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Alex J. Cavanaugh
Lives in the Carolinas. Best-selling science fiction author and founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, #whatarethekargrandes
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I'm a sci-fi writer on a journey of discovery... Books, movies, music, games, TV, etc. Founder of the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Author of the Amazon Best Sellers, CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars.

A science fiction writer on a journey of discovery! 

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and work in web design, graphics, and technical editing. I also play guitar in a Christian band. A fan of all things science fiction, my interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online I'm the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Author of the Amazon bestsellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and Dragon of the Stars.

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Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064
EBook ISBN 9781939844057
What Are the Kargrandes?

The ship of legends…
The future is set for Lt. Commander Aden Pendar, son of a Hyrathian Duke. Poised to secure his own command and marriage to the queen’s daughter, he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
But when the Alliance denies Hyrath’s claim on the planet of Kavil and declares war on their world, Aden finds his plans in disarray. Entrenched in battle and told he won’t make captain, Aden’s world begins to collapse. How will he salvage his career and future during Hyrath’s darkest hour?
One chance remains–the Dragon. Lost many years prior, the legendary ship’s unique weapon is Hyrath’s only hope. Can Aden find the Dragon, save his people, and prove he’s capable of commanding his own ship?

“...the storytelling is solid, with plenty of space-based military action...” - Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Star Wars and Star Trek novels will find a new crew to root for in this action-packed space adventure.  Refreshing to read a golden-age tale...” - Milo James Fowler, author of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Space-Time Displacement Conundrum

"The elements I enjoy in a classic space opera are tightly packed into this standalone intergalactic adventure novel. ...has all the action, mystery, and star-commanding thrills of a fast-paced Star Trek movie. A most satisfying read." - David Powers King, co-author of Woven

“...a thrilling space opera with inner and outer conflicts and fascinating characters.” - Edi’s Book Lighthouse

“...follows the Heinlein tradition of coming of age by way of battle. It is a fast paced adventure that readers should find entertaining.” - SFRevu


CassaStar by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science fiction/adventure/space opera
ISBN Print 9780981621067
eBook 9780982713938  

To pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few options remain for Byron, a talented young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude. Slated to train as a Cosbolt pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new life. Much to his chagrin, Bassa, the toughest instructor in the fleet, takes notice of the young pilot. As war brews on the edge of space, Byron requires a navigator of exceptional quality to survive. Bassa must make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may stretch their abilities to the limit? 

“…calls to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf, as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many Star Wars novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult fans of space wars.” - Library Journal


CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh - Amazon Best Seller!
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
ISBN Print 9780982713945 
eBook 9780982713969

 CassaStar was only 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…

 “This sequel to Cavanaugh's first novel, CassaStar, delivers on the promise of its predecessor, combining military action sequences and political intrigue with strong, memorable characters. Reminiscent of the action-driven stories of Robert A. Heinlein's early fiction…” - Library Journal 

CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction/Space Opera-Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019

A storm gathers across the galaxy…
Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.
Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…

“CassaStorM is a touching and mesmerizing space opera full of action and emotion with strong characters and a cosmic mystery.”
– Edi’s Book Lighhouse

"Cavanaugh makes world building on the galactic scale look easy. The stakes affect the entire known universe and yet Cavanaugh makes it intensely personal for our hero. The final installment of this series will break your heart and put it back together."
- Charity Bradford, science fantasy author of The Magic Wakes

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