Lieutenant Henry Gallant (The Henry Gallant Saga #2) by H. Peter Alesso
BLURB: In an era of genetic engineering, Lieutenant Henry Gallant is the only Natural (non-genetically enhanced) officer left in the fleet. In spite of his superiors’ concerns that he is not up to the challenge, 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 human colony on the planet Elysium. Elysium’s leader, Cyrus 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.
Gallant allies himself with Alaina Hepburn, the leader of the democratic opposition. With Alaina’s help, he discovers that the ancient AI has a sinister ulterior motive and he must match his 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.
My Review: This can be read as a stand alone even though it was the second book in this series. As in the first book the action is immediate and interesting. The main characters are engaging and the aliens are believable and deadly. Though in this case they are not the immediate threat that Henry has to worry about and I won't be giving away any plot lines to say that the AI is the main enemy at work here. If you like old fashioned science fiction where the science is almost secondary to a character driven action packed adventure then read this book.