Sassinak (Planet Pirates Series #1)

Sassinak (Planet Pirates Series #1)

4.0 9
by Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Moon
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different . . . and bided her time to become the fleet captain of a pirate-chasing ship of her own.  See more details below

Overview

Sassinak was 12 when the raiders came. That made her just the right age: old enough to be used, young enough to be broken. Or so the slavers thought. But Sassy turned out to be a little different . . . and bided her time to become the fleet captain of a pirate-chasing ship of her own.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Mar . )

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671698638
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Series:
Planet Pirates Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
472,150
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 4.26(h) x 1.03(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Sassinak 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RTeri More than 1 year ago
I love this whole series: from Sassinak to Lunzie and back. She first published Dinosaur Planet from which this series stems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago