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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reissue edition (March 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067169863X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671698638
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #871,154 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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Anne McCaffrey books are great!
Mnementh
I would have really liked this book if it slowed down a bit, but I'm left not so much wanting more and wondering what happened.
Wyddr
The characters are interesting, the action and personal interaction a nice balance, and holds my interest very well.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Rick Widmer on January 19, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on August 26, 2006
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My goodness. All these years - decades, I'm fairly certain - after I read McCaffrey's DINOSAUR PLANET and DINOSAUR PLANET SURVIVORS, here's a book giving that story's cliffhanger ending a decent resolution! I had no clue about this when I started reading SASSINAK, though. It was simply one more of this novel's pleasant surprises.

Title character Sassinak, whose single name is often shortened to Sass or Sassy, definitely belongs more to the Elizabeth Moon school of heroines than to that of the more traditional McCaffrey. No one ever suggests to Sassinak (who would dare?) that she's really not fulfilled as she ought to be in her life as a Fleet officer, for lack of a husband and babies. Nor does anyone suggest that her traumatic background, kidnapped at age 12 and then held captive for several years by pirates who murdered her whole immediate family, makes her emotionally damaged goods unfit for starship command. Sass's life is about challenges, and what she does with challenges is overcome them.

There's action and adventure in plenty here, but basically SASSINAK is character-driven military sci-fi at its best. Sassinak has just the right mix of confidence and conscience to make her seem utterly real, and the characters surrounding her also have depth enough for credibility. I especially enjoyed the plot twist at the book's ending, which left me hoping for - heaven help me - a sequel. I would love to read more about Sassinak and her universe, and that's as a high a compliment as I can pay two of my favorite authors.

Note: On arriving at Amazon to post this review, I've discovered that there IS more! Happy dance time!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Wetzel on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Svarog The Mighty on April 20, 2008
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I enjoyed reading this book when I was in high school. As an adult I'm a bit more picky with my reading. But as a teenager I thought it was a good space opera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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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*...at best, a rather bland muddle of confused conspiracies and an unlikable heroine.
I don't know how much to pin on Moon - but I have heard that she's done excellent military books, so it's possible that the book's greatest strength can be attributed to her. While it failed to stir me in any way, the book does present a semi-realistic view of the military in the future. Hurrah. However, where the book goes astray is when the authors try to have it both ways - I have no problem with hard science-fiction, but when soft sci-fi sensibilities are mixed in with it - ugh.
In short, save your money and go for some other stuff. This is not their top work.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 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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