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SASSINAK [Mass Market Paperback]

MCCAFFREY
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March 1 1990 Planet Pirates
Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different . . . and bided her time to become the fleet captain of a pirate-chasing ship of her own. Original.

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From Publishers Weekly

The first in the Planet Pirates series, this science fiction yarn offers a vivid universe inhabited by cardboard citizens. Sassinak, the heroine and the only developed character, steps straight from a formula: When she is 12, pirates raid her native colony, enslaving her and g murdering her family. Abe, a fellow captive, befriends her and, when they are emancipated by Fleet (the military), becomes her guardian until he is slain in a barroom brawl. Intelligent and daring, Sass joins Fleet, seeking vengeance on her enemies. She becomes the classic fictional commander: a loner whose entire life is subsumed by the military. Fortunately, Sass's exploits are so expertly recounted that their intrigue and adventure compensate for the hackneyed plot line. Cleverly drawn aliens, supporting characters here, allow the authors to explore various aspects of prejudice. Sass's appraisal of men, however, verges at times on sexist. Hugo winner McCaffrey's works include Dragonsdawn ; Moon is the author of Oath of Gold. Major ad/promo.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey is the author of the much-loved Dragonriders of Pern series. Brought up in the US, she currently lives in Ireland. Elizabeth Moon served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Marine Corps and is the author of the Deed of Paksenarrion series. She lives in Texas. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Loose and Rather Limp March 29 2004
By wing_a
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book because I had just finished Moon's Heris/Esmay series and wanted more. I was pretty disappointed. While the premise of this novel was a good one-- slave girl turning her life around to rise up in Fleet-- it didn't live up to its potential.
The novel is divided into four parts, and in part one, the plot starts out steadily enough. I actually devour all of Parts one and two in a matter of hours. But then, in my opinion, the plot starts to slow down. The storyline loosens, and if you pay attention, you can find loopholes everywhere. The authors also don't do that great a job of advancing character development. As a result, a lot of loose ends are left hanging, not in a good way either. For instance, take the way it was insinuated that Sass and Ford had had a previous relationship and that they might re-enter that even though Sass didn't feel ready for it. The authors never really followed up with that thought.
Its stuff like that that makes this book a big disappointment. Both McCaffrey and Moon are much better authors than this work seems to suggest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sassinak Oct. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is of the type you read when there is nothing else available and someone gave it to you. The holes in the plot are wide enough for spaceships to fly through, and it shows McCaffrey's often-seen tendency to not follow through a logical sequence. Moon actually can write military s-f of the softer sort with better plotting than this. Read any (ALL!) of her Heris Serrano or Esmay Suiza books to find out how this sort of thing should be done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The WHOLE story Jan. 19 2002
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Sassinak on its own is a pretty good story, but there are a few holes in it, and it doesn't seem finished... Almost like it is just a chapter in a bigger book.
Well it is. To get the whole story you need to read: The Death Of Sleep by Anne McCaffery and Jody Lynn Nye followed by Dinosaur Planet and Dinousar Planet Survivors, both by Anne McCaffery. Then Sassinak and finaly Generation Warriors. (Also by Anne McCaffery and Elizabeth Moon.)
That way you can read the WHILE story, starting with the first time Lunzie gets shipwrecked till they all save the known universe, almost by accident. You'll have to read the books to see how they do it! The books are all tied together and you get to see some of the same scenes from different points of view.
They are well worth the time to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An entrancing tale July 17 2001
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Sassinak is a clever and interesting character. Yes, I know that she will likely survive each situation, and is a bit of a wunderkind, but I can accept this and still care about her. The action moves well and the plot twists kept me turning the pages. In my opinion this book is highly enjoyable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Dec 28 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is as entertaining read, but, it often felt like I had mistakenly skipped large areas, and a re-read showed I had not. Maybe a 2-author problem? More characterisation would have been nice as well. (Moon fan).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Moderately Ludicrous Aug. 15 2000
By A Customer
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In retrospect, it's hard to say where exactly Sassinak goes awry. It has, for example, an absolute gold mine of a premise - an abducted girl grows up to the be one of the most powerful military leaders in space history. However, somewhere in the execution, the authors tripped over themselves. The book jumps from place to place with little or no transition, and Sassinak's original abduction happens so fast and is treated so trivially by the authors that it's hard to see it as a traumatic event that shaped her personality. Likewise, there is truly uninspired series of scenes with Sassinak in military school - and then, whoops! She's a cadet! And then, whoops! She's a captain. The last 50 pages are a confusing mish-mash of abrupt deus ex machinas and hastily resolved plot points. How are they resolved, you ask? I have no idea, but when I turned the page, all the characters were busy chatting about how glad they were that *that* was over, and I took it on faith that resolution occured. God knows I'm not going to read the book again to find out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars blah Aug. 15 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i used to like anne mccaffrey, but that was when she could WRITE. this book was so boring, I couldn't even get through it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A McCaffery Clasic March 8 2000
By Vkorval
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i recomend the entire series as true to the Anne McCaffery univers
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