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Cosmic Storm (Galahad) Hardcover – September 27, 2011
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.