- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 33 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: September 20, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M0GSYLZ
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CassaStorm Audiobook – Unabridged
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In the first two books, readers had an opportunity to travel the usual gambit of emotions in a story such as this: thrill, happiness, hope, sadness, suspense, etc… In this book, however, we readers have the opportunity to face our own insecurities, senses of pride, and even our regrets as we empathize with Byron and his struggle to save not only the galaxy but his precious family.
War, politics, and the most dangerous of words people dare not speak, racism, is what fuels this story. Of course, this is all happening in a galaxy far away and in another time, but this is a universal struggle: past and present, fiction and reality.
The thought that the end of the world could be avoided by simply getting along with those different from you or allowing a Cassan to marry a Tgren and let their child grow in peace is profound. But not as profound as when a father lets the dark skinned destroyer of his brother hold his son’s life in his hands as a gesture of peace.
I’ve probably already said too much. This is a story that will stick with you long after you’ve read it.
Though I don't read sci-fi (except this trilogy), I highly recommend it to all, with no reservations.
Byron’s son, Bassan is a half -bred (half Cassan and half Tgreen) searching for his own identity, while at the same time seeking his father’s approval and respect. The most amazing moments in the books occur with the exchange of emotion between Byron and his son.
But, I would be remise if I didn’t mention, despite all the love and war, romance and emotion, this is a science fiction space opera/adventure. Cavanaugh constructs the most amazing battle scenes written with such clarity, you feel like your in the cock pit with Bryon and Athee. Three books in, I continue to be amazed by the teleporting skill of the main characters and how they utilize this skill in battle. It’s a tribute to Cavanuagh’s imagination and brilliance.
There are ways the explanation creates more questions, but that's okay. Leaving questions unanswered is not something I necessarily have a problem with.
'Storm also rounds out the relationship progression of the other two books. 'Star deals with friendship, 'Fire deals with romance, and 'Storm deals with parenthood. As with the other two books, Byron has to figure out how it's supposed to work. The only issue with this idea in 'Storm is how it contrasts to the other two books. Both of the other books deal with Byron and initial meetings (first with Bassa, then with Athee) and 'Storm, in many ways, follows that pattern. The problem is that his son, Bassan, is already 10, and there are parts where it's like Byron has no idea of how to interact with his son in the same way as with someone you are just meeting.
This is both a strength and a weakness in the book, because in actuality Byron doesn't have any idea who his son is. It's clear that he's one of those who father's from a distance, and he is, in fact, learning who his son is. The problem is that there don't seem to be any clearly established patterns in their relationship as is usually the case. Neither the son nor the father ever seem like they know what to expect from the other.
There are a few interesting wrinkles in this book, like the introduction of the Rogue, which I didn't see coming. That's a big positive for me, because most books fall into established patterns making it difficult for me to find books that aren't fairly predictable. Possibly, the biggest issue I had with 'Fire is that I knew what was going to happen throughout the book; nothing was surprising. However, with 'Storm, every time I thought I had what was going to happen figured out, there would be some new wrinkle. It made the book a worthwhile read just to figure out where he was going with the story.
Basically, if you read the previous two books and liked them, you should definitely read this one. I can't see how it could be a disappointment. It's even possible that this book could be read as a stand alone, because any background information needed is provided. Sure, the other two provide a bigger picture, but I don't think they're necessary.
Look, this isn't deep or philosophical. It's pretty straightforward space opera in a Star Trek kind of vein. It deals as much with relationships as it does with space battles, but that serves to strengthen the book in overall sense, not weaken it. Hmm... Still, if you want space battles, CassaStar is probably the book for you if you haven't already read it. Not that there aren't space battles in 'Storm, but it's, ultimately, a different kind of story.