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From the Amazon best-selling author - 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 ...more
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Published February 28th 2012 by Dancing Lemur Press (first published February 6th 2012)
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Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I had a serious issue with this book that somewhat ruined it for me (see below), and that was probably exacerbated by what was going on in the news at the time I listened to it.

I did really like the parts regarding Byron's friendship with the young scientist Mevine. I would rather have read a book that focused more on that, the situation with the local population, and what the scientists were doing.

My main problems were with the central romance - which I couldn't connect with (and therefore wasn
Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read with well drawn leads that takes a while to suck you in but ultimately rises above its faults to provide a compelling and enjoyable read. I have not read book 1 in this series. So let me say some of my quibbles with it may well not be shared by those who have.

The action was well written and Cavanaugh uses some invented SFnal ideas here, including mental powers for two races, one limited to men, the other expanded by the entry of women. The developing relationship between the hu
Jeremy Bates
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've been meaning to get to this book for a while, but I haven't had much time to read lately. I zipped through it in a couple sittings! I don't often read science fiction, but a lot of people I know have been recommending this book, and I'm glad I gave it a go.

It's actually the second in a series, the first being CassaStar. This one picks up twenty years later. There's a lot of suspense, action, and some romance. Also of note, there is well-paced humor here and there which I always enjoy in a n
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, 2011-reads
Before you ask why I own a copy of a book which will be published next year let me tell you that I received a review copy.

Finally I gave five stars. My full review will be up in calendar week 51.
hen I will explain my rating in detail.

For me CassaFirE is definitely the cherry I expected. Great characters who are far beyond to be over the top. A main character who develop in depth. The great idea with mirroring themes. the well dosed mixed of action and dialogue. Science which does not overstrain
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CassaStar (Dancing Lemur Press 2013), 1st in the Cassa series, is the enrapturing story of Byron, a young boy with a storied past, whose life started with losing his parents at a young age. He was headed down a bad path until he discovered he wanted to become a Cosbolt pilot and fly one of the most powerful military warships of his time. He earns acceptance into the elite school to prepare for this goal and does well though not without challenging the norms. Part of the reason he succeeds is a s ...more
Sia McKye
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you love stories like Star Trek and Battlestar Galatica, you're going to enjoy CassaFire!

CassaFire is the second book of the adventures Cassan's pilot Byron, the first book is CassaStar. I haven't read the first(but I intend to now) and this one can be read as a stand alone.

CassaFire, for me, was reminiscent of the best things I loved about Star Trek. Exploration of new worlds and cultures and the adventures that the characters went on to solve the mystery they were faced with.

In Cassafir
Zoltán Gecse
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've got high expectations about this book. The Cassastar's sequel was great as I wanted to before read. If you liked the first book of the author you'll love this one too. If you didn't read the first book of his, then go and read it! Are you still there? OK, you can read the Cassafire without any knowledge from the Cassafire.

Alex J. Cavanaugh introduced a new face of his pilot-hero, Byron. We met him after 20 years the events of Cassastar, and everything looks like nothing important happend th
Lynda Young
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
CassaFire is set 20 years after the events of Alex J Cavanaugh’s first book, CassaStar. Essentially this is a story about friendships and healing as Byron slowly learns to open himself up to others after a terrible hurt. Oh, and it’s set in a world with space travel, fighter pilots, exploration ships and mental abilities that include telepathy among other things.

I immediately fell in love with Byron’s passion for flying and his mischievous nature born from a pilot skilled at what he does. The ot
Yolanda Renee
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone loves a good adventure, and CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh delivers on many levels. Spaceflight, mental telepathy, alien invasion, scientific discovery, and romance are just a few of the areas explored.

The writing is exemplary, the characters well developed, and the story absorbing with a non-stop pace. There can be nothing better on a gray rain filled Saturday afternoon than a great book.

Highly recommended!
Lynda Dietz
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading CassaStar, I knew I had to keep reading the series. The MC, Byron, had gone through a lot of growth in the first book and I wanted to see where he ended up after a tragic turn of events at the end of CassaStar.

