The Cassidy Chronicles (The Cassidy Chronicles Book 1)

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Experience the USA post-union as a couple tricks, treks and speeds their way through the post-apocalyptic nation states that once were us. More
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About Adam Gaffen

Adam Gaffen, Author.
Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?
I do too. But then again, it’s something I’ve been working towards for, well, years. So for me, it’s EXTREMELY satisfying to be able to say that with some actual chops behind it.
For today, I’m going to tell you about myself.
I am married to a wonderful woman. I have three children and she has two, none of whom actually live with us; fortunately for them, only one resembles me strongly; the other two have escaped that fate.
If I'm not writing (or doing writing-associated things), I am a nome inspector and household animal-wrangler: we have five dogs and five cats. We live in Colorado now, after living for many years in Maine - no, it’s NOT as cold as you think it is, at least not all the time, and we DON’T all have that ridiculous accent! Boston is my all-time favorite city.
Oh yeah. Writer. Professional, thank you very much.

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About the Series: The Cassidy Chronicles
It's a post-modern America; shattered into a dozen smaller, squabbling nations. The plot centers on Aiyana Cassidy and Kendra Foster-Briggs. Aiyana – Cass – is a genius physicist who has stumbled upon a technology that will revolutionize the world. Kendra’s her best friend from high school who, a dozen years later, has come back into her life. She seems to be a retired actress, but she has secrets. Those secrets might just save their lives, as Cass is nearly assassinated at her wedding and they’re off on a cross-continental journey to find answers. Volume Two is The Road to the Stars. They’re both working towards their dreams and raising their daughters when they’re approached by desperate politicians from within the successor to the United Nations. They believe that Cass & Ken's skills and resources can avert a global catastrophe, and so they’re pulled into an interplanetary conflict they didn’t even know existed. This time, the stakes are higher and the challenges greater! The Measure of Humanity, picks up a few months after the end of Volume Two. The conflict has cooled as both sides reassess and rebuild, but the opposition hasn't forgotten them!

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Reviews of The Cassidy Chronicles (The Cassidy Chronicles Book 1) by Adam Gaffen

Lee Willard reviewed on Jan. 8, 2022

The most interesting thing about this book is probably what has happened to the USA by 2113, but very little is really said about that, just enough to allow the story to function. The USA has broken into ten pieces, you see only one in any detail. There are three states in 'no man's land' that aren't in any of them. A huge hurricane has wiped New Orleans off the map completely. The New Confederacy does not include Texas but is just as racist anyway. The People's Republic of Massachusetts has a lot of paper work going in and out and probably for other things, but you don't spend much time there. Some of the countries have no appreciable law enforcement.

The plot is based on a possible invention by one of the characters, a Star Trek style transporter. I'll only briefly mention that I don't feel they preserve the soul. This doesn't enter into the story at all, it just provides an excuse for her company trying to kill her. They chase around the country after that, lot's of action, quite a bit of violence and all of it by women who have trained in various special ops and martial arts skills. I've used the female action hero a bit myself (Antidote, Acolyte, Abomination) but not as extreme as this. There's a pretty massive twist near the end that I didn't see coming until the hints. If it wasn't for the hints it would have been really shocking.

It was fun though, in spite of being a bit contrived. There's a bit of lesbian sex, nothing explicit, you aren't in the room for more than a few kisses. There's too much violence but what else is new in sci-fi today. There's some typos only occasionally bad enough to make you stop and try to figure out what word is missing or extra.
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bitflusher reviewed on Aug. 7, 2021

I have read both this book and the two next volumes. It feels like the author is enjoying himself writing about string women and future technology as much as I like reading it.
(reviewed 69 days after purchase)
Amanda Taillon reviewed on July 18, 2021

This was a really fun read! Lots of hijinx and conspiracy and 007 stuff, along with a heartwarming love story. The world building was great, the characters were well developed, and the plot was fabulous, with a twist I didn’t see coming. When I first started the book, I wasn’t sure I’d get all the way through, but about 1/4 of the way in I could barely put it down. Thanks for letting me read it!
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
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