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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (30 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433252686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433252686
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Catherine Asaro has an M.A. in physics, and a Ph.D. in chemical physics, both from Harvard. She has done research at the University of Toronto, The Max Planck Institute, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. A former ballet and jazz dancer, she founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard and now teaches at the Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet. She has written fourteen novels in the popular Skolian Saga, the latest being "Schism" (Tor, 2004) as well as two near-future technothrillers, "The Veiled Web" and "The Phoenix Code." She currently runs Molecudyne Research and lives in Maryland with her husband and daughter. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 21 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book follows on from Sunrise Alley and is just as readable and engaging. However, I suggest that you read Alpha as a sequel. Information about Artificial Intelligence and its possible evolution into human like self-determination is beautifully explained in Sunrise Alley and adds depth to the reader's understanding of this novel. I really enjoyed this novel and would recommend it wholeheartedly.
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No problem with recomending this as a follow on as Asaro maintains her usual interesting style and intreaging thought on the future.

I have read a good proportion of Catherine's novels, espacially the Skolian saga and found all a good read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good mix of science fiction and romance 28 Mar. 2008
By Dale R. Cozort - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Alpha is a well written romance between a dangerous 'female' android and the man trying to pry secrets from her. It is set in a future close enough to now to be recognizable, but distant enough that some artificial intelligences have developed to the point where they are at or above human intelligence level, while still remaining non-human. This is a recent enough development that governments and societies are still groping for ways to cope with it.

The story is well-plotted, with characters I cared about, plenty of action, a believable relationship at its core, and quite a few loose ends that probably imply that there will be more books in this universe.

Alpha is a sequel, and the author certain leaves room for additional stories, but it stands well on its own.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I really wanted to like this one, but it's not nearly as good as "Sunrise Alley" 17 Nov. 2009
By Mrs. Baumann - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Plot Summary: This follow up to the sci-fi romantic thriller "Sunrise Alley" focuses on sexy enemy android Alpha and Lt. General Thomas Wharington, director of a government spook squad. Alpha is convinced that her boss, Charon, is still alive, and to that end, she's still trying to capture Thomas per her last order. Thomas finds himself protecting Alpha from his higher-ups who want to strip her down like an old car for the information they can scavenge from her neural mesh. When Alpha kidnaps Thomas he must break her programming, but how can he reason with an android who has no concept of free will?

Sunrise Alley is a terrific man-hunt thriller loaded with tons of sci-fi, so I was eager to read the follow up novel, Alpha. Although Alpha is okay, it's not in the same class as its predecessor, so I'm left feeling a bit bummed right now. The story didn't flow with edge-of-my-seat action. Instead, it felt kind of bumpy and uneven, especially regarding the romantic relationship between Alpha and Thomas. It didn't help that physically they kept alternating between being together and being apart, so they started over from scratch a couple of times. It was kind of weird.

Speaking of strange, I think this is the first May-December romance I've encountered that features such a huge age gap. Thomas is 72 and Alpha looks like a 20 year-old super model. I don't know her android age, but I kept trying to picture my grandfather running around like a stud and it just wasn't happening. I know, I know, Thomas was supposed to look twenty years younger than his age due to medical science, but he was still a geezer in my mind.

That kind of disconnect with the romance alone was enough to keep me from raving here, but then the plot let me down too. It was clunky and predictable, with very little interaction with the Sunrise Alley rogues. That was disappointing, since I kept expecting Thomas and Alpha to make a visit to the android's secret lair. Then I kept hoping that Thomas would have a fatal heart attack and they'd have to copy his brain into an android body resembling Fabio. No such luck.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Riveting thriller. 7 Nov. 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Charon was a ruthless criminal who created and traded in illegal robots and androids so his death benefits the world - unfortunately his android Alpha survives to bring his legacy to the world. Alpha is indistinguishable from a human woman but has superpowers - and General Thomas finds her as intriguing as she is dangerous. For she is carrying out her last orders from her maker - and Thomas finds her too human to kill. An intriguing story of robots, androids, and a touch of love evolves.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
terrific science fiction 8 Sept. 2006
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The National Information Agency Director of the Office of Computer Operations Lieutenant General Thomas Wharington is elated that the major threat to world domination by the malevolent genius Charon is over as the villain is dead (see SUNRISE ALLEY). However, he also fears the threat to mankind remains viable as Charon's "offspring" the super brilliant android Alpha still lives to carry out her master's plan.

He needs to learn her secrets to neutralize her, but no sentient being can "read" body language as she can. This frightens and attracts Wharington, who finds his desire for the beautiful AI leading to mistakes. Alpha captures Wharington and takes him to Charon's secret island location. To his shock Wharington finds his worst nightmare awaits him.

Though there is an abundance of too many unsolved subplots left dangling, ALPHA is a terrific science fiction thriller that fans of Catherine Asaro will appreciate. The story line is fast-paced and can stand alone as the back story is somewhat summarized in the opening sequence. The Wharington-Alpha confrontation is deftly handled as both finds an attraction interfering with their respective prime directive though the android deals with it better. Readers will enjoy this saga and look forward to the meshing resolution of other threads.

Harriet Klausner
Three Stars 19 Dec. 2014
By Joseph B. Ennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I do not know, I do not think that I bought this book.
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