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CassaStorm ✅ CassaStorm PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Alex J. Cavanaugh – From the Best Selling SeriesA storm gathers across the galaxyByron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate r From the Best Selling SeriesA storm gathers across the galaxyByron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies As a galaxy wide war encroaches upon the desert planet Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the CassansAfter enemy ships attack the desert planet Byron discovers another battle within his own family The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mindMeanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back As his world begins to crumble Byron suspects a connection The storm is about to break and Byron is caught in the middle.

About the Author: Alex J. Cavanaugh

I'm a science fiction writer on a journey of discoveryI have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and work in web design graphics and technical editing I'm also the guitarist in a Christian rock band A fan of all things science fiction my interests range from books and movies to music and games Online I'm the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group I'm the author of the.

10 thoughts on “CassaStorm

  1. Lynda Young Lynda Young says:

    45 starsSet 20 years after the events of CassaFire CassaStorm is aptly named with the story opening with war encroaching on Byron's peace Byron is now commanding the Cassan base on Tgen Cavanaugh's space operas are first and foremost about the characters and this gives his stories realism relatability and heart CassaStorm is no different despite the ambitious plot including war between ten races across the galaxyThe book is seen through three different points of view The first is of course Byron He's still the Bryon we remember from the previous books though slightly softened by age and experience He's exceptionally good at what he does a skilled pilot a valuable asset a loyal friend And this three book journey with him has been truly brilliantThe second point of view is Athee's Bryon's mate The relationship Byron has with her is a great one She's a strong woman which makes them true euals and I was pleased that unlike so many seuels their relationship remained strong over the years I also loved that Athee's inexperience in battle put me right in her seat on the Cosbolt heightening the tension making the read a fabulous experienceWhile Athee takes less of a role in this book a new character is introduced Byron's son the third point of view I'm always a bit wary of new characters but Bassan is wonderful He isn't a carbon copy of his father Instead he has his own mind and his own interests I was immediately drawn into the story through his eyes with his youthful enthusiasm Bassan makes a good foil against Byron's uiet stoicism Cavanaugh has created wonderfully moving moments of great poignancy the weariness and cost of battle the pull between duty and family and even the intimacy that comes with the sharing minds He portrays an amazing sensitivity and at the same time he's able to make me laugh from little captured moments that shine like gems CassaStorm could have been a dark story full of hardship and angst but instead it's a cleverly balanced story about hope and triumph The action seuences are pacey and kept my heart pumping and there's an unexpected surprise at the end A really satisfying read and a great conclusion to the seriesI was given an advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review

  2. Andrew Leon Andrew Leon says:

    The first and most obvious thing to be said about CassaStorm is that it's an obvious effort by the author Alex Cavanaugh to expand the universe he established in the previous two books We find out that Tgren does indeed have than one city on it and even get a peek at the other races only hinted at previously And the end provides an explanation for some of the things that haven't made the most sense in the series overall like the significantly low populations of the racesThere are ways the explanation creates uestions but that's okay Leaving uestions unanswered is not something I necessarily have a problem with'Storm also rounds out the relationship progression of the other two books 'Star deals with friendship 'Fire deals with romance and 'Storm deals with parenthood As with the other two books Byron has to figure out how it's supposed to work The only issue with this idea in 'Storm is how it contrasts to the other two books Both of the other books deal with Byron and initial meetings first with Bassa then with Athee and 'Storm in many ways follows that pattern The problem is that his son Bassan is already 10 and there are parts where it's like Byron has no idea of how to interact with his son in the same way as with someone you are just meetingThis is both a strength and a weakness in the book because in actuality Byron doesn't have any idea who his son is It's clear that he's one of those who father's from a distance and he is in fact learning who his son is The problem is that there don't seem to be any clearly established patterns in their relationship as is usually the case Neither the son nor the father ever seem like they know what to expect from the otherThere are a few interesting wrinkles in this book like the introduction of the Rogue which I didn't see coming That's a big positive for me because most books fall into established patterns making it difficult for me to find books that aren't fairly predictable Possibly the biggest issue I had with 'Fire is that I knew what was going to happen throughout the book; nothing was surprising However with 'Storm every time I thought I had what was going to happen figured out there would be some new wrinkle It made the book a worthwhile read just to figure out where he was going with the storyBasically if you read the previous two books and liked them you should definitely read this one I can't see how it could be a disappointment It's even possible that this book could be read as a stand alone because any background information needed is provided Sure the other two provide a bigger picture but I don't think they're necessaryLook this isn't deep or philosophical It's pretty straightforward space opera in a Star Trek kind of vein It deals as much with relationships as it does with space battles but that serves to strengthen the book in overall sense not weaken it Hmm Still if you want space battles CassaStar is probably the book for you if you haven't already read it Not that there aren't space battles in 'Storm but it's ultimately a different kind of story

