Mar 23, 2011


CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…

Few options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.

Much to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa eventually sees through Byron's tough exterior and insolence. When a secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to help Byron achieve his full potential.

As war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit?

I was very excited when this book finally arrived. I ordered the paperback from Amazon and there was some strange shipping snafu. I got the usual 'your order shipped' email. Then a day later, I got a weird one that said, 'we f***d up, nevermind.' ??? I wasn't sure what that meant, but the book did arrive about a week later.

CassaStar follows a young man's journey through the rigorous military training of flying a Cosbolt. Byron is closed off and has an attitude. Fitting for the profession he's shown a talent for. Reminiscent of Ender's Game by Orscon Scott Card.

This is a very character-driven story of Byron and his instructor Bassa who later becomes Byron's partner. I found their relationship very touching. I wouldn't have been as patient as Bassa and would have slapped Byron in the head a couple of times. lol

I came to know Byron and Bassa so well, their story made me cry. Wringing a high level of emotion out of the reader takes great talent. I will have to read CassaStar again and study how Alex achieves this deep well of emotional connection.

A classic coming of age tale, there is plenty of action. Lots of battles to make you cringe and cheer. CassaStar was an excellent read. A good, solid space opera. I look forward to the sequels Alex is working on.

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Alex J. Cavanaugh blogs at Alex J. Cavanaugh

A round of applause for Alex. Yip, yip!