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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 346 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reissue edition (March 15 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067169863X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671698638
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #640,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By wing_a on March 29 2004
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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By A Customer on Aug. 15 2000
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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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By A Customer on Oct. 26 1999
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It's not often that you can point out one specific thing that makes or breaks a book. A book is dependent on so many different themes and characters that it's nearly impossible to pinpoint the deciding factor. Sassinak is no exception - after reading it, you know that it was a *bad* book, but you can't quite figure out why. Sassinak herself has all the gutsy trademarks that tend to sell girly hardcore sci-fi: she's cool, distant, keeps her head, uses guns and men with the same aplomb. But, in a way, you sense that Sassinak is profoundly unhappy...but instead of the author's working this concept in to intrigue you, it's more like both the reader and Sassinak have to suffer through this long, painful affair. It's structured - but it's soulless, frankly. There's no warmth, no love. Robin McKinley put it best when she described that moment when an author hits the right note with a story - it's like picking up cold stones in the dark and finding a puppy. You know it's a puppy because it moves, it wiggles, it's alive. Sassinak is cold and lifeless, without any spark of creation.
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I regularly recommend this series to many interested Sci-Fi readers, with great results. As a minor disclaimer; I do admit that I usually love McCaffrey's works, and believe that she deserves to be treasured for her contributions to Sci-Fi literature.
Though this book may NOT be the most advanced literary work in science fiction today, I can state the following with complete assurity. If you are looking for a GREAT adventure that reflects a highly detailed look at a spacefaring/human-centric universe, you WILL be extreemly pleased with this book.
As always these ladies expertly render human emotion with their characteristic flair for character development. Though of a slightly different genre than their most popular series', their characters take on a life of their own.
Elizabeth Moon is also one of Sci-Fi's comtemporary gems. One reason I enjoyed her seasoning in this work is that it was an opportunity for her to influence the development of a heroine without her usual penchant for emotionaly crippled characters, as in the Paksennarion series. I enjoyed the characters in this series immensly and Sassinak is one of my favorite heroines to date.
As another reviewer also stated, their military backstory, treatment and understanding makes the battle in this book exemplary.
To summarize, give it a chance, don't take your own opinions too seriously, determine to have fun and you will treasure this book (Series) with many reads in the future.
This entire series IS worth owning (Period).
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By A Customer on March 28 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't know that pain could be this bad, but I was apparently wrong. I'm still trying to decide who to blame for this travesty of a novel. I haven't read any of Elizabeth Moon's materials, so my view is a little skewed...
But it's probable that both woman lent their weaknesses to this one. Anne McCaffrey tends to focus more on her characters, to this book's detriment. The novel itself is simply a soulless connection of odd passages in a hideous woman's life as she makes her way from a slave up the military lines.
There's not exactly a underlying POINT to this novel. Sure, you feel pity for Sassinak in the beginning, as her parents are slaughtered and she becomes a slave. Then you just start feeling sorry for her because she's in this gutless, flimsy excuse for a novel. Then, you just kind of go numb.
The novel really jerks from one portion of her life to another, with no real reason behind each jerk. And the end...really trails off, because you don't have a clue as to where the climax is. Throughout the book, suggestions of a conspiracy involving the subjugated races are brought up, but that, of course, goes no where.
In the end, you're left with a hollow, empty feeling of having lost something infinitely precious. That is, your time and your money. For the love of all that's holy, please spend it somewhere else!
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