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“The most satisfying entry yet. It's a five-year space mission, so at this rate, Testa will write 22.7 more volumes. Excellent.” ―Booklist on The Cassini Code

“Grabs readers' attention with the very first page and never lets go…. Both a mystery and an adventure, combining a solid cast of characters with humor, pathos, growing pains and just a hint of romance, this opener bodes well for the remainder of the series.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Comet's Curse

“Part space opera, part mystery, the story draws readers in from the beginning with well-placed hooks, plenty of suspense, and a strong premise.” ―School Library Journal on The Comet's Curse

About the Author

DOM TESTA, of Denver, Colorado, has been a radio show host since 1977. Currently, he is a co-host of the popular "Dom and Jane Show" on Mix 100 in Denver.

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Product Details

  • Series: Galahad (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321114
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
For a year the spaceship Galahad carries hundreds of teens fleeing a dying earth. The crew heads to the Eos star system where two earth-like planets exist. The plan is to colonize the new world. However the trip through the earth's solar system so far has proven dangerous and difficult as the teenagers have run into a series of trouble. Some like the asteroids was expected though worse other problems arise including sabotage from within and aliens from without were not anticipated by the adults who sent them into space as a last hope to save humanity (see The Dark Zone and The Cassini Code).

Now there is a leadership gap since Council President Triana without consulting others entered a wormhole that closed with her inside. The space travelers need to hold an election to replace her as the assumption is dead or alive she is not coming back soon. Council member Gap is the favorite. However, a second candidate emerges dividing the crew at a time a lethal cosmic storm strikes the Galahad whose radiation shields are failing.

The teenagers run the gamut of personalities, but need cohesiveness during a major crisis compounded by Triana's vanishing leaving a leadership gap at a critical moment. However the election between frenemies divides the crew during a crisis but also allows the teens to worry less about their leader. Gap believes his opponent runs to get back at him for dumping her. There is plenty of action though more inside the vessel than the previous journeys from earth, but it is the strong characterizations that fuel Cosmic Storm as a fabulously exciting science fiction thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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250 teens are en route to colonize a new planet after Earth has been infected with a comet borne plague with a 100% mortality rate. After passing beyond the hazardous Kuiper Belt, an encounter with inscrutable aliens, death, and the loss of Council Leader Triana, the rest of the crew forge on.
It is necessary to hold an election to replace Triana, and although Gap Lee, the Council's acting leader, seems the obvious choice, he gets some unexpected and disturbing competition. It's not just that Hannah, his former girlfriend, is opposing him, it's the fact that she is being manipulated by the trouble-fomenting Merrit Simms. Meanwhile, the ship is sustaining damage from mysterious and increasingly frequent bombardments of energy. This is just the sort of technical problem that Gap and Hannah used to solve together, but now campaign politics are driving them apart.
At the same time, Bonn, the director of the hydroponics and agricultural systems, is waging a lonely, inner war.

One of the outstanding features of this SF series is that it incorporates actual science; fairly basic stuff, but enough to orient young reader to the realities of closed systems, cosmic radiation, mechanics, genetics, agriculture, and social dynamics. Isaac Asimov would so approve. I hope Dom Testa gets an award to acknowledge his contribution to young adult science fiction. Good fiction can actually be a better vector for useful knowledge than textbooks. The story makes the information memorable, showing, facts in relation to their effects, skills in a context of action.

At the heart of this book is the juxtaposition of free will versus responsibility.
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In the distant future, a passing comet has left behind a deadly pollutant in Earth's atmosphere. Bhaktul's disease is fatal for all humans, but only takes effect in adulthood. In the search for a cure, one scientist devises an idea to send a group of young people to another planet where they can live free of the deadly disease and allow a future for humanity. Only 251 teenagers are sent in the impressive ship Galahad. Together, these teenagers must survive and thrive in order to reach their destination and keep humanity alive...

Following a shocking death, and their leader Triana abandoning the ship and crew to investigate a wormhole, the crew of Galahad is faced with choosing a new leader. Gap seems like the logical choice, but a surprising nomination throws Gap for a loop. Meanwhile, Gap and his engineers have yet another problem. Radiation keeps leaking in short bursts through the shields. As temporary leader, Gap has the weight of the ship on his shoulders.

In this fifth installment in the Galahad Series, drama and emotions flare up as never before. A year into the mission, the crew of teens have been forced to grow up early and endure numerous hardships and struggles. This novel focuses on Gap and his step up into leadership, where he does some definite growing. Testa's characters are engaging and it's easy to get caught up in their individual stories.

This series continues to be a solid science fiction, adventure series for young adults. Full of suspense, danger, teenage angst, and humor, this wagon train to the stars is a highly enjoyable ride. There are still major reveals to come. With a few surprises and another mild cliffhanger ending, readers will be impatiently awaiting the final book release in this incredible series.
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