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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 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 Gallant. 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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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 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 Gallant. Now as his navigator on the last fighter in squadron 111, her life as well as a good many others, depends of Henry Gallant.

30 review for Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    What a naval joke I got as far as page135? before I quit. I wanted to see how cheesy the book gets but it's so bad that I couldn't make it to the end. I really thought that the writer was an overly enthusiastic but unfortunately untalented fourteen year old until I saw his picture. This is a series, no less. The MC is a17 Year old? officer who is simultaneously, the best pilot of a veteran fighter squadron/takes command of a squadron in combat/the only communications officer on a capital ship/a hu What a naval joke I got as far as page135? before I quit. I wanted to see how cheesy the book gets but it's so bad that I couldn't make it to the end. I really thought that the writer was an overly enthusiastic but unfortunately untalented fourteen year old until I saw his picture. This is a series, no less. The MC is a17 Year old? officer who is simultaneously, the best pilot of a veteran fighter squadron/takes command of a squadron in combat/the only communications officer on a capital ship/a hull repair specialist for merchant ships/talented guesser of the function of alien technology/an expert trauma medic/a tactical genius/a superb navigator/a weapons officer extraordinaire/possesses excellent shooting skills in zero G pistol combat against multiple opponents and is handsome. Does it get any better than this? No! Sadly, it really doesnt. This writer covers almost every bad idea that american science fiction has discovered over the last 40 years. The United Space Fleet runs exclusively to ship names from British naval history. Isn't that weird? The Fleet has only nine ships to defend the Jovian system and asteroid belt, yet the human race has a thousand merchant ships in the asteroid belt alone, according to the writer (and several thousand others in the inner system). A space fighter is more dangerous than any enemy combatant, especially the ships designed specifically to screen capital ships from these pests. Nine human warships can fight 200 alien warships to a draw, even though according to the writer, the two two fleets have technological parity? Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon and Captain America want their shtick back! The writer thinks that the asteroid belt is a massive system wide debris field with boulders as far as the eye can see. He gets confused, it seems in one chapter where the asteroid belt lies in relation to Jupiter. A fighter has the endurance and speed to get from Jupiter to Mars in less time than major alien warships took to reach Jupiter from Saturnian space. The fighter doesn't need additional fuel, has engines the size of an alien cruiser (I guess) and life support and food/water for a seven day cruise immediately after a battle in which the 200 ship alien fleet was fought to a standstill by the nine human ships. Pilots can just pop the canopy of their craft and pop over to an alien wreck in the middle of a battle, no airlock needed. The fighter has a bunk but is too small a space to allow the pilot to stand up and turn around? Fighter pilots routinely (especially the 17 Year olds) argue with a senior ship captain over what should be done with alien tech and who needs to do it? There is no fighter carrier, just a handful of space planes tucked into a cruiser? Maybe they could have converted one the thousands of big cargo ships running around into a space plane carrier. Then maybe they could carry more of these awesome, awesome, tiny awesome space planes into battle and refuel, repair and rearm them. The space academy recruits 13, 12, 11 and ten year olds (academy graduates are ready to commission as officers by the time that they're 17, right?). Doesn't that interfere with their cadets' middle school years, especially the long fighter training sessions? Do the twelve and thirteen year olds need signed permission slips from their parents to fly their training planes in space? Why aren't the other countries of the world pulling their weight in the war? That doesn't seem fair, it feels like this is an all U.S. effort. It's a shame that the writer is too unsophisticated to realize that some U.S. (or is it United Planets something) military or political or industrial figures might include characters with exotic names like Alesso. Once you get past that silliness and more, you have to deal with the writing. There are graphic novels with more character development than this book. There are Korean teen series with more mature characters and more rational dialogue. There are Marvel movies with stronger logic. Plus the author doesn't know how to write. Maybe he should start with postcards and work his way up to stories. I think that may be the solution.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie S

