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The Cassini Code: A Galahad Book

The Cassini Code: A Galahad Book [Kindle Edition]

Dom Testa

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When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake, and mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. A renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to build a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, Galahad and its crew is launched. If their mission fails, it will be the end of the human race…


The teenage crew of Galahad has survived their first encounter with an alien race. Though shaken by the power of The Cassini, Triana and her Council are determined to continue their mission. But some of the crew don’t agree. Led by the charismatic Merit Simms, a small group of crew members begins lobbying for a return to Earth—just as the ship enters the Kuiper Belt, the deadly minefield of asteroids that surrounds the solar system.


As Galahad dodges a storm of asteroids, Triana finds herself dealing with an increasingly hostile crew. Even some members of the Council are beginning to listen to Merit’s arguments. Can Triana find a way to prevent a mutiny aboard Galahad, and lead her crew to safety?

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About the Author

DOM TESTA, of Denver, Colorado, has been a radio show host since 1977, and currently is a co-host of the popular "Dom and Jane Show" on Mix 100 in Denver. A strong advocate of literacy programs for children, he regularly visits Colorado schools. Dom began the Big Brain Club to encourage students to overcome the peer pressure that often prevents them from achieving their true potential.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765360799
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; Reprint edition (2 Nov 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R0LBTY
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cassini Code - Why can't we all just get along? 4 Nov 2010
By T. D. Paddock - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Cassini Code continues Dom Testa's space-operatic opus, launched with The Comet's Curse, and expanded in Web of Titan. It's arguable (and I believe) Cassini Code surpasses both books prior, though when it comes to reading them out of order, I'm with the supercomputer, folks - it's going to be worth every moment to read them in order. It's via that route the true enormity of this mission facing the Galahad crew becomes clear. I think it's particularly important to this book, however, because one really should witness the well-oiled machine that left earth to appreciate the tangle of doubt and sedition that strikes Galahad in this installation.

Dom Testa always writes the magnitude and beauty of space in poetic passages. Some of his lines about the Kuiper Belt, the setting for Cassini Code, are inspired, and some, sublime. His skill as a writer make wrapping one's mind around the scale of that cosmic rock-pile, let alone why it poses so insurmountable a threat to the ship, effortless. But readers will be used to this from Testa. Much more surprising, and a real breakthrough for the book, is the skill with which he handles the bubbling insurrection boiling through cracks in the crew. It's ironic, while watching an election, to read a primer on the tricks of the political trade as illuminated by a new face: aptly-named and oleaginous `rebel leader' Merit Simms. Though, at points, particularly regarding nurse Alexa's sad circumstances in this book, Simms seems sincere, those moments will stand out for you. They're rare for the crafty, clever leader of the `Return To Earth' movement.

Triana really sparkles in this book, demonstrating again why Zimmerman - the Galahad project being his brainchild - chose her to lead the mission. At this point, I begin to despair about the idea of rotating the leadership. Stiff and afraid of attachments as the death of her father and indifference of her mother left her, as a reader, you'll find it easy to bond to smart, capable Triana. No other kid on the Galahad, not even incredible Hannah (whose brilliance storms this book), has the mixture of human, leadership, and technical skills Tree demonstrates.

Gap and Bon are also stand-outs, especially as the book races to the final showdown: Tree vs. Merit in a winner-take-all debate that will set the course of the Galahad. Bon shines. His cold-blooded strength and purpose are as gritty, functional, and restorative in this book as the space-aged gardens he keeps (Plus, in a moment that's a pure gift from Testa, the Swede smacks Simms right in the mouth - I read it twice!) But it's his lingering secrets regarding the alien Cassini that will drop your jaw. Gap acquits himself so well in the debate scene it's uplifting and must be read and savored to be believed.

Lita and Channy are ever present, as are visits from oddly comforting ship's cat, Iris, without whom, I feel pretty confident, Bon might never have a visitor beyond his work crew and a rare work-related call from Tree. Both Channy and Lita remain critical parts of the story and crucial to binding the Council together. It's Lita's assistant, Alexa, who inadvertently steals the thunder at the close of the book. Her emergence from a coma that nearly devastates Lita, comes with some... foreboding talents.

Cassini's plot is nicely layered and its ending promises deeper complexities in the next book. Testa has really worked on characterization. It's easy to detect why there's a connection between Lita and Tree; the kids reactions to the threat of mutiny, and their responses to Merit's message are revealing and sometimes shocking. The stiffness of some of these kids has worn away. Except Triana. That's because Triana is stiff. She's a bit like a fly trapped in amber, interpersonally. It was odd to realize, given his unbending ethic, but Bon seems more flexible and organic about their budding relationship, than otherwise in-charge Tree. I would argue her past as left her petrified, and unable to take that final risky step. Then again, the girl has a lot on her plate.