  3. Charity Bradford Charity Bradford says:

    Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy He knows how to build on the conflict from the first two books in the series and raise the stakes even higher The stakes affect the entire known universe but Cavanaugh also makes it very personal Byron is still just as stubborn and private as ever but he's learned to let those he loves into his mind In this story he's got two lessons to learn and the last one's a doosey One of the things I appreciate about Cavanaugh's writing style is the fact you could read any one of the books in this series independently of the other and enjoy a good book However I can promise you that if you invest the time to read CassaStar and CassaFire first the emotional impact and payoff of CassaStorm will be much higher I can't say enough about the world building in this series The science is amazing for two reasons it's understandable and so ingrained in the world that you just accept and believe every bit of it The descriptions of the planets ships etc make it easy to ground yourself in the Cassan universe without that feeling of drifting untethered in zero G

  4. edifanob edifanob says:

    I have been lucky to get a review copy BEFORE the publishing dateThis is the than worthy end to the Cassa trilogy with an unexpectred revelation at the endMy review will be online on 17th of September 2013 which is the official publishing dateUPDATE 2015 09 02In my review I will answer the uestion if CassaStorM is the cream on the cherry on the cake or notAll of you who would like to read the extensive three parted description the present characters setting please follow THIS LINKAll of you who have second thoughts to read the third book in a trilogy without knowing the two previous books should drop their doubtsIt is possible to read CassaStorM without knowing CassaStaR and CassaFirEB U Tyou will definitely miss a lot regarding character development and you will miss entertaining hours with two excellent booksLeap in timeTwenty years after the events described in CassaFirE Byron is still on planet Tgren He is now the Commander of the Cassan Base Also his private life changed a lot Byron and his beloved wife Athee are the proud parents of ten years old BassanThe whole story is told from the point of views from these characters If you meet them for the first time you should know that they use an additional form of communication telepathyWheelsThere are two wheels set into motion The first one is the declaration of war between the ten known races of the galaxy whereas the Tegren try to be neutral at all cost The second one is the signal sent by the alien ship on Tgren in the same direction as twenty years ago People are afraid that the mysterious and powerful probe will return ThoughtsWelcome back Byron After twenty years you are still the character we know from CassaFirE You are still the honest stubborn undiplomatic trustworthy and loyal officer Even it seems that the time with your beloved wife Athee softened you little bit Your son Bassan is proud of you Did you spend enough time with him?No time to think about it because it comes thick and fast not only for Byron the linchpin of the trilogyThere are many many relationships within the story The I think about them the I discover I'm not sure if I discovered them all For me these relationships are like invisible elastics who keep the story togetherThere is the most obvious triangle Byron Athee and Bassan At first sight they are just a family A father a mother and a son But at the same time Byron and Athee are lovers parents working team mates example for the mix of races and Bassan is a half breed the son of the commander mother's darling and The events are mentally and physically exhausting for all three The war demands Byron's full concentration and rob the time he needs for his son and his wife Athee support Byron at work as liaison officer to calm down unreasonable politicians and at home as the anchor of the family And Bassan does what most young boys do Discover the world and touch things you should not touch As a half breed he has to cope challenges which should have disappeared in future The description of the impact of outer events on the inner events actions and emotions of the Byron family and vice versa is one of the highlights of CassaStorM And it gets really intense due to the use of telepathy which means you follow the thoughts and communcation of the characters directly A reader can't be nearer to a character as in such momentsThe story of young Bassan is a kind a coming of age story within the story But that does not mean it is separate it is uite the contrary The characters put a heavy stamp on the story Nevertheless the author delivers With the mystery of the alien ship transmission a strong plot driven element is added to the story At this point science plays an important role and readers of CassaFirE will meet again Mevine who is now the leading science officerBy interweaving character driven and plot driven elements raise to a new heightLet me assure you that there are characters which play important roles in the events described in CassaStorMA final book in a trilogy should deliver the answers to the open uestions from all books I promise you that you will not leave CassaStorM with unanswered uestionsThat leads me to one of the many highlights of the book The final revelationI admit that the final revelation has been a big surprise to me and is a than worthy end of the book and the trilogyCream or notNow the time has come to answer the uestion from the beginningYES for me CassaStorM is the cream on the cherry CassaFirE on the cake CassaStaR which I hoped to get the readers deserved to getCongratulations Alex J Cavanaugh You crossed the high like the Himalaya hurdle to deliver a worthy end of your trilogy and excelled yourself WHY?CassaStorM is the entertaining manifesto for trust tolerance respect solidarity and love beyond space and timeCassaStorM is a magnificent end of the Cassa trilogy fat free for the body but rich in mental calories for the brain CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerising space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mysteryCassaStorM is the incredible end of a most entertaining trilogy packed with action emotion politics science and mystery which does not leave you with unanswered uestionsTHREE UESTIONSEdi On October 14th 2010 I wrote Dear Alex J Cavanaugh I hope and wish all your effort will be crowned with success because I want to read novels written by you Three years later your third book is released today So my wish has come true Did you ever expect what happened within the past three years? Alex Not in my wildest dreams I really thought I only had that one book in me I didn’t even want to be an author let alone the author of a trilogy The past three years have been incredible though Two Best Sellers – whoa But than that have been the friends I’ve made over the years I never would’ve even started blogging had it not been for that first book And my publisher’s insistence that I get my butt online It’s all been worth it though Edi I remember that you wanted to write one book Today your third book is available which is the conclusion of the Cassa series Beyond all the joy and happiness there is one uestion running around my brain like car at the Daytona 500 Do you have stories to tell and do you want to tell stories? Alex That is a loaded uestion Do I have another story I could tell? Yes Will I write it? I don’t know Music has always been a part of my life and I strayed from it for so long – now that I am playing guitar and in a band it seems so natural It’s where I am supposed to be Is there room for writing? That I don’t know I hate to disappoint anyone but I can’t give a clear answer right now Edi I can't imagine how much time you spent for CassaStorM and the preparation for the blog tour and and and Do you still know how your wife looks like? I hope and wish you do something good for the both of you after the end of the blog tour The Ninja Army will understand when you take a few days off Alex My wife is beautiful – I will never forget what she looks like The blog tour runs into November and then yes we are taking a vacation She deserves that and There had been a lot of time spent in front of my computer working on the tour last minute revisions etc And I would like to thank you Edi You were one of those who encouraged me to continue this journey I wrote CassaFire and CassaStorm for you I’m glad you enjoyed the rideAlex I feel deeply touched by your words Instead of the thousand words circling in my brain I just say THANK YOU

