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The prequel to the best-selling Cassa series!

A pilot in training...

Fighting the odds, Byron is determined to complete Cosbolt training. Poised at the top of his class, only one situation holds him back–his inability to work with anyone in the cockpit. Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough without a good navigator…
Published December 6th 2016 by Dancing Lemur Press LLC
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J.H. Moncrieff
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great short prequel for fans of Cavanaugh's Cassa series. Full of action, this story introduces the characters of Byron and Trindle and explains how their relationship began.

While it can be read as a stand-alone, it's best enjoyed after reading the rest of the series. Still, it makes a great intro to Cavanaugh's work! Intense sci-fi with a personal touch.
Medeia Sharif
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes, it's science fiction and involves the excitement of space travel, but I found this to be a wonderful character-driven piece about personalities, partnerships, and teamwork. I enjoyed being in the Cassa world again. ...more
Tonja Drecker
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A quick read where stumbling blocks lead to unexpected, positive results.

Byron has to pass Cosbolt training, which shouldn't be hard considering how talented he is. But when none of the navigators click with his style, the chances of success start to dim.

This was a great read to just pick up and fly through one evening. It hangs onto the rest of the series, giving a glance into Byron's past and adding a bit more to his character. But this works as a stand-alone too, and is sure to hook in for th
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I don't know how often I praised the excellent Cassa trilogy [Kindle ASIN: B00ZAP5PV4].

I have had the pleasure to read and enjoy CassaDawN a while ago and today I finally can share my thoughts about it with you in form of following reading impression.

For me it is a challenge to talk about a short story without giving away too much.

The missing piece in the Cassa series !

I read CassaStaR, CassaFirE, CassaStorM and liked them a lot like many other people.

I was not aware of the fact that there was a
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Byron's dreams to be a Cosbolt pilot might be dashed if he can't find the right navigator in time in Alex J. Cavanaugh's CassaDawn. This short story is a fun read. Byron is a bit arrogant, but he's that way because he is one of, if not, the best pilot in his Cosbolt training group. I would have liked a little more buildup surrounding Byron's conflict, but CassaDawn by Alex J. Cavanaugh is an enjoyable addition to his Cassa world. ...more
Sylvia Ney
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Since others have left a summary I won't include one. However, whether you are already a fan of Cavanaugh's work, or you just want to get acquainted with this author, this is an excellent short which sets up the Cassa series wonderfully. I highly recommend this enjoyable read to any scifi fan! ...more
Jemi Fraser
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This short story is a great introduction to the Cassa series. I enjoyed meeting Byron as he struggles to find himself - and a navigator. A great read!
Beverly McClure
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever dreamed of being a pilot and flying through the skies? Did you follow your dreams? If so, great. If not, maybe you enjoy reading stories where you can experience the excitement of flying through the eyes of the characters. Even if you have no desire to pilot a plane, I think you’ll enjoy reading Author Alex J. Cavanaugh’s CASSADAWN, the Prequel to the Cassa series. I did.

Byron is almost halfway through training and is looking forward to piloting a real Cosbolt fighter. He’s doing g
Juneta Key
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanna be starship pilot. Love this for same reason I love x-wing SW series

Wonderful character development for a short story. The world building is strong. You feel like you are there. The author really allows you to get inside the characters heads. Highly recommend this series if you love space opera stories about starship pilots in an exciting and character defined world. I have the whole series.
Elizabeth Seckman
In the beginning...

A great way to meet Byron, a troubled space pilot. Byron has as much talent in the cock pit as he has attitude in life, but to succeed in the air, he has to learn to trust a navigator. Can he find a match before space loses its best pilot?
Toi Thomas
This is a nice prequel. I wish it was longer, but that’s only because I’m a fan of the series and always want more. This is a lovely insight into Byron’s history and a cool look at how he met his first long-term navigator and what made them click. Being a prequel, it could be read before the rest of the series, but I actually liked having the flashback mentality when reading this after the rest of the series. I guess it depends on the type of reading experience you want to have.

Totally recommen
Susan Swiderski
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a short story that offers a great introduction to the characters and story line in the" Cassa" series of novels. For those who have never read any of the books, I highly recommend this short story as a kicking-off spot. If you read this, you're gonna want to read the books, too. You say you don't care for sci-fi? I bet you'd like these. They're action-packed, and the characters are well-rounded. They aren't just good sci-fi; they're good books.

If you HAVE read the novels already, read th
Lynda Dietz
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I started with CassaDawn because even though the other Cassa series books have been out for a while, I prefer to read things in chronological order if possible. Now that I've read this short story, my appetite is whetted for more.

This is well written, as far as making every word count when dealing with a short story. There was enough plot and story arc that I felt satisfied with what I read; there was just enough of a hint of backstory here and there without dumping information too soon; and I a
Heather Gardner
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Feel good short story!
Partners. It’s never easy to find just the right one. Now, try being a pilot needing a navigator. In space!
In this short story, Alex J. Cavanaugh shares Byron’s plight to achieve his ultimate goal while relying on another, something he’s not fond of doing.
I enjoyed this story. I love how Alex shows us Byron’s insecurities without taking away from his confidence and determination. I highly recommend this one.
Len Evans Jr
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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