one heck of an imagination with an outstanding sense of detail. I could close my eyes and imagine the inside of the ship and the grass maps as well as the chase on the far side of the moon. I think any fan of science fiction would enjoy this book especially young adults.
BooksRMagicVR More than 1 year ago
Alec and Clay were scientists and thick friends. Their daughters are Jessie and Sofie, and they are thick friends as well. Jessie is interested in new inventions, as her father. When Alec's new anti-gravity spaceship invention is launched, Jessie and Sofie also travel to moon, along with the crew. Something is already waiting for them there and they are held prisoners by aliens. Not only that, the aliens have bad plans for our Earth. Will Jessie save the crew, her friend and Earth? Review on first 40% of the book: I think the author could have made the effort to make this book easier for all types of readers. Well, not all of us are geeks here. But, you will have to be at least half-geek, for understanding the book. Review on the remaining 60% of the book: Hmm..interesting! Some things are a bit hard to take in like Jessie's powers. But, this was really a good effort by the author. Will definitely go for next in the series. A good effort! 3.5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. A couple of editorial distractors. Overall excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While the author needs to brush up on the use of an apostrophe, and needs to learn the difference between they're, their, and there; it still was a decent story to read. Character development was a bit uneven with the first mention of the moms seeming to be an afterthought. It was a clean story suitable for teens. The tech explanations didn't bother me near as much as other readers as my not understanding it didn't take much away from the story itself. I give it 3 1/2 stars as the author has some growing to do in the craft of story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One thing that somehow really bugs me is the use of you're in every case wher your should be used
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is refreshing and original. The characters are well developed. The book was fantastc!
MarthaM More than 1 year ago
Alec's Dream had a little bit of a slow start and covered a lot of ground in just one book. Although the adult figures in the book were not particularly well developed, the important characters, Jessie and her friend Sofie were charming and believable. Since the book is directed to late elementary and middle school kids, it's more important that the kids be well fleshed out. after all, I think most kids think of adults as big, powerful people without ever understanding the complexity of our lives. This book is a great read for a middle school girl who is interested in science because of its science fiction bent and strong central girl character. I think that most middle school girls will love this book, wishing in their imaginations that they were Jessie. Jessie has an unusual talent for working with electricity. Although she really doesn’t understand electricity, she has the ability to see currents in streams of colors; a talent which helped her father create antigravity. As her father, Alec shows a client an application of antigravity, Jessie and her friend Sofie stow away on Alec’s Dream, the ship that is powered with it. As they orbit the moon, their ship is attacked and the ship is absorbed into the alien Kan-ji ship and world of the Cheorgh. A Cheorghian, Chandler meets them and helps them settle in, taking a special interest in Jessie. He gives her a gift, a bracelet with odd symbols on it. On earth, their parents frantically try to find a way to rescue the group, while Jessie, Sofie and the adults in their group are found and imprisoned by the Kan-ji. The Kan-ji have developed a hatred for earth and its occupants and the first intergalactic war is ready to begin. Still, Jessie believes that there is a way home and she is determined to find it and save her friends. Will she? Or will earth even be there for her return?
Bonnie0 More than 1 year ago
Alec’s Dram: Ghosts of Angels by Cave Birchbauer The first few chapters of this book are a little confusing. The first chapter provides background, but the second chapter skips ahead in time significantly. Even with the time advance it is still providing background. I did not seem to have a good understanding of what this book was about until several chapters into the book which made the first third of the book difficult to get into. Around the middle of the book this all changes, the story starts to get more interesting and I found I didn’t want to put this book down. If you are not a fan of supernatural stories I would definitely not recommend you attempt this book. It is a highly supernatural story. By the end of this book I was left with a feeling that I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someday he should date & marry hollie!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It sucks balls