Today’s the big day. In case you’ve not been around the internet in a while, Alex J Cavanaugh’s sequel to the mega popular CassaStar, entitled CassaFire, comes out today.
Make sure you journal your activities today, as I’m sure you’ll be telling your grandchildren, or great grandchildren, one day about what you were doing the day this came out. His publisher has made a huge swag haul that you can win just by commenting on his blog during his mad blog tour. Just go to his blog and comment during anytime between today and March 9 and you're entered! It's too easy. Click----> Here<----
When we last left Byron, he was heading out into the vastness of space to just see what was out there. Well, 20 years into his new job, he’s kinda bored. Turns out space is mostly empty, and exploring the cosmos generally means there is a lot of empty to look at. But whispers of something truly alien on a remote planet on the frontiers of explored space send Byron's ship off to investigate. What they find there could destroy the galaxy.
I got to read a pretty early draft of this novel sometime last year, to say I was impressed is an understatement. It was publishable way back then when he was still hammering out the details. That Alex kept going back to the manuscript that he had to look for ways to improve, to tweak, to make stronger only speaks to his dedication to make this the best product he could.
I tip my hat to him. He's worked very hard. I haven’t read the finished product yet, but I’ll be purchasing my copy today and will start reading soon thereafter. What I read of his earlier drafts takes all the best elements of the first novel, and expands on them in the second.
See the real blurb below:
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
CassaStar was just the beginning…
The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities.
To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
Science fiction - space opera/adventure
Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5, $15.95, 6x9 Trade paperback, 240 pages
EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9, $4.99, available in all formats
CassaFire is the sequel to Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar, an Amazon Top Ten Best Seller:
“…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
You can visit the author’s site at http://alexjcavanaugh.
Book trailer available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?