  5. Bob/Sally Bob/Sally says:

    Alex J Cavanaugh's previous novels CassaStar and CassaFire have been compared to the militaristic sci fi novels of Heinlein and with good reason There is definitely a 'pulp' feel to his work in that it's straightforward in the telling a linear sort of adventure story that hasn't forgotten the wonder and the joy of imagining the futureThat same feeling is embraced in CassaStorm but as an avid genre fan of Alex's generation I think it's safe to say there are other influences at work as well In terms of story setting and spacecraft there's a flavor of the original Battlestar Galactica series here as well as something reminiscent of the Buck Rodgers television series with Gil Gerard In terms of people and themes I can definitely see the influence of Star Trek The Next Generation which I think is inescapable but if I'm not mistaken there's a little something of Alien Nation as well particularly in way Alex deals with racial conflictThat's not to say CassaStorm is at all derivative or overly familiar just that it feels as if there's a shared sense of sci fi fandom behind it a cultural awareness that fuels the wonder and connects the joy of the reader with that of the author And even if I'm completely wrong in pegging Alex's influences there's no denying that reading his work reminds me of enjoying those shows myselfOne thing Alex does really well is 'sell' the reader on his world building There's absolutely no doubt we're dealing with alien races on alien worlds possessed of alien technology and even a little bit of what some might call magic He doesn't oversell it or try to make things too alien but he also hasn't simply settled for slapping a new label on Earth or a shiny chrome veneer on humanity I bought into the Cassans the Tgrens and all the rest uite easily and was suitably wowed by the technology of the ancient alien shipAnother thing I enjoyed about the story is the father son dynamic between Byron and Bassan Having so much of your story hinge on an adolescent can be dangerous but the relationship with his father pulls it all together I understood the emotional distancing involved and appreciated the awkward ways in which Byron was forced to demonstrate his affections What's the final resolution of their tale is altogether rewarding without becoming overly sentimental or 'sweet'Probably my favorite aspect of the novel however is one that I'm reluctant to say too much about The idea of the all powerful probe and the half buried alien ship is fantastic and while the concept of races being seeded across the galaxy is hardly a new one I think Alex did an amazing job of exploring the possibilities and the conseuencesMy only complaint about the novel and it's something I only noticed in retrospect is that we don't often know what anybody or anything really looks like It may be a deliberate vagueness on the part of the author allowing readers to imagine their own details but it's definitely unusual in a genre which often bombards the reader with visuals to justify just how alien everything isAll in all an enjoyable fast paced read that not only delivered on the final climax but also managed to pleasantly surprise me If you're a fan of even one of the influenced I mentioned then give CassaStorm a read Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

