today is the publishing day of
Dragon of the Stars
(7th April 2015) [Kindle ASIN: B00S0DPUYU]
And today I have the pleasure AND the honor to present you a special guest review by the author himself.
An Unusual Science Fiction Theme – The Power of Love
Science fiction is all about themes. Often more than one. And the list of possible themes is huge. I know, because I Googled it and found a list on Wikipedia.
You know what theme I didn’t find though? Mine – the power of love.
Now, I never set off with that theme in mind. It developed organically. And it has remained consistent throughout my four books.
In my Cassa trilogy, each book took on its own variation of that theme. CassaStar focused on the love of brothers. CassaFire featured the love between a man and a woman. In CassaStorm, it was the love between parent and child.
In Dragon of the Stars, several aspects of love appeared.
Aden is a driven man, one born of royalty and wealth. We see his love for power and status. What he lacks is a genuine love for other people. He views others as a means to an end and has never equated love to true happiness. He’s not completely shallow though. There is the love of a son for his parents, in particular his mother.
What we witness over the course of the story is how his views change. His uncaring attitude towards others is challenged. It takes some of the things he thought he desired out of reach. He’s placed in a unique situation where he has to care about others if he hopes to survive and succeed. He’s also exposed to what it really means to love someone and to remain devoted no matter what. Ultimately, he realizes it’s our connections that matter most in life.
I think I’ve stayed with the theme of love because it is so universal. We all crave it, no matter what the circumstance. Even in the middle of war and the struggle to survive.
Dragon of the Stars
By Alex J. Cavanaugh
Science Fiction – Space Opera/Adventure/Military
Print ISBN 9781939844064 EBook ISBN 9781939844057
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?
Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.