Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Review + #Giveaway: Captain Hawkins by H. Peter Alesso @GoddessFish



Captain Hawkins
by H. Peter Alesso
GENRE: Sci-fi


BLURB:

Jamie Hawkins was living on an obscure planet in the twenty third-century when on one fateful night--his life changed forever. His heroic effort to save the lives of innocent women and children, caught in the cross-fire of war, placed him squarely in the cross-hairs of avenging soldiers.

Hawkins was stunned when his rescue effort was seen as treachery. Unfairly convicted of treason by a corrupt judge, he was sentenced to life imprisonment at hard labor on an infamous penal colony.

Once in prison, his courage and perseverance won him the admiration and trust of his fellow convicts. While he was plotting his escape, an enemy attacked the planet--giving this daring warrior his chance. Together with his fellow prisoners, he launched a bold assault and high-jacked an enemy warship.


From then on, Captain Jamie Hawkins and his ship the Indefatigable fought against a corrupt government--only to discover a mysterious alien presence behind the war.


Excerpt:

“Sir, I was working with the data techs trying to analyze the communication patterns of the enemy fleet,” said Joshua, licking his dry lips, excitedly. “And I’ve came across a very unusual signal.”

Hawkins gave him an encouraging nod.

“It was a burst of radio signals from deep space. I traced it to either a 4 billion-year-old star in a constellation 44.4 light years away, or to another star in that same constellation, but much farther away. That means that the radio waves have been travelling to us for at least forty-four point four years.”

Hawkins said, “Deep space radio signals have many plausible explanations, such as radio interference from planets, or rogue signals caused by local planet microwave devices.

“That’s true, Captain. It could be just the effect of a natural space object like a pulsating quasar, but it’s also possible . . . I think maybe . . . it could be a message from another civilization.”

Now smiling broadly, Hawkins said, “Given the unlikeness of that, why are you concerned?”

“Because it was not a one-off event,” said Joshua excitedly and then pausing to catch his breath. “I’ve recorded a half dozen repeating signals from the exact same source.”

Nodding, Hawkins said, “That’s a little more interesting, but there are explanations for that too.”

“But Captain, the implications could be mind-blowing. Imagine, what if it was an alien civilization, and they were far more advanced than us, and they were trying to make contact? After centuries of fruitlessly scanning the stars and finding no evidence that anyone else is out there, this could be . . .  could be . . .”

Joshua became paralyzed by his own imagination.

“Joshua, even if this signal were not natural, it might still be the product of one of Earth’s colonies—not aliens.”

“No sir, I’ve checked. There were no Earth colonies in the vicinity of the signal’s star cluster when we last had contact with Earth, fifty years ago,” said Joshua.

Joshua wanted to argue further, but couldn’t offer any additional proof for his cause.

Hawkins said, “I agree, we should continue to monitor this frequency, but for now, it’ll have to remain a mystery.”

It was only a few days later that Joshua returned to argue, “I’ve been working to decrypt the deep space signal using our AI computer with the help of a data tech.”

Hawkins was surprised, but also impressed with Joshua’s initiative.

“What does a deep space signal have to do with our enemy’s Top Secrets communication network?”

“Everything.”

“You’ll have to explain that.”

“Let me give you a metaphor for how I solved this puzzle, because it is a puzzle.”

“Go on.”

“Think of a portrait of a woman, say the Mona Lisa. Now consider a jigsaw puzzle of the Mona Lisa—a picture of a woman cut into a thousand irregularly sized pieces and spread out for someone to reassemble.”

“A kid’s game.”

“Yes, sir.”


My Review:

Captain Jamie Hawkins sets out to help innocence people at a hospital who are under attack and soon after finds himself in prison for treason. After he is attacked in prison and almost loses his life Jamie along with other inmates escape. Captain Hawkins runs into a group of rebels who are fighting the government. Jamie can’t resist stepping in and helping the rebels out once he sees they need his help. Now he finds himself and escaped convict and a rebel too.

Captain Hawkins was once a Marine and never thought he would find himself in the predicament that he is in now but he can’t seem to mind his own business or keep from helping innocence people. Captain Hawkins is very courageous man who will always be on to stop and help the innocent in any way he can. He may be a big Marine but he has a soft heart when it comes to kids like Joshua.

Joshua is the one who sort of helped Jamie get where he is today when he showed up at his house that eventful night asking Jamie to come to the hospital where his mom worked to help save the people who worked there and the patients; innocent women and children.

Will Captain Hawkins, Joshua and the rest of the rebels win their fight against the government? Will they make their voice heard? Will the stand that they are making change anything? How many lives will have to be lost before they will see a change in their future?


Captain Hawkins will take you to worlds you have not visited to before. Captain Hawkins will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. Come join Captain Hawkins on his journeys through space. If you love Star Trek then you are going to love Captain Hawkins. 




AUTHOR BIO:

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 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 ten books.

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7 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

HPA said...

Thank you for your review and your hosting.

Rita Wray said...

I have enjoyed the tour. The book sounds great.

Victoria Alexander said...

I've had fun following the tour for Captain Hawkins and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing :)

Mary Preston said...

I enjoyed the excerpt thank you.

Ally Swanson said...

Excellent review! I also liked this book! I have really enjoyed following this tour and reading/reviewing this book!

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