Hey bloggers! I’m trying to play a bit of catch up with my reviews, so today I’ll be reviewing CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Since I’m working the A-Z Challenge, there will be a few reviews set up in my queue through April. It’s a busy month for sure! Expect a couple more book reviews to pop up over the course of the month. 🙂
Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Genre: Space Opera
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5/5.0
I’m glad I was able to read all three books in the series. I enjoyed them immensely. If Mr. Cavanaugh’s books are indicative of the Space Opera genre, I’ll definitely be reading more of them.
Forty years earlier, Byron helped end the Vindicarn War and became a hero in the process. But it wasn’t without sacrifice and great personal loss. Twenty years after, he finds new friendship, a loving mate, and gets back in the pilot’s seat to prevent a catastrophe from eliminating the planet Tgren. I just summed up the first two books in two sentences.
Now Byron is twenty years older, married, and has a young, mixed-raced (half-Cassan/half-Tgren) son named Bassan. He no longer flies an explorer ship, and his days as a fighter pilot are over. As Commander of a Cassan base on Tgren, all he has to worry about are occasional stray attacks and appeasing the egos of the Tgren prefects and bureaucrats. Or so he thinks…
Bassan doesn’t have many friends because of his ‘half-breed’ status, so he is bullied often. Drent is his closest friend and mixed race, too. He is the son of Senior Science Officer Mevine, Byron’s close friend. Bassan doesn’t have an interest in flying like his parents do. He’s more interested in the scientific and technological aspect of things. He is excited beyond belief when his class takes a field trip to the alien ship where Officer Mevine works.
Parents can tell kids ‘Look, but don’t touch’, as much as they like, but…I guess they don’t listen in space either. Soon after the trip, Bassan starts having terrorizing nightmares; the alien ship on Tgren starts sending signals from a once dormant console. Soon the other planets in the system begin uncovering alien ships on their own planets too.
The uncomfortable truce between the Cassans and Vindicarn is gone and there is fighting again as other planets ally: some with the Cassans and some with the Vindicarns. It’s only a matter of time before an all out war galactic war takes place and it must be stopped. Byron figures out that Bassan is somehow connected to what is happening. I can’t say much more without giving away spoilers, but the ending DID NOT disappoint!
As always, Mr. Cavanaugh fleshed out his characters well and I was impressed with Bassan and how he handled his ‘growing pains’. I didn’t notice any grammatical or spelling errors in this final book of the trilogy.
What bothered me a little: Byron, Byron. I love him. I do. He’s come a long way since the first book; he still some issues he needs to work on. It may just be me, but I hoped personal connections would have been easier for him by now, particularly with Bassan. It was good watching their relationship evolve through the book, but having a closer relationship earlier would have been nice.
Overall, I highly recommend this book. It can been read as a stand alone, but if you truly want to know who Byron is as a person, I would suggest starting from Book 1.
FINAL RATING: Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥/♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4.5/5.0
About the author:
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. 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’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.