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Dragon of the Stars by Alex J. Cavanaugh
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Dancing Lemur Press Trade Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781939844064
Date: 17 April 2015

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Lt. Commander Aden Pendar is a child of privilege with plans to become Captain of a ship and marry the woman of his dreams. But life sometimes throws a wrench into the works.

Aden has a greater opinion of his own abilities than he lets on. He knows the rules and what he is supposed to do, but cannot inspire his crew to do more. He must learn to manage his crew as well as his ship in order to make Captain./P>

Aden's home world has been trying to claim the planet Kavil. The Alliance denies that claim, and war is inevitable. Aden is tasked with finding a prototype warship. His dreams will become reality if he can bring back a ship that disappeared long ago, The Dragon. A ship so powerful, that no fleet of ships can challenge it. The journey that Aden begins will take him places he never expected to see.

His crew is chosen for their ability and expendability. He is not completely happy with this and his questionable leadership skills will be stretched. If he cannot adapt, he will fail to find The Dragon. Once found, he still has to bring it to heel, no simple task as it has repelled all prior attempts.

Dragon of the Stars is part action adventure and part military science fiction. But it also follows the Heinlein tradition of coming of age by way of battle. While not breaking new ground, it is a fast paced adventure that readers should find entertaining. The twist related to The Dragon was interesting as it leaves Aden with a difficult choice that will help him achieve and ruin his dreams.

Dragon of the Stars stands on its own and there is not a large number of other books that need to be read to follow the story. Cavanaugh does have several other novels that are similar to this one, and readers that enjoy this novel should check out his Cassa series.

Cavanaugh's books are a little like candy. You can go through it quickly, be happy, but still left wanting more.

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