    I'm disappointed; others may not be Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space is a rather entertaining Young Adult read. I am not a young adult, and the real issue I have with this book is not its readability or entertainment value - it's a distressing lack of originality. Author H. Peter Alesso is obviously sufficiently well versed in both modern naval command structure and operational protocols to make that aspect of the novel work. He also clearly has the science/engineering chops to make some of the I'm disappointed; others may not be Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space is a rather entertaining Young Adult read. I am not a young adult, and the real issue I have with this book is not its readability or entertainment value - it's a distressing lack of originality. Author H. Peter Alesso is obviously sufficiently well versed in both modern naval command structure and operational protocols to make that aspect of the novel work. He also clearly has the science/engineering chops to make some of the science sound credible. Therein lies trouble: Mr. Alesso is not a writer, he is an engineer. Granted, his novel is engineered from the finest sources and pieces, still it is less than the sum of its parts. Mr Gallant, the 17-year-old hero, is an amalgamation of a character, one part young Horatio Hornblower (socially awkward loner and newbie in his first berth in the space navy), one part Ender Wiggin (object of contempt for being a genetic sport with untold potential ability to master battle strategy and tactics), and one part Luke Skywalker (with his Force-amplified bad-ass flighter pilot skills). The book begins as Forrester's Hornblower saga does, morphs into Ender's Game somewhere during the training and initial battle sequence, and ends up with the Lucas/Speilberg epic battle fantasy (because all science has now deserted this science fiction story) and its aftermath. The parallels are too obvious, and familiarity with his sources of input make it impossible for me to avoid unfavorable comparisons. Young readers who have no knowledge of C.S. Forrester, Orson Scott Card, or the stunningly unreal special effects of the Lucas/Spielberg first Star Wars film will love this book, precisely because they lack that frame of reference. Those of us who know and love the works of the aforementioned writers and film-makers will find it a let-down at best. I'll split the difference and rate it 3 stars, but the reader must decide which camp they belong to, and judge accordingly.

  3. 4 out of 5

    jerry smith

    It was OK. If you are looking for a hard mil/sci fi series keep looking. Everything about this book is strictly lightweight. I would classify this as a "young adult" story based on it's lack of any kind of real seriousness of thought in the writing of the book. The characters are all stamped out of a flat sheet of cookie dough. And they make WAG's about the "mysterious" aliens which all miraculously turn out to be correct. Despite being based on next to no evidence to back them up. I guess that It was OK. If you are looking for a hard mil/sci fi series keep looking. Everything about this book is strictly lightweight. I would classify this as a "young adult" story based on it's lack of any kind of real seriousness of thought in the writing of the book. The characters are all stamped out of a flat sheet of cookie dough. And they make WAG's about the "mysterious" aliens which all miraculously turn out to be correct. Despite being based on next to no evidence to back them up. I guess that is the simplest way to advance your story, if you are a inexperienced writer. I hope it is inexperience instead of just plain laziness. All that aside it isn't a bad story, it just needed a lot more polish to be the book the author thinks it is. I will not be reading the rest of the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JV Findlay

    Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space was an interesting read, but it feels like an indie published story. It had all the marks of a good sci-fi but it seemed to lack class and could have been written better. I've read a few mary-sue type characters in space before but this one didn't really set the scene, or set up the main character Henry very well. It was ok. Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space was an interesting read, but it feels like an indie published story. It had all the marks of a good sci-fi but it seemed to lack class and could have been written better. I've read a few mary-sue type characters in space before but this one didn't really set the scene, or set up the main character Henry very well. It was ok.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leather

