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  1. P.A. Baines P.A. Baines says:

    First off, you should know that I wrote this book Second, you are probably wondering why I only gave it four stars What kind of twit gives his own book four out of five stars Let me explain.I wrote this almost four years ago now Anyone who has written prose of any length will know all about the pain involved in editing You read, edit, leave, repeat At the end of it all , you think you ve found everything and that the book is perfect Or as near to perfection as it is possible to get.The First off, you should know that I wrote this book Second, you are probably wondering why I only gave it four stars What kind of twit gives his own book four out of five stars Let me explain.I wrote this almost four years ago now Anyone who has written prose of any length will know all about the pain involved in editing You read, edit, leave, repeat At the end of it all , you think you ve found everything and that the book is perfect Or as near to perfection as it is possible to get.The fact is, I love this book I love the premise, the plot, and I loved writing it Watching it come to life was like seeing a child being born Every parent thinks their offspring is immaculate It is only later, when they are older and making their own way in the world, that you see the flaws.And so it is with Alpha Redemption I used to think it was perfect Now, in the harsh light of objectivity, I realize that it could do with somework Not a lot, mind you Just a tweak here and there Nothing major Just oneedit Maybe two.I made a point of not letting my family post ratings or comments about my work The reason I did this was to avoid skewing opinion I wanted an honest appraisal, both for me and,importantly, for my readers I wanted anyone thinking of taking the plunge to be able to get the genuine opinions of other readers.In that spirit, I elected to give Alpha Redemption an honest review, and only after the euphoria had worn off Four years is long enough And four stars is my honest evaluation


  2. Adam Collings Adam Collings says:

    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 He s never been the same since the death of his wife and children He has turned away from his faith in God With nothing left to loose, he takes on a dangerous job being the first human to travel beyond light peed on an inter stellar journey to Alpha Centauri Along the way, the ship s computer Jay begins to show sign 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 He s never been the same since the death of his wife and children He has turned away from his faith in God With nothing left to loose, he takes on a dangerous job being the first human to travel beyond light peed on an inter stellar journey to Alpha Centauri Along the way, the ship s computer Jay begins to show signs of artificial intelligence of sentience.This book deals with questions that some Christians might find controversial If there were such a thing as AI, could a machine have a spiritual aspect to them Could they have a soul But isn t that what good science fiction always does It asks questions It asks What if The structure of the book is atypical It alternates between the present day story on the spaceship, and glimpses from Brett s past I hesitate to call these flashback scenes back story, because they are intrinsically part of the tale being told In much the same way as the television series Lost, each chapter features a story from a different part of Brett s life Scenes alternate between the present and flashbacks These flashbacks are linked to the present day part of the chapter on a thematic level Each new chapter takes the back story further back in time so we see Brett s life in reserve This structure takes a little concentration at first, but I figured out the pattern quite early, and then I just left myself get swept away by the story I don t want to give too much away, but there are important reasons for using this particular structure Trust me it works.This story doesn t just use space as a setting It is a genuine science fiction story which has some interesting concepts and mysteries many of which are never fully explained This just adds to the feelings of wonder.As a character drama the book is filled with heart ache and hope You can t help but feel for these characters.This book deserves to be remembered as a classic A true Christian Sci fi


