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Preview — Casimir Bridge by Darren D. Beyer
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent
Publishing Date: February 2016
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 ...more
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 ...more
When I read that the author of this book used to be a NASA engineer I first was a little bit afraid because I hate nothing more than reading pages and pages of technical details I don't understand and I'm not interested in, but Darren Beyer did a really god job in giving enough technical stuff to make things believable and but didn't try to disguise a non-fiction book with a fictional outfit.
I really very enjoyed reading this book, the writing ...more
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 ...more
I received a copy of this book for an honest ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Structure: 1/2 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
While the characters were somewhat stock, what I enjoyed about this story was its great pacing and earnest s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more