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Breakaway (Cassandra Kresnov Series #2)

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    lovely series, hate to start book 3 because it's the last one!

    I don't know what it would take for me to give this book, or this series, 5 stars - I can't remember when I've given a science-fiction novel 5/5 stars! I have no problem giving it a solid 4-stars - for me, a 56-year old software engineer/entrepreneur and long-time sci-fi fan, it works extremely well. Some of that is just personal taste, but I think these are also unusually well balanced - the parts all work together to make something very nice. Hey, first, the overt story here is: female super-combat android with cheerful young soul defects to other side, tries to retire in utopian(-ish) megalopolis... doesn't work out, trouble finds her, saves Madam President, joins SWAT, makes friends, trouble finds her... Imagine Pepper Potts (from the movies) with a body (re)engineered by Tony Stark and a libido permanently dialed to '11'.

    There's a complicated universe with lots of details and history. Relatively restrained speculative science & engineering, nothing that makes me gag (unlike 99% of TV and Hollywood sci-fi.) The action sequences play in my head at least as well as anything I've seen in a movie. The personalities are admirably varied and give "the illusion of depth." The friendships are mainly seen through banter; There's nearly always a sexual undercurrent and the dialog doesn't always ring perfectly, but I think they are quite lovingly crafted, which puts them a cut above most sci-fi. I actually enjoy the relatively heavy dose of politics: It's no more than you get in the Honor Harrington novels, but I've been on the edges of real politics, and I find Shepherd much more convincing in this area than Weber, whose politicians all seem like caricatures. The issue of whether 'Cassie' is human or not is never far away; Shepherd slyly contrasts the endless political uproar over her with the friendship and loyalty she is offered by those she works with.

    Urban planning and military cyborg action: Who would guess that you could hang a novel on those two pillars? And get synergy? I love it. But then, architecture and urban planning (e.g. Christopher Alexander) are personal interests. And so is AI - I work some in the area where cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence intersect, and I find Shepherd's insight in this area extraordinary. When Shepherd writes about engineering aspects of Cassandra's mind, it's eerie to have him describe specific details in *exactly* the way I'd expect them to work out - in 20 or 40 years.

    This is not a stand-alone book; the Cassandra Kresnov trilogy feels to me very much like a big 3-part novel. As the middle book this one works very well. I'm saving the 3rd book for a special occasion...

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    Sleeper trilogy alert!

    Until I picked up the first of this trilogy, I had never heard of Joel Shepherd. I bought the first, and struggled through the first 100 pages, stuck with it for another 100 or so and then put it down, convinced that this was the beginning of a wonderful relationship. I jumped in the car and drove back to the bookstore to buy the next two books. I read them as well, and totally enjoyed the experience. The author handles plot, extreme action sequences, character development and pacing deftly, jumping into the life of Sandy Kresnov and making you think about how she deserves to be treated, even though her origin isn't human. What is man? What is proper and correct action? What is the basis of ethical behavior? Will Sandy survive, learn to be a real person, find love? Will she kick ass on all and sundry idiots and bad guys? Buy it and find out!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A one sitting reading experience.

    Cassandra ¿Sandy¿ Kresnov is a G.I., a synthetic as opposed to organic person created in the League¿s laboratories. She has intelligence and morality and she defected from the League to the Federation because she felt that she would be treated as a person on the planet Callay. After saving the president from an assassin, she has been awarded citizenship, which angers some politicians and people who see her as the killer that was part of the League¿s army.-------------------------- Sandy works black ops for the CSA but is technically attached to a swat team under the auspices of her best friend Vanessa. Trouble is brewing on Callay as article 42, a provision to be voted on to succeed from the Federation, is up for referendum. If approved, the heads of corporations believe this will allow them to use biotech, the science that created Sandy. The SIB harasses Sandy causing her to lose her job and citizenship because they believe she is a killing machine. Still Sandy does her best to do her job even as the upcoming vote on article 42 leaves her in a void status while even something more radical is percolating.------------------ It is ironic that the heroine feels more at home in the Federation where the science that created her is outlawed. Readers who have read CROSSOVER, the first CASSANDRA Kresnov novel will find BREAKAWAY is just as good. The tale contains great characterizations especially the heroine, a cultural look at an advanced civilization, and plenty of political intrigue. All this contributes to make Breakaway a one sitting reading experience. ----------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 16, 2013

    Good Story

    The second novel in the Cassandddra Kresnov series continues the action and character development.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Great Book

    There's some great stuff going on here, and more than just the characters. Some good thinking. Great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2010

    Good book, but not for 10 dollars

    I book this series last year in soft cover when I was on vacation, and I liked the story, so I thought I would pick it up in the nook format, imagine my suprise to find the ebook at a 10 price.

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