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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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981621066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981621067
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,650,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In today's action oriented, fast paced world of sci-fi novel reading, CassaStar, the debut novel by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, is refreshingly unique. It starts off with the high action demanded by modern readers, but the extreme action is also meant to introduce the setting and culture. After the initial adrenalin rush, it slows down for back-story on the two main characters Bassa and Byron; but if you're a reader who doesn't judge a book by its opening, then you'll arrive at a novel with all the character, world building, and action that will keep you turning pages long after you would normally take a break.

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.
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I had to give this novel only a 3 star review. While the concepts interested me, the writing skills suffer from what I call the "Flaming Sword of Fire" problem.

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
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I just want to add my voice to giving applause to a story very well done. Previous reviews have noticed all the positives I noticed while reading the book. I won't repeat them here.

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.
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It's rare to find action books that create immediate empathy for the characters, but Cassa Star did. I connected with the young, gifted pilot, Byron, whose past kept him from establishing friendships with others. I enjoyed reading how his isolation gradually ebbed and how his relationship with Bassa, his navigator, lead him know his self-worth. The character of Bassa is also well crafted and I admired how he chose to mentor the maverick, Byron. It was a nice plot twist to learn Bassa's own story about why he chose to stick with this headstrong, detached young man.

In some recent sci-fi I've become lost in the technical aspects, but in Cassa Star the technology and the futuristic concepts of mental contact were clear and integral to the story. That was a major plus for me.

The super charged battle scenes were exciting and visual. The author did a fantastic job of making those future-time fighters and space ships very real. I was particularly pleased that the stakes for each battle increased, so what could have been repetitive became more and more tense.

I'd say that the one issue I had was some phrasing that took me out of the story momentarily. The over use of ", though" and the attributes that called attention to themselves. Outside of that I enjoyed this story and had to read to the end to find out what happened.
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Here is my review of Alex J Cavanaugh's debut novel "CassaStar." Now, the first thing that I'm going to say is that I was very, very critical of this book. I have known Alex ever since I started blogging, so reading his book I was naturally very knit picky. The good news? Well, that has mainly to do with the fact that it's an early review copy, and thus they are things that will be fixed in the final version, such as grammatical errors, and some syntax issues. Other than that, well...

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.
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