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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.
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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.
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2002
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on July 17 2001 by J. Wetzel
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? Read morePublished on Dec 28 2000 by "kevinza"
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.Published on Aug. 15 2000
i recomend the entire series as true to the Anne McCaffery universPublished on March 8 2000 by Vkorval
Unreadable. I'd recommend if you were a particular masochist, but otherwise - go and enjoy dental surgery, it would be far more pleasurable and constructive than reading this... Read morePublished on Oct. 2 1999
This book was quite a disappointment after being brought up on McCaffrey's excellent Pern series. I expected something a bit more moving then *this*... Read morePublished on Sept. 15 1999