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Cassafire Paperback – February 28, 2012
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I liked this one a lot, though I was disappointed at first with Byron's seemingly lackluster career after twenty years. His reasons were his own, and I understand why he was no longer flying Cosbolts on the front lines, but it seemed to me that twenty years was an awful lot of time to spend honoring a promise to an old friend. Ten might have been more believable—but I'm not here to tell the author how he should have done his timeline, and truly I think maybe I just didn't want to miss that much of Byron's life by suddenly jumping twenty years ahead when he was just starting to become a more rounded person.
I won't belabor the plot, because so many other reviewers have covered it thoroughly, but I will say I enjoyed the new characters who were introduced, especially, Mevine, whose nervous insecurities were more endearing than annoying. I wanted to cheer him on and hug him. I liked the female protagonist, Athee, and the surprises she brought to the Cassans as they got to know about her and the Tgren people. Many reviewers really seemed to slam the author about not having any female characters in the first book, and this book isn't exactly overflowing with them, but I think he does a good job of explaining why Cassan women are not in the military field—and it only serves to make Athee's special abilities more significant to the Cassans.
I would have liked to know more about the Tgren, and would have enjoyed spending a little more time in their "neighborhood," as far as learning their customs and history. And I still don't feel I know as much about the Cassans as I'd like to, but I'm hoping to find out more as I read the third book, which will be happening as soon as I can manage the time.
This book had none of the editing issues of CassaStar, I'm happy to say. I'd actually contacted the publisher about the previous book's issues, and they were not only gracious in their response, but assured me that they'd gotten a different editor after that book to ensure there was not a repeat of those problems.
Looking forward to reading book three.
The writing is exemplary, the characters well developed, and the story absorbing with a non-stop pace. There can be nothing better on a gray rain filled Saturday afternoon than a great book.
Byron, the MC (main character), is a Cassan and former Cosbolt fighter pilot and Vindicarn War hero. Now, twenty years later, he transfers passengers/cargo via shuttle from an Explorer ship called the Rennather. He is emotionally distant, content to do his job and keep to himself. He struggles internally with demons that haunt him from the past.
A crew is sent on a mission, including Byron and Mevine, a young scientist who idolizes him, to the planet Tgren to investigate the remains of an alien space craft that was detected. They meet ace pilot, a Tgren named Athee. She is curious, confident, intriguing, and possesses skills that could be of great value to her people, her planet, and the Cassans.
While exploring the vessel in the cave, the equipment mysteriously activates and the threat of attack by an unknown enemy appears imminent. Byron, Mevine, and Athee must figure out a way to stop the attack on Tgren, before Athee's planet is lost.
I'll admit I wasn't too fond of Athee in the beginning; she struck me as a little too arrogant and full of herself, more like a spoiled rich kid. As the story moved along, I came to respect her for the strong woman she truly was, caring more for others than for herself. Mevine was a character I just wanted to take under my wing from the beginning. I don't want to give too much away, but I found myself wanting to scream, "You are so utterly amazing! Don't sell yourself short!".
Throughout the story, Byron evolved from the brooding, self-contained man in the beginning to a more open-hearted and loving person by story's end. I downloaded this book thinking it was the first in the Cassa series, but it's actually the second. It can definitely be read as a stand alone; I definitely plan on reading the first in the series CassaStar, so I can get a better understanding of why Byron became the way he did in this book (there are mentions, but I won't give them away-sorry folks).
I would definitely recommend you give this book a try if you would like to read a little something different.