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May 25, 2020.  NASA dispatches Commander Bachman "Bach" Turner on a perilous mission to find four astronauts lost beyond Earth's solar system.  Minutes after rescue, the edge of a lethal, swirling cloud of galactic plasma draws the earthship deeper into space and deposits it on a strange planet.


Bach's troubles multiply when his crewmates are abducted by an evil army of Rooks--Rulers of other kingdoms.  His rescue by Altemus Rider, the patriarch of a clan of geniuses, and his daughter Star, lands Bach in a beleaguered future world where he delves into alien technology with a single-minded goal: find his crewmates and return to Earth.


In this unstable zone of space, time is running out on all life forms, few can be trusted, and Bach's DNA is of particular interest to one alien.  When he learns of a tunnel of light on a distant mount he cautiously ventures in. There, the Creator delivers the first of several instructions: search this weird, inverted galaxy for those with a sacred icon.


After a race against time through lands of future and past with Star at his side, Bach's harrowing, prophetic journey takes an unthinkable turn when deep space rumbles a forewarning--and he realizes he didn't get the Creator's final instruction.


Entertaining speculative fiction suitable for all generations (except the very young), Alpha Rising delivers a thought-provoking combination of science, fantasy and reality with intriguing allusions written between the lines.
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This imaginative story evolves from a failed space rescue mission, to a battle of good versus evil where the political and personal ramifications of scientific exploration, the interconnection of religion and science, and human thirst for supremacy take many provocative twists and turns.
Learn what happens when an adventurous quest filled with discovery, sacrifice, escape, joy, sorrow, rivalry, pursuits and surprises reaches an unthinkable obstacle, and discover the meaning of the Sacred Icon as sci-fi becomes reality. 

Excerpt - page 31:

    Bach searched the rubble for a water test kit and, after finding it, crouched beside G.R. and spoke confidentially, "In all your biological studies, have you ever encountered a phenomenon where water's so still it looks like black glass?"
    G.R. shook his head. "You're saying the lake is totally motionless?"
    "It was, until I tossed in a handful of sand."
    "It sank straight down with a gurgling stream. But then came a churning or heaving in that area of the water, followed by the whole lake transforming into what looked like a caldron of hissing bubbles that seemed hungry."
    "Don't know how else to describe it--like they wanted to attack something."

Could these things possibly happen?
Have they happened in the past?
Are they happening now?

G.L. Douglas