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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 ...

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Overview

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?

“…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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Publishers Weekly
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. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Marked as a hothead and a troublemaker, Cosbolt fighter pilot in training Byron catches the eye of the planet Cassa's most experienced teacher, Senior Officer Bassa. He decides to test the young pilot's skills to the limit—and discovers Byron's unique and powerful mental abilities in the process. With a war in space rapidly developing, Cassa needs its strongest pilots and navigators to undertake vital and extremely dangerous missions against the enemy. Cavanaugh's first novel 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. VERDICT Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981621067
  • Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Currently the author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
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  • Posted October 24, 2010

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    Hang on, it's a heck of a ride!

    I read this in one afternoon-because I couldn't put it down. By the time I was finished with it, I was tense, wrung out, exhausted, and emotionally drained. It was that darned good! A tightly told tale of battle and sacrifice, friendship and loss, abandonment and family-science fiction with a very human element. The main character's name is Byron and he needs very much to prove himself, to find affirmation in a world that only sees him as a troublemaker. His solution is to become a Cosbolt fighter pilot. Will Trindel, his only friend, stand by his side? And will he survive the harsh demands of is most senior officer and instructor, Bassa? Those issues, among others, are critical in connection to the overwhelming threat of the menacing Vindicarns, an alien race with far superior technology. Cavanaugh has woven together a space adventure that combines sci-fi action and adventure with very real human elements and creates characters and situations that will cause readers to become quickly invested and determined to see the tale through to the end. And they will be richer for it. Not your ordinary sci-fi read.....very highly recommended!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    CassaStar is a sci-fi novel with character development you might

    CassaStar is a sci-fi novel with character development you might not expect. Cavanaugh does an excellent job of balancing the action with each character's growth. I enjoyed getting back to this genre. I couldn't have chosen a better book to give me a taste of the politics and battle in outer space. I liked the honest portrayal of the character of Byron. A very flawed and angry young man, Byron learns to trust, depend, and love his friend Bassa. To be honest, it took me a little while to even like Byron. I think that the change in my feelings toward the unlikable Byron occurred along with his relationship growth with Bassa. That's how it should be in a book. I'd recommend this to any sci-fi fan.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Great sci-fi action

    This is a classic science-fiction tale of a talented young pilot determined to be the best. Byron is stubborn and rebellious, but an older officer Bassa sees through that tough exterior and offers to help him. Alex J. Cavanaugh's writing is sharp and fast-paced. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat with intense drama and gripping action. What impressed me most is how wonderfully vivid the fight scenes are. They come to life on the movie screen of my mind.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    Moonlight Gleam's Bookshelf (Review): CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Far away in a distant galaxy, one can find a planet known as Cassa. Human like Cassans inhabit this planet, and among them there is a man named Byron. Byron is determined to become a fighter pilot, a Cosbolt, more than anything. His wish is granted by a man named Bassa, a former fighter ship navigator and now lead instructor in the training facility on the dark moon Guaard where Cosbolts teleport from. Byron soon embarks on a mission to end the oncoming war between the Cassans and an alien race, Vindicarns. Byron is not alone on this very important mission, he travels alongside Trindel, his navigator for the voyage. Will they all be able to successfully carry out this mission?

    CassaStar is Alex J. Cavanaugh’s debut novel and first installment in this awesome science fiction series. This story is written in alternating point of views between the main characters Bassa, Byron, and Trindel.

    My favorite element of CassaStar is the world building Alex J. Cavanaugh created for his readers. I would have definitely loved this story to include more details about this galaxy; however, Alex delivered brilliantly with a straight forward and action-packed storyline, with the addition of realistic and likable characters.

    I really enjoyed both Byron and Bassa’s friendship. Bassa plays the role of his mentor, and through patience and determination he helps Byron achieve his dream. Byron begins with a bad attitude due to the lost of his former navigator then becomes an admirable character by the end. Trindel is sort of the character that you find more on the sidelines since the novel’s main focus is on Byron and Bassa; however, Trindel also plays an important role and his character should not be underestimated. There is definitely a lot of emotion throughout the novel in addition to all the action presented to Alex’s readers.

    This is a wonderful debut that I truly recommend for all Science Fiction lovers. Look out for my review of Alex J. Cavanaugh’s upcoming release and next installment of this awesome series, CassaFire!

    Must Read! Highly Recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    To CassaStar and Beyond

    I don’t read much science fiction. I read memoir, romance, commercial women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, suspense, the list could go on, but, well, not much sci/fi. Not my thing, whatever a “thing” is. But I really liked CassaStar.

    Cavanaugh creates a fully developed world with believable characters. You take our world and plop it down in the midst of a war where fighter pilots and their navigators go up against the baddest Star Trek soldiers and you got CassaStar. But it’s not all fighting. Bryon, the main character, is dealing with the loss of his former navigator and not particularly happy about having to work with someone new at a new station. But war is war and he’s one of the best pilots and one of only a very few Cosbolt pilots who can teleport.

    Of course, CassaStar is not all war and fighting. There are down times where we get to see the world outside of the war. And there, too, Cavanaugh creates believable, although other-worldly, scenes.

    I give CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh a rating of Hel-of-a-Story

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Terrible

    I hated this book and especially the main character. Byron is a punk who is all about himself and his terrible life, which has by no means been terrible or abused. He is entirely egocentric and should have been failed in pilot training because of his terrible attitude. Instead, good people cater to his overweening ego in a way that would never happen in real life.

    Some people have complimented the "world-building" in this book. I can only assume they don"t understand the meaning of the phrase. This is the most generic, unfleshed ouu space "world" I have ever been subjected to. All you learn about here is the "world" of Byron's enormous solipcism.

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