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Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

H. Peter Alesso
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Book Description

VOLUME 1: Second Edition:

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.

Editorial Reviews


"This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series." Rae

"Its style and flavor reminded me of The Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell." - JJH

"The book trailer for Midshipman Henry Gallant In Space is almost as good as a real movie trailer."

"Space Opera at its finest. Rousing read, introverted young man against impossible odds, a girl to win or lose, an enemy or is he? Way too much fun...can't wait for the next one." - vrzepka

From the Author

A massive solar flare roared across the pockmarked face of the sun producing static interference on every display console operating in the tiny spacecraft as it approached the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse in orbit around Jupiter.

"No need to worry young man, we're almost there," said the aged pilot.

"I'm not concerned about the storm," said newly commissioned Midshipman Henry Gallant. Eagerly, he shifted in his seat to get a better glimpse of the massive ship that was to become his new home for the next two years.

The pilot maneuvered expertly to minimize the worst effects of the x-ray and gamma radiation until the craft made its tortured way from the sunlit brilliance into the cold black shadow of Repulse. The tiny ship quivered gently as its tractors reached out to the behemoth bulk of the warship slowly drawing alongside.

When it attached to the Repulse's docking hatch, Gallant transferred to the warship and made his way to the bridge. He found the Officer of the Watch standing next to the empty captain's chair surrounded by its nest of displays and virtual readouts. The officer rested his hand briefly on the panel concealing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) tactical analyzer.

"Midshipman Henry Gallant reporting aboard, sir," he said, standing as tall as his seventeen-year-old gangly figure would allow. He tugged at his uniform blouse to straighten the buttons into proper alignment.

"Welcome aboard, Mr. Gallant. I'm Lieutenant Mather." Mather was of average height, barrel-chested with sharp-angular facial features. Stoic, he showed little interest in the new arrival. "Please give me your comm pin."

Gallant handed over his pin and Mather made several quick selections on a touch screen console. He swiped the pin past the chip reader which loaded the ID and personnel information into Repulse's computer.

Gallant took the opportunity to look around the spacious semicircular compartment with its numerous apparatus and instruments. The captain's seat was centrally located and he noticed that many of the other chairs were also unoccupied. Apparently some watch stations were only manned during conditions of higher alert.

He observed the watch standers carrying out their ritual duties. The communication panel was manned by a midshipman who looked occupied with an incoming message. The radar station was also manned, but by a technician who was diligently studying his display. Gallant couldn't tell what he was tracking, but there were several blips on the scope. The weapons and astrogator positions were vacant; several science analysis stations were operating automatically. To Gallant's approving eye, the entire bridge watch seemed a model of efficiency and diligence, just as he had been trained to expect at the academy.

Soon his attention was captured by the huge view screen at the front of the compartment that revealed the gas giant Jupiter with its orbiting space station. He marveled at the spectacle.

"Junior officer authorization, verified. The ID pin has been updated with Repulse's access codes," announced a computer's voice emanating from a nearby speaker. It had a neutral soothing tone that reminded Gallant of a rather cold and distant teacher he had had in basic math years ago.

"Did you bring your personal gear aboard?" asked Mather.

"My duffle bag is forward at the docking port, sir." The aged pilot had helped Gallant carry his gear from the craft through the airlock onto Repulse. He had given him a cheery smile and said, "Good luck," as he departed. Having no family of his own, Gallant had found some faint comfort in the good wishes.

"I'll have your gear sent to your quarters. For now, you had better see the captain," said Mather, as he flicked an eyebrow at Gallant.

"Aye aye, sir," said Gallant.

Mather turned to one of the bridge's junior officers, a young woman who wore a single thin gold stripe on her blouse sleeve indicating she was a Midshipman First Class, one year senior to Gallant. He ordered, "Midshipman Mitchel, take Mr. Gallant to the captain's cabin."

As they left the bridge, Mitchel said, "Henry Gallant. I remember you from the academy. I'm surprised you're still in uniform."

Gallant grit his teeth, as he had done many times before when confronted with what he perceived as overt disapproval. He didn't recognize her, but he couldn't help observe that she was a pretty brunette with a trim figure.

"Will you be training as fighter pilot, or missile weapon's officer?" she asked.

"I had basic fighter training on Mars and I will be taking advanced pilot training with Repulse's Squadron 111."

"I'm a qualified second seat astrogator in 111. Most likely, we'll wind up flying together at some point."

Since her demeanor displayed no indication that that state of affairs either repelled or appealed to her, Gallant merely nodded.

When they reached the captain's cabin, she said, "I'm Kelsey by the way. Good luck."

