Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso
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Lieutenant Henry Gallant
by H. Peter Alesso
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.
Conscious of a desire to blend in with the tropical paradise around him, he borrowed clothes from a civilian worker. He pulled on a tight-fitting navy-blue polo shirt, and—as he looked down at his khaki trousers and open-toed sandals—he wondered if he had gone native.
The midmorning shadow fell over the pleasant two story green house, while Gallant peered over the fence, looking to see if Alaina was in the backyard. Not seeing her, he approached the main entrance, where the home’s AI opened the door for him.
To his amazement, Alaina was standing in the doorway—as if she had been waiting there all along. She wore a form-fitting pale blue blouse which showed a hint of cleavage and short white shorts made of a soft fabric that clung to her—the overall effect highlighted her graceful curves.
He stood marveling at her until his near-trancelike stare was interrupted.
“Ahem,” she said with a bemused look on her face.
“How are you? Did I disturb you? Were you painting?” he sputtered.
“I like your laugh,” he said, working at regaining his composure.
“You’re late,” she said petulantly, “I was expecting a visit ages ago. Apparently I’m not high on your priority list.”
“You are now,” he declared.
“Good,” said she, smiling seductively.
He looked down at the ground, collecting his wits. When he looked back up, he asked, “Is your grandfather home?”
“No, he said, he was going to visit one of his cronies, but I suspect he’s exploring the outskirts of town.”
“Okay,” he said.
“Okay? Did you come here to talk to him?” she asked, looking disappointed. She brushed back her blonde hair with a flick of her hand, as if she could as easily brush him away.
“I had something to ask him, but I’m happy to be with you,” said Gallant, seeking to mend his social gaffe.
She stood still, not speaking.
“What are you thinking?” he asked.
“No, it’s not going to be that easy,” she said.
“What do you mean?” he asked, feigning innocence.
“You’re going to have to work for it.”
“Work for what?”
She turned up her nose.
“In that case, would you like to go for a stroll?” he asked.
The happy smile returning, she said, “Let’s. I know the perfect place.”
Taking charge, she held his arm and led him down the street.
“I like your tropical island attire. It’s about time you found your place among the natives.”
Gallant reddened; nevertheless he was enjoying the liberating feeling of being out of uniform.
Walking side by side, they hardly had anything to say to each other, or rather Gallant had a great deal to communicate, but didn’t know where to begin, and she was likely in the same spot.
Alaina pointed out the local idiosyncrasies of the town to him, as if he were a tourist.
In such a small community, there weren’t many options for casually sharing company, but the few available were pleasant and satisfying. The location offered an unforgettable retreat, edged by lush rain forests with far-off snow-capped mountains. Outdoor cabanas and private gardens attracted attention as well. The couple went along the main street toward a café catering to the Hallo dining crowd.
“Look we arrived at exactly the right time. They’re setting up for dinner now.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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 seven books.
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Author Blog Address: http://cosmologysymmetrybreaking.blogspot.com/
Amazon link for Volume 1 of the Henry Gallant Saga: http://www.amazon.com/Midshipman-Henry-Gallant-Space-Volume/dp/1482640325/
Book Reviews for Volume 1:
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 teenagerush.blogspot.com
“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