Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass - and to demonstrate that, they've promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy.
But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife. And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself - reluctantly - having to make some command decisions about her future....
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"Enthralling, fast pace"
This is book eleven in the Longknife series. You must read the books in order or else you will be lost.
In the last book Kris had found her Grandma Rita (King Ray’s long missing wife- she went missing during the Iteechee War). Rita’s war ship disappeared during a bad jump. Rita and her crew were living on the bird plant Alwa that Kris had saved from destruction by the huge alien ship.
In this book Kris is back in the good graces of Wardhaven and has been made first a Commodore when King Ray arrived at Alwa with a fleet of war ships for Kris, then an Admiral when the second fleet of war ships and repair base ships, supply ships and a space station arrived for her to command. She also has to prepare for a pending war with the aliens. King Ray made Kris the Viceroy of Alwa, to rule and make contracts, treaties and so on. The Alwa human colony and the Alwans decided not to join the United Societies but accept associate status, and accept Kris as the Viceroy.
The story is fast paced with lots of action, suspense and space battles. The suspense of rescuing the crew of the missing USS Hornet was typical Shepherd. As with all the books there is pithy dialogue and humor. I still like the smart computer “Nelly” best of all.
I get the feeling the series maybe coming to a close soon as numerous things are explained, some plot threads are tied up and some are left hanging for the next book. Dina Pearlman narrated the series.
"A Greate Series and preformances by Dina Pearlman"
I have now listened to the whole series. I love it... I think this is another series I will listen to more than once.
If you like space battles salted by political intrigue you will like this series.
Most of the series does not have even a mention of sex. This one has some sex scenes but nothing really hardcore..
"I Like this series"
Fun, bit different, good new characters
Pretty much all MS books in the series
I like all the long knifes and a new character we meet in this book.
I find this a good series MS always writes a good book and this universe is always on par. i have yet to read or listen to one of his books i don't like. he has finally gotten away from the tag line of those d*mn longkifes, it gets real old. so i was happy to only hear it once or twice in this book. And seems that Kris gets off on here own allot more in this book.
"Will there be a wedding?"
Well, I won't spoil the suspense. There may be a wedding or maybe not. What is interesting is seeing Kris going through what all spouses (or perhaps not) experience when a loved one goes off to battle. I'm not sure this book should be read without reading earlier ones in the series. Actually, I am sure. Read earlier ones first. If you have, this one is well worth the credit..
"Make Love (then war .... then some more love ...)"
Overall a very good addition to the Kris Longknife saga, although the story periodically switches between something that feels like a Harlequin romance and something else that feels like a battle from Master and Commander. On the one hand, Kris and Jack finally get married and Mike Shepherd provides a fairly graphic description of their "honeymoon activities". Based on that alone, this story is decidedly not PG. On the other hand, the battles, particularly the last one, are exciting (in a much different way) but are described in a similar level of "high" detail. The story has some interesting and colorful cross references to events from the Jump Universe series although it is not at all necessary to have read that series for context It also has a satisfying ending while leaving strong hints about the next book.
"This was a story in futility"
The Love scenes were something I would expect from a pre-teen. Too much focus on the sexual relationship and poorly written. Please leave the sex out of your writings, your stories are more enjoyable that way.
The story stands on it's own, solid foundation and action scenes
No, but she always does a bang up job in the Kris Longkife series
Cut out the sex scenes, yes I would.
but sometimes I think the narrator does her job in a room with no dampening material. otherwise a great listen
"Dina Pearlman Voice Changed Over Time!?"
I do not know what happend to Dina Pearlman, comparing book 1 in the Kris Longknife series with the later readings one would think its a different narrator altogether. In my opinion the narration is getting worse.. Its as if Dina was regularly munching on barbed wire and guzzling terpentine or some such.
I have the complete set of her book.
I'll never buy another one of her book. That should say it all.
"Not as action packed as others"
While i own all the Longknife sagas and found this one less than the other ten doesn't mean i won't get the next one out.
I cannot wait for the next book so bring it on
Dina gives a good performance for all her characters while i do love her performance of Abby
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