28 February 2012

New SciFi Book Released Today!

I'm skipping my Garret Tour Tuesday series this week in order to give props to fellow writer Alex J. Cavanaugh, whose second book CassaFire is released today. Alex has graciously agreed to participate in Garret Tour Tuesday in May, so look for more about Alex later!

CassaFire is the sequel to Alex Cavanaugh's debut 2010 novel CassaStar, a science fiction novel best classified as a space opera in which young-and-rebellious Byron, a trainee military space pilot, is noticed by a tough flight instructor with a tragic past. A story of war, friendship, and surprising telepathic abilities, I found CassaStar an enjoyable read, only lamenting the fact that as it is set in an all-male military, there were no real female characters. I have been quite looking forward to the release of CassaFire, as Alex has assured everyone that there are women in it!

A fantastic review last month from Lee, who got to read CassaFire pre-release* got me pretty excited for today's release.
*I have got to learn how to get in on pre-release reading!

Here's the book trailer for CassaFire.

And now, the official description of CassaFire:
CassaStar was just the beginning…

The Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his fallen mentor and friend - to probe space on an exploration vessel. Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.

The detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and strange mental abilities. 

To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…
I hope you will also consider checking out CassaFire and CassaStar. They are both available in paperback format, but I got CassaStar on my Kobo eReader for $2.99 and will probably be also purchasing its sequel as an eBook for $4.99. At the rate I go through books, the discounted eBook prices make my reading affordable!*
*It's amazing how infrequently I find a book on my to-read list at the local library.

Now you!
Have you read any recent releases that you particularly enjoyed? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations, particularly in SciFi, which I love but somehow am not good at discovering.