    Despite some faults (aliens a little too predictable, a sloppy end, many blunders) it is good entertainment. Classic in its construction, well paced (apart from a drop in rhythm at two thirds of the book), it is the classic learning novel of the young ensign which receives his first assignment after officer training. Of course, as often, the young officer in question is a very gifted element whose destiny will be singular. Any resemblance to another saga (at random Honor Harrington) is allowed. Th Despite some faults (aliens a little too predictable, a sloppy end, many blunders) it is good entertainment. Classic in its construction, well paced (apart from a drop in rhythm at two thirds of the book), it is the classic learning novel of the young ensign which receives his first assignment after officer training. Of course, as often, the young officer in question is a very gifted element whose destiny will be singular. Any resemblance to another saga (at random Honor Harrington) is allowed. The only real originality of the story is to locate the action in the solar system. Which is not so common, and it's pretty well done. The characters are not extraordinary but have nothing infamous about them. The plot and the background are a little light on some points, but they remain in the realm of the acceptable, if you're in a good mood. The many suites will likely be disappointing, but I'll still try them. Hopefully the author will not increase the number of pages of the next books exponentially. (at random ...)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Linda Barnett

    A fun "space opera" read in which Henry saves the day with humility and good humor. I could have lived with less technical detail, but it didn't impede the story, and for the detail oriented I'm sure it added a more realistic feel to the book. I look forward to future installments of Henry Gallant and his companions, wherever their space adventures take them. A fun "space opera" read in which Henry saves the day with humility and good humor. I could have lived with less technical detail, but it didn't impede the story, and for the detail oriented I'm sure it added a more realistic feel to the book. I look forward to future installments of Henry Gallant and his companions, wherever their space adventures take them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    About The Book: 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. U About The Book: 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. What I Thought: The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallent beginning his new life on the United Planets' battle cruiser Repulse and trying to save the world the author has came up with it all. Henry Gallent is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. But will Bright and Attractive junior officer Kelsey Mitchel think so to??? Being the last Natural ( having nothing genetically enhanced) left on the fleet, he has the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him. Here is an excerpt of this brilliant work: 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 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 passed 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. Doesn't that sound Great??? Now that is what I call a good book!!! If that wasn't enough take a look at this: Wow!!! Right??? LOVED IT!!! That video just brought this great book to life. About The Author: H. Peter AlessoAs 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 six books. (Website www.hpeteralesso.com) Disclosure: This book was given to me for free by the Author for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gustavo

    Quite a short book, it describes the path of the hero of the different guy. At it's core, it follows the way of the space opera, with different actors being given weight and personality only as they appear to the protagonist. Being a short book, to get from doubted to hero doesn't take much. There's a lot of oversimplified tech in the book, only described as it becomes important, but never in depth and lacking a little consistency. In particular, relativistic speeds are reached without much acce Quite a short book, it describes the path of the hero of the different guy. At it's core, it follows the way of the space opera, with different actors being given weight and personality only as they appear to the protagonist. Being a short book, to get from doubted to hero doesn't take much. There's a lot of oversimplified tech in the book, only described as it becomes important, but never in depth and lacking a little consistency. In particular, relativistic speeds are reached without much acceleration problems and no tech that explains how's that possible. The engines are rated by top speed instead of by acceleration, which doesn't make sense in space. Still, all that makes it fall deeply into some definitions of space opera. But if you can get over all that it's an enjoyable read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    Assigned to a fighter squadron in space fleet, Gallant must use his innate tactical abilities to prevent an enemy from overrunning United Planets territory. He’s an interesting character but the writing needs maturing. There’s too much detail of military vessels and weaponry, planetary science, and other aspects of world building. These lengthy expository passages kill the pacing. I had to skim over them to the scenes with people interacting, since the characters are what hold my interest. I’d h Assigned to a fighter squadron in space fleet, Gallant must use his innate tactical abilities to prevent an enemy from overrunning United Planets territory. He’s an interesting character but the writing needs maturing. There’s too much detail of military vessels and weaponry, planetary science, and other aspects of world building. These lengthy expository passages kill the pacing. I had to skim over them to the scenes with people interacting, since the characters are what hold my interest. I’d hoped for another exciting space opera with a coming of age story, but this book disappointed. Hopefully the author will improve with each installment.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donald Mclean