  3. D.M. Dutcher D.M. Dutcher says:

    3.5 stars It s good Christian SF about a lonely man who, with the help of an AI on a long FTL trip to the stars, reconciles with his past It s well written, but it sa character study than space opera, and may be stretching to be a full length novel.Brett is a 40ish year old man who volunteers to be the pilot for a faster than light trip to Alpha Centauri To his surprise, he is selected, and soon is awaking from a nutrient bath designed to protect him from the shock of jumping into FTL s 3.5 stars It s good Christian SF about a lonely man who, with the help of an AI on a long FTL trip to the stars, reconciles with his past It s well written, but it sa character study than space opera, and may be stretching to be a full length novel.Brett is a 40ish year old man who volunteers to be the pilot for a faster than light trip to Alpha Centauri To his surprise, he is selected, and soon is awaking from a nutrient bath designed to protect him from the shock of jumping into FTL speeds With him is a governing AI he soon names Jay.Over the course of his trip, we learnabout Brett s past and grief, and Jay s desire to understand humanity It s very well done, with flashbacks woven in with the present voyage Some good moments too, as Jay learns about things like fear and pain.The only downside is that it feels stretched The idea is good and well done, but it s something that works well as a novella, short story, or twilight zone episode A subplot added to give a sense of danger doesn t go anywhere, and it s a locked room story about a man on a ship It s a good story, but some might find not enough meat on it.I enjoyed it though I hope he writes another novel


  4. Kerry Nietz Kerry Nietz says:

    I ll admit to being a fan of stories that illustrate the danger and isolation of space exploration I m also fond of tales where man s creation gives him greater insight into his own Creator In Alpha Redemption, P.A Baines wonderfully marries my two favorite themes, in a story both fascinating and unique The book contains parallel stories, actually one being the story of Brett Denton s travel aboard an experimental ship to Alpha Centauri, the other being the story of Denton s past Both are I ll admit to being a fan of stories that illustrate the danger and isolation of space exploration I m also fond of tales where man s creation gives him greater insight into his own Creator In Alpha Redemption, P.A Baines wonderfully marries my two favorite themes, in a story both fascinating and unique The book contains parallel stories, actually one being the story of Brett Denton s travel aboard an experimental ship to Alpha Centauri, the other being the story of Denton s past Both are touching and insightful In fact, Denton s backstory which could ve been only a series of narrative jarring flashbacks instead feels fully woven into the tapestry of the novel It is organic.I also appreciated the unique effects of hibernation sleep in Denton s world It is a touch that provides completeness at story s end.If you like your science fiction on the introspective side, in the vein of Clarke s 2001 or Pohl s Gateway, then Alpha Redemption is a must read


  5. Kat Heckenbach Kat Heckenbach says:

    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 theI thought about the story and I di 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 theI thought about the story and I did think about it long after closing the cover thethe ending affected me, and I realized it did need to be just as it is.I agree with other reviewers who would have likedtime 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


  6. Pegg Pegg says:

    I recommend this book even if you re not much of a sci fi fan While the setting is sci fi, the theme is life and faith and what it takes to have both of those Brett is as down and out as a human being can be, completely divorced from God and heading nowhere His travels with Jay, a computer who evolves into an almost human, take us on a journey like no other The book skips around a lot, going forward and backward in time This isn t a light read, it takes some paying attention to keep up with I recommend this book even if you re not much of a sci fi fan While the setting is sci fi, the theme is life and faith and what it takes to have both of those Brett is as down and out as a human being can be, completely divorced from God and heading nowhere His travels with Jay, a computer who evolves into an almost human, take us on a journey like no other The book skips around a lot, going forward and backward in time This isn t a light read, it takes some paying attention to keep up with the story, but it s worth it


  7. Pauline Creeden Pauline Creeden says:

    Loved it waythan I thought I would Slow paced, inner journey without a lot of action but well worth the voyage


  8. Sarah Sarah says:

    Well, this is probably one of the most unique books that I ve ever read The story was really well done, very interesting I ve discovered through this book that I hate third person present tense writing However, this book was good enough that it kept me reading despite that.


  9. Jack Cole Jack Cole says:

    Nice scifi book with a twistThis book was an enjoyable exploration of outer and inner space It tackles some difficult philosophical questions and addresses the problem of suffering from a Christian perspective.


