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(Cassandra Kresnov #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,195 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design — more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her in ...more
Paperback, 459 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Pyr (first published 2001)
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Jwales42 There is more ACTION! Absolutely. The author builds up the first book and you will see some really good action by the end. The other books have action…moreThere is more ACTION! Absolutely. The author builds up the first book and you will see some really good action by the end. The other books have action randomly throughout but the political intrigue is always there and will not go away. As Anand said in the other statement, the main character is trying to avoid conflict. But there are many situations that arise through the series where she cannot, so she doesn't. This question was quite some time ago. I hope you stuck with the book.(less)

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Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of cyberpunk for a while but too much of the genre has been subsumed into the techno-thriller genre. Dropping the philosophical aspects of the early genre in favor of action and little else, which is a shame.

This is definitely not one of those books. It's spent as much, or more, time considering the implications of the heroine's status as an artificial human as it did on the rest of the plot. And it did, if not subtly, then with a degree of skill that made it so compelling that t
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I almost feel like this book needs a movie style lead - HIGH OCTANE THRILL RIDE!!! Why hasn't this been made into a movie? It would be fantastic!

Cassandra Kresnov is an Artificial Person who was created by the League to be a virtually indestructible soldier. But in Cassandra's case they actually made her sentient and human enough that she had a crisis of conscience and went AWOL. After a year spent on another planet she heads to Tanusha to find the perfect job and perfect life. Unfortunately som
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Australian author Joel Shepherd came to my attention via his excellent current fantasy series, A TRIAL OF BLOOD AND STEEL, which I was so impressed by that I decided to check out his earlier novels. Crossover is the first novel in his CASSANDRA KRESNOV trilogy, and was also his first published book, back in 2001 in Australia. The series is now also in print in the US thanks to Pyr, with lovely and evocative cover illustrations by Stephen Martiniere.

The story revolves around Cassandra (Sandy) Kre
Niall Teasdale
A reasonable space opera-cum-cyberpunk novel featuring a artificially created being designed for war coming to terms with not being at war. And then, of course, she ends up in a lot of fights anyway.

Cassandra comes over as sufficiently non-human to make me think the author put some effort in, and sufficiently human to be relatable. She's also suitably kickass.

The society is clearly carefully constructed. A lot of work went into it. I'm not sure I found it entirely appealing, but it is different.
May 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Fairly smart science fiction (cyberpunk-ish) from Australia. An artificially intelligent female super soldier android goes AWOL to try and live a non-military life. Of course there's no point in populating a science fiction novel with super soldiers if you're not going to bring on the action, so it is inevitable that Shepherd does so. But he is not impatient about it, taking a fair bit of time to set up his far future conflict between "rationalist" realpolitik-nics on one side and mildly anti-te ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2010-reads
I must definitely read the rest of the trilogy.

A great SF read. Action and philosophy.

Sometimes I forget to update my reviews. Shame on me!

I wrote a guest review over at Walker of Worlds.

Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Joel Shepherd has written a cool book in CROSSOVER, both a kick-ass android political action tale and a deconstruction of humanity, with both aspects are equally rewarding.

On the one hand, we have the main character, Cassandra Kresnov: She is a badass android — skin and muscles stronger than steel, super
speed and reflexes…the works. Unfortunately, she is too smart for her own good (as an aside, here’s a reminder to future android/artificial intelligence scientists: There’s such a thing as “too s
tl;dr it was okay. But if you’re thinking about giving this one a shot I’d say softly but with a lot of feeling don’t. Also this book is like a sedative for me I swear, I slept on top of my kindle no less than five times while trying to read it, make of that what you will.

For as much as this book is technological and futuristic, their societies apparently haven't left a lot of tired shit behind. Sexism and misogyny seem prevalent, as well as racism and a fear of what is "other". A common theme
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
So I went into this book with as little knowledge as possible. I avoided the reviews, skipped the wiki, and just let the synopsis be my guide. The old school approach, when one was lucky to know someone who had already read the title, especially if it wasn't from one of the big name best-selling authors. And I'm very glad I kept it low tech for this one, as it managed to catch me off guard.

I mean, I knew I was getting a book with a kick ass heroine and some gritty sci-fi action. Hell, the cover
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Right from the beginning I attached to Cassandra (Sandy, April). Yes, she is artificial intelligence but she is just trying to live life, experience. But it just cannot happen, instead she is captured and vivisected. After being "saved", she doesn't have freedom or much of a life. It is all politics and not much is on her side until her actions put some strong backing to her side. Only now... she no longer has the freedom to live "her" life, but back to a similar life that she escaped. She has t ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Aug 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a very good series. I was pulling for Cassandra Kresnov from the first.
T. Bakutis
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I met Mr. Shepherd at Dragon*Con after one of his writing panels, and his description of his Cassandra Kresnov series intrigued me. I'm a sucker for good, action-y sci-fi (one of the series that I really got me into sci-fi was Douglas Hill's Young Legionary books) and the cover had a very Mass Effect vibe to it (go play Mass Effect right now, if you haven't yet done so). Picking this book up seemed like a no-brainer.

I was expecting an action-packed thriller, and while there is a good bit of acti
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a thinking book. In the opening scenes of Crossover, we follow a woman named April Cassidy as she enjoys a restful morning, interviews for a new job, and peruses the pleasures of a new city. Soon it becomes apparent that April is no ordinary woman and she's chases by federal agents, who she very nearly escapes from thanks to her superhuman strength.

Not to spoil it, but April Cassidy is actually Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial human built specifically for battle situations. Smarter than
Brian Steele
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, politics, scifi
Hovering around a 3.5, I decided to round up for this one. Why? Because at its core, Shepard's first novel is brilliant. Drawing influences from all manner of SciFi traditions and archetypes, Cassandra "Sandy" Kresnov is wonderfully three-dimensional. Unfortunately, the world she inhabits left me baffled far too often.

