CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Title: CassaStar

Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: October 19, 2011
Source: From Publisher For Review.
Overall: 5/5
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?

 My Review:
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!

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.**

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