  6. Nancy Thompson Nancy Thompson says:

    Alex J Cavanaugh’s third installment in the Cassa series soars to new and greater heights but while it is set in space the theme is both universal and intimate that coexistence is essential for survival Since I don’t often foray into space opera it’s hard for me to say how this story compares to others within the genre What I can say having read Cavanaugh’s other novels is that the genre doesn’t really matter It’s the story that counts and just like the author’s other works CassaStorm is packed with the heart and soul any reader of any age would undoubtedly enjoy True they may be of an alien variety but this novel strikes on one of the most basic principles of life no matter the species—tolerance—that the synchronization of races of life experience and civil doctrine creates a understanding harmonious and peaceful society one less inclined to teach hatred or suborn suspicion And that’s pretty much the message CassaStorm impartsAs the ten races of Byron’s world battle it out among themselves for territory and dominance they all simultaneously come under threat from a single source the alien race they believe seeded each of their worlds a thousand years ago And when it’s determined that they will all either die as separate warring foes or live as a peaceful reunited people Byron must find a way to demonstrate a shared heritage in order to show that peace is possible among these vastly different races But when Byron’s young son Bassan is revealed to be the sole source of possible unification Byron has to choose between the safety of his child and the survival of everyone else even his sworn enemy Even with all the action and politics that drive the plot there’s way to CassaStorm than this battle between power and trust It’s eually character driven as it tells of the deep familial relationship between Byron and his mate Athee as they struggle to raise Bassan while living up to their individual duties hers to her native planet of Tgren and Byron’s as Commander of the Cassan base there And it delves into the complex bond between a rigid father who was raised without a family to guide him and his son who wants nothing than to have his stern father be proud of him But as complex as these three relationships are it’s Bassan’s inner struggle with his own mixed Cassan Tgren heritage that fuses the two parts of CassaStorm together into one cohesive mesmerizing story of survival personal sacrifice tolerance and compassion It’s a rare jewel that successfully utilizes both character and plot to tell a story of such immense scope and intimate passion—for peace happiness solidarity and empathy Well done Mr Cavanaugh Well done

  7. Natalie Aguirre Natalie Aguirre says:

    I’ll be honest I was nervous picking up CASSASTORM to read because I haven’t read an adult book in almost ten years and was worried I don’t like them any And I wasn’t sure I would understand enough of the story since I haven’t read the first two books I’m happy to say that I was totally engrossed in the story within the first few pages Alex did a great job bringing the reader up to speed on what’s been happening And I loved that the story was told from the points of view of Byron the main character his wife Athee and his ten year old son Bassan Being a children’s writer and reader I especially loved the parts written from Bassan’s POV This was a fast paced story with high stakes and danger It was fascinating learning about the planet Byron and his family live on and then seeing of the universe Alex created This was a book I couldn’t put down Even if you haven’t read the rest of the series I think you’d enjoy reading this

