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Cassastar Paperback – October 19, 2010
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DRAGON OF THE STARS - latest release!
"...the storytelling is solid, with plenty of space-based military action..." - Publishers Weekly
CASSASTORM, Amazon Sci-fi Best Seller & Pinnacle Book Award Winner:
"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 & Pinnacle Book Award Winner:
"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
Top Customer Reviews
I'm not an avid sci-fi reader/viewer, but I've watched enough Star Trek/Star Wars/Battle Star Galactica/Star Ship Troopers/SG-1, etc . . to be acclimated to certain terms and expected technology in a futuristic, space friendly world. The world pretty much builds itself in the narrative description, action and dialogue.
Nothing shows this unique world off better than the introduction of Bassa, and his walk through one day in his world aboard the Cosbolt Training center Guaard. With the author's permission, I'll post one of the first passages that hooked me into this novel:
"Bassa exited his quarters and strolled down the short hallway. He paused at the lift, his gaze falling on the telepod's open doorway. New Pilots and navigators were not permitted to use the teleported pods until properly trained, but Bassa's rank granted him full access to the devices. The invitation stretch his powers rather than his legs was too tempting, and he opted for the faster form of transportation.
Stepping inside the pod, Bassa waited for the gentle pop of the sealed door before visualizing his destination.Read more ›
The negatives, well lets not talk about that. Well just a little bit. I think they speak more to the ego of the reviewer rather than to to decisions of the author. I had no problems with the language or use of words. None constructive criticism makes the story about something else, and not the story.
Once the story captured me, it was read in basically a single sitting. I had no problems with the language or use of words. I am not a speed reader, I read every word, to embrace the full intentions of the author. Let the author take you where they want to go, it's their story. You are just along for the ride. I enjoyed the ride. The relationships are very well handled. This I consider what makes this work worth reading. Thank you Alex, well done.
You don't have to say Fire - the sword is flaming.
There are many examples in the book where this kind of writing is in evidence. It's a mistake that goes away as the author gains more experience and skill. My suggestion is that people download a sample of the book first. If you do not have a problem with it then go ahead and purchase it
I loved it.
CassaStar was most definitely a refreshing read. It is a Sci Fi book, more accurately a Space Opera. It takes place in an unnamed galaxy, presumably far away from Earth, where the main characters are from a race of people called Cassans. They have a strong mental ability that allows them to project their thoughts, which makes piloting fighters a heck of a lot easier. While I generally prefer my Sci Fi books closer to Earth, or dealing with people from Earth in the far future, I grew to like the fact this book had nothing to do with Earth. It allowed Cavanaugh to create a completely different universe, one where the political events of Earth played no part.
When I first read the synopsis of the book, the main character of Byron seemed like the typical "too cool for school," character, who was there to raise hell, and just be an all around ass. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that was not the case at all. Byron was a bit of a hell raiser, but his main focus, throughout the course of the book, was to be the best. I enjoyed this different approach immensely. Having a character who was a typical, arrogant kid but had the drive to always be the best, and even try to stay out of trouble, really resonated with me.Read more ›
Cavanaugh creates a fully developed world with believable characters. You take our world and plop it down in the midst of a war where fighter pilots and their navigators go up against the baddest Star Trek soldiers and you got CassaStar. But it's not all fighting. Bryon, the main character, is dealing with the loss of his former navigator and not particularly happy about having to work with someone new at a new station. But war is war and he's one of the best pilots and one of only a very few Cosbolt pilots who can teleport.
Of course, CassaStar is not all war and fighting. There are down times where we get to see the world outside of the war. And there, too, Cavanaugh creates believable, although other-worldly, scenes.
I give CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh a rating of Hel-of-a-Story
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There was only one thing keeping me from5 stars, the abominable editing. I stopped counting after 50 gross errors in grammar and syntax. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
This seems to be a spaced out version of Top Gun. That's not necessarily bad, it's just that we all know the story and it's an old one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PMSteve
Outstanding story with great characters. The only thing that kept it from 5 stars was women. I read thousands of books, but this is the first that had no females that interacted... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Danny L Walling
I've never read a space opera before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. If I had to offer a comparison, I would compare CassaStar to Starship Troopers, a movie I really liked when... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephanie Faris
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 7 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 8 months ago by Harry
Essentially only one character is developed and he is completely one dimensional. There is no external perspective. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 9 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 9 months ago by Dude Abiding