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Crystal Pyramid (The Galaxy Keeper Book 1)

Crystal Pyramid (The Galaxy Keeper Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Alford

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In another part of the galaxy there is an entity of vast intelligence. He is called the Emperor, and his subjects know him only as "Your Highness." He was created by an ancient species to rule the galaxy on their behalf. His mission is to maintain order and to preserve the galaxy for the day they return.

He is immortal, and is served by a theocracy that believes their creators are gods and that they rule the galaxy by divine right. They have the means to enforce their will and to destroy entire star systems inhabited by any species that they see as a threat to their mission.

He is the Galaxy Keeper and when a team of human explorers stumbles upon a gateway to his galaxy wide teleportation system he learns about the human species. The rescue team sent to retrieve the lost explorers faces enormous challenges as they attempt to stop his plan to exterminate the human race.

About the Author

Bob Alford was born and raised in Connecticut. After serving four years in the US Army, he earned both AAS and BSEE degrees. He spent most of his career as a software engineer and serial entrepreneur, always pushing the envelope of technology. During this period his publications included numerous technical papers and a non-fiction book on engineering management. In 1990 he relocated to San Diego, California with his wife and three daughters. He resided there for 18 years, raising his children, while starting and managing several companies. In 2008 he and his wife Muriel relocated to Peoria, Arizona where he pursues his primary interests of writing, world travel, and high technology.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (4 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HS0CQO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 21 July 2012
By Steve M - Published on
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This story begins with a scene from an intergalactic bar, the kind of seedy place you would expect to find all sorts of low life characters, the kind of setting that reminded me of the bar scene in the first Star Wars episode where we meet Han Solo. Once of the central characters, TJ, is playing a game of poker with some colorful characters who are suspicious of TJ's good fortune, and suspect he is too lucky. When TJ wins the last hand, a fight erupts, and TJ avoids being shot, and in his defense, removes some important body parts from one of the sleazy card players, escaping within an inch of his life out the back door. We later find out that TJ is not just gambler, but a highly decorated and respected doctor who likes living on the edge.

Subsequent chapters do equal justice for the rest of the characters who make up an alpha team, a team of scientists and military personnel who are responsible for investigating cosmic phenomenon. Their current mission is to locate and recover an earlier alpha team that disappeared without a trace after entering the crystal pyramid on Travix Seven. The action starts the moment they arrive on the planet.

There are various references throughout the story to real physics and the author does good job-explaining subjects such as sidereal time in a way that is easy to understand.

Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. The pace slowed down slightly in Chapter 14 and I was concerned that it might not keep up the pace, but it quickly picked up with several fast-paced chapters that made me more and more excited. As I began the last chapter, I thought I had it all figured out. I soon found out that there was a big surprise waiting - an ending that left me wanting to hear more!

The book was an easy read with great character development and detailed descriptions of the planet and its inhabitants. I'll definitely go back and read it again. The title is Book One of The Galaxy Keeper. I hope this means that there will be a Book Two very soon! Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 2 Jun 2013
By OmniReader - Published on
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Enjoyed this book a lot. From the action packed opening to the surprise ending I couldn't put it down & stayed up late on a work night to finish it. The characters, the technology, the cities and the various new peoples that have been created are fascinating & fun. Interesting twists pop up and change your viewpoint on a regular basis. After reading I found myself thinking about the plot & characters, always the sign of a good book to me. I am looking forward to the next book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done 28 April 2013
By JohnAP - Published on
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As a self published book from a first time author, I thought it was quite well done. There were a some rough spots, and a handful of spelling and grammar errors, but fortunately they were few and far between.

It was also a very engaging story, with quite a few twists to keep it interesting.

Looking forward to the second book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Loved this Book 19 Aug 2012
By R Johnson - Published on
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I found that I could not put this book down once I started reading. The characters are not only unusual but the reader really cares about them. This is some of the best science fiction fantasy I have read. It is complete with detailed descriptions, engaging plot and an unexpected ending. Others reviewing this book have provided story descriptions so I won't bother. Needless to say it is a really page turner and I cannot wait until the next one hits the bookshelves in December. Nicely done!
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Thoughtful 16 Aug 2012
By BuzzyR - Published on
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If a book doesn't grab my intrest in the couple of chapters I usually don't finish it.
I had no such problems with this book.

This is a very enjoyable book from a first time author. It is clear that Bob Alford's hi-tech background gives him a unique and very entertainig approach to speculatve fiction. While the action and pace of this book are very entertainig there is also quite alot to think about in the course of the story. Like how can a peaceful, stable society grow among many planets, or what happens when two highly advanced societies meet and not recognize each others true nature. The author has put a lot of thought into such things and many others in the crafting of this story.

I am looking forward to the next book.
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