Gallant watched her walk away, wondering if the remark was sincere.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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In H. Peter Alesso’s “Midshipman Henry Gallant In Space” we find 17 year old Henry Gallant serving aboard the battle ship Repulse. In the future, mankind is different. Genetic Engineering is no longer just for food; instead, humans are being engineered to be stronger, faster, better. The modified double helix is almost a requirement for advancement through the United Planets’ military academy.
Henry is a Natural, considered non-ranked with a genetic quotient of zero. He has the dubious distinction of being the only remaining non-genetically enhanced human being left in the UP (United Planets’) fleet. It should speak highly of Henry’s abilities that he is still in uniform; instead it is a mark against him. From his commanding officers to his fellow ship mates and pilots – everyone doubts him, even Kelsey, a lovely Astrogator in Squadron 111 whom he can’t help but want to impress.
This difference in Henry, what makes him 1 in a billion, is an aberration he soon discovers people are watching. Genetic engineering has enabled pilots to network directly into AI machines through their unique neuron interfaces – it shouldn’t be possible that Henry can do what he does, that he can fly machines specially designed to utilize neuron interfaces. Yet he can.
Soon, Henry’s talents are put to the test as his squadron encounters an Alien force in the Jupiter Frontier. Dubbed the Titan years earlier, these Aliens quickly prove hostile when contact is finally made. Before long, Henry is in the cross hairs of fate, struggling against a force none of them anticipated. Luckily for him, and all of mankind, it appears that Evolution wasn’t quite done with Henry Gallant.
Incredibly fast paced and action packed; this book is just the first in “The Henry Gallant Saga”, a perfect starter to your next science fiction addiction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More please February 2, 2013
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The story moves along nicely apart from one drawn out section, when hes hiding his ship. I felt that dragged a bit but perhaps other won't. The book is nicely paced and i like the way Gallant is presented as the underdog, but realisation slowly dawns on everyone that it is quite the reverse. I like the way this author writes, the language is descriptive and it has an engaging flow to it. The characters seem real but i am very much looking forward to seeing them fleshed out more in the the next installment, which i hope will not be too long in the offing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good first book in a series! August 28, 2014
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Put this one on your to read list! If the rest of this series is as good as this one, then I can't wait to get more. Well done!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read June 4, 2013
By Rae
Gallant is a young officer deploying to his first spaceship from the academy on Mars. In 2166, the Mars academy is on the equator of planet, where it is warm after a century of terraforming that released carbon dioxide into the atmosphere creating greenhouse gases that built up, and lead to the melting of ice and the flowing of rivers.
Gallant struggles to overcome his heritage and compete against genetically engineered contemporaries. His only friend is a young woman Kelsey Mitchel who fights by his side. Gallant is a fighter pilot of an F-725 Eagle fighter with twin antimatter engines that carries anti-missile Mongoose missiles and xenon-argon pulsed laser canons. It is sixty-three feet long, twenty-four feet high, with a wing span of thirty-six feet. It is powered by two anti-matter nuclear fission engines capable of 0.01c speeds.
While he is training in advanced fighter tactics and the duties of becoming a division officer aboard a battle cruiser, an alien threat appears. A fleet of Titan invaders is on the way to Jupiter and a major battle is about to begin.
This story moves along at a swift pace, with interesting character development and plot surprises. The characters are complete and engaging. This could develop into a good series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the story November 9, 2013
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The author does a nice job of developing the tension and plot. I character development is all about Henry and that lets the overall story down for me. The combat is interesting and was done in a way which held my attention; it was done in a manner that had me picturing the lay of the field of combat. No spoilers
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read! February 27, 2013
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Enjoyable and fast paced adventure yarn, in the vein of some of Heinlein's works aimed at teens. This could turn into a good military adventure series -- am willing to recommend it and buy the next one (when it comes out).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi 4.5 October 17, 2013
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Midshipman Henry Gallant was incredible. 150 years from now many of Earth's inhabitants have migrated to other planets and starships. In this future, humans are genetically modified (I seriously see this happening.) but Henry Gallant is a "Natural" meaning he hasn't been modified. You would think this would be a disadvantage considering everyone else genetically has the upper hand and he has to fight harder for what he wants.

This story also has a bit of romance, Henry is attracted to Kelsey. This entire story was well developed and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I received a copy of this book for my honest opinion, no other compensation was received.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series August 19, 2014
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This book was a quick, easy, and entertaining read and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good space opera. Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space incorporates many of my favorite aspects of scifi—including genetic engineering, frontier protection, and hints of space romance. I also think the main character is an easy guy to relate to which helps you jump right into the story.

Alesso describes aspects of the universe between the action and dialogue of the story, leaving the reader to use their own imagination to understand the particularities of this scifi world. This is a style of writing I definitely prefer. I’m looking forward to seeing what else this series has to offer.
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Science fiction is a difficult genre to write due to its technological nature. While I look for a level of the fantastic in it, I also want to find the content conceivable, as if... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Try somebody else
I had a difficult time with this book mainly because the style of writing. I found it to be very amateurish. Read more
Published 15 days ago by batman
3.0 out of 5 stars The plot was there, but not much else
The physics here didn't make a ton of sense and the action scenes tended to be swamped with asides about Henry and his abilities. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Mvargus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a new space opera two was even better!
I enjoyed this book, but for me it moved a little slow, picking up in the second half. Read the second book and, for me, it was a five star book with a lot more action. Read more
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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 seven books. (Website

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