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.
on Oct. 15, 2013 :
Midshipman Henry Gallant In Space is the first book like this I have read. It was futuristic and full of incredible details. I have read books based in space, and plenty that are futuristic but nothing like this one. I was in a bit of awe at the expanse of information in this book. I never found myself bored by the scientific descriptions, instead I was entranced, wanting to learn everything I could.
I found the characters in this book to be incredibly interesting and engaging. I loved Henry Gallant. His growth in self esteem and abilities was well written and believable. I love that he wasn’t an arrogant person, especially since he could have been quite easily at times. I enjoyed Kelsey for her immediate sweetness to Henry and her obvious strength during times of duress. Red seemed fun and I picture him as a bit of comic relief, but still with a strength and loyalty. He also accepted Henry quickly, despite the other Midshipmen’s aversion to Henry.
I thought the plot in this book was exciting. The details were just that, detailed, but also interesting and enticing. I loved the battles, but also the training and even the down time. I liked the unique take on the alien life forms. I didn’t want the story to end, and I hope another book is in the works. I would suggest this book to everyone. If I could give it more stars I would, and I will read it again, because I expect that it will only get better the second time.
I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 28, 2013 :
Life in outer space is not supposed to be easy, but for Henry Gallant it's even harder when it comes to dealing with people. Flying a ship is super easy for him and that's a problem for everyone else. Why is that? He's called a Natural. He has a natural ability to be able to operate fighters via a neuro headset. They can fly fighters with hand controls, but they are really designed to sense the impulses in the brain, connecting with the ship's AI to make it react faster than human muscular reflexes would otherwise allow. What makes Henry so special is that he has not had any genetic altering that would have allowed him to be able to control these fighters. The other midshipmen have all had some kind of alteration, typically done before they were born, but it allows their brains to be able interact with the AI technology easier. Henry has the challenge of proving to everyone that his natural ability is just as good, if not better, than everyone else's altered minds. In the midst of his struggles, a war is brewing with an alien race.
I very rarely read science fiction mostly because I have trouble following along with all the jargon in them. Something about the blurb though caught my attention and I am very glad I read it. I did actually have trouble with keeping track of what was being referred to when talking about the different technologies in the story, but the further you read, the more sense it makes. Other than that, the story is fantastic. It is full of excitement, a brief love story, and adventure. The characters are very well developed. I found myself wondering what would happen next with every new chapter. If you like science fiction, you definitely need to read this book. If you occasionally like science fiction, you should try this one out because it just might surprise you.
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