    No matter how many buzzwords an author uses, or how much math, if they do it incorrectly they are still wrong. There are so many scientific, technical, and sociological errors in this novel that it would take a small book to explain what is wrong and why. That said, the book is still an interesting and fun read. Pretend that it's Star Wars-esque science fantasy and just roll with it. There is one actual thing with genetic engineering where the author has an interesting point. That and the main ch No matter how many buzzwords an author uses, or how much math, if they do it incorrectly they are still wrong. There are so many scientific, technical, and sociological errors in this novel that it would take a small book to explain what is wrong and why. That said, the book is still an interesting and fun read. Pretend that it's Star Wars-esque science fantasy and just roll with it. There is one actual thing with genetic engineering where the author has an interesting point. That and the main character make the book worth reading, if you can turn off your inner pedant.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andria Potter

    2.5 stars. It was...okay. Not my most favorite science fiction ever, but it wasn't a terrible read. Once the action picked up towards the end is where it really started picking up. I may or may not read book 2. But then, I'm still stuck on a book hangover from A Walk Between Stars. 2.5 stars. It was...okay. Not my most favorite science fiction ever, but it wasn't a terrible read. Once the action picked up towards the end is where it really started picking up. I may or may not read book 2. But then, I'm still stuck on a book hangover from A Walk Between Stars.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Dune

    I tried and tried, but I just couldn't with this book. It was too boring. I tried and tried, but I just couldn't with this book. It was too boring.

  13. 4 out of 5

    David Murray

    Though I finished it, it didn't really hold my attention. Won't be buying the rest to see what happens. Though I finished it, it didn't really hold my attention. Won't be buying the rest to see what happens.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Not for me To much military description, not enough story. I tried hard to like it but found myself skimming over page after page. I'm sorry but I just didn't like it. Not for me To much military description, not enough story. I tried hard to like it but found myself skimming over page after page. I'm sorry but I just didn't like it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Needs work I so wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it needs a good edit and the author needs to learn more about space.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Landau

    yawn

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donna Allen

    Wanted to, but just couldn't. Not my type... Wanted to, but just couldn't. Not my type...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alex Shrugged

    I liked this book. I didn't love it. I will probably read the sequel, "Lieutenant Henry Gallant" to see if I am being too negative. The Story: Henry Gallant is a Midshipman and a "Natural". That means he is not genetically enhanced like all the other officers in the Fleet, but he retains certain abilities that the others cannot duplicate. He is also backed by his navigator, apparently the only person (and woman) who doesn't think he is scum. Aliens have invaded the solar system and it is the job I liked this book. I didn't love it. I will probably read the sequel, "Lieutenant Henry Gallant" to see if I am being too negative. The Story: Henry Gallant is a Midshipman and a "Natural". That means he is not genetically enhanced like all the other officers in the Fleet, but he retains certain abilities that the others cannot duplicate. He is also backed by his navigator, apparently the only person (and woman) who doesn't think he is scum. Aliens have invaded the solar system and it is the job of the Fleet to kick them out. (There is a lot of action in terms of space battles.) Any problems with this story? I didn't quite understand the hate that the officers showed to Henry. He seemed OK to me. I understand prejudice, but I think I needed to understand more about how it came about. (Maybe I need to read the book again. I might have missed the explanation. That happens to me sometimes.) I also found it odd that the space fleet was using radar to find the alien ships. These space ships must have been moving pretty fast. By my calculation the slowest ship (Repulse) took 6 weeks to reach Jupiter. Jupiter at its closest is 365,000,000 miles away. To get there in 6 weeks would mean that ship was traveling around 362,103 miles per hour. That is about ten times faster than the fastest rocket we have to date (January 2021). With a ship trying to track another ship using radar would mean a slight bobble in its location. In other words, by the time you sent out a radar pulse and waited for the echo to return, the spaceship you were tracking would have already moved miles away from its original position and so would you. You would have to "lead" the target space ship with your guns more than you would expect. It could be calculated by computer to compensate I suppose, but a little random jinking could make precision accuracy impossible. If I'm wrong, please let me know. Any modesty issues? None that I recall. I am currently reading "Midshipman's Hope" by David Feintuch. It is better written if not quite as action packed. If you liked this book, you'll probably like "Midshipman's Hope" even more. As I said before, I might read this book again.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norma

