Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space

Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space

by H. Peter Alesso




As the last star fighter in squadron 111, Midshipman Henry Gallant is on his way from Jupiter to Mars. With the United Planets' fleet on the verge of annihilation, he can expect no help as he passes through the asteroid belt and threatening aliens. With so much uncertainty about the aliens' capabilities and intentions, analyzing the captured computer equipment in Gallant's possession could prove crucial. The fate of Earth could rest on the abilities of Midshipman Henry Gallant. Unfortunately, it is his abilities that have been much in doubt during his tour of duty.

In an era of genetic engineering, he is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. His classmates and superior officers have all expressed their concern that he will not be up to the demands of the space service.

Only bright and attractive junior officer Kelsey Mitchel has shown any sympathy for him. Now as his navigator on the last fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of Henry Gallant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482640328
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/10/2013
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of computer scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of six books. (Website www.hpeteralesso.com)

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Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
RIA_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Midshipman Henry Gallant In Space is the first book like this I have read. It was futuristic and full of incredible details. I have read books based in space, and plenty that are futuristic but nothing like this one. I was in a bit of awe at the expanse of information in this book. I never found myself bored by the scientific descriptions, instead I was entranced, wanting to learn everything I could. I found the characters in this book to be incredibly interesting and engaging. I loved Henry Gallant. His growth in self esteem and abilities was well written and believable. I love that he wasn’t an arrogant person, especially since he could have been quite easily at times. I enjoyed Kelsey for her immediate sweetness to Henry and her obvious strength during times of duress. Red seemed fun and I picture him as a bit of comic relief, but still with a strength and loyalty. He also accepted Henry quickly, despite the other Midshipmen’s aversion to Henry. I thought the plot in this book was exciting. The details were just that, detailed, but also interesting and enticing. I loved the battles, but also the training and even the down time. I liked the unique take on the alien life forms. I didn’t want the story to end, and I hope another book is in the works. I would suggest this book to everyone. If I could give it more stars I would, and I will read it again, because I expect that it will only get better the second time. I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
Life in outer space is not supposed to be easy, but for Henry Gallant it's even harder when it comes to dealing with people. Flying a ship is super easy for him and that's a problem for everyone else. Why is that? He's called a Natural. He has a natural ability to be able to operate fighters via a neuro headset. They can fly fighters with hand controls, but they are really designed to sense the impulses in the brain, connecting with the ship's AI to make it react faster than human muscular reflexes would otherwise allow. What makes Henry so special is that he has not had any genetic altering that would have allowed him to be able to control these fighters. The other midshipmen have all had some kind of alteration, typically done before they were born, but it allows their brains to be able interact with the AI technology easier. Henry has the challenge of proving to everyone that his natural ability is just as good, if not better, than everyone else's altered minds. In the midst of his struggles, a war is brewing with an alien race. I very rarely read science fiction mostly because I have trouble following along with all the jargon in them. Something about the blurb though caught my attention and I am very glad I read it. I did actually have trouble with keeping track of what was being referred to when talking about the different technologies in the story, but the further you read, the more sense it makes. Other than that, the story is fantastic. It is full of excitement, a brief love story, and adventure. The characters are very well developed. I found myself wondering what would happen next with every new chapter. If you like science fiction, you definitely need to read this book. If you occasionally like science fiction, you should try this one out because it just might surprise you. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery Blog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why arent the pro reviews under a different tab like normal? I think mine may be one of the few real regular reader review so far. Anywho, kudos and good job to the author. This was a well written and well told read. Only a very few typo or grammer errors noted. I wont waste time on the good stuff, that is why it got 4 stars. Why it didnt get 5 arent of any substantial or glaring negatives. The first one that hit me was spending a bit too much time explaining technical items as well as using too much numerical figuring. I really dont think adding the azimuth quotient to flying angles etc. is necessary. All this gave me the impression that the author either is a scientist or well versed in such areas and added it to show that he knows his stuff, or thought it would make it more real? I didnt care for it but learned quickly to recognize when these info dumps were appearing and like most avid readers, simply skim past and resume with the story. The only other negative is harder to describe. The story felt like it could have been a five but there was a slight lack of full immersion between reading and playing like a movie. As if a small part was missing to connect the storytelling and the reader getting fully sucked in. I felt as if maybe english wasnt the authors first language so even though he was technically very good, small ingredients were missing. Again, because this was an enjoyable read, I offer such criticism. Id def read more from this author. Dale M. B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thumbs up!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great excitement, wonderful characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story and good characters, a little poor in the science light speed and it's fractions are velocities not acceleration. ?But every good over all and without unnessary profanity, or vulgarity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Fast paced!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having been in the Navy I enjoyed the jargon and the underdog story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm really looking forward to seeing what else this author comes out with. it had an excellent storyline. Real reminiscent to E E Doc Smith and Heinlein. but by and large it was a very good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
in joy reading this book, whats next?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An awesome book with the perfect blend of hero aliens and space. I recommend giving it a read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of the young Henry Gallant aboard the Repulse starship is fun, fast-paced, and thrilling. Although the novel is geared toward younger readers than myself, I quite enjoyed reading it after finding it on my Kindle (my son had purchased it). In a future where many humans live aboard starships, as a natural (non-genetically modified) human, Henry has to work harder to achieve his goals. As a reader, it is entertaining to follow an ordinary, yet extraordinary, protagonist’s journey. The romantic subplot was also rich and engaging. The characters felt really real, and the author’s expertise really comes through in various descriptions. I would recommend this book to teens and young adults interested in space travel/futuristic science fiction.
prospectorBW More than 1 year ago
Moved along well and used good science,speculative,logical and exciting.
Liberty_Ann_Ireland More than 1 year ago
This book was a distinct departure from what I typically read. I am a serious Star Wars/Star Trek lover though and the concept of a Space Opera was really appealing. Thankfully I was not the least bit disappointed! It was larger than life and a true adventure beginning to end! The plot and various scenes were fast-paced and exciting. The characters seemed well developed and had depth and back story that I could follow. I really liked Henry. He was an intelligent, humble and somewhat endearing character. The brief romance between him and Kelsey kept this book within my wheelhouse. The scenes are adventurous and compelling. While this is the first book I have read by this author, Mr. Alesso is both an experienced scientist and author and I think that is what made this book have an authentic feel to it. I had no trouble following the techno jargon although some of the schematics and such sort of flew by me. The authenticity of them lent themselves to making the story more believable in an organic manner. I cannot wait to have my husband read it! I liked the message of not judging and rising above the expectations of others. This is an engaging and intriguing fast paced read that was, quite literally, out of this World and should be enjoyed by both diehard and casual SciFi fans alike. **4.5 Stars** Note: I received this book in exchange for my professional and honest review. All opinions are my own and no further compensation was received.
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