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Henry Gallant is the captain of the spacecraft carrier Constellation. He is the last hope of the Marines stranded on a volcanic wasteland nine light-years from Earth.

Not since Guadalcanal has the Second Marine Division faced a grimmer struggle to hold on against a powerful and ruthless enemy.

As the Titan invaders close in, the Marines wonder if there is the "will" to save them.

Top Gun pilots Rob Ryan and Lorelei West take a desperate gamble to save Nathan Steward and the remnants of the 2nd Division.

Will they be in time?

Will they be enough?

For fans of Honor Harrington and Horatio Hornblower.

©2019 Harry Peter Alesso (P)2019 Harry Peter Alesso

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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 27-01-2021

The Politics Can Be Deadlier than the Actual War

Politics becomes much more important in the Henry Gallant series with this latest book, and Alesso’s handling of it rises to the occasion. Admirals are trying to disregard Gallant’s reports on enemy activities and capabilities because they do not support their preconceived notions. This obviously does not bode well for humanity as the next big battle in the war against the Titans commences. As usual, Gallant is smack in the middle of the action.

In this volume, Alesso also introduces a new wave of fighter pilots, each with their own personality quirks. Gallant has trained these men and women to fight and now must lead them in war as they try to reinforce stranded marines despite the incompetence of the commanding admiral.

I think the best addition to this novel was the ground action focusing on the marines. Alesso has always done a good job with the naval action, but now he shows a flair for ground combat as well. The battles move quickly and were always exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • S.R.
  • 28-04-2020

Terrific Series!

I have been thoroughly enjoying this exciting and imaginative series. The characters have depth and are engaging. The action, space battles and political intrigue grabbed and held my attention. In this fifth book, the honorable Captain Henry Gallant continues to use his unique creative strategic ability to thwart the plans of humanities alien enemies while struggling against prejudices and discrimination from among some of his peers, superior officers and self-serving politicians. Although the narrator for this book is different from the first four books in the series, I enjoyed listening to Jennifer Groberg. She has a variety of tones, timbers and emotions to her voice and her reading was flawless. I was provided a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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  • B. Lane
  • 28-08-2020

The Best in the Series Ruined by new Narrator

I have listened and reviewed Books 1 - 4, now I'm on book 5 and find myself in a quandry. I have to say that the new narrator, a woman this time, was horrible and ruined the listen. I had to listen twice to be able to really pay attention to the story and ignore how bad the narration was.

The story is the best in the series! Honestly! A marine troop is standed 9 lightyears from Earth, and Henry is their only hope. This one was action packed, as well as having Henry go through a variety of emotions and feelings about the mission and his performance. Mr. Alesso really put a lot into this one and it pays off.

I see that Rich Miller is back as narrator for Book 6. which I will be reviewing shortly. Thank the stars!

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  • RBD 2
  • 30-11-2019

Totally ruined by changing the narrator

Totally ruined by changing the narrator
I stopped the audio book after the first few chapters and read the rest on my Kindle
I give reading this book four stars
You won’t fool me like that again.
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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-05-2020

The waiting was always the worse.

Henry Gallant was a Natural, born without genetic engineering. Which often made life doubly difficult, as he had to fight not only the alien Titans but also the prejudice of some of the other officers in the Fleet who believed that only the genetically enhanced humans were fit for command positions. But he had repeatedly proved his abilities, and, despite strong opposition, found supporters in high places and risen through the navy command. Now he was to become captain of the Daly commissioned ship the Constellation. Gallant's first true love, Kelsey, will also be one of the serving officers as they face the Titans yet again.

The Henry Gallant series, with the military action fast and the personal lives of the characters explored, just keeps getting better. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the narrator. Previously performed by either Theodore Copeland or Rich Miller, this time the book was read by Jennifer Groberg. And yes, read, not performed. Although her voice was not unpleasant and the narration clear and well intoned, her delivery was slightly jerky, rather than smoothly spontaneous, each word separated and precise: distracting. As were the mispronunciations, such as 'supetuous' instead of 'superstitious', and later an apparent merging of 'artistic' and 'autistic' on numerous occasions. And, although a much lesser point, she seemed to make no attempt to differentiate between the protagonists voices when they were speaking. Narration is such an integral and important part of an audio book and, especially coming after two talented voice actors, sadly Ms.Groberg's performance failed to enhance the story.

This is a very enjoyable series with a good balance of action and personality. Although each part could be read selerately, one of the pleasures is following Henry Gallant in his progress through his life and career, book by book. My thanks to the rights holder from whom I received a freely gifted complimentary copy of Captain Henry Gallant and I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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