Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CassaFire -- Book Review

Alex J. Cavanaugh's long awaited sequel is out today. CassaFire.

I wish I had a son, or a nephew, so I could give him this book to read. I mean it's wonderful for every age group, but I know boys will like it. The plot is great, science fiction and things that go BOOM, friendships that are made, and broken ones that are healed, integrity, and hard work, and hey, there's even a little romance, so it was right up my alley.

Byron is the main character (again -- it is a sequal after all) and he's been sent to do menial labor, flying scientists to and from the exploration ship to the planet of Tgren. All is not what it appears to be, and when he finds one of the new Tgren pilots he has to train is not only a woman, but has mind reading capabilities, well, that just spins Byron out of his rigid and lonely existance.

When something goes awry in one of the caves on the planet (I'm not giving spoilers, you'll just have to read it yourself) Byron finds he must make some hard choices he never wanted to make, and one involves just what exactly makes a friendship.

Cavanaugh's writing is crisp and clear. You know where you are and what is going on at all times. Because it is science fiction, I had a little trouble keeping up with the names of the characters (I mean, they're not Mike, or Joe, or John) but, after awhile, I figured out who everyone was. The tension level is quietly kept at medium high, not only with the main plot, but also between Byron and Athee (the woman pilot), which pulled me along to the end. And the ending was soooo satisfying, I even ended up crying. Well, maybe because I'm a romance writer and I like a happily-ever-after.

If you're looking for something fun and light, this is the book to read. It's not a bang'em up-shoot'em up, with blood and guts but  a good sturdy story, capable of keeping even the most discernable reader entertained.

13 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Yeah Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Anne, thank you so much! Gosh, I didn't mean to make you cry. I know that's a good thing, but I don't like to make women cry.
Thank you again for helping me make this story the best it could be!

Susan Fields said...

Hooray for Alex - what an exciting day! And thanks for your review!

Matthew MacNish said...

Great review. Thanks, Anne!

DL Hammons said...

Uh-oh...there were tears! Way to go Alex!! :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Nice, tight review that doesn't give away the whole story.

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Linda G. said...

Sounds like a fantastic read -- best of luck with Cassa Fire, Alex! It looks like a hit to me. :)

Sarah Ahiers said...

Yay! I'm looking forward to when i get to read my copy

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Hoorah for Alex. And I agree, boys will love this.

Sarah Pearson said...

A review that gives me just enough to want to read it. Thanks Anne :-)

D.G. Hudson said...

Enjoyed the review, Anne. I've ordered the book, so I'm glad you didn't reveal any spoilers.

Donna Hole said...

Great review Anne.

......dhole