Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lieutenant Henry Gallant by H. Peter Alesso: Spotlight with Excerpt


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.


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Run Run 

Clang! Clang. Clang . . .


The footsteps were fading away, allowing Gallant to exhale in relief.


Ever since he had started running, he had been operating on raw nerves and guesswork. Now with the medication taking effect, his natural mental and physical toughness began to return.


The enemy was an aggressive predator, but Gallant didn’t intend to be a passive prey. What he needed was a way to fight instead of run. He didn’t know how knowledgeable his opponents were about his ship, but he would need to adapt to stay alive and possibly help retake the ship.


With the AI and comm down, how can I contact the captain?


The captain would rally the crew around the bridge, so Gallant started walking on his still unsteady legs. Ideas flew through his mind while he tried to ignore the raw emotions tugging at him.


I can still fight. I know every bolt and duct in this ship. I’ll find a way to buy time for the others.


After a few minutes, he reached a point where several corridors and decks converged into a funnel-like passageway approaching the bridge.


This spot is defensible, he thought. I might be able to hold them here, at least for a while.


He found a weapon’s lockers and pulled out a plasma rifle and several grenades. Abruptly he stopped to reassess his opponents. They were well-trained warriors in battle armor with plasma blasters, as well as AI assisted sensor equipment. Even in the pitch-black of the ship’s interior, they could track him using thermal imaging. If he fought using conventional weapons and tactics, he could expect to pick-off two or three in a firefight before they killed and bypassed him. He decided to fight asymmetrically.


He evaluated his assets: hand-to-hand combat skills, superior knowledge of the ship, and fighting in an oxygen environment against methane-breathers in environmental suits.


If I could mask my thermal image, I could become a stealth fighter, he considered. I could pick them off one at a time before they knew they were in danger.


He hesitated only a few seconds before adapting the risky strategy.


Taking a deep breath, he pulled a hose from the bulkhead and covered himself with cold lube oil to disguise his thermal signature. Then he picked up a crowbar and a titanium blade knife.


He hid behind the twisted door of an equipment panel and waited. He was ready.


Someone’s coming.


He timed his attack and threw a metal bolt across the room to let it strike against the metal bulkhead. The twang drew the attention of a pair of aliens entering the compartment. He stood up moved quickly behind them and with cat-like reflexes struck.


Whack! Whack!

The crowbar was sufficient to break the tubing to their methane-feed breathing apparatus. As they struggled to get their breath, he inserted his deadly knife into what he hoped was a vulnerable seal around their armor plating and completely cut open the breathing apparatuses, one after the other. Both aliens were dead in a minute. Not a shot was fired; no noise was made.




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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YouTube trailer for Henry Gallant Saga: SciFi Book Trailer: Midshipman Henry Gallant

Amazon link for Volume 1 of the Henry Gallant Saga:


 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

"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

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