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

H. Peter Alesso
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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.


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Editorial Reviews

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"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."
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"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

In 1949, Joseph Campbell wrote The Hero with a Thousand Faces, and argued that myths, spanning all time and all cultures, contain the same basic elements, or 'archetypes.'
 
Campbell thought that stories formed a grand pattern he called the 'hero's journey.' The journey begins with the hero hearing a plea for help. When he finally responds, he crosses a threshold into a new realm where he faces great challenges and matures under the tutelage of a mentor. Finally, he becomes the master; committed to changing the world. This story archetype has thrived from the Odyssey, to Star Wars.
 
The 'hero's journey' is a theater of human behavior; anecdotal but illuminating. In Midshipman Henry Gallant, I present a young man's heroic journey. He doesn't travel it alone. He has friends, mentors, rivals, and enemies, and one more essential element, romance.
 
H. Peter Alesso

Product Details

  • File Size: 1208 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Video Software Lab; 2.10 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ANXVPS0
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read June 4, 2013
By Rae
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 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
4.0 out of 5 stars More please February 2, 2013
By CC
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the story November 9, 2013
By Sparta
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi 4.5 October 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 16, 2013
By xteeve
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This plot never gets old. the usual story about a young person entering the fleet, meeting every challenge, and fighting the good fight. I liked it, and it left the door open for a number of sequels. time will tell if it deserves comparison with the great, but this opening salvo was certainly worthy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book! October 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed an editor
I found the writing stiff and got tired of the repetition. Book started well but one of the annoying descriptions that kept appearing was calling the shuttle pilot "the aged... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Great Pyr
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world Adventure
Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space by H Peter Alesso
Print Length: 334 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482640325

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Published 6 months ago by abbott123
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Sci-Fi for the Un-Innitiated
People who are not familiar with sci-fi and who are intimidated by the dry inundation of information needed to understand the standard sci-fi story will enjoy this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by S. Blooding
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story, great message.
I loved author H. Peter Alesso's vision of the future. After Earth has become less habitable, people have taken to the skies and started colonizing other planets. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of the Sci-Fi stories I loved as a child
Gallant is the underdog we all love to root for. In a time where his shipmates have been genetically altered to be more efficient and compatible with AI, he is a Natural. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrea at Adventures in All Things Food
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story with a great ending
I received this as an ARC.

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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Phaedra C Seabolt
1.0 out of 5 stars Total rip off!
Thanks amazon for charging $$$ for a rereleased book with an addition 100 pages. If you read volumn 1, pass this by. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tom Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Military Science Fiction
This Book was a wonderful,delightful and fast read. Once I started the book it was very hard to put down. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bob
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