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In my experience when an author explicitly mentions that s/he's trying to emulate a more famous author or style, it's not a good sign.
The worst case of this I ever came across was L.R. Hubbard's 'Battlefield Earth.' That's one of the worst books I've ever read (of *any* genre). I recall Hubbard writing in his foreword to it that he'd set out to write a "good, old-fashioned sci-fi novel" like he used to read. He missed that one by a light year or two.
So I was a little fearful of this book when Mr. Gillaspy mentioned Heinlein in his Acknowledgements (at the start) and he wrote "I wanted to write a story like those that I immersed myself into as a teenager..." At that point I thought, "Not again..." But I manned-up, I started in and I gave it a shot.
I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a very well-done book from all angles. It's well-plotted, the characterization is good, the editing is (almost) without errors. And, surprisingly enough, it really did remind me of Heinlein: 'Starman Jones' came to mind, as did 'Citizen of the Galaxy.'
And, like Heinlein, a lot of the nitty-gritty technical details that might have impeded the story simply never came up. Many modern sci-fi authors would never write a story like this but RAH certainly wrote several of them.
Mr. Gillaspy achieved his goal, at least for me. He wrote the kind of book that I used to read as a youngster - and still enjoy as an adult. I'm looking forward to its sequel, 'An Emergent Universe.'