    ( Format : Audiobook ) "For protecting the frontier." For several generations, families on earth have chosen for their children to receive genetic modifications not only to evade possible illnesses but also to enhance abilities. This had not occured as frequently on outlying galactic colonies. Henry Gallant was one of those who had not been altered and the only non modified human to be accepted into the space academy. He was different, so he was stunned by most of his fellow students. But he went ( Format : Audiobook ) "For protecting the frontier." For several generations, families on earth have chosen for their children to receive genetic modifications not only to evade possible illnesses but also to enhance abilities. This had not occured as frequently on outlying galactic colonies. Henry Gallant was one of those who had not been altered and the only non modified human to be accepted into the space academy. He was different, so he was stunned by most of his fellow students. But he went through it, and achieved an assignment on the Repulse, heading for Jupiter orbit. He'd hoped for more acceptance from the crew. And was mostly disappointed. Very few expected him to survive the two year commission: he was simply too different, not gifted with their abilities. But Henry is determined to succeed. This is a modern day Ugly Duckling tale in many ways, the southern become the admired. Curiously, it has a feeling of authenticity, much of which comes from the style of writing, also matched by the narration, where the text reads more like a report than a novel. There is little by way of characterisation, but enough. There is technical and equipment description, insufficient to bore but enough to form mental pictures. There are dangers and battles, all clearly related but without much emotion. And the story of the encroaching aliens is interesting and slightly surprising. The scene is set for forthcoming adventures. As previously mentioned, Rich Miller's performance mirrors the text, his solid pleasant voice reading precisely, giving seperate voice to protagonists and with good intonation but little emotional imput. This is the first volume of a new series. It is a good, simple read, even if it is not hugely original in content. It will be interesting to see how Henry progresses in future books as he continues to face not just the Titans but the prejudice which always seems to accompany him. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space, via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable listen.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gilbert Stack

    There’s a spark of genius in the setup for this new series by H. Peter Alesso. When Stan Lee created the X-Men, he made them relatable by making them mutants—reviled by humanity. Alesso accomplishes the same thing by making his hero, Henry Gallant, normal. You read that right. The military of the future is dominated by genetically-engineered humans and Gallant is a throwback without the benefits of all that customization. This makes him the subject of a great deal of harassment by fellow officer There’s a spark of genius in the setup for this new series by H. Peter Alesso. When Stan Lee created the X-Men, he made them relatable by making them mutants—reviled by humanity. Alesso accomplishes the same thing by making his hero, Henry Gallant, normal. You read that right. The military of the future is dominated by genetically-engineered humans and Gallant is a throwback without the benefits of all that customization. This makes him the subject of a great deal of harassment by fellow officers determined to prove he can’t be relied upon in stressful situations. But if Gallant does have one extraordinary ability, it’s perseverance. He just doesn’t quit and he certainly doesn’t lay down and die. Earth of the future has discovered aliens inhabiting the moons of the planet Saturn. These aliens are hostile—harassing human trade in the inner system and threatening human colonies at Jupiter and Mars. Gallant is a young midshipman on his first assignment training to be a fighter pilot. The early parts of the novel are packed with his efforts to learn his trade despite the active obstruction of many of his fellow officers, but as confrontations with the aliens heat up, Gallant begins to earn the other pilots’ respect and his actions open up a critical window into the aliens’ thinking and strategy. If only the human government can overcome its internal problems to take advantage of it… Henry Gallant shares the spirit of Forester’s Horatio Hornblower or Weber’s Honor Harrington. I was pleased to see that it stands up well beside both series and I’m anxious to read the next one. I received this book free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review. If you liked this review, you can find more at www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Farseer

