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Casimir Bridge

(Anghazi #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  90 reviews
A manned, interstellar survey ship has gone missing.

A nuclear terror plot is thwarted just outside Washington, D.C. And it’s an election year. Mandisa “Mandi” Nkosi is a young reporter who, while on a trip to Johannesburg to connect with her roots, is contacted by an anonymous source with evidence that material seized from a nuclear terror plot will point squarely at one

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 17th 2016
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Who would not be fascinated by the stories about the space travels?

And this is Hard Science Fiction, guys!

In an era where traveling to millions of light-years' - distance is possible. Well developed characters and smooth flow of writing. Ending with a cliffhanger, it was an entertaining, knowledgeable and enjoyable read.

Beyer showcases both politics and science hand in hand. An interesting blend of both these genre makes the book more interesting. A package that contained a lot of action and m
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
For a novel that billed itself as one that adhered to real science, I was slightly worried that it would lose sight of the one thing that no Fiction, let alone Science Fiction, should ever ignore. That is: A Good Story.

Fortunately, I had a good time. There was plenty of good science, but above the Campbellian ideal, this author never lost sight of the fact that interesting characters and an exciting story will always carry the day.

This is a thriller. Mind you, it's a technical thriller, but it
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is not usually the type of book that I’m drawn to but it caught my attention. For one thing, the author is a former NASA Space Shuttle engineer. Plus I’ve always been fascinated with space travel.

This book takes place about 100 years in the future and travel to planets many light years away is now a possibility. A reporter, Mandi Nkosi, stumbles upon a conspiracy involving the government, terrorists and Applied Interstellar Corporation, which is a powerful science and technology company. A
John Johnstone
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
SciFi and politics, what could be better? If you add in the realism of NASA backed information it is much better. Darren Bayer has taken around five years to produce this first instalment but for me the wait was worth it. He has combined his extensive knowledge of space related things to a very good storyline to produce an entertaining and exciting novel. Mandi is a journalist who uncovers some evidence of a dark plot to take over the interests of one of the world largest corporations AIC and th ...more
Stewart Tame
For the record: I won a free Kindle copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway … over two years ago. Hi. My name is Stewart, and I'm a Kindle-Giveaway-aholic. Given my backlog, a saner person would have stopped entering giveaways a long time ago. I suppose there are worse problems to have …

To be fair, at least some of the blame for the length of time that I took to finish this particular book rests squarely with me. If I’ve got my tablet in hand, I’m usually doing any one of hundreds of other thi
Clare O'Beara
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a lively SF thriller set in a future when Cape Canaveral is rusting and overgrown, and a media producer called Mandi gets a tipoff about the enrichment of uranium somewhere for some purpose. Next thing her car is tampered with and the GPS system drives it off a bridge.

We also see future America, not so nicely the subject of politics, and up in space around a planet like Earth, with slightly less gravity, is a spaceship with folks happy to call home New Reykjavik. I was not that interest
John Purvis
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Casimir Bridge” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Darren Beyer. This is Mr. Beyer’s first novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. This Science Fiction novel is set in the future where not only has the Solar System been colonized, but outposts on nearby stars have as well.

The primary character is Mandi Nkasi, a reporter. She is trying to find the details that will
Brian's Book Blog
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An epic tale reminiscent of older science fiction

4.5 out of 5 stars

I used to be obsessed with science fiction books. Anything I could get my hands on by Arthur C. Clarke and the likes I would just eat them up. I still love a good sci-fi book, but a lot of them have fallen short of the pedestal that I put some of these books on. Casimir Bridge has been one of the closest I've found in a long time. It reminded me of older sci-fi, the meaty and well thought out science fiction of 10 years ago.

The o
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Casimir Bridge is an interstellar who done it. It starts with danger and ramps up from there. Mandisa Nkosi is a reporter who thinks that she has a great story only to have it bumped off the air. What follows is a bigger story that leads her into the world of corporate intrigue and out of the solar system. With the help of Grae Raymus and other great characters an interesting back story along with great world building keeps the story moving. There is a lot of action left for the next books in th ...more
Mike Finn
"Casimir Bridge" is an award-winning technothriller that combines deep space exploration and advanced technology with vicious corporate intrigue and global power struggles. The last thing I expected when I started this book, was to be abandoning it at 75%.

