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CassaFire [Kindle Edition]

Alex J. Cavanaugh
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the Amazon best-selling author - A Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner!

CassaStar was just the beginning...

The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron's days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it's a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren's civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan's technology and strange mental abilities.

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron's unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy...

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"...calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein's early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars." - Library Journal
 
"This is a book of inner and outer journeys, of inner and outer adventures, mysteries and revelations. It is also a book of friendship, relationship and equality. CassaStar is the cake. CassaFire is the cherry." - Edi's Book Lighthouse

Product Details

  • File Size: 2730 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C. (February 29, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007A2TSNG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faraway on a Desert Planet February 28, 2012
Format:Paperback
I enjoyed Alex's first book CassaStar although I found it a bit too confined to the space stuff, which I guess is a somewhat silly statement since it was a space book. I couldn't totally relate to the galactic action. Also I thought too much time was spent in the preliminary training activities even though I will concede this is where most of the character development and story foundation was being set. Not so much a fault of the author, but mostly my own impatience as a reader.

Thank goodness in CassaFire Alex has brought most of the story down to Earth--or should I say the planet Tgren. I like having my feet on the ground and reading about things I can kind of relate to. The scenario is created well as we get to know the Tgrens and their customs as well as some of the lay of the land. Now that's more what I want to know about.

For the space fans there is still plenty of space action with various types of spacecraft from small to humongous. And there is still lots of flitting about with that cool mind jumping travel that we learned about in the first book. Then there is an epic space battle which seemed to come and go almost too quickly, but no big deal for me since we've seen that.

As in CassaStar, the real forte here is the interaction between the characters. We still have the training sequence where characters are developed, but this time it's done in a far more interesting manner and with more factors at play. Add in one hot Tgren babe who is Byron's match in skillsets then stir in some romantic tension and now we're talking story.

For the female readers who enjoyed the male bonding of CassaStar I think you'll like the new relationship far better.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rising Star February 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
The follow-up to CassaStar, this is another fine read by one of the rising stars in the SF field.

It's twenty years later and Byron flies a shuttle on an exploration ship. Ancient ruins are discovered on the planet Tgren and the Rennather is sent to investigate. The populace is just beginning to get flight and Byron finds there is rudiments of physic powers among them, especially one young woman, Athee, whom he mentors and a relationship grows between them.

Outstanding novel and I'm ready for the third volume.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CassaFirE's a fun read! April 10, 2012
Format:Paperback
Book Description:
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron's days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it's a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather. The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren's civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan's technology and strange mental abilities. To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron's unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy...

What did we think?

I read this book aloud to hubby, as I did Alex's first book CassaStaR, which we both very much enjoyed. It was fun as I'd be reading it aloud when hubby would laugh out loud, or the first comment from his mouth when he woke up was a question about the story.

We wondered how the tale would work out because the main character Byron is a very private man, living in a controlled way that keeps him distant from most meaningful connections with other people. Even from the first book I've wondered what happened to him in his youth that make it so difficult for him to trust people with his private thoughts--because the Cassan people are telepathic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved the characters and lots of action October 1, 2013
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I'm not into space tales, but Alex Cavanaugh has a way of drawing me into his stories. Although there's plenty of action in this, what I really liked most were the characters. I detected the immensity of Byron's desire to be on his own, which wasn't going to happen. I loved Athee, an attractive woman who invades his space--with the fantastic world building, there's some male chauvinism in regards to her mind jumping abilities--and Mevine's youth and idolizing of Byron was a great addition to this series. The whole mind jumping and telepathy skills set of the characters was also fascinating. The ending was intense with an evacuation and the presence of an alien ship--I won't reveal much else, but I am stoked about reading book 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contact, a hero finds peace December 31, 2013
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The Cassa series works well. It's strength is the personal relationships of its characters. How human relations are the same through out space and time is aptly demonstrated. Some what sappy but written well enough to hold your attention. I can see an additional book or two in this series. We will look forward to its release. Thank you Alex J. Cavanaugh.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable!
Very enjoyable. Good character development. Very good concept. Very believable story.I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Published 1 day ago by Jeff E.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cassafire
Not as much action as I would have liked, but interesting.
Story line on personal relations good.
Interesting read overall.
Published 29 days ago by BILL REYNOLDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Good modern stuff
Great reading, well written. I've been a sci-fi fan for close to 70 years and this runs very good for modern sci-fi. Now to start the next book.
Evan
Published 1 month ago by Ariaman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
The human interaction and exploration of emotions as relationships developed was well done. Why are we men so dense sometimes? :)
Published 1 month ago by Randy Parmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence in science fiction!
An excellent read! I cannot wait to read Alex's other books as I know they will be just as good!
Published 1 month ago by Rick Kandle
4.0 out of 5 stars CassaFire
This is a good read. sci/fi fans should really like this story. None of the invincible aliens, and not much death and destruction, just a good solid story.
Published 1 month ago by John Shearer
3.0 out of 5 stars Okily Dokily
This is the Ned Flanders of sci-fi books: it's perfectly bland and the surprises it prefers are mild at best. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BJ Fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars A little simplistic for an adult.
This is a good young persons book. Plot line is pretty good tho lacking in science. The "aliens" are nameless, voiceless and transient.
Published 2 months ago by Miguel
5.0 out of 5 stars CASSAFIRE
I just finished reading the second book of this series. It was as good as the first book...NOW for the last of the three.This writer is the best of all.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dale terrill
5.0 out of 5 stars The cherry on the cake in the Cassa universe
I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy a lot.
But I did not expect the second book to be a celestial novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by brienneselwyn
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More About the Author

ALEX J. CAVANAUGH works in web design and graphics. He's experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is Ninja Captain Alex and founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group and website. www.alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com

CASSASTORM, Amazon Sci-fi Best Seller:
"With a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart."
- Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover mysteries

CASSAFIRE, Amazon Sci-fi Best Seller:
"This sequel to Cavanaugh's first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction..." - Library Journal

CASSASTAR, Amazon Sci-fi Best Seller:
"...calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein's early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars." - Library Journal

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