Book Trailer: Leaving Earth by Dom Testa

The Galahad Archives Book One: Leaving Earth by Dom Testa

Leaving Earth is the first of three two-book omnibus editions in the thrilling Galahad Archives series for young adults by Dom Testa.

When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. A renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched.

In The Comet’s Curse, the Galahad’s fledgling crew discovers they didn’t set out from Earth alone. Someone has stowed away on the ship and means to sabotage their mission. In The Web of Titan the crew discovers a mysterious metal pod in space. As they prepare to bring it on board they’re hit by an unknown disease that is beyond their medical experience and spreading fast. Sixteen-year-old commander Triana Martell and her council must find a way to overcome all obstacles. For if their mission fails, it will mean the end of the human race.

The Galahad Archives Book One: Leaving Earth releases February 23rd. Pre-order it today: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-a-Million | Indiebound | Powell's

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The Comet’s

When the tail of the comet Bhaktul flicks through the Earth’s atmosphere, deadly particles are left in its wake. Suddenly, mankind is confronted with a virus that devastates the adult population. Only those under the age of eighteen seem to be immune. Desperate to save humanity, a renowned scientist proposes a bold plan: to create a ship that will carry a crew of 251 teenagers to a home in a distant solar system. Two years later, the Galahad and its crew—none over the age of sixteen—is launched. Read more about The Comet’s Curse >>

The Web of Titan 

After triumphing over a saboteur bent on destroying Galahad, Triana and her Council are eager to avoid any further complications. But as Galahad swings around the ringed planet Saturn, they encounter a mysterious metal pod orbiting the moon of Titan. The teens prepare to bring the pod and its contents aboard, only to be faced with a another crisis: an illness that is beyond their medical experience. Read more about The Web of Titan >>

The Cassini Code

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. Read more about The Cassini Code >>

The Dark Zone

With the help of the mysterious alien force known as The Cassini, the teenage crew of Galahad has managed to navigate safely through the minefield of the Kuiper Belt. But just as they exit the belt, they are confronted by their next challenge: a group of incredibly fast and maneuverable organisms waiting in their path—like vultures.  Read more about The Dark Zone >>

Cosmic Storm

Just a year into their mission, the crew of Galahad has endured a sabotage attempt, alien encounters, and a dangerous passage through an asteroid belt. Now, as unpredictable waves of radiation threaten the very survival of the ship, Council leader Triana has disappeared. Not knowing if she is alive or dead, the crew must hold an election to replace her. Council member Gap seems the most likely candidate—until an old flame shocks him by adding her name to the ballot. Does she want what’s best for the ship? Or are her motivations more personal?

Facing threats both internal and external, Galahad and its crew must confront…a cosmic storm.

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The Galahad Legacy 

While the Council and crew of Galahad struggle to come to terms with the existence of the Dollovit, the ship begins to flounder. The radiation shields threaten to fail, damaged by the appearance of multiple wormholes. The Dollovit have a proposal for the crew:an offer of assistance that could be their only hope for survival. But their offer comes with an astronomical price. Beset with doubts and surrounded by danger, can Triana and her crew find a way to reach their destination—a new home for the human race? Read more about The Galahad Legacy >>

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Launching the Scavenger Hunt Book Tour with Dom Testa!

3…2…1… We have lift off!

Welcome to the launch of the Scavenger Hunt Book Tour for the sci-fi space adventure The Galahad Legacy by Dom Testa! Starting today, March 5th, through Wednesday, April 11th an excerpt from The Galahad Legacy will be featured by a book blogger which is listed in the guide below. Don’t miss a single stop because when one blog runs a passage from the book, you will then be directed to a different blog where you’ll find the next passage in order. Each day brings a new excerpt!

Here’s a bit more about the scavenger hunt from Dom Testa:

The way I see it, you have three choices for entertainment these days. One, you can watch the presidential debates and campaign speeches. Two, you can ponder whether or not it’s a sign of the apocalypse when Jersey Shore folks begin procreating. Or three, you can join in the way-cool scavenger hunt based on the award-winning Galahad book series from Tor Teen!

After you’ve (correctly) chosen Number Three, here’s what you’ll find. The teenage crew of Galahad has been dispatched to colonize a new world in order to save the human race…but there are no adults aboard the ship. Along the way they grow, they evolve, and they find that life in space is no picnic, especially when you encounter a deadly stowaway, an ancient and bizarre uber-intelligence acting as a galactic police force, and some pretty creepy critters loitering around the perimeter of the solar system. And that’s just in the first few months.

The Galahad Legacy is the sixth and final volume in the series, where all (well, almost all) will be revealed. Get started today by picking up the opening installment, The Comet’s Curse, and by the time you reach The Galahad Legacy you’ll be twisted into knots. Here’s the best news: With all six books now available, you’ll have no down-time between each pulse-pounding episode. I loved writing this series, and I’m especially pleased with how it all wrapped up. Enjoy the scavenger hunt, and good luck! Remember, there are other treats, too, at Thanks, and stay in touch!

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Into the Home Stretch

The Dark Zone by Dom TestaBy Dom Testa

Writing the fourth volume of a six-book series places you squarely on the turn heading into the home stretch. Your characters are established, the direction is firmly in place, and you just know that the overall series climax is ready to poke its head out. But you’ve also created a subliminal sense of pace that behaves like respiration; your story breathes in, breathes out.

In the case of my Galahad series for young adults—including the fourth book, The Dark Zone, due in stores this May—that pacing has involved looking inward and then outward.

From the beginning I knew that the success of the series depended largely on a healthy balance between internal and external conflict. The setting certainly allows for both, with a starship dispatched to colonize a new world (external), but with a crew consisting entirely of teenagers (internal – a LOT of internal!) In fact, the third volume, The Cassini Code, had pretty much pegged the drama meter to the max. I wanted The Dark Zone to not only turn outward, but to explode in that direction.

I hope you become acquainted with the crew—and the adventures—of Galahad. I’ve deliberately created a six-book series that pulls you forward inch by inch before slamming you back into your chair. With volume four, The Dark Zone, I’ll warn you to keep your arms and hands inside the car at all times.


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