    This was an entertaining military SF novel about a young midshipman in a war between humanity and an alien species that has settled the exterior planets of the solar system. What the aliens want exactly is not clear, since there is no communication with them, even though the humans have tried. The books have the assurance of an author who knows his military stuff, and I wasn't surprised at all when after reading the book I saw the author had a Navy background. It shows. The United Planets Navy th This was an entertaining military SF novel about a young midshipman in a war between humanity and an alien species that has settled the exterior planets of the solar system. What the aliens want exactly is not clear, since there is no communication with them, even though the humans have tried. The books have the assurance of an author who knows his military stuff, and I wasn't surprised at all when after reading the book I saw the author had a Navy background. It shows. The United Planets Navy that he describes looks a lot like I imagine the current US Navy looks like nowadays. It is too Anglocentric to be a navy representing all humanity, but I'm fine with that. My problem is that the characters are a bit too square-jawed and standard. Also, the main character was just too superior in skill, even though basically all his peers have been genetically enhanced and he hasn't. Even though he suffered some discrimination because of it, his crazy level of skill makes his accomplishment seem a bit too easy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kristoffer Hess

    I have always been a fan of space operas that follow the career of an individual from Seafort Saga and John Grimes to the ongoing Honorverse so I was excited to start this series. From the first book I feel that excitement was well deserved. It has a dash of JAG in Space from the solid technical feel you get as a reader learning about the ships in this universe and a pinch of Ender’s Game from aspects of genetic advances required to make the technology and naval ship coordination work. Overall, I have always been a fan of space operas that follow the career of an individual from Seafort Saga and John Grimes to the ongoing Honorverse so I was excited to start this series. From the first book I feel that excitement was well deserved. It has a dash of JAG in Space from the solid technical feel you get as a reader learning about the ships in this universe and a pinch of Ender’s Game from aspects of genetic advances required to make the technology and naval ship coordination work. Overall, it has a satisfying balance between being grounded in reality and being creative with the possibilities that technological and genetic advances may bring. Having finished this first book in the series I’m eager to start the second book and continue Henry Gallant’s career during a time of intersolar colonization and conflict with a mysterious and territorial alien species. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Abbiss

    This is one of those books that always make me feel a little sad because it could have been a really exciting story. The storyline is good. Humanity is spreading outwards through the solar system, but beyond Jupiter they encounter aliens who are spreading inwards, having already settled the outer planets. They are hostile and aggressive, and humanity is going to have to fight to retain its home. They need a hero, and they find it quite unexpectedly in Henry Gallant, the only non-genetically engi This is one of those books that always make me feel a little sad because it could have been a really exciting story. The storyline is good. Humanity is spreading outwards through the solar system, but beyond Jupiter they encounter aliens who are spreading inwards, having already settled the outer planets. They are hostile and aggressive, and humanity is going to have to fight to retain its home. They need a hero, and they find it quite unexpectedly in Henry Gallant, the only non-genetically engineered fighter pilot, who is therefore not expected to be up to standard. Sadly, this promising plot is let down by rather pedestrian writing which fails to build the appropriate tension and excitement. The author knows a lot about naval procedures and tactics, but that's the problem, I think. He spends so much time on the details that it often reads like a textbook. When I tell you that my mind wandered in the middle of a life and death space battle you'll know what I mean. Having said that, the book isn't bad. It's just not great.

  24. 5 out of 5

    clinton n smith

    Middling to Good Hard Sci-Fi The premise is intriguing, the editing is decent, the characters and dialogue could use work. Also, navies would have to change more in the next 200 years than they have in the last 500 for captains and admirals to give so much credence, authority, and responsibility to a midshipman. Most of the purely military portions are a bit less than plausible. Are they so desperate for personnel that they would have a midshipman in his third year of college who hasn't even grad Middling to Good Hard Sci-Fi The premise is intriguing, the editing is decent, the characters and dialogue could use work. Also, navies would have to change more in the next 200 years than they have in the last 500 for captains and admirals to give so much credence, authority, and responsibility to a midshipman. Most of the purely military portions are a bit less than plausible. Are they so desperate for personnel that they would have a midshipman in his third year of college who hasn't even graduated working as a fighter pilot and battlecruiser communications officer? Seems like both of those would be O-3 lieutenant's billets. Some of it is just silly. But still I'm willing to give the next one a chance.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Martin Young

