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- Print Length: 279 pages
- Publisher: Video Software Lab; 6 edition (November 25, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ANXVPS0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 7 in The Henry Gallant Saga
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First: They're in space. There's no gravity. Thus, when Gallant or Red or Neuman perform a radical maneuver, they are not pushed back in their seats. They may get thrown one way or another when changing direction rapidly due to inertia, but that is only momentary.
Second, his word usage and grammar are horrid. Grammar is probably that of an American 7th grader (about 13 years old) and his word usage isn't much better. Example: the word deposition. The author used this word numerous times. Every single time he used it, he did so incorrectly. A deposition is a legal document written by a witness that becomes a legally recognized piece of evidence in a trial. The author used the word to mean how ships were arranged in the battle space-their disposition ( aw word he frequently used in conjunction with deposition: "the ships' disposition and deposition:)
The author's punctuation, especially the use of commas, is laughable. If the reader doesn't learn to ignore most commas after the first few chapters, their reading experience is greatly deteriorated due to the author's liberal sprinkling of the test with commas. Thoughts are broken up with commas quite often.
It is the year 2166 and man has colonized Mars, the asteroid belt, and the moons of Jupiter. There is a united government of all these settlements and Earth, itself, called United Planets (UP). Midshipman Henry Gallant is a gangly 17-year-old, recently graduated from the space academy on Mars. He is assigned to the Repulse, a UP battle cruiser and flagship of the fleet, stationed near Jupiter.
The plot is a basic space opera of interplanetary war between a fleet of hostile, methane-breathing aliens (called Titans) and the combined UP fleet thrown against them. Henry Gallant, despite his junior rank and the fact that he is a "natural" with no genetic enhancements, proves to be an essential key to victory over the evil aliens.
What I Liked:
I liked the retro, somewhat cheesy writing style, very much in the mode of classic Sci-Fi. Alesso totally nailed the dialogue, plot and backstory that fans of classic Science Fiction know so well.
This is not a cerebral novel, exploring the angst of what it means to be human. It is sheer escapist reading fun where the men are brave and handsome and the women are beautiful (and also brave). The enemy is an existential threat, with no redeeming values and no possibility of anything other than a fight to the death. This is simple, uncomplicated and escapist. I like this sort of thing once in a while.
Also, this is a clean read, with no four-letter words or casual sex. There is a bit of romance and some boy-girl attraction, but (as in the classics) things don't progress beyond a sweet kiss or two.
I am not sure if this is intended to be a Young Adult novel. But it would work perfectly well as one.
One interesting note was a training session that said, "The goal of creating an independent intelligent computer remains elusive." I do not find this incredible, even for the twenty-second century. In the 1960's everyone expected that this would happen within 40-50 years, as seen in the movie "2001-A Space Odyssey." But we are no closer to a sentient computer than we were in 1968 when the movie was made.
What I Did Not Like:
In some ways, I wish the author did not follow the classic model so well. As with the space operas of yore, the technology is a curious mix of things far beyond current capabilities (such as anti-matter drive) and low-tech things such as seat belts no better than a 1980 Ford. There is regular travel between Mars and Jupiter, yet the fleet still uses Radar to detect enemy spacecraft. Radar sounds pretty 1940's to me. More modern Sci-Fi probably would use a force-field generator instead of a seat belt and some sort of quantum field detector (instead of Radar) to give instantaneous readings.
Several puzzling wee found on the first page of Chapter 12. Besides several missing commas, a horizon was mentioned. I'm not sure what a horizon in space would be. Jupiter's oceans were said to be part of the scenic grandeur, but I don't know how a gas giant could have an ocean, or how they could be seen from orbit even if they did exist.
So, editing was a problem. Comma errors were common and some words were incorrectly used. Some sentences were actually incoherent. An example is, "The Eagle leaped into the midst of the convoy and shot over the bow a ship, almost clipping the edge."
One minor thing. I would have liked to see Middie Gallant get all the awards and honors he so richly deserved. Maybe that will happen in the next book of the series. At least he got to kiss the girl.
This is a fun read and very much in the retro style of classic Sci-Fi. I think it is worthy of 4-STARS.
Top international reviews
I thought the story was competently written and nicely organised. I found the plot easy to follow and found myself becoming involved with the characters. I particularly enjoyed the developing romance between Henry and Kelsey; a dash of romance is essential I think to keep things interesting (although that might just be because I'm a girl!)
All in all, I thought that this was a great start to what promises to be a riveting science fiction saga, and I would recommend it to all science fiction fans; old and young alike.
If you like a book which is constantly on the move then this will keep you entertained.