Alpha Redemption

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
257 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2013
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Author Biography

Paul writes science fiction that is both contemplative and profound. Educated in Africa, he works as an analyst/programmer and is studying towards a degree in Creative Writing through Buckinghamshire New University in England. He currently lives in a small corner of the Netherlands with his wife and two children and various wildlife.

    Book Review

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.