    If you're not fond of cliches, stay the hell away from this book. I read the first three horrible pages, and my cliche allergy kicked in with massive force, and I had to stop reading. No spoilers, but by the way, those first three pages did absolutely nothing to establish anything important about the character, other than he's a midshipman, rude to subordinates, arriving at a new ship (never seen that before), and likes girls. If you like miswritten, pretentious, cliched wankathons, you might lo If you're not fond of cliches, stay the hell away from this book. I read the first three horrible pages, and my cliche allergy kicked in with massive force, and I had to stop reading. No spoilers, but by the way, those first three pages did absolutely nothing to establish anything important about the character, other than he's a midshipman, rude to subordinates, arriving at a new ship (never seen that before), and likes girls. If you like miswritten, pretentious, cliched wankathons, you might love this book. If you've read Forester, O'Brien, Drake, Weber, Bujold, or Moon, you will despise this book with the passion of a thousand suns.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    This one is more of a coming-of-age novel that happens to be played out in the future. The author does a good job of introducing you to and getting you interested in the main character, and you have a couple of Walter Mitty moments daydreaming about what you would do if you had some of the proposed technologies and abilities. I picked this one up for free during a Kindle promotion vs. its normal price of $3.99 and received a lot more than $3.99 of entertainment value. I am looking forward to the This one is more of a coming-of-age novel that happens to be played out in the future. The author does a good job of introducing you to and getting you interested in the main character, and you have a couple of Walter Mitty moments daydreaming about what you would do if you had some of the proposed technologies and abilities. I picked this one up for free during a Kindle promotion vs. its normal price of $3.99 and received a lot more than $3.99 of entertainment value. I am looking forward to the other books in the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Timothy VanderWall

    Henry Gallant is the Horatio Hornblower of outer space. Midshipman Henry Gallant is the only "natural" to graduate the space academy; that is to say no genetic engineering was done on his genes sometime after conception. And yet he appears to be special, and may be the key to winning the upcoming war against an alien race that has invaded our solar system. If you like rousing space adventures, this one is for you. Something is always happening that needs Midshipman Gallant's special talents; and Henry Gallant is the Horatio Hornblower of outer space. Midshipman Henry Gallant is the only "natural" to graduate the space academy; that is to say no genetic engineering was done on his genes sometime after conception. And yet he appears to be special, and may be the key to winning the upcoming war against an alien race that has invaded our solar system. If you like rousing space adventures, this one is for you. Something is always happening that needs Midshipman Gallant's special talents; and he always comes through in the end. Enjoyable and never boring.

  28. 4 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    Midshipman Henry Gallant In Space by H. Peter Alesso An alien race has been hidden on Titan for an unknown time. The United Planet forces battle the Titans. Henry is a Natural. In an age of wide spread genetic engineering, Henry is an aberration. Henry finds himself the subject of discrimination. Unknown to his peers, Henry is enhanced not by gentech but by natural selection. Henry proves to be able to do and see things his peers and leaders are unable to do. The book is the first in a series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Garth Mailman

    This is a Sci-Fi Space Opera. Henry is an unaltered human in a genetically enhanced world. From the moment he steps aboard his new ship his upper classman Neumann does everything possible to sabotage his career. His malice descends to the level of stereotype. One gets the sense that this can only end in tragedy. The book needs further editing. We learn that Neumann’s father is a powerful industrialist and are given a feel for the political agendas within which the military has to navigate.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shanna Tidwell

    I wanted to love this but I just liked it. There is a lot more story to tell and I think it will get better. I’d continue the story because of those story line possibilities... Henry has a lot going for him and he is a bit of an enigma being an unaltered human in the age of dna tampering. It’s a clean story and would be good for teens. I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.

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