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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461091543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461091547
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,999,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A military brat, fan of horror and occult fiction at an embarrassingly (for my parents anyway) young age, and a seeker of the true reality beyond that which we see every day, I try and include as much life experience in my writing as I can. Every story I write combines these elements into something that I hope you will not only enjoy, but tell all of your friends about. I am active in the podcast fiction sphere and am a contributing editor at Flying Island Press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on February 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed this book. It's funny, exciting and totally endearing. It's not too long so it's perfect if you're not looking for a door stop.
Good read for young and old alike. I really hope there's another Ginnie book in the future!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Welborn on June 6, 2012
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A fantastic science fiction piece, Ginnie Dare, while geared for a younger audience, has plenty to appeal to all ages in both story-telling and characters. I hope to see another volume in what could become an epic series of novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Seiffert on February 22, 2012
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Currently reading this with my daughter and we are both hooked. Great book love this author. Great for all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Beard on December 3, 2011
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Centuries in the future, intelligent teenager Virginia "Ginnie" Dare works as a communication specialist on her father's freighter. When a routine supply mission leads to the discovery of a entire missing colony population, Ginnie is thrust into adventure.

With the main character's name and the basic scenario echoing one of the most famous disappearances in early American history, the young adult science-fiction tale Ginnie Dare: Crimson Sands opens with engaging natural tension sustained both the mystery of the disappearance of the colonist and the true nature of the inscrutable native population. The subsequent plot unfolds at a comfortable pace, though the beginning was a bit slow. Once things get going, the general tension is maintained, for the most part, well throughout both in tense more-action oriented segments and those parts of the story that focus more on simply attempting to answer the questions that naturally present themselves when hundreds of people disappear into the unknown.

That being said, the tension is occasionally undermined by a slight tendency, more pronounced in the first half of the story, toward spending too much time explaining setting details. If these elements were more organically integrated into the native, the same information would have probably seemed less intrusive and damaged

Character development over the story is generally competent, though the first half of the book suffers from a tendency to be too concerned with showing too many different viewpoints. In some ways this slightly deflates the drama as it reduces some of the points of dramatic uncertainty and, therefore, the accompanying tension.

Also, the book is at its best when it focuses on the titular heroine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Combs on September 22, 2011
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This was a very well written book. The story line revolves around the adventures of Ginnie Dare, a tech savvy teenager with multiple skills and an endearing personality. You immediately find yourself identifying with her and working through the puzzles in the book along with her and testing your own knowledge and precision. There is an incredible mix of action, character development, world building and dramatic elements. The characters have depth and the complexity grows through the book and hopefully will continue to grow in more iterations of Ginnie's Adventures. There are some elements and obvious throwbacks to the story of the lost colony in American history which has intrigued millions for centuries, why not transport that forward into the future? Ginnie Dare marvelously handles that order.

For the constructive criticism part I would say introduction of new elements in the world was handled decent but maybe not ideal. At times it seemed to occupy several paragraphs and it might flow better if they were integrated more as snap shots throughout the first few chapters from the characters or the narrator rather than a couple paragraphs immediately explaining them in their entirety in one instance. That may just be personal preference, it doesn't detract much if at all from the story, just a side note. Those elements may have contributed to the first couple chapters seeming to start slow, since there was a lot of world and character building happening immediately but by chapter 3 or 4 I was entrenched, just another point of consideration. There were a couple of technical things here and there, but nothing of substantial issue I think.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By generallogan on June 6, 2012
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Ginnie Dare is an exciting, well-paced story, a great entry point into the world of spacefaring sci-fi for both younger readers and adults. The protagonist feels "real", well-developed--truly the heart of the story. You won't regret this purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Sobkowiak on June 24, 2012
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What more can I say about this wonderful story other than I dare you NOT to read it. It's full of adventure, mystery, aliens and American History! What? Yeah, it's in there.

You introduced a strong Y/A character that didn't need to rely on magic/luck/adults to get her work done Ginnie Rocks

Ginnie is a great kid, working for her family's shipping company, in Space. Their plans go awry when they arrive at their drop point and find that everyone they expect to meet, is gone. Vanished, Skidooshed. Ginnie being the insightful, intelligent girl that she is, begins her own investigation and what she finds brings us closer to the truth that many of the adults in the story would rather have you not discover.

Scott Roche has taken a great idea, infused it with Science Fiction, character development and adventure and written a story that any reader, young and old alike would be hard pressed to put down.

I dare you not to pick it up. I dare you not to like it. It's just that good.

Go ahead, I won't tell anyone ;)
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