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Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha (Heaven and Hound series) by [Clarkson, L J]
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Dog-fearer extraordinaire, Barny Pedrotter is the world’s most unlikely Alpha. But he must conquer his fear if he has any hope of passing ninth grade and landing a coveted work experience position at LC Comics. Except training Mr. Lucius’ cursed and disobedient hellhounds drags Barny into a millennia-old family feud, where Louis’ jealous, scheming sister, Gaybreeal, tries every dirty little trick to sabotage them and spark a war between Heaven and Earth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Indicated Publications and Promotions; 1 edition (23 November 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Q254CQ0
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 4.2 out of 5 stars 19 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read for people of all ages 16 February 2017
By Dion Perry - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Rise of the alpha has two plotlines. The first is about a teenage boy, Barney, who is trying to do all the things that are important to a high school boy. That is: past school, avoid bullies, conquer his fear of dogs, excel at soccer and get a girlfriend all while managing the usual dramas that life throws at him. The second plotline is about a family of demi-gods who are playing out an age-old feud between rival siblings. The two plotlines come together when Barney is employed to train two massive hounds with extraordinary abilities. Not only does Barney need to conquer his fear of dogs, but he has to become an alpha in order to train them, all while avoiding getting caught up in the feud of the demi-gods.

Even though the target audience is young teenagers I found the book very readable. Clarkson mixes humour and drama well to create a suspenseful book that pulls you through to the end. She also adds a few snippets of science, disguised as magic, just to make things interesting. I am however thinking that some of her characters were based on real people who she suffered during high school or some other period of time and their appearance in her book is a little payback. Not that that’s a bad thing. I also liked the shameless promotion of her other series the Silver Strand. I enjoyed the book, but I found the ending a little abrupt. I get that Clarkson was setting up for a sequel, but I think this book didn’t quite finish its story arc which left me feeling: where’s the rest. Well, I’ll just have to read the sequel. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a light read or a book for their children.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 18 January 2015
By Jujuberry37 - Published on
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Poor Barny Pedrotter just wants to make it to the end of 9th grade. When a tangle with the school show-off and one pesky mutt, lands him in detention, Barny is surprised to find that the job application he filled out as punishment was actually taken seriously.

Barny is thrust into the position of Alpha, having to care for two very large, very precocious hell hounds. Their owner Mr. Lucius is desperate to have them trained to find his missing father. Sounds simple, but Mr. Lucius's family are anything but simple. They rate in the realms of myths and legends and Mr. Lucius's sister will do anything to prevent a reunion with their pop. Including putting a spell on the hounds to make them the most misbehaving beasts in the world.

This was a fun read, as we journey with Barny on his path to Mr. Lucius's employment, where he has an unexpected family reunion of his own. L.J Clarkson has mastered the slow reveal in this tale, keeping me guessing as to how all the characters fit together. Barny must conquer his fear of dogs, train the hounds and save the day, all in time for his 9th grade graduation. Will he find Mr. Lucius's father. Well, you will have to read it....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely entertaining read of Barny and the loveable and overgrown hounds. 10 January 2015
By Darlene Cruz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantastic story combining the heavenly almighty one and his children, Gaybreeal a.k.a Mr. Thompson a.k.a troublemaker in the family, Mike the powerful sword fighter and strategist and Lucius, the voice of musical notes and extreme vanity and the glue to all things that breaks. Vain as he seems, Lucius wanted no more than to find an Alpha leader to train his unruly beast of dogs a.k.a, "Hell Hounds," Gamma and Delta. Now Barny Pedtrotter finding his way in life with his mom and absent father, fitting in with the crowd at a prestigious school is another story. How does Barny and the children of the almighty meet? Well this story will take you exactly on that ride of antics of fun and laughter and squabbles and absolute tantrums. No tantrums from Barny but from the all "Almighty" and his children, you will read about things pulverized to dust and poof, launching fireballs with one swoop of its hand and laser beam eyes. I was so engrossed reading the story that it ended to soon from me. I wanted to know what will happen next to Barny and his hounds? Did Barny turn into the Alpha he needed to be? Read this fabulous entertaining story of absolute fun, you will definitely love it, I did! The author written this story so easy to follow and understand without getting to serious with the history behind the characters. Amazing how the author formed a funny yet touching story and gave it an excitement of adventurous plot that kept me as a reader glued to each page until the end. Bravo!!! I received a free digital download in exchange for an honest review from Mother Daughter Book Review. Thank you, Darlene Cruz
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, quirky, compelling and humorous read for tweens 27 February 2015
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on
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In this quirky and entertaining middle grade book, we are introduced to a cast of characters, loosely based on Christian beliefs, including “Pop” whose children Mr. Lucius, Gaybreeal, and Mik Hail among others have been banished to Earth to live among and help the mortals. Thankfully, the Day of Judgment is upon them, and the children will soon be called back to live in heaven with their Pop (if they passed their test, that is). However, Gay is determined to do everything in her power to prevent her brother, Mr. Lucius from making contact with his father.

