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Lucifer’s Star

(Lucifer's Star #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Interstellar Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published October 2016 by Crossroad Press
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C.T. Phipps It is now available in audiobook. Eric Burns did the narration and he did an amazing job, IMHO.

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TS Chan
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review-copy
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.75 stars

Lucifer's Star is a fine example of a space opera which gives me cause to explore this genre more. A promising debut of a grimdark science fiction series by C.T Phipps and Michael Suttkus, this a narrative that blurs the boundaries of the right or wrong side.

The story is told from a first person perspective of Cassius Mass, a legendary star pilot from the Archduchy of Crius whose nation lost in a fina
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Lucifer’s Star is damn fine space opera! That was my initial reaction after closing the book, and now, several weeks later, I still feel the same way: C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus having crafted a rousing, pulse-pounding adventure story that fans of Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, or other sci-fi series should not miss out on.

The epic last battle between the Crius Archduchy and the Interstellar Commonwealth is taking place! Battleships and starfighters danc
Montzalee Wittmann
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucifer’s Star (Lucifer's Star #1) by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus is a very exciting sci-fi novel that kept my attention and interest. There were so many twists and turns that left me not knowing who the poor hero was suppose to trust! It was that way all the way through the book. Lots of action, adventure, suspense, secrets to be explored, excellent sci-fi, and good plot. Characters well developed and dialogue spot on for their character. It was the twists and turns that really captured th ...more
Bob Milne
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As opening scenes go, sci-fi doesn't get much better than this! Lucifer’s Star kicks off with a big, high-stakes, fast-paced battle that evokes memories of the most intense space battles from Star Wars or the original Battlestar Galactica. It's wild, frantic stuff, and it just keeps getting better as we watch one character after another come to a fiery end in pursuit of their suicidal mission.

Almost immediately, however, C.T. Phipps quickly leaps ahead from galactic space opera to something dark
Kitvaria Sarene
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
One of my favorite reads (listens...) this year!

I listened to this one as audio book, and have read some parts of the ebook version. First off I must say that the narration is really, really excellent! I had some little troubles with it - mostly that there are some flashbacks that are easy to spot in the "actual book version" as they are written in italics. In the audio book you simply change from one scene into a flashback and go "what now? Where are we? What happened?". That doesn't happen to
Megan Mackie
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, space pirates. Come on. It's a book about space pirates. Why haven't you gone to buy it already? It's about space pirates!

Fallen noble turned pirate Cassius finds himself embroiled in the continuing war between the Commonwealth and basically everyone else who wants to be independent of their grand empire plans. Throw in triple-crossing spies, sexbots turned doctors, and the universes most evil, dysfunctional family and... no seriously... why are you still reading? Go get the book.

If you l
Paul Lavender
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first sci-fi book I've read in years, and I now need to read more. C.T Phipps has crafted a cracking tale of treachery, lies and not a little bit of love.
Look forward to the sequel!
The Grim Reader
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My second Charles Phipps book in as many weeks and Lucifer’s Star is another fantastic read. This time, Phipps has teamed up with Michael Suttkus to bring us a thrillingly dark space opera right out of the top draw. Though very different from The Tower of Zhaal (reviewed here ), Lucifer’s Star is the story of Cassius Mass (great name!) – a hero of the Crius Archduchy, now hiding on-board a spaceship after Crius was crushed in battle by the Commonwealth. Mass’ wife and home were destroyed and he ...more
Ulff Lehmann
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of Lucifer's Star from the author.

Having said that, Luci's Star is a far in the future set space opera. The titular star is an award for bravery, just like Silver Star or whatnot, and only the most cunning of warriors receive it. No, it has nothing to do with devil worship, not really, but is part of an overarching mythology that forms the backbone of humanity in this future.

As a lover of epics, this feels like the preamble, the appetizer, as it sets up the players and the
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: space-opera, sci-fi
Actual rating: 3.5

I rarely read sci-fi books. Probably, I've read two or three space operas years ago but I barely remember them. As this year's r/fantasy Bingo challenge contains a Space Opera square I have a pretext to read more in the genre. I picked Lucifer's Star because I liked the synopsis and, additionally, I appreciate CT Phipps online presence as a blogger and reviewer.

