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Search Terms: Alpha

Search Terms: Alpha [Kindle Edition]

Travis Hill

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College sophomore Tyler Gallagher loves computers, video games, and Thanksgiving Break. He's timed the arrival of his computer components with the holiday vacation from school to blast aliens and enemy soldiers alike on his brand new, high-end gaming computer.

When the parts arrive, it soon becomes apparent that they aren't what he ordered from TechTerritory. Thinking he's the butt of a practical joke, Tyler plays along, and builds the computer with the obviously fake components. His annoyance turns to shock when the computer powers on.

His shock turns to a mix of disbelief and wonder when he learns the strange "quantum" computer can pull web pages from the near future. Disbelief and wonder soon become fear and uncertainty when he discovers the future might not be so bright.

"Search Terms: Alpha" is the first half of a new time travel thriller. "Search Terms: Beta" is due to be published Q3 2014.

52,000 word novel
Adult themes / language / mild sexual content

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 326 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Travis Hill; 1st edition (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K31AC3Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #959,428 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique and Engaging Time Travel Novel 23 Aug. 2014
By L. Collins - Published on
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"Search Terms: Alpha" is a highly engaging and exciting novel that blends thrilling time travel-ish glimpses of the future with real world apocalyptic events when Tyler Gallagher mistakenly gets some computer parts that do so much more than just allow him to surf the internet... he can actually view webpages from the future (both the good and the bad). At first its great, who wouldn't want to know the future and benefit from in valuable ways, but a terrorist attack sends Tyler's plans into a spiral and he is faced with trying to stop the horrible events to come.

The well-written novel manages to be fresh and vivid in a great way, drawing the reader in and taking you on a journey that is a mix of imaginative science fiction and emotionally charged drama. Travis Hill uses a smooth and addictive writing style to tell the story, and captures your attention with well-developed characters that are authentic and compelling at the same time. It's fast-paced, exciting, action-packed, multi-layered and overall well worth the read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice introduction to a new series 24 Aug. 2014
By Heather G - Published on
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Tyler Gallagher is understandably perturbed when the state of the art computer he has purchased, timed to arrive just before Thanksgiving break, turns out to be boxes full of plastic type material and cases that couldn’t possibly make a computer. Is the customer service department trying to pull a fast one? A frustrated MIT student subjected to working for the computer company? Not quite knowing why, he assembles the obviously fake parts, finally building what the manual dubs a ‘quantum computer.’ Impressed despite himself, any and all sense of humor flees when this supposed computer turns on. More than that, it responds quickly, even installing and displaying a game that isn’t supposed to be released for a month.
Shocked, awed and slightly scared, Tyler sets his mind to learning this knew computer. What is it? What can it do? Who sent it to him? The answers are almost as complicated as the computer itself. Researching a paper for his college class, he discovers that a special search app on the computer is actually searching articles from the FUTURE. Quantum computer…. Quantum mechanics…. It makes sense, even as terrifies him.
This is third venture into a world created by Travis Hill – and the third time I have witnessed this author pen with a different voice. “Search Terms: Alpha” is a foray into the life and times of a College Student deep in the throes of new love and discovery – add in the minor fact of a future telling computer and you have a recipe for an entertaining novel enhanced with the philosophical questions Hill is becoming known for.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction at its best! 22 Sept. 2014
By Jason Diatribe - Published on
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Awesome story about a prophetic quantum computer sent to a guy that did not order it. Hill gives the reader a lot of ethical dilemmas to ponder as his main character decides how to use this computer. How far into the future should he look? What boundaries should be established? Who should he share the computer's ability with? A great plot and a well thought out story. I can't wait for Search Terms: Beta to come out and get more of this great story.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this concept 27 Aug. 2014
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This book brings up the question "what would you do if you knew the future?" I believe the author answered that question thoroughly. Can't wait for the next book.
4.0 out of 5 stars it is not as bad as it sounds 15 Nov. 2014
By James lange - Published on
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A leftie's answer to the post-apcalyptic novels from the Obama-calls-in-UN-blue-helmets-to take over America crowd, We learn that 9/11 was probably a conspiracy by our own government and a newly elected president & VP from (gasp) Georgia and Texas may blow up the world affter staging a pretend terrorist attack. Actually, it is not as bad as it sounds.

Our hero is a self-centered, unweaned, live-at-home college kid geek who tries (partially sucessfully) to do some growing up after he discovers a way to peer into the future. He invents some pretty good rationalizations for the harmlessness of exploiting the heck out of money-making foreknowledge. Then things turn nasty. Not a bad read - I enjoyed it despite the politics.

Oh, and all politicians and their party hacks are venal. As that part is true (more due to our electoral system than the individuals), I didn't blink an eye.
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