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Alpha Rising

3.19 of 5 stars 3.19  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A failed space rescue mission lands astronaut Bach Turner in a beleaguered future world where history repeats itself, future events cast shadows, and abduction, deceit, seduction and hedonism fuel an allegorical battle of good and evil. With no way out short of blind faith and the ultimate weapon, his mind, Turner embarks on a final mission that fulfills prophecy.

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Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published (first published April 15th 2007)
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Robert Cherny
Alpha Rising:

I am an avid science fiction fan and enjoy all the various sub-genres, however this retelling of the Noah’s Arc story did not do it for me. It is a noble effort by a first time author, but ultimately it falls short. If this story was targeted at middle school readers, except for a few words above their vocabulary level, this story would work. If it is targeted at adults, it is not enough.

Bach, the main character, comes off as stodgy and wooden. The pun on his name and the band Bachm
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Gerry Rzeppa
An Impressive First Work

Douglas is, without a doubt, a talented writer. Her prose is consistently high-quality, with more than a few excursions into the inspired. "Deni was first to exchange despair for resolve", for example. Sweet.

And it should be noted that a novel of this scope is a huge undertaking - especially the first time out. The fact that Douglas was able to maintain a consistent style and feel from beginning to end is greatly to her credit. Not to mention keeping all those facts stra
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Chris
While this is definitely a Christian book, I did not find it pretentious or over-handed in its approach. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The only problem I had was that the characters didn't seem to react normally to their circumstances. They tended to adjust very quickly to things that would normally take much more time to adjust to. For example, being separated from everyone you know and being stranded in an alien civilization that nobody knew existed and then simply having dinner with them as if noth
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Carly English
Jun 15, 2008 Carly English rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Excellent for Young Adults to Seniors
This unique and fascinating tale could very well set the stage for copycat novels in the future. The blend of philosophical, scriptural and esoteric events play out perfectly in the hands of entertaining, well-written, engaging characters that endure the impossible and conquer the foe with their only weapon, the mind, as they deliver the story to a fantastic, fulfilling conclusion. G.L. Douglas made me think, feel and believe what she'd written might just happen some time in the future. Alpha Ri ...more
Christopher Long
I'm not personally big on fiction -- especially science fiction. However, this one came highly recommended to me by a close friend. Simply put, I was pleasantly surprised. G.L. Douglas tells a vivid, futuristic story filled with fascinating and compelling characters which hooked me from the beginning. Her attention to detail made me feel as if I were actually onboard the Astro-Lab, headed for Urusa! An entertaining read from start to finish.
Hilary
I really wanted to give this 4 stars. There is an incredible mix of fantastical adventure and hard SF with a tinge of faith, but somehow it doesn't quite gel for me. (view spoiler) I had fun reading it.
Steven
The behavior of the main characters are too implausible at times. After barely landing safely in a blinding snowstorm they leave their spaceship and cannot see more than a few feet. The tension of the situation is shattered when they have a snowball fight. At another tense moment they stop to... have a picnic. If the characters don't take it seriously when they are in life threatening situations how can the reader?
Jennifer (JC-S)
I read this book on a whim, and I am glad I did so. A blend of science fiction and fantasy takes the reader on one of those perennial trips to save life forms from extinction. In this case, our hero (Bach Turner)has his faith in a higher power as well as some scientic tools at his disposal.

I'd rate this at 3.5 stars: escapism, adventure and hope.
Al
This book was not very well written. It should have been spread out over a series perhaps, but as it was it seemed contrived and repetitive though some of the ideas were good. A mixtures of straight sci-fi and theological commentary on man ruining things with God having a bigger plan. Recreated the Ark to save animals and mankind.
Sherry
loved this book - never thought I'd find a Christian Science Fiction book as well written as this. Bach and Faith are on a mission to save 4 astronauts stranded in space. during the rescue mission they end up on a planet that is divided into good and evil. The story gets interesting as Bach ends up on a Noah type mission.
Audra
This did not fulfill my expectations and to be honest I stopped reading it. I stopped reading it because I realized how similar this was to the Bible's Noah's Ark story and just don't want my science fiction mixed with religion.It was told in third person which is common.It was not as good as other books in the genre.
Hollie
I came across this book just simply because I was bored & goofing around on my Kindle DX. I am very glad that I did too. I truly enjoyed this book. Everything about it had my brain turning with ideas. The best one I liked was the scent infused DNA...very cool. Hey, I'll give my body to science for that experiment.
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As teachers' comments on her early report cards reflect, G.L. Douglas has always been a daydreamer soaring through space. Over the years, while she quietly contemplated what might dwell beyond the bounds of Earth, her love of science fiction and astral discoveries grew like the expanding universe, and she knew one day all her notes and musings would form the foundation for an exciting, entertainin ...more
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