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Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space (The Henry Gallant Saga Book 1) by [Alesso, H. Peter]
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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

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EXCERPT 
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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  • Publisher: Video Software Lab; 3.00 edition (November 25, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 25, 2013
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  • Language: English
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By Heather G TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 22, 2014
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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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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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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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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 I’m reading a future account of actual events. Alesso pulls this off flawlessly. Not only was I immediately drawn into the plot, but I was able to vividly picture all that he was describing. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop until I was finished!

Gallant is a fascinating protagonist. While it’s obvious that he has a chip on his shoulder at the beginning of the book, his maturity through his training and hardships is well paced and relatable. It’s exciting to watch him rise to the challenges that he faces.

I very much enjoyed the underlying message that we all have inherit talents and despite training or modifications that we make to ourselves (the science fiction aspect) some people seem to be born to perform certain functions in society better than others.

I was also very intrigued by the advances in society that Alesso alludes to. I wanted to learn more about how humans had achieved this technology throughout history and their journey to where they are now. I’m hoping to see a little more of this backstory in the sequel.

If you’re looking for a fast paced and enthralling new science fiction series, I highly recommend this book.
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The first story in the Henry Gallant saga takes us to the 22nd century where genetic engineering is the standard and our hero finds himself something of an anomaly amongst his peers. In his initial adventure, Gallant, th last Starfighter in Squadron 111, faces a dual challenge from a hostile alien horde as well as his comrades in the United Planets, who view him as inferior and possibly not up to the task at hand. Will he be able to prove that he is worthy by stopping the alien threat? This first entry in the series sets up Alesso’s universe and offers an intriguing mix of allies and adversaries. The author displays a nice feel for characterization and presents Gallant as a relatable protagonist that you can easily get behind. The special qualities that set him apart are truly creative and help to enhance his heroic presence. The pacing is strong and rarely lags, so things move along quickly and keeps readers highly-engaged. This story is highly-recommended for fans who enjoy science fiction epics with a military bent and a touch of romance, as well. A great start to the Henry Gallant series.
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