A final note about ROC (the supercomputer, the myth, the microprocessors) - his involvement has become nothing short of essential to the flow and mechanisms of the plot; he has some moments of almost human insight in the course of the book, and is almost tender during the Alexa crisis; his invitations to readers to join him, and rejoin him again, are irresistibly genial.

If it's this much fun... why resist?!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galahad 3: Into the Kuiper Belt! 9 Nov 2010
By R - Published on
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In this third installment, Galahad is 7 months out and is entering the fascinating yet deadly minefield that lies just at the edge of our solar system- the Kuiper belt. Still reeling from their encounter with the Cassini, a super-intelligent alien force that lives on Titan, the Council justs wants to get through the rest of the mission without any more drama. Of course, this is not to be so. Apart from worries that a random Kuiper belt object may ram into them, Triana Martell, the ship's leader, faces a mutiny of crew members lobbying for a return to Earth, led by the charismatic yet manipulative Merit Simms. Merit, while obviously an antagonist, isn't portrayed as your average bad guy- he is sympathetic, determined and argues for his beliefs well; so well that even some Council members start to rethink the mission, adding to the tension of the book.
The crew members' characters also develop quite a bit in this volume as they are put to the test over and over again. Triana has to figure out how to lead the ship effectively while staying true to her morals. She also needs to decide how she feels about Bon Hartsfield, the gruff Swedish boy in charge of the A. department. Bon, in turn, grows even more estranged from Triana and the others because of his already-introverted personality and even more enigmatic connection to the Cassini, who have subtly tinkered with his very mind.
Lita Marques, head of Sick House and friend to Triana, also grows immensely when confronted with a medical emergency regarding Alexa Wellington, her trusty assistant. And Gap Lee, always the cheerful guy full of bravado, starts to exprerience some internal issues of his own, including a frustrating problem with the ship's heating system and a resurfacing of some emotions he thought he had suppressed.
Channy Oakland doesn't have a very strong role in this book apart from 'resident matchmaker' and chauffeur to Iris, which may disappoint some.
Our beloved supercomputer Roc, having played a subtler role in The Web of Titan, is back with the wisecracks and snide remarks, adding some humor to the very serious story.
The complex storyline builds up to a fateful crew meeting that could determine the course of Galahad's mission; this is done very well, dramatized at all the right parts. Sudden discoveries about Triana, Gap, Bon, and surprisingly, Alexa compete for the most shocking revelation yet. Out of the three books so far, I'd say that this one was the best. The end of it left us all with a shiver up our spines and a hunger for more. As Gap said, "Life is never boring aboard Galahad, is it?"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 Jun 2011
By Melissa Dyson - Published on
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Each of Dom Testa's book gets better. I am a middle school language arts teacher so I keep up on young adult literature. My students are always asking about what to read. This is some of the best sci-fi out there for this age group. Each book in the Galahad series could stand alone but are best read in order. I recommend for the middle school aged students.
5.0 out of 5 stars action-packed Wild in the Streets (except in the solar system) 7 Nov 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
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Comet Bhaktul entered earth's atmosphere leaving deadly particles behind that killed every person over eighteen years old. A desperate mission to save some aspects of humanity sent 251 teens chosen on the Galahad space ship traveling to Eos. The trip has been difficult although the leader Triana and the Council have done overall well by overcoming a saboteur (see The Comet's Curse) and defeating the first alien race they met, the Cassini on a moon of Saturn (see The Web of Titan).

The Galileo enters the Kuiper Belt where junk revolves around the solar system, making it a dangerous sector to travel. The heating system and the collision warning system fail. Charismatic Merit Simms begins a movement to turn around and return to earth before they all die in space. He has many supporters and new dissidents join him everyday. As the crew divides mostly between the Council and the armband wearing Merit opposition, the Cassini are back.

The third Galahad teen science fiction thriller is super action-packed Wild in the Streets (except in the solar system) tale driven by the cast especially the leadership rivals of Tiana and Merit. Each has strong qualities, but whereas Triana is cautious and caring of others, Merit believes he is right and has no concern about his opponents. The Cassini Code is loaded with action as the crew reacts to a various series of crises; some caused by the schism. Readers of all ages will want to know who won the power struggle and what did it do to the mission.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars Roc Rocks in 3rd Installment of Galahad Series 21 Nov 2010
By Judith Briles - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Dom Testa continues his marathon sci-fi Galahad series with the best yet. THe Cassini Code is a stand-out on its own...yet the savvy reader, and if you are a parent looking for a great book to drop into your kid's hands, get the entire Galahad series and start with book one The Comet's Curse: A Galahad BookThe Web of Titan: A Galahad Book. Testa writes about relationships--humans and the gadets that make up their world ... in this case a spaceship. Highly recommended.

Judith Briles
The Book Shepherd
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