For me, the book got off to a weak start with a device I hate, a prologue. It was a short chapter that started in the middle of some action, ended with violence and was followed by a "One Week Earlier" heading before chapter two. The prologue
E.M. Swift-Hook
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sci-fi meets thriller

"The theory is that the entry creates a small wormhole, and the exit anchors it—the entry sends a carrier signal, and the exit responds with precise position and environmental data allowing the wormhole to stabilize and grow."

Mandi Nkosi is an investigative journalist who finds herself caught up in a massive conspiracy that has interplanetary connotations. A company called Applied Interstellar Corporation that has found something to speed up space travel - a rare element tha
Fred Forbes
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
First, sincere apologies to Darren Beyer. He offered me this book more than a year ago in exchange for an honest review. I finally realized with so many books in my "to read" stack, I really should not be accepting any more review copies so Beyer's book was the last one over the moat before I raised the drawbridge and I finally got to it.

I was initially attracted to the story due to Beyer's background as a NASA scientist. I felt this would lead to some realism with regard to the space based port
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent

Publishing Date: February 2016

ISBN: 9781530164080

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.7/5

Publishers Description: What follows is a heart-pounding, unforgettable ride through the hallowed halls of big government, AIC’s outer space headquarters, and the revelation of a conspiracy that runs so deep, Mandi’s life – and the future of humanity – are put at stake.

Review: The early chapters seemed as if constructed to please a television produce
Mark Gardner
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
When I saw Casimir Bridge on NetGalley, I missed the part about the author working for NASA. I also missed the part about how the author interviewed a bunch of experts to make sure the story was hard science fiction. None of that mattered because I saw a cover with a space-suited figure working on something presumably in space with a star field behind it.

As far a ‘hard’ sci-fi, this story is still full of things that make is hard to suspend my disbelief. I wouldn’t usually mention this unless it
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was asked to read this book by the author because of another book I had read and reviewed. I was leery this looked pretty high tech and it was. This book was so much more than expected. As you read this book you realize how much time and effort this author has spent creating this book and all it's characters and technology. I could not put it down. The technology is explained simply and yet it's complicated at the same time but some how it all makes sense. An amazing story that I've very glad ...more
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, first-reads

I received a free copy from Goodreads’ First Reads program

This is a good story – but I think it would work even better in a movie format in order to better showcase both the technology and science described (there are some BIG set pieces here) and to better show how much movement and action is involved. These characters hardly ever get a chance to catch their breath as they race from one plot point to the next.

So, overall, a good story but it reads much more as a script than a book.

Hope the movi
Carole P. Roman
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Science fiction but so much more. Reading like a movie rather than a book, this is a fast paced thriller about the twenty second century when big business manipulates the system for sinister advancement. Add a curious news reporter with a mysterious past and a lot of action and you have a well-crafted space story for grown-ups. No R2D2's here. Beyer's vision of the future is as realistic as it is a roller coaster techno ride for any sci-fi enthusiast.

I received a copy of this book for an honest
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is a pretty good Sci fi read with politics and science fiction involved.
All right you have to believe certain things will happen in the future but the story itself is very enjoyable.
Barry Marshall
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Intrigue, Action and a Little Romance

In my reviews, I usually skip a brief plot synopsis because the book description covers it along with several previous reviews by other people. I have a checklist I follow when reviewing a story (although I order it differently for each review):

Settings – Descriptions to the third power – that’s the best way to describe this work. The author does an excellent job here, placing the reader right on the spot without slowing the story.

