Crossover by Joel Shepherd
A Cassandra Kresnov Novel

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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.
 

About Joel Shepherd

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Joel Shepherd was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1974, but when he was seven his family moved to Perth in Western Australia. He studied film and television at Curtin University but realized that what he really wanted to do was write stories. His first manuscript was short-listed for the George Turner Prize in 1998, and Crossover was short-listed in 1999.
 
Published August 16, 2010 by Pyr. 456 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, War, Romance. Fiction

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BellaOnline

Crossover, the first book in a new science fiction series written by Australian author Joel Shepherd, follows Cassandra Kresnov, an artificial human.

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SFFWorld.com

With this novel, Shepherd, and Kresnov, joins the ranks of writers like Karen Traviss, Marienne de Pierres, and Elizabeth Bear.

Oct 30 2006 | Read Full Review of Crossover: A Cassandra Kresno...

SF Signal

The occasional action scenes – an assassination attempt, bullet-riddled shoot-outs, military missions, some interesting back story on Cassandra’s former life – injected some much-needed adrenalin into the story and made it interesting again.

Sep 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Crossover: A Cassandra Kresno...

Monsters and Critics

The first novel in a new series follows the adventures of Cassandra, an artificial person who experiences a moral awakening and must forge new friendships with old enemies, while attempting to confront the most disturbing and deadly realities of her own existence.

Jul 29 2006 | Read Full Review of Crossover: A Cassandra Kresno...

Boomtron

The three Cassandra Kresnov books (Crossover, Breakaway, and Killswitch) have already seen print in Australia, but thanks to Pyr, a new science fiction and fantasy imprint from Prometheus Books, they are garnering new life in the United States.

Oct 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Crossover: A Cassandra Kresno...

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