I liked this one a lot, though I was disappointed at first with Byron's seemingly lackluster career after twenty years. His reasons were his own, and I understand why he was no longer flying Cosbolts on the front lines, but it seemed to me that twenty years was an awful lot o
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was impressed with this read. Mr. Cavanaugh’s writing is impeccable, his characters fleshed out nicely, and the storyline moves along well. I noticed no typographical or grammatical errors in the text.

Byron, the MC (main character), is a Cassan and former Cosbolt fighter pilot and Vindicarn War hero. Now, twenty years later, he transfers passengers/cargo via shuttle from an Explorer ship called the Rennather. He is emotionally distant, content to do his job and keep to himself. He struggles in
Donna Weaver
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author Alex J. Cavanaugh continues his space opera series with growth and development, more action, a touch of romance, and all around good entertainment.
Narrator Michael Burnette once again does an excellent job giving unique voices to the various characters. His cadence and methods makes the telepathic and radio conversations distinct. His spot on timing, along with the special sound effects, adds depth to this fascinating story.
The protagonist and the other characters are well-developed and l
Toi Thomas
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, rated, sci-fi
After reading book one in this series, I needed a break. The first book caught me off guard. I had no idea it would be so emotional. I fear I may have waited longer than necessary, but the wait was totally worth it. Like the first book in this series, this sequel has its action packed moments, psychologically challenging struggles, and of course, its gut wrenching moments of joy, sorrow, despair, and then hope.

In CassaFire, we find our hero, Byron exploring the known universe in the service of
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Well, I 'oopsied' a whole book. I knew I would be busy this week and didn't intend to read anything. I picked it up to make room for something else on my shelves and before I knew it I was writing this review after finishing it. You don't power through a book like that if you aren't excited about it.

This is a novel set 20 years after the events of CassaStar and involves the discovery of some ancient, advanced technology, deep underground in a backwater planet called Tgren. The creators of this t
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Vindicarn War was twenty years in Byron's past, chronicled in CassaStar. He'd kept the promise to his late friend and navigator Bassa to explore space. The vessel Rennather had been his home for a long time now, Byron flying one of their shuttles. A private man, he'd made no close friends in a long time.

That was about to change.

The Rennather was headed for the planet Tgren where ruins of an advanced civilization had been found. The inhabitants were not native, the ruins of the ship that brou
Christine Rains
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
War hero and star pilot Byron is keeping his word to his former mentor. It's boring on the exploration ship, but at least he's content. Alien ruins are found on the planet of Tgren, and Byron's people are working to decode them. They form an alliance with the Tgren people, but it's shaky at best, especially with the fact some of the Tgrens are developing mental powers. The Cassans are helping them learn about their new abilities, but one young woman's powers may even rival Byron's. He's assigned ...more
C. McKenzie
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's rare to find action books that create immediate empathy for the characters, but Cassa Star did. I connected with the young, gifted pilot, Byron, whose past kept him from establishing friendships with others. I enjoyed reading how his isolation gradually ebbed and how his relationship with Bassa, his navigator, lead him know his self-worth. The character of Bassa is also well crafted and I admired how he chose to mentor the maverick, Byron. It was a nice plot twist to learn Bassa's own story ...more
Jim Melanson
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
We are re-introduced to Byrnon, the main character whom we first meet in the first book of this series (CassaStar). While I felt a bit of connection with Byron in CassaStar, I found that connection with the main character deepened in CassaFire.

It was nice to have the female character added and I'm really happy about the way the author did it. He let the relationship progress organically and he didn't push it. In fact, it felt like he was holding back on that plot line which fell perfectly in lin
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received this a while back as a Good Reads First Reads book. Realizing it second in a series, I decided to read the first book prior to starting in on this one. While it took me a long time to then follow up with this book, I'm glad I read Cassastar first.

This book takes place 20 years after Cassastar. The hero, Byron, is still extremely reserved, has his pilot's cockiness, but is more mature in his decisions. He hasn't really made many friends over the years, but has maintained the ones he m
I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one, though both were good reads. It wasn't JUST because there was a romantic element, but because there was a significant female character who had a lot to contribute to the plot. Athee is a pretty kick-arse lady and I like the dynamics she brought to Byron's world. She certainly changed things for him, in a good way, despite how he struggled with it at first. And she was a strong character in her own right.

