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Publisher's Summary

Old enough to be used

Young enough to be broken

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 from your typical slave girl. Maybe it was her unusual physical strength. 

Maybe it was her friendship with the captured Fleet crewman. Maybe it was her spirit. Whatever it was, it wouldn’t let her resign herself to the life of a slave. She bided her time, watched for her moment. Finally it came, and she escaped.

But that was only the beginning for Sassinak. Now she’s a Fleet Captain with a pirate-chasing ship of her own, and only one regret in her life: not enough pirates.

©1990 by Bill Fawcett & Associates (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media

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Apprenticeship in action?

Interesting collaboration/transition between a waning Anne McCaffrey and nascent Elizabeth Moon. Strong female lead and familiar themes make for a fast fun read.

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Elizabeth and Anne are great!

Exciting , fun and very addictive. Gladly spent an entire day raptivly engrossed. Anxietly awaiting the rest of the Planet Pirates series.

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Excellent Book and Excellent Narration

I remember reading this when it was first published and the story is excellent.
The new narration is as good as the story.

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Great story

I have always liked both Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon. Together they did a great job.

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Good

Not really military. Good though, even Army can understand it even if the Vegan stuff is added.

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Not up to Anne McCaffrey's other series.

It lacked the imagination of her other works; Dragonriders of Pern (telepathic connections), or Killashandra (enthralling crystals).

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Definitely dated, but very enjoyable sci-fi story

The narrator, at first, was slightly robotic in her reading, but it was just that her voice has a burr to it, which ended up fitting well with Sassinak's character. The narrator was also able to affect several different voices for the various characters within the book. The reading was also quite seamless, nearly totally immersing me in the story.

Sassinak's story takes her from being a happy child in a young colony, to being a slave, an academy cadet, a junior officer, and finally a commander of her own ship. Throughout her lifetime, she does her best to be an example of fairness to all who are part of the federation and the fleet, working against long held prejudices against certain humanoid and alien species. She has lost family, both blood and chosen family, but will not let anything stop her from her goal of finding and terminating the pirate organization that stole her and countless othes from colony worlds. Her journey has many successes and failures, and the story ends well on its own, but also continues in the next book, 'The Death of Sleep'.

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The characters are likable and the story is interesting if a bit episodic. The last section of the book introduces too many characters too quickly and I had a bit of trouble sorting them out.

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Well read an interesting science fiction. Good combination by both authors. I hope the sequel is equally interesting

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marvelous!

A great rendition of on of my favorite books. I throughly enjoyed listening to this story.