It was a quick and entertaining novel that doesn't lack space battles, futuristic technology, cyborgs, clones, and sex
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The moral is everyone in power is one kind of son of a bitch or another. Don’t trust ’em. Fight for people rather than fight for the people themselves. Individuals are worthwhile but people as a whole are a nebulous concept which can be used to justify anything.” There are many such quotes that stood out for me, but this one sums up the complex moral themes of this book as well as any of them.

Lucifer's Star has all the elements I generally look for in space opera: complex galactic politics, act
Stephen Kozeniewski
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
What if Darth Vader had survived the Battle of Endor and went on to realize that The Empire had been the bad guys? Without being a hacky Star Wars knockoff (trust me, I've read my fair share of those) C.T. Phipps takes this basic premise and runs with it.

Cassius Mass was the greatest starfighter pilot of the Crius Archduchy - which makes him either a war criminal or a war hero, depending on your perspective. After going into hiding for years, Cassius himself gradually comes around to the former
Aubrey Law
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucifer's Star was an entertaining science fiction story full of space battles and some super cool future technology. Looking forward to the next book(s) in the series
Allan Batchelder
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fun read -- a real popcorn, space opera that will keep you entertained for hours. Fans of Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Gallicta will really enjoy this.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really fun space opera that's about as twisty as it gets. Every chapter the character peels back an onion where there's different layers, different interests. The most appealing part to me of this was the concept of the bioroids, how they are thought of in society and how they get manipulated. A lot of clone sheenanigans, and very cool conceptual stuff which you don't usually see in SF novels in that regard -- most books have one type of clone and that's that, but this shows a variety of optio ...more
Devin Madson
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
It has been WAY too long since I read any sci-fi, having fallen into a deep fantasy groove over the last few years, but it was about time to break free so here we are. And thankfully I picked a good book to leap back in with. I have a terrible habit of having multiple books on the go and reading them in bits and pieces rather than devouring, but with this one I put everything else down by the third or fourth chapter because the characters just got under my skin and it keeps up the pressure to tu ...more
Shawn Robertson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let me start by saying how viciously intricate the plot of this book is. The backstabbing runs deep and you really never know who to trust. The pacing is fast, making for a quick read.

The characters are well constructed and they stick to their motivations, even when we didn't know all those motivations from the outset. The main character (Cassius Mass), in particular, exemplifies the nature of the book. He's bitter, jaded, screws himself over, and while he is clearly confused about much in his l
Tim Martin
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It is strange how a book I have never read, by an author I have never read, of a genre set in the very far future, felt like coming home, but _Lucifer’s Star_ felt just like that. I don’t mean to imply in any way it was clichéd or derivative, far from it, as there were many interesting twists, turns, and innovations, but it felt familiar, the same way I suppose those very rare times when I hear a brand-new song on the radio and already know it will be a beloved classic before I even get to the e ...more
Trevor Sherman
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an E-ARC of Lucifer’s Star From the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences what I say. As always, my opinions, while completely awesome and undeniably correct, are completely my own.

This book starts during what turns out to be the last battle of a huge war between the Crius Archduchy and the Interstellar Commonwealth. In all of the Sci-fi books I have read I don’t think I have ever found one that described the battle so well. This first chapter can be calle
Kenny Soward
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Cassius Mass, a famous star pilot working incognito on a freight hauler after being on the losing side of an intergalactic war. Through a series of discoveries amidst undercover operations, and some bit of chance, Cassius realizes he may have been fighting on the losing side all along.

