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Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space

(The Henry Gallant Saga #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  722 ratings  ·  73 reviews
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
Paperback, 2.08, 328 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Vid Soft Lab (first published May 15th 2012)
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Kickarse Reviews
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, military
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.
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
jerry smith
Mar 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Linda Barnett
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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 ...more
Donald Mclean
Mar 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: milsf
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
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.
Jeff Landau
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Needs work

I so wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it needs a good edit and the author needs to learn more about space.
Donna Allen
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to, but just couldn't. Not my type...
David Murray
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Though I finished it, it didn't really hold my attention. Won't be buying the rest to see what happens.
Kyra Dune
Mar 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried and tried, but I just couldn't with this book. It was too boring.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, reviewed, audio, s-f
( 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
Kristoffer Hess
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Ashley Abbiss
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
Martin Young
Sep 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Shanna Tidwell
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Garth Mailman
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Frank Kelso
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Gallant officer inaction.

Military sci-fy in action. Sorrily tested, the United Planet fleet takes on aliens from methane breathing planet. Enjoyable and easy read. Start of a series. Henry is the last human not augmented and his natural skills make the difference in the final battle.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting universe with so much room to maneuver!

Henry Gallant's universe is fraught with danger. Sneered at in the Academy for being a "natural" (genetically unmodified) human, he shows everyone just what he is made of. If only be wasn't quite so unable to stop and truly see those around him.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read.

I'll probably read the series. Wondering what comes next! Henry moves from pariah to messiah. Perhaps it's a lesson for those who think they can improve on God's design.
Jerry Thurber
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book without expectations, but as I read it - I got hooked! Fun story, easy to get involved with the characters, perfect "snack" when you want some serious escapism. Go Henry Gallant - save the world!
Tamara Edmunds
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edge of your seat ride

I couldn't put this book down! I loved reading about Henry and his experiences on the ship Repulse. I also enjoyed how it ended and am looking forward to continuing with the second book. Can't wait to see what happens next against the Titans.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent

Not a bad book, I feel like it is more of a teen level for reading but still a good read with mostly good physics and believable science. I did think that the author called the hero by title a little too much but all in all a decent book.
Keith Mower
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read, couldn’t put it down

Interesting view of a space force and the dedication required to serve human kind. I only hope we will see future updates and maybe some friendly aliens
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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 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 ...more

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