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.
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. If their mission fails, it will be the end of the human race….
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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.
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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? The further I get into this series, the more it feels like a television series. I thoroughly enjoy both shows, but the twists are fairly textbook and proceed by a familiar code: You have a small group of survivors under enormous strain, which will play out in both external and internal threats.
This particular episode is the one that features tensions from within, as a power-hungry manipulator stirs up trouble against our intrepid heroes. Dom Testa expertly creates a character that we love to hate in the figure of Merit Simms.
The Cassini Code (Galahad, #3) by Dom Testa
My biggest disappointment with The Cassini Code , however, was that Merit became a true bad guy kind of character. Although, in the end, it turns out Merit is acting out of his own deep fear and desire to go home to be with his family, the manner in which Triana and Gap are able to dissolve his amassed power feels kind of an easy way out. How much more interesting to have Triana, Bon and Gap figure out a way to discredit his arguments without having an easy way out? That major piece of criticism stated, I did still very much enjoy the book overall.
As always, I love Triana as the leader of this brave young crew and her levelheadedness, just as I love the entanglements that unfold as other Council members grapple with homesickness, power struggles, and hormones.
I really just want to know what happens next, once our crew emerges beyond the Kuiper Belt, because we now know one thing is for certain:. Our intrepid crew is not alone. And I cannot wait to see what they will face as they make their way into the dark reaches of unexplored space.
The warning siren blared through the halls, running through its customary sequence of three shorts bursts, a five-second delay, then one longer burst, followed by ten heavenly seconds of silence before starting all over again. There could be no doubt that each crew member aboard Galahad was aware—painfully aware—that there was a problem. He stood, hands on hips and a scowl etched across his face, staring at the digital readout before him.
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