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23 Years on Fire: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel Kindle Edition

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“Outstanding. I love this series! Cassandra Kresnov is a captivating heroine, and Joel Shepherd writes with skill and insight. 23 Years on Fire is frightening and beautiful and provocative and smart.”
Jeff Carlson, international bestselling author of Interrupt

Praise for the Cassandra Kresnov Novels:

"If you’re in the mood for a fun, intelligent, and action-packed science fiction series, definitely give these books a try."
Tor.com

"Robert Ludlum meets Elizabeth Moon in this classic military SF adventure, buoyed by Shepherd's knack for balancing crisp action with characters you can really root for." 
—Publishers Weekly

"A fast-paced story of intrigue and adventure set against galactic politics. With particular appeal to readers of high-tech sf and cyberpunk, this title belongs in most sf collections."
—Library Journal

About the Author

Joel Shepherd (Adelaide, South Australia) is the author of three previous novels in the Cassandra Kresnov series--CrossoverBreakaway, and Killswitch--and four novels in the Trial of Blood and Steel series--SashaPetrodorTracato, and Haven. He is currently midway through a doctoral program in International Relations, and has also studied film and television, interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, and traveled widely in Asia. Visit him online at www.joelshepherd.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2028 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (September 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BRUPIZ4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,267 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sandy has matured in the five years since volume three of the Cassandra Kresnov chronicles. She is well-loved as well as still hated by some on Callay. Now for the first time she must venture outside what is now her home world, onto the galactic stage, with fascinating results.

With this fourth volume Sandy’s story keeps growing and maturing, along with her. Plenty of action, of course, but a blossoming understanding of Sandy and her friends as well. Some of whom are more than 50 high-designation GIs who’ve realized that the Federation is a better home for them than the League.

We also get a better look the complex milieu in which she lives. This is science fiction that I keep looking for - about a future strange and terrible and wonderful all at the same time, yet so well-thought-out and realistic that it seems as if Shepherd’s worlds really are out there.

Joel Shepherd is at the very top of the sci-fi writing world. I look forward eagerly to his every new book.
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Wow! In short, buy it. Too many science fiction authors are tossing tired ideas, lack of imagination, painful prose, and a level action that could put a meth addict to sleep to their fans. Joel Shepherd is not that author.

I find comparisons generally work better than a treatise on the literary qualities of novel. That, and this is my first review so I can do whatever the hell I wish.

If you think David Weber's Honor Harrington novels are so slow you would rather pull out all your short hairs with automotive tape and an Epilady than read another one, this is your book. (I was so angry at the glacial plot development of his last novel I quit feeding the neighborhood stray cat that I had named Tree in protest)

I you thought Hugh Howey hit one out of the park with his Silo series but seriously considered hiring your own editor to go through the final book before you read it so the experience wouldn't be ruined, this is your book.

If you read Michael Hicks "In Her Name" series but can only vaguely recall lizard people with swords and have no idea how many novels of his you read, you won't have that problem here.

If you like John Scalzi An Old Mans war series this may be your next read. Yeah I could have said something bad about Mr. Scalzi but his rabid fanboy's would likely hang me up by my non-existent short hairs (Thanks a lot David Weber!).

If you thought John Steakely's Armor just about nailed that sweet spot that hard science fiction writers and readers are searching for this may be your new favorite novel. Seriously though, why couldn't he have finished a sequel before he had to go? I don't live too far from where he was buried. Its on my to do list to drop some flowers off at his grave in thanks.
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As other reviewers have noted, this is a well written book, with three dimensional characters, an intriguing plot and a rich and devolping background. This is really intelligent adventure space opera, which offers gripping action but also grapples with meaningful themes, principally what does it mean to be human and what might the impacts of ungoverned or misused technology be on people and the human race.

As a reader steeped in the initial trilogy ( I reread it before starting this book), I loved the new take on familiar characters and the evolution of the series universe. I do think that the book would have benefitted from a short preface to bring new readers or forgetful ones up to speed.
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I was very disappointed when the series stopped after three books. The writing is very good, Sandy is a compelling character and the plots moved along quickly. The philosophical questions (How would a created person--stronger, faster and more intelligent than human, but visually indistinguishable--deal with human society? How would such a person be treated by society? How do we define slavery?) are what really hooked me, though.

This book picks up some years after the original trilogy. The crisis this time is that a number of governments and groups are attempting to use the AI technology that created Sandy. Lots of fast-moving action (the opening scene in the book is great), hidden agendas, political short-sightedness and fecklessness. A great read, and I'm really looking forward to the following books.
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Usually when there is a big gap between books it makes for a bad book. Not so, here.

Reading the earlier novels is not necessary to enjoying this one.

This is real "hard SF" big idea stuff. What makes us human? And then it continues on to say "what happens when technology runs amok and we have to depend on other technology to save us?" There is also a hint of Prometheus and Pandora type issues.

I have already preordered the next book.
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I've been waiting for this next installment in the Kresnov series for too many years, ... and I wasn't disappointed when it finally arrived. I kindly (and selfishly) request that the author leave off on his "swords and leather" fantasy fiction, and concentrate his efforts here. We want more.
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Another whirlwind ride with my favorite android!!! If you have read the others this one is great and you will enjoy!
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