  10. Ryan Grabow Ryan Grabow says:

    There is much science fiction created to marvel at mankind s power and potential, perhaps with a nod to purpose the purpose of mankind Artificial intelligence certainly qualifies as a great achievement and, with the IBM rules the world days behind us, the stories have becomesympathetic to AI characters the intelligence we create might be likened to an innocent child It follows that humans are the AIs parents, creators, and gods The questions of emotion, especially love, and whether t There is much science fiction created to marvel at mankind s power and potential, perhaps with a nod to purpose the purpose of mankind Artificial intelligence certainly qualifies as a great achievement and, with the IBM rules the world days behind us, the stories have becomesympathetic to AI characters the intelligence we create might be likened to an innocent child It follows that humans are the AIs parents, creators, and gods The questions of emotion, especially love, and whether the AI can share in what makes us human may play a major role in the plot There is one question most authors don t ask, though a question that a curious AI would certainly ask, that the authors shy away from in real life They don t write AIs who look beyond humanity as their creators They don t write AIs who ask the questions every human asks They don t write AIs who seek God.With apologies to the Droid commercials Baines Does Sorry, couldn t resist.The story begins with the launch of the Comet, a prototype spaceship which will make several hops at near lightspeed, gather data in the Alpha Centauri system, and return to Earth after several years Brett Denton is the only passenger on this fully automated ship, a guinea pig to examine the trip s effects on the human body He begins a cycle of hyper sleeping in a special fluid filled chamber for two month periods, then reconditioning himself during the month he s awake when the ship cruises at 0.5% lightspeed so he can withstand the next jump This first mission to other stars is anything but easy on the traveler, and Baines does a good job portraying the challenges behind such a high velocity trip, such as time dilation and effects on mass During his periods awake, Brett interacts with the ship s AI computer, which he names Jay Jay, observing Brett, begins to ask the usual AI to man questions, including love, a question which Brett resists due to his own emotional scars.For those who enjoyed the flashbacks in the ABC show LOST, we re treated to a similar device in Alpha Redemption Brett is getting younger with each jump, and the flashbacks change accordingly When Brett is physically 31 18 years younger on the journey, we see a glimpse of his life when he was 31 the first time around, progressing backward into his childhood Our understanding of Brett s character is mainly driven by these flashbacks We meet his wife, Rochelle, and their sons, experiencing important events in Brett s life which led him to where he is now Sometimes Baines focuseson these flashbacks than the present day admittedly, I found this annoying whenever I couldn t figure out how they synced up and I was eager to return to the present day where there s a science fiction story going on Patience is rewarded, though, as the flashbacks and present day flow together in the end.The strongest point I give this book is the immersive narration We feel the pain on Brett s first wake up We taste the gas coming through the hose mmm watermelon We experience his shock to the plane crash We relate to his interaction with Jay Not all of these points are strong, though, as placenames familiar to the main character are given generically his apartment block, a main road, the coastline, etc I didn t know where the flashbacks were supposed to be set, and it hampered my enjoyment of the story.This reviewer thinks too much like a computer for his own good and, of course, relatedto Jay than the actual human Some of the interaction, such as Brett s repeated accusations of lying by omission irritated me to no end, even though it seemed appropriate to Brett s character Yes, Jay was genuinely annoying at times, toward the beginning when he didn t know better His gradualeh maturity he already seemed kinda self aware is well portrayed and believable, as well as his growing curiosity AI Child, yes In time, Jay comes to think of the Comet as his body, sensing the space around him and feeling vulnerable to it.I highly recommend this book to those looking for science fiction with a Christian message The book goes from a few fleeting references to faith in the early chapters to Rochelle s full blown Jesus obsession later rather, earlier on, which may be jarring for non believers so no pretending this is a mainstream novel when you want to witness by fiction All in all, I think the world needsstories like this I ll be watching P.A Baines for future releases


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Alpha Redemption [Reading] ➷ Alpha Redemption By P.A. Baines – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 s 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.

  • Paperback
  • 270 pages
  • Alpha Redemption
  • P.A. Baines
  • English
  • 11 August 2018
  • 0986451746

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