To help in his quest to locate and communicate with his father, Mr. Lucius creates two “hell hounds” from a lock of Pop’s hair so they could sniff him out as necessary. Unfortunately, Gay casts a spell on the two hounds (Delta and Gamma) making them lazy and disobedient. Enter Barny Pedrotter, a troubled 9th grade boy whom the hounds choose as their alpha. It is up to Barny to regain control of the hounds and help Mr. Lucius regain entry into heaven.

Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha features an assortment of colorful and memorable characters including mortals such as Barny, his father James, and Barny’s schoolmates and immortals such as Mr. Lucius, Gay, and Pop. The story is told from a number of perspectives, primarily Barny, James, and Gay. At first I found this confusing as I could not see where the story was going, but as the threads became interwoven, I came to appreciate that the individual perspectives were necessary to fully understand the story. I think children will be able to relate to Barny’s character in particular and I hope that in future stories, the focus is maintained on him.

The story features many humorous moments as well as more tense moments between the characters. The hounds, Delta and Gamma, were a delightful wild card and could either be vicious and destructive or big and lovable pushovers at the hands of their alpha, Barny. I do have to mention that these hounds were not typical dogs. That is, one or the other dogs were described as having unusual features such as scales, four eyes, a thorny tail, and a spiky ridge on the spine. I was having a hard time imagining what the dogs looked like and unfortunately, the cover image shows quite normal dogs!

One of the things that I really enjoyed in the story was the mentioning of certain movies, books, and other items from pop culture such as a BlackBerry, the TV series Downton Abbey, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, the World Cup, the Manchester United football club for example. The author also cleverly weaved in her other middle grade book, The Silver Strand throughout the story, although in Heaven and Hound it was referred to as a comic book.

My Bottom Line:

Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha is a fun-filled story featuring a quirky cast of colorful characters, an original and compelling plot, as well as many humorous moments and surprising twists. I can’t wait to see where the author goes next with this series and I recommend this book to children ages 8 to 13 looking for a quick and humorous read.

* This book was received free-of-charge from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. *
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Jokes and Lots of ACTION! 1 February 2015
By Esperanza - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In the fictional book Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha by LJ Clarkson,
the protagonist Barny Pedrotter just a average ninth grader at Five woods High had a fear of dogs,
and one day a group of kids video taped him striking a small dog after it attacked him.

Which changed his life at school he was already on his last strike for being late, if he was late one more time he would be expelled, well after taking a damaged rare exotic bird to a vet, being attacked by a dog, being videotaped and it being sent to everyone in five woods High, yeah he showed up five minutes late.

Therefore his super mean Homeroom teacher Mr. Thompson gave him detention and tried to send him to the principal, but his friends Max and Kate backed him up which they got detention too. But little did anyone know that his teacher was a whacked out lady named Gaybreaal in disguise out to get her older brother Lou, because he always took credit for everything, which he did.

Well Gaybreaal's older brother Lou is trying to find his Pops(dad) and needs his hounds for it, because Lou thinks that his pops went missing, Mike the other brother is a general Sargent in the army and has to protect his Pops from someone trying to kill him, but doesn't know who, and did I mention the siblings and pops had powers.

Heaven and Hound: Rise of the Alpha is an amazing book, I haven't read a book this good in a very long time, filled with suspense and jokes and lots of action scenes, I mean I woke up my little brother laughing.

LJ Clarkson did an excellent job keeping me hooked I mean I didn't want it to end ,I recommend this book to all ages who love a good action comedy, and I give this book a two thumbs up and five stars *****