  8. Louise Louise says:

    I stayed up very late a couple of nights ago because I had to finish Cassastorm before I went to sleep Cassastorm is the third book in a science fiction series written by Alex J Cavanaugh I have read the entire series and I have enjoyed each book Cassastorm wrapped up the series well but I hope that Alex writes books about the characters I have come to know and loveWhen I read Alex’s first book Cassastar I dove in expecting a shoot 'em up space opera To my surprise the book was primarily about the friendship between young troubled and rebellious Byron and his demanding fighter pilot instructor Bassa The relationship develops against a background of impending war and then war itself between the Cassans and the Vindicarns And yes there were plenty of compelling space battlesThe second book Cassafire places Bryon on the distant planet of Tgren as scientists excavate alien ruins and try to decipher the language found on alien artifactsAgain relationships are paramount as talented Tgren pilot Athee and keen young linguist Mevine upend Byron’s private life And yes there are many awesome sky and space battles among enemies in a race to stop an alien probe that could destroy TgrenThe third book Cassastorm finds Byron in command of the critical Cassan base on Tgren Athee is Bryon’s mate and they have a Cassan Tgren son Bassan who struggles with his half breed status while living among pure Cassans and Tgrens Mevine is back mated and the father of Bassan’s friend Drent And oh what trouble these two curious boys precipitate on a school field trip to the excavated alien ruins on TgrenSome forty years after Byron trained as a fighter pilot on Cassa’s moon base Guaard war has spread across the galaxy among all ten known races The alien probe that threatened Tgren in Cassastorm has returned and is striking home planet after home planet of the ten warring races If Byron Athee Mevine and others cannot bring about galactic peace and stop the alien probe the races face decimation if not extinctionAt the same time that Byron is trying to stop the galactic war he and Athee face a personal crisis Their young son Bassan begins to suffer terrible nightmares when his parents return to active battle in space Basson’s nightmares worsen as Byron coordinates an emergency evacuation plan to save some Tgrens if the alien probe attacks their planet To the dismay of Byron and Athee they realize that Bassan must play a dangerous and crucial role if the Tgren and the other races are to survive I won’t say about the plot but what happens in Cassastorm is a fast fun and emotionally satisfying readCassastorm and the other Cassa books are not weighty science fiction novels with complicated plots and numerous subplots Nor are they burdened with difficult science and technology The novels do have compelling characters that change and grow from one book to the next One of the pleasures of reading the series is seeing just how the characters mature and handle increasingly desperate challenges In all three books there is an immediacy about the space battles that I enjoyed Alex's fast paced and tight writing in these scenes made me feel like I was in the Cosbolt cockpit and one with the navigator and the ship In Cassastorm the author tackles the difficult themes of race prejudice and being different through the eyes of a small boy It is a gritty and poignant exploration of these issues that adds emotional weight and truth to the storyCassastorm is Alex's third novel and it’s fascinating to watch his development as a writer From book to book Alex builds his galaxy and deepens its history I was pleased to see how he pulled everything together in the last book and tied up the loose ends Alex’s writing style matures throughout the series as he finds his writing voice and gains confidence in his story tellingScience fiction is a genre that a lot of people avoid In some sci fi books the technology the science and the world building overshadow the story and its characters and this can turn readers away from the genre Alex did not make this mistake Cassastorm is character driven as are Cassastar and Cassafire The series is one that appeals both to readers who don't normally tackle science fiction and to avid sci fi fans like meI enjoyed the series as an adult reader but as a teacher I would not hesitate to use these books in upper elementary or middle school It is hard to find science fiction novels that appeal to boys and girls; stories that are good pose interesting uestions and are appropriate in language and content Alex’s books speak to overcoming adversity loneliness and conflict They illustrate what friendship means and how to build it They show how a person can manage fear and face danger with courage In short they are inspiring and memorableAlex Cavanaugh’s fourth book Dragon of the Stars has a release date of April 7 2015 I’ll definitely be buying it that day Check out Alex’s books They are well worth reading

