Crossover

Crossover

A Cassandra Kresnov Novel

eBook - 2006
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Crossover is the first novel in a series which follows the adventures of Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial person, or android, created by the League, one side of an interstellar war against the more powerful, conservative Federation. Cassandra is an experimental design -- more intelligent, more creative, and far more dangerous than any that have preceded her. But with her intellect come questions, and a moral awakening. She deserts the League and heads incognito into the space of her former enemy, the Federation, in search of a new life. Her chosen world is Callay, and its enormous, decadent capital metropolis of Tanusha, where the concerns of the war are literally and figuratively so many light years away. But the war between the League and the Federation was ideological as much as political, with much of that ideological dispute regarding the very existence of artificial sentience and the rules that govern its creation. Cassandra discovers that even in Tanusha, the powerful entities of this bloody conflict have wound their tentacles. Many in the League and the Federation have cause to want her dead, and Cassandra's history, inevitably, catches up with her. Cassandra finds herself at the mercy of a society whose values preclude her own right even to exist. But her presence in Tanusha reveals other fault lines, and when Federal agents attempt to assassinate the Callayan president, she finds herself thrust into the service of her former enemies, using her lethal skills to attempt to protect her former enemies from forces beyond their ability to control. As she struggles for her place and survival in a new world, Cassandra must forge new friendships with old enemies, while attempting to confront the most disturbing and deadly realities of her own existence.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Pyr, 2006.
ISBN: 9781591028062
159102806X
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (457 p.)
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)

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blueroo276
Mar 29, 2014

Unfortunately, this book just didn't "work" for me. While I found the overall premise interesting, much of the book was dull and it was hard to follow all the political intricacies. Clearly someone liked it, as there are sequels, but I won't be reading them.

Tachikoma Mar 29, 2014

Crossover has a bit of a cyberpunk vibe to it but at the same time unlike many in that genre it takes place in the far future that reminds me a lot of the science fiction military stories that people like David Webber and Elizbath Moon write. The lead Cassandra who is called Sandy by her friend is an speical ops android soldier that goes AWOL in hopes to find peace and happiness. There a is a good deal of action and some good drama dealing with the fact that she is android on world that has no love for her. I have to admit while reading this I couldn't help but thing of the title character Friday from the Robert A Heinlien novel who also had notable libido although Friday was bisexaul unlike Sandy. All and all the only real problem I had with the novel was writing style. Shepherd uses too man fragmented sentences that through everything off in a way and made it a bit hard sometimes for me to understand what was going on or get a clear picture. On one other note when it comes to the politics with in the world he made he does not make it easy to understand who simple have to figure it out on your own. So in the end I would recomend this book to anyone who might be a fan of Robert A Heinlien's later works, or people who enjoy a good action scifi tall or even fans of cyberpunk. It's not anything fancy but I thought all and all it was a good read and plan on reading the next in the series.

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jstricklen
Jul 17, 2011

This is a well thought out and well told story of a far future. In some ways the society is a little too utopian, but the world is very well developed. The character development is very good. Cassandra Kresnov is a very complicated character with plenty of conflicts and flaws to keep her very interesting for a long time.This book made me lose quite a bit of sleep - I didn't want to put it down.

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