Hey everyone! Hope you’re all having a wonderful day today. Remember way back (early 2013) 😀 when I first started blogging , I said I was going to expand my horizons by reading all genres of fiction? Well, I’m keeping true to my word! Today I’ll be reviewing CassaFire, a space opera by Alex J. Cavanaugh. I’ve never read a space opera before, so I wasn’t sure what I’d be getting when I downloaded it – ‘All my Children’, sci-fi style, maybe? Ha, Ha. Get it? Space Opera = Soap Opera?. . . Whatever, *rolling my eyes because nobody gets my joke.*
My Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5 hearts
Anyway, I was impressed. Mr. Cavanaugh’s writing is impeccable, his characters fleshed out nicely, and the storyline moves along well. I noticed no typographical or grammatical errors in the text.
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.
ABOUT 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. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He is the author of the Amazon bestsellers, CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.