Theme(s) – The dark side of
Patrick Mcnelis
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

I hadn't heard of the author before I placed my name in the hat for the giveaway, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. The story was very good overall. To be nit-picky, I could have done without the romance angle between two of the main characters, I felt it was a bit phoned in and added nothing to the plot. It didn't take away, but nothing in the story relied upon it. It was filler. Another issue I had was the m
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mandisa Nkosi is a young reporter and she holds in her hand what could be the greatest once in a lifetime story. A whistle blower of sorts has given her a data chip containing proof she needs. Meanwhile forces are in place to take over a lucrative research facility. The only way they can do this is discredit the founder Jans Mikel. Jans has a secret; if it falls in the wrong hands will destroy our civilization as we know it. Jans makes his home on the planet Eridani. On his return trip to Eridan ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super beginning...

Please note that I received a copy of " "Casimir Bridege" from Goodreads to read and review. Note that it is the first book in a series. It is one you will want to follow.
I read "Casimir Bridge" with enjoyment and a growing appreciation for the author's ability to present a really good story. His novel is set about 100 years into the future. Earth, though changed in some ways, still remains divided into competing nation -states, not exactly at war, but involved in vicious econo
R. Leib
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Five Category Rating System:
Concept: Star
Writing: Star
Structure: 1/2 Star
Credibility: Star
Character: 1/2 Star
Total: 4 Stars

Audience Suitability: Young Adult - Profanity, Violence

"Casimir Bridge" combines interplanetary intrigue, visionary technology, and engaging characters into a Science Fiction tapestry.

What I liked:
It is obvious that the writer knows his science and does a good job of weaving it into the narrative. For the most part, the characters are interesting and
Kasey Cocoa
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The good: Decent writing that is easy to understand and keep up with. Entertaining. The plot is interesting and makes me want to keep reading even over the not-so-good parts. There is promise but it needs work.
The not-so-good: The characters lack depth, a reason to connect with them, and believability. The science aspect of this sci-fi makes it difficult to just accept, that whole suspension of belief issue. The dialogue makes me cringe more often than not.
Overall: With a few adjustments I coul
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: y2020
Overall, the story was interesting, but a couple of things left me very dissatisfied:

1: As is far too common nowadays, the first book simply ends in the middle of the story, with nothing concluded. A series of books should each have their own beginning, middle and end, telling part of the story, but still coming to at least a partial conclusion for that book. Just chopping a long, continuous story into pieces and calling each one a book is not a series, it's a serial. And I hate the serial forma
Read Ng
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a GoodReads giveaway.

This is definitely part 1 of a series. The build up was slow. Not much real action until the last quarter. It had an interesting universe. I am not sure of the significance of the main characters backstory, but that was obviously intended to reveal itself as the series progresses.

This is not exactly a hard science book, but the science is somewhat credible and not full of serious flaws and lack of continuity. I found myself slightly bored during the early stages o
Brian Driver
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Casimir Bridge is a story told on several fronts: when the story begins, newswoman Mandi Nikosi comes close to dying as she covers a conspiracy about missing high-tech materials. Simultaneously, an off-planet base reported to be where this element is mined is under investigation, and a third story line covers ugly political machinations that expose the worst of worst of human motivations.

While the characters were somewhat stock, what I enjoyed about this story was its great pacing and earnest s
Rick Rider
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I really enjoyed the approach to science in this book. It was just enough understanding of "real" science to make the speculation that much more acceptable. I found myself thinking, "Yeah, I can see that happening." more than once.

Anghazi #2 is on my to read list just as soon as available.

Characters are well developed, even the bad guys. And the situations, while certainly not everyday occurrences, are within the realm of possible given the story line. I especially liked the tie-in to a touch o
Aniko Nagyne vig
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting story and ideas set in 2108, when space travel is common, mining is happening over several galaxies. The world still has the same basic issues, money and power greedy players trying to get their hand on advance technology, to gain control. The story threads are taking place in different galaxies, sometimes merging.

I love the writing style, bringing along new and new actions, while revealing advance technology. I’m an engineer, so I appreciated all the technical details and ideas
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I enjoyed this as a well written and fast paced thriller as opposed to what I would consider Space Opera. There was more earth-centric corporate/political intrigue driving the plot than I expected, with a good bit of near earth interstellar travel thrown in but not much in the way of aliens and alternate societies and such. However, it did keep me engaged and interested even though I thought it was going to be something slightly different. There is a twist at the very end that was quite fascinat ...more
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