Lucifer's Star is filled with big ideas, plenty of twists, and witty dialogue. I would have enjoyed a little more world building in the visceral sense, but all-in-all a solid read. If you're i
C.H. Baum
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It had some content that actually made me laugh....robosexuals, and the amputated arms were fantastic. The rest of the story is well written.....betrayal, conflicted heroes, and ultimately accidental salvation. If you haven't read CT Phipps, you're missing out.
Matthew Davenport
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was going to introduce this review with a comparison to all of the works that Lucifer’s Star reminded me of, but, while there are so many of them, not a single one can be used to give you a good sense of what this book is about.
Lucifer’s Star follows Cassius Mass, a former member of a royal house with huge political sway that they use to wage war. The world building in this book was amazing and we see a lot of detailed explanations in the interplanetary relationships as well as the individual
David Hambling
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it

Cassius Mass is on the run for war crimes, hiding out as navigator on a tramp merchant spaceship. Because Mass is really an ace starfighter pilot with over four hundred kills to his name, cybernetic enhancements and a proton sword hidden in his quarters. In a galaxy far, far away, Mass would be an innocent man out to clear his name – but here he’s just trying to survive. Because this is a darkly comic work which upends the usual expectations, with no Jedi, no Force and no good guys and survival
Scott Kaelen
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook of this far-future, ship-based, first-person sci fi novel and I really enjoyed it. The combination of C.T. Phipps’s highly-detailed galactic history, strong prose and character interactions, plus Eric Burns’s excellent narrative delivery – especially the dialogue, most notably of the main character, Cassius – make the audio version of Lucifer’s Star a fun and atmospheric ride and a difficult book to stop listening to. The gestalt entity of Phipps-Burns switches flawle ...more
Laz the Sailor
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
After a very rough start, this became an enjoyable romp, bouncing all over the place. Although I never lost track, the plot lines were tangled and everyone had two agendas - except our beleaguered hero who wanted to rescue everyone except himself.

Some of the themes have been well explored over the decades, but I felt that most were handled well here - though there were too many of them. The characters and larger themes were intriguing.

I'm glad this was chosen as a BOTM, as I probably would have
James allen Razor
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
in space no one can hear you bleeding and your enemy's being crushed by the lasers of war.
star wars with the tone of blade runner mixed up miltary and spy fiction and rouge book. lucifer's star is a glorious fun space epic.
the premise is great what with the rebellion was a bunch of dicks that might be worse then the empire and he does some fun things with it. honestly the world building and the scifi aspects start off to a rocky start it does get better. what he does excel at Is thr charaters a
Luke Hindmarsh
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Think Firefly but with the Browncoats being absolute bastards instead of people seeking freedom. I mean imagine they'd been into experimenting on people in a feudalistic society where the nobles have a great time treating everyone else like dirt. Then give a huge dollop of Star Wars and a cherry called Dune. Then you're beginning to get an idea of the direction Lucifer's Star will take you. But it's even better than that.

I haven't had much reading time recently, but I was forced, yes forced, to
Ian Miller
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this SciFi novel, humanity has spread itself across the galaxy, separated into factions, and these factions are busily at some sort of perpetual war with each other. The book basically follows Cassius, a leading fighter pilot from the side that lost the war when an arbitrary surrender was made just as his squadron had almost been completely wiped out desperately trying to stop the enemy. Cassius fights some sort of space guerilla war as leading lights from his side are subjected to victor's j ...more
Al Burke
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun space opera along the lines of Dark Matter where everyone has their own agenda, but must come together (or not) to fight for the greater good (or their greater good, anyway). The plot has more twists than Spaghetti Junction, but keeping it focused on the point of view of one character, Cassius Mass, leads us to learn as he learns, rather than have it spiral out of control. The author(s)'s wit is on display throughout, and the story rattles along at a rapid pace. Give it 4-4.5/5

Roll on book
Todd Oliver
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great space saga! Phipps continues to write great stories! I enjoyed his Cthulhu Armageddon series so far and this is just as good! Great sci-fi writer! I didn't want to out this book down! So many different forms of life including artificial life. Great characters! I'd was probably my favorite aside from Cassius. I truly hope Phipps decides to write more in this series! Excellent narration by Eric Burns. This is the first time I've heard of him. He does a great job with all the voices, especial ...more
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C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" (

He's written Agent G, Cthulhu Armageddon, Esoterrorism, I Was A Teenaged Weredeer, Lucifer's Star, Straight Outta Fa

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