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Debut novelist Cavanaugh's maiden space flight tells a familiar story. Byron lost his parents at an early age. Abandoned by his older sister to a group home, he rebels against authority and refuses to let anyone get close to him. Like many young men with troubled histories, he joins the military to have a better life and enters training to become one of the elite Cosbolt fighters. This goal requires Byron to drop his defenses and telepathically bond with a navigator so he can use his ship's teleportation device to jump from point to point in space. In the process, he discovers some unusual abilities. This formulaic space opera aspires to be a bildungsroman for its petulant hero, but it confuses the archetypal with the clichéd.
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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
Confession: I’m a very light reader of science fiction, and while I’ve seen space opera movies I never read a book in the genre until CassStar. Read morePublished 2 months ago by H. Soister
This generic space military story is related in cliched, school boy English, with interminable space fight scenes all written the same way.Published 3 months ago by Harry
Essentially only one character is developed and he is completely one dimensional. There is no external perspective. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SuperCargo
Really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one which I will order as soon as I finish this post. Thanks for the excellent story and journey Mr Cavanaugh.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Sadly, and I feel bad saying this: The book just isn't very well written. The characters motivations, personalities, the reasons they do what they do is confusing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dude Abiding
Byron is a young, arrogant, and troubled young Cassan man who has issues with authority. He is sent to Guaard for Cosbolt fighter pilot training with a young man named Tindel as... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lily-Eva
I haven’t read too many space operas and I had heard good things about this one. The book didn’t disappoint. Read morePublished 10 months ago by T B M
This book is not what I expected it to be at all and I loved it. The words “Space Opera” are suitable to describe this but there’s something else in this story that goes beyond... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Toinette
Fast pace and exciting. Follow Brian as he pursue his objective as a CASA space pilot. Read how he overcame his hardship to achieve his goal and also to save his planet.Published 16 months ago by Under Dawg