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Ginnie Dare: Crimson Sands Paperback – April 12, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
I really liked what the artifact did. It was very cool idea. Mr. Roche brings these kind of nuggets to the table for readers to explore and appreciate. He's done this in past stories and I expect more of the same in the future. My only argument with Mr. Roche that he tends to take his time to get the party started. Once the party does start, Mr. Roche fires on all cylinders. I have read previous stories by Mr. Roche an I have gotten use to his style and I've come to accept it. New readers may rightfully be turned off by this style. They will be missing out if they do.
Young readers will definitely like the book.
Good read for young and old alike. I really hope there's another Ginnie book in the future!
Things start happening right away when Ginnie, who serves as the communications officer for her dad's ship, notices something's not quite right. As they approach their destination, they're met with silence. The mystery begins.
On the desert plant's surface, they find the colonists missing with everything set as if they were suddenly taken. A very eery atmosphere as the away team looks for clues as to where they might've gone. The story progresses at a quick pace with aliens, a mystery object, and confrontation with the military. Where have the colonists gone? What does the military want so badly? What are the alien's motives? Is the object the key to the mystery or just a pretty piece of art?
Scott does an excellent job of creating a colorful world with interesting characters. I read this while on my exercise machine, which made that chore go by very quickly. In fact, I'd often go a few more minutes to finish a chapter. While there are a few tiny things that may bother some readers, I understood the target audience for this story and easily overlooked them.
Conclusion: this is a fun, quick read that kids are sure to like as well as adults who enjoy a trip back to their youth. I hope there will be more adventures with this interesting young lady.
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.Read more ›
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 ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a diamond among gems. It's shatters my expectations and then supercedes my speculation in scope and content. Read morePublished 15 months ago by antowan batts
Ginnie Dare: Crimson Sands is the first adventure of young explorer Ginnie Dare. She's part of the crew of her father's independent space freight hauler, but still looking for a... Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by R. Coleman
Ginnie Dare is a wonderful sci-fi adventure featuring a remarkable girl protagonist. It makes a perfect introduction to Science Fiction for a YA reader, or a delightful diversion... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Hugh J
I received a review copy of Ginnie Dare last week, and being in need of a good middle grade read, jumped right in. Mr. Read morePublished on January 14, 2013 by Rebecca M. Douglass
Can't wait for the next tale in this series, would love to see a grown up version of this character!Published on October 18, 2012 by Tobias E. Queen (Voice For Hire)
A great story set in a Science Fiction setting that presents a strong character, Ginnie, who enters into an adventure that reminds me of the stories I loved in Star Trek. Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by ChattyNana
This is a fast paced, action packed YA sci-fi story that will grab the attention of readers of all ages. Great dialogue, thorough character development, and a well crafted plot. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by JD
I bought this on a friend's recommendation, and was pleasantly surprised to find a few ideas I thought novel, blended in with the usual space opera science fiction, which I have... Read morePublished on June 14, 2012 by Jake's Grandpa
Ginnie Dare is a YA Space Adventure that gives us a fun experience in the future. Rather than following a military crew and their ship ala The Enterprise in Star Trek you follow... Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Nuchtchas