I felt this was very much a character-driven tale, with the main protagonist and many of the supporting cast well defined and well written. Due to the nature of this type of sub-ge
David Dalton
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I finshed off Crossover: A Cassandra Kresnov Novel by Joel Shepherd. Cassandra (Sandy) is a female android that was built to be a killer/assassin, but she went off on her own to live her own life. But it would be a dull book indeed if there were not tons of problems and several different sides out to get her.

A thinking person's sci-fi action book. What rights do androids have (if any)? This is the first of at least 5 books dealing with Caaandra Kresnov (Sandy). The Blade Runner geek in me enjoy
Vincent Stoessel
Jul 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible, hi-tech
Sorry Joel,
There were things I liked and things that I didn't. The author spent a great deal of time establishing the backdrop of what reads more Ike a political thriller with scifi elements. I didn't have too much of a problem with that except that it got a little too deep in the weeds. Maybe I'm too cynical but, all politics that doesn't effect you gets boring after a while. Second problem were the characters. I would have liked to see more time spent on the characters on the opposing side to
Read for November book group...

...sort of. This was a Did Not Finish (DNF) for me. I tried to finish it, I did. But by Chapter 16 I was done slogging. Just...done.

Now, the book group group enjoyed this one and have requested to read the next in the series, which we probably will.

So, where did this fail for me? I think it was just too much introspection and expository dumping on what it means to be human, what defines being a human, who should be considered human, how humans are afraid of GI's,
Excellent read. Great blend of fast paced action, consistent world building and exploration of what makes us human. Everything good science fiction should be.
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was a difficult read in the beginning, but I held on. And I loved everything about Cassandra, Vanessa and the world they live in. Mister
Unterhaltsamer Start einer Cyberpunk-Thriller Trilogie einer als Elitesoldatin geschaffenen Androidin mit Einfühlungsvermögen, die sich ein neues Leben fern der Gewalt in einer futuristischen Grossstadt aufbauen will und schneller als gedacht wieder zwischen die Fronten gerät und auf ihr altes Können zurückgreifen muss. Zumeist aus der Sicht der Androidin erzählt, wechseln sich actionreiche Passagen mit leisen, philosophischen Gedankenspielen über die Existenz und Existenzberechtigung ab. Die vi ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading a Cassandra Kresnov novel. I enjoyed it. As I've found, Joel is an amazing writer and really tells a wonderful story about his characters and their worlds. I especially like feeling I'm getting my moneys worth when buying books these days ... and Joel delivers. While some may find his worlds overly detailed and maybe "slow" in those parts ... I enjoy the detailed worlds and really dig getting as much about them, and where the characters ARE.

Cassandra is a trip, and
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much, an amazing write-up, great world-realization and very immersive!
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely good stuff. A little light on technobabble, and rather slow paced but with good characters, very detailed story world and a good plot with some nice politicking.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, print-books
I bought all three books in the Cassandra Kresnov series a couple years back in Amsterdam, but kind of lost track of the books until this summer, when hubby read Crossover and the two sequels in the series back-to-back and declared them to be "really good." I think that for a great many of the "target market" males, nothing will seem off about the character Sandy Kresnov.

Except, she's a dude. In every aspect of her personality, the main character struck me as a male, and turning them and the oth
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I read the first paragraph and held out hope because the second paragraph was not filled with lusty looks at the curve of someone's hip as they lay in bed. I mean, I could put the loud aircar passing the skylane behind me and maybe get to the substance of the book. and then, in the third paragraph the silky sheets slide across their naked body. That was enough. I removed the book from my device and was glad I borrowed it from my local library instead of buying it. (I really appreciate my local l ...more
An interesting book, if pretty messy, Crossover centers around Cassandra, who is basically just trying to live a fulfilling life, only to get dragged into a mess load of trouble because, surprise, she's an android who went MIA from fighting on one side of an interstellar conflict (the League) to a world that is a member of the other side of the interstellar conflict (the Federation). She wants to be an ordinary citizen, but that's hard to do when you're a highly sophisticated android who was bui ...more
Tara Gelsomino
Jun 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Overall, the story of Crossover isn't bad at all. A couple irritating things have justified the 2-star rating for me though:

First, the author has some bizarre fetish for sentence fragments. Why?!?!! I don't know why this writing style is a thing, because it makes everything choppy & weird. I can only imagine that the original drafts for this book were all underlined green in Word.

The fragmented writing style in turn affected the fight and action scenes for me. The action didn't flow easily,
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
My reading goal for the start of 2016 was to try some new authors and new series. Joel Shepherd impressed me not only with this mash-up of various science fiction sub-genres, but with a thought provoking tale.

For the action/military reader there is plenty of that, but those scenes did not dominate the book for me. Shepherd spends considerable time bringing up the question what is human/sentience? Because those are the questions that the government of Callay and Cassandra Kresnov are both trying
Mark Henwick
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cassandra : Artificially intelligent female super soldier android disguising herself as a civilian in the megapolis of an enemy planet. Hi-tech IT and weapons give echoes of cyberpunk and space opera.
Plenty right there to go wrong, but Shepherd avoids most of the pitfalls.
Obviously, with a cyborg heroine, you're going to have action and there are some good scenes throughout the book. Those I was expecting and wasn't disappointed.
The city she wants to settle in was well done, and has almost the
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Joel Shepherd is an Australian science fiction author. He moved to Perth, Western Australia with his family when he was seven, where he later studied film and television arts at Curtin University. He now lives in Adelaide.

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