This book revealed why book #1 mostly
Beverly McClure
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
What if you could read other people’s minds? Sounds like fun, right? What if you also had the ability to teleport? Wow! That would be exciting. In CASSAFIRE, the second novel in the science fiction series by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the author has created a world where some of the characters can do amazing things.

Byron is a Cassan from the planet Cassa. He’s also a war hero who wants to forget. I imagine that’s true of many war heroes in the real world today. The characters are what make a story great
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh engages the reader from the first page, and doesn’t set down for landing until the very last pages. The second book in a (hoped for) trilogy about Byron, this book takes us further into Byron’s inner character. Even though he learned something about true brotherly friendship from Bassa in the first book, CassaStar, Byron has walled himself off from relationships again as he explores new planets and regions of space. He’s bored with his job, since it doesn’t allow h ...more
C.M. Brown
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: si-fi
Cassa Fire, the second book in the series by Alex Cavanaugh, sees the main character Byron, involved in an exploration of ancient artifacts, found on a planet, whose inhabitants are not yet capable of space flight.

The Cassans are surprised to find some of the inhabitants possess the stronger mental abilities than they first thought and begin testing to find what they may be capable of.

Even though Byron still holds onto a lot of emotional baggage in Cassa Fire, he seems ready to move on with his
Sherry Ellis
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cassafire is the second book in Alex Cavanaugh's space opera trilogy. It's twenty years later, and Cassa pilot, Byron, is sent to check out some ancient ruins on the planet Tgren. There's a device there that might be a key to Tgren's civilization or a dangerous weapon. The only way to know which, is to crack the code. Tension mounts between the Cassans and the Trgens as they become wary of each other' psychic abilities. One of these Tgrens is a young woman named Athee. Things get interesting whe ...more
Medeia Sharif
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I’m not into space tales, but Alex Cavanaugh has a way of drawing me into his stories. Although there’s plenty of action in this, what I really liked most were the characters. I detected the immensity of Byron’s desire to be on his own, which wasn’t going to happen. I loved Athee, an attractive woman who invades his space—with the fantastic world building, there’s some male chauvinism in regards to her mind jumping abilities—and Mevine’s youth and idolizing of Byron was a great addition to this ...more
Clarissa Draper
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
This is the second book in the series and just as good or even better than the first. I really like that the book had a female in it, something that was missing from the first book. Also, there were a lot of other characters that added dimension to the cast.

I really love sci-fi series such as Stargate, Battlestar, Startrek for the technical aspects but also the characterization. This book has a great deal of characterization--especially the two main characters.

If you're looking for non-stop ac
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am one of the folks that enjoyed CassaFire more than the original, CassaStar. I feel that we learn even more about the protagonist, Byron. I'm a big fan of science fiction and "space opera," and CassaFire is sci-fi done right.

It's got everything a fan like me wants: action, adventure, a little romance, and very little stumbling blocks to get in the way of the story. CassaFire also has a deeper layer at play, and it's an important theme that started in the first book and continues in this secon
Jill Freuden
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was quite surprised that the second book takes place 20 years later. It works. Byron has seen much of life and that suits the story. Is it bad that I was a tiny bit jealous of the only female character in two books? I was liking the testosterone fix; but I like the strong woman that Alex created as well. My new favorite character is the young scientist, Mevine, I love earnest smart types! It's a great read; the type of book that keeps me from doing what I should. I'm disappointed and relieved ...more
Kurt Bennett
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It hard to say what makes a book a good read and what makes it a great read. For me Cassafire contained the right elements to make it a truly great read. Alex Cavanaugh has woven a very tasty piece of science fiction here and my only regrets are that the book ended. From beginning to end I was captivated by the characters and the universe they exist in. The struggles and challenges, the personal interaction between the characters, and day to day activities were so well written that I really conn ...more
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“Athee tossed her hair aside and eyed him expectantly. “I thought I’d ride in the cockpit with you.”
“That’s probably not a good idea.”
“Why not?”
“That’s the co-pilot’s seat.”
“Do you have a co-pilot?”
“Well, no…”
“Then this seat is open.”
Byron sighed in exasperation.”
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