Midshipman Henry Gallant In Space by H. Peter Alesso
Fiction (sub: adventure/space opera/military)
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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I am usually a paranormal buff but something about the description spoke to me so I gave Midshipman a chance. I am really glad I did because it was a fantastic book. It had action, romance, conflict…pretty much anyone would like this book, even if they weren’t huge on SciFi. The SciFi “speak” was a little above my head, but really cool and it didn’t keep me from following the story. It was awesome to watch Henry go from complete underdog to the hero that saves the day. A true reason why you should never judge a book by it’s cover. It also goes to show that perfect isn’t always perfect. Humans could use that lesson. They genetically engineered colleges had some of the humanity removed from them. It caused weaknesses and Henry’s human “faults” are what saves him. Great story, seriously fast paced, but in a good way. I definitely recommend this book!
About the author:
As 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.
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