I received an ecopy of this book for use in my review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of Lieutenant Henry Gallant. In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. Many of his superiors, including rival Anton Neumann, have expressed concern he is not up to the challenge. However, his unique mental abilities have proven essential to the defense of the United Planets in its fight against the Titan invaders. Serving on the first FTL prototype, the Intrepid, on its maiden voyage to Tau Ceti, Gallant finds a lost colony on the planet Elysium. Cyrus Wolfe and his son, manipulate planet politics against the democratic opposition led by James Hepburn and his granddaughter Alaina. Wolfe has allied himself with an ancient Artificial Intelligence which had lain dormant on the planet for millennia, but is now willing to protect the colonists against the Titans. With Alaina’s help, Gallant discovers the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he matches his unique and exceptional mind against the complexity of machine intelligence to escape the ultimate trap and prevent the extermination of humanity. In Lieutenant Henry Gallant, one man pits the naked human mind against the perspicacity of machine intelligence.
Lieutenant Henry Gallant is a great second book to the series. This is a standalone, adventure tale and can certainly be read without having read the first book in the series--but I would read Midshipman Henry Gallant in Space first for the background. The author does a nice job catching up the reader to Gallant's adventures--but, I do think the first book sets the framework for the series.
Lieutenant Henry Gallant is a page turner. I found this book to be even more engaging than the first book. I couldn't put it down from cover to cover. The character develop is well done and the storyline moves quickly and easily.
Would I recommend Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso? I love good vs. evil battles and tales about saving the world--when they are well written as this one is. I think I enjoyed Alesso's writing style even more in this book than the first. If you enjoy science fiction--this is a great series to add to to your reading list. I would suggest reading the first book as well to gain character insights and deeper background, but Lieutenant Henry Gallant could certainly be read and enjoyed on its own.
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Past Reviews of the first volume....
Midshipman Henry Galant @2013 "The author has created a wonderful piece of work with his first novel in the Henry Gallant Saga. Between Henry Gallant 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 Gallant is an admirable character with many wonderful features such as courage, intelligence, humility, kindness and special powers. ... the odds stacked against him pretty high. But maybe through it all, Kelsey will see the remarkable things about him." Ashley Patts, Teenage Rush
"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
"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