A Sci-Fi Thriller Mashup That Works
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.
The other unique part of this is that it seems to combine two of my favorite genres, science fiction, and thrillers into an epic story about space, politics, and more. Beyer definitely knows a thing or two about the things he writes about and it oozes out of every page. The knowledge is definitely there and it’s given to readers in an easy to digest way too. I couldn’t tell if it was going to be a science fiction book with a little bit of political thriller added or vice versa, but it was a perfect mix of the two genres. It really had me on the edge of my seat.
Casimir Bridge is the first book in the Anghazi series, and it really kicks it off with a bang. It was quickly paced with good character development. Sometimes books like these can get lost in the details, but Beyer was able to pull it off nicely while still giving readers juicy morsels of detail.
The character building and development in this is another part that really shined in my opinion. I felt like I really got to know the characters (without it being boring or dragging on).
Overall, Casimir Bridge was a really enjoyable book that ended on a cliffhanger. It definitely left me wanting to know what happens in book 2.
In my first review I mentioned that this could benefit from an audio version — well my wishes came true and I’m glad that they did. Beresford did a great job with this book and allowed an already good story to shine.
Casimir Bridge by Darren Beyer
Narrator: Emily Beresford
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
Series: Anghazi Series #1
Published by Tantor Audio on August 15th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
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A manned, interstellar survey ship has gone missing. 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 of humanity’s most important companies as the supplier. The source also unveils that the “evidence” against the company – Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), a science and technology behemoth with more corporate and political foes than can be counted – is a setup and part of a plot to destroy AIC and gain control of its technological secrets. The deeper Mandi digs, the more of a target she becomes.
What follows is a heart-pounding, unforgettable ride through the hallowed halls of big government, far-flung star systems, and the revelation of a conspiracy that runs so deep, Mandi’s life ”” and the future of humanity ”” are put at stake.
Brimming with tantalizing futuristic technology, deep space adventure, and thrilling plot twists, Casimir Bridge is a nuanced, thought-provoking, and deeply human space opera that draws the reader in and never let’s go.
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
Darren Beyer was born in Washington, D.C., but quickly became a child of the world. His family moved overseas when he was age two and together they traveled extensively throughout his childhood. Darren draws on these experiences to add an element of realism and depth to his writing. At the age of six, he was awakened in the middle of the night by his mother to watch live pictures being broadcast from the surface of the moon during the Apollo 17 mission. At that moment, even at so young an age, he decided to pursue a career related to the space program. In high school, he took classes in math and science. In college at Virginia Tech, he enrolled in the engineering school and received a degree in aerospace engineering in 1989. Following graduation, he was hired by NASA at Kennedy Space Center, where for nearly ten years he worked as a Space Shuttle experiment engineer. While there, he worked on the Hubble launch, as well as numerous Space Lab and other scientific missions. Experiments he was responsible for ranged from telescopes to frog life support. He conducted astronaut training, performed installations onboard the Shuttle just prior to launch, and was part of the recovery crew following
Following graduation, he was hired by NASA at Kennedy Space Center, where for nearly ten years he worked as a Space Shuttle experiment engineer. While there, he worked on the Hubble launch, as well as numerous Space Lab and other scientific missions. Experiments he was responsible for ranged from telescopes to frog life support. He conducted astronaut training, performed installations onboard the Shuttle just prior to launch, and was part of the recovery crew following landing. Darren has had the honor of working onboard every Space Shuttle orbiter except Challenger. In late 1998, Darren left NASA to become an entrepreneur, and, after more than seventeen years, an author. He is a student of science and technology and is an instrument-rated private pilot. Darren lives in California near San Francisco with his wife, dogs, cats and fish. Visit Darren’s
In late 1998, Darren left NASA to become an entrepreneur, and, after more than seventeen years, an author. He is a student of science and technology and is an instrument-rated private pilot. Darren lives in California near San Francisco with his wife, dogs, cats and fish. Visit Darren’s website at DarrenBeyer.com and his space and technology blog at Tek22.com.
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