  9. Jean Jean says:

    CassaStorM is everything which a reader could ask for in a science fiction action adventure and To portray humanity in all its grandness and in all its frailty is a very difficult task To accomplish this on such a vast a scale is very rare Although I have not read the first two parts of this trilogy I have become intrigued and involved enough to return to the past two stories of this seriesIncorporating and featuring believeable and uniue previously unheard of civilizations and races which in our world don't truly exist takes a master authorThe author must have a comprehensive understanding of what drives the nature of his characters whether they are human or not in order for the readers to follow along and and care enough to love the plot It is something many authors do not seen able to attempt in science fiction Somehow many remove themselves from what is most important in reality preferring instead to create simple imaginary worlds These worlds are often far limiting even as they attempt to enlarge the reader's vision Maybe it is just me but it seems that at times the weakness of the science fiction category can be frustrating for the reader The audience is ultimately unable to careThis is NOT the case with CassaStorMI am a major Heinlein fan although I have not read his work since I was a lot younger However I found his ideas to be enthralling consistently I remember and love everything about why he is considered one of the big three His ability to absorb the reader in the human style aspect as well as the superhuman or otherworldly was to me a major part of what touched me about his writingI am happy that I spent time reading Heinlein It was worthwhile His scope was astounding to meI am happy to report that it is grand and gratifying to have spent my time reading CassaStorM by Alex J CavanaughIt is noteworthy that this fine author has often been compared to Heinlein which is why I brought that great man upWhat you find when you read CassaStorM is that it possesses a strong and gripping style always driving forward But that is not allIn fact for this reviewer even notable that that is the touching and moving sensibility emanating from this storyThe lifeforce infused in the major characters is just completly compellingThis tale is basically a story of the struggle of a family pulled and wrenched in many ways by the frantic circumstances which are thrown in their path They alone have the key to saving the universe from destruction It is at once terrifying and upliftingIt is a space story at its best Through the fascinating plot we are poised at a point which is critical to the safety of the galaxy It is a great study of bravery and loveThe reader primarily sees all through the eyes of Byron who is Commander of the Cassan base on Tgren At this point he is striving to keep the peace between nations and confront the threat of destruction which looms ever nearer His wife and soul mate Athee is from the Tgren race Their young son is therefore considered a half breed The reader eventually finds that this child and this family will be tossed this way and that depending upon the powers of the young child and what is reuired of him Fortitudedetermination strength of will and most of all love will all play a part in whether this family can together save civilization from ancient and mystifying destructive forces which are threatening all of the inhabitants of the galaxy To have the main burden of this fall upon the shoulders of Byron and Athee's son Bassan makes for a very taut dramatic situation It is impossible to turn away from this and put this book down The excitement builds as the depiction of the relationships offer even tension to the plotWhat is the most gratifying part of this book CassaStorM? Is it the action? Is it the characters so honestly and excellently delineated? Is it the ending which is totally cool?Let's just say this If you love space odysseys and you grok telepathic powers as well as enjoying tons of exciting action and great heroics and even love some cool humor as you grow to know and respect the characters CassaStorM by the wonderful author Alex J Cavanaugh has everything you could want and I hope the author offers another awesome book like this soon His fans awaitHighly recommended for all action adventure lovers who like nothing but the best

  10. Tony Laplume Tony Laplume says:

    Seems to me almost like a combination between Prometheus and Ender's Game insofar as the character who's most interesting is a little boy who ends up helping to solve a civilization's greatest mysteries about its originsThis is the third of Alex Cavanaugh's Byron trilogy begun with CassaStar featuring the lead character as he enters military service and continued with CassaFire in which Byron meets his future bride and ushers the true start of this particular installment I haven't read the previous two volumes but it's easy enough to figure out what's going on in CassaStorm so that this shouldn't be much of a problem for anyone else eitherCavanaugh favors a fairly simple approach in his writing matched by the fairly simple rules of his sci fi universe Science doesn't seem to have progressed on any of the worlds it features insofar as basic concepts like DNA profiling don't seem to exist With conflicts between these races a given that's never really explained I guess that helps when the real problem of a mysterious probe that looks to wipe out all life because of all the warfare makes sense than it otherwise wouldThe heart and most intriguing element of the story as I said revolves around Bassan Byron's young son who feels intimidated by the legacy of his famous father It should be noted that Byron remains intimidating to the reader as well always to the point and soft only when thinking tenderly about by wife or son not very romantic a hero by traditional standards nor portrait of an aged veteran although he freuently reflects on former colleagues who have moved on with their lives Byron has a savior complex that is never uite corrected His freuent condescending attitudes can sometimes seem justified other times hard to support Bassan is a half breed the product of Byron and the wife he took in the last book from another species This is his other great struggle because he doesn't fit in with his classmates other than his likewise half breed friend He derives his greatest pleasure from visiting an ancient ship the luckless scientists of this universe can't figure out another leftover from the last book until similar ships are discovered on the other worlds as well coming to life after Bassan accidentally activates them It's a lot like biblical wrath these progenitors looking to undo what they'd done in seeding these worlds long ago and so once I figured that out I took a little interest in the story Bassan eventually falls in with a fellow half breed who represents an entirely unknown collective of such individuals If that had come about a little sooner maybe I would have enjoyed the book a little Instead for much of the story Byron engages in regular and fairly random battle seuences gets tired and really wants sleep is interrupted is irritable doesn't have patience for anyone including his own son though he does to a point and a medley of politicians who mostly get in the way Bassan in an alternate version could very well have been the Ender of this story and thus the true star of the whole saga is instead relegated to fretting for much of the events even though he plays a huge part in how it all plays outStill I'm sure young readers of sci fi adventures will enjoy all this especially with Bassan as the occasional hook Older readers will have a bit of fun watching all of it play out though its lack of general refinement will hinder a greater appreciation It's not bad material and Cavanaugh clearly has a sense of making sci fi seem a little human scaled than it can sometimes seem It's both and not uite what similar material has accomplished numerous times already If you're still looking for the Prometheus alternative this will probably be it

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