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4.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Ginnie Dare Series

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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: #10,188,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a likable book for any pre-teen to young adult. The entire story reminds me of an old Star Trek: Next Generation episode with a young Mr. Crusher. In this case, it's a young Ms. Dare. I liked the concept then I like now. She saves the day while all the brave and all knowing adults run around chasing their tail.

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.
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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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By Stephen on February 26, 2012
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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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Ginnie Dare: the Crimson Sands by Scott Roche is a delightful YA sci-fi mystery for the whole family. The story opens with Ginnie, the daughter of a merchant, anticipating the Dare Company's next delivery. This gives an immediate look into the titular character and hooked me into the story.

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.
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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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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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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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