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Product Details

  • Series: Kris Longknife (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015412
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #607,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

"Mike Shepherd" is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe. Moscoe, a former civil servant, lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Ellen and now writes full-time. As Mike Shepherd, he has written the five very popular Kris Longknife military science fiction adventures, with more to come!

More About the Author

Mike Shepherd grew up Navy. It taught him early about change and the chain of command. He's worked as a bartender and cabdriver, personnel adviser and labor negotiator. Now retired from building databases about the endangered critters of the Northwest, he's looking forward to some fun reading and writing.

Mike lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife. He enjoys reading, writing, dreaming, watching grandchildren for story ideas, and upgrading his computer--all are never-ending pursuits.

He's hard at work on Kris's next story.

You can learn more about Mike and all his books at his website www.mikeshepherd.org or e-mail him at Mike_Shepherd@comcast.net.

Customer Reviews

Good characters well written.
G. Robinson
Mike Shepherd has created an excellent series with the Kris Longknife series.
DMR
I'd guess the author had to push to get this one done.
GSM

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By C Boyle on November 1, 2007
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First of all, I very much enjoyed the prior novels, "light" as they might be in some ways (classic space opera and lighter-weight military sci fi, not that they were short on challenges and even various tragedies in the plots). Unfortunately, this one has yet another expendable Peterwald arriving at just the same time as our heroine, with (yet again) a plan to over throw the local government that is maturing at just that convenient time. Without giving away any details, this struck me as a repeat of what has become a formula for this author, with two changes that aren't entirely improvements. There is lot more text devoted to battle scenes, and a whole lot of text devoted to the wonders of Marines (who certainly are amazing, but too much of it doesn't make for a strong novel), and less to character development. The plot development itself is a bit rough at times, as so much time goes to the prior topics (bang bang! and praise of the Marines) that the many twists and turns are not always well developed. It's not bad, but it's not as good as the prior works. Readers who want a lot more gunfights and more idolatry of the services will enjoy it more than those who prefer a balanced approach to the same messages. Perhaps that's what fans want; if so, you'll enjoy this more than I did. I don't think attempting to emulate Weber (much "harder core" military sci fi, and quite good at it) was as successful as following this author's own muse had been in the earlier books. There is more background on one of the secondary characters, but it is unsurprising and the main character Kris is simply robotically following the same old script, except in the the last few pages. It might be viewed as a transitional novel, which are often weaker, as the ending obviously sets up another episode in the "franchise".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lb136 VINE VOICE on November 19, 2010
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Note: This review assumes you're familiar with this series.

This fifth novel in the open-ended Kris Longknife series wastes no time getting "That Longknife Princess" into trouble. In fact Grampa Trouble's got her into a serious mess by sending her to a most non-edenic planet that calls itself New Eden. After thwarting an assassination attempt or two, fighting with the local authorities and her own ambassador, and resnatching a kidnap victim, Kris learns of a planned slaughter of the not so innocent, and after some uncertainty (in her mind anyway--readers know well that no action, no book) decides to save their butts anyhow. The last third of the book features Mike Shepherd's signature step-by-step multiple POV view of a battle--this one fought on land by marines, rather than in space.

Mr. Shepherd proves once again that when it comes to grand finales, he's efficiency itself. Unlike some authors, he knows when to stop the descriptive passages, the interior monologues, and relationship issues and sprint to the finish. But that's not to say that he ignores character building. In this novel Kris begins to show signs of adulthood, and actually self-questions some of her motivations before proceeding. And we learn a great deal more about Abby, at long last. We also are introduced to a new Peterwald, red-headed sociopathic Victoria. We shall, I am quite sure, be seeing more of her in future books in the series.

Notes and asides: As always, the author tacks on a bit of a coda that sets things up for the next book in the series.... I'm far from a typo-hunter, but: as is typical of this publisher, who shows no respect either for the reader or the author, the book is riddled with typos and homonyms (shown for shone, e.g.) that the spellchecker didn't, of course, catch. Since my stars are awarded strictly to the author, none are deducted from this four-star (plus) effort here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John R. Johnson on January 17, 2008
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This is the fourth book of the series and I have enjoyed them all. If you like the Longknife universe you can get more background information from the books under Mike Shepards real name, Mike Moscoe. They are all good reads and I enjoyed them all.

This book also sees the start of new conditions where Kris Longknife will no longer be at the beck and call of her grandfather but will in future books be making her own decisions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GSM on January 7, 2008
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Less enjoyable than the previous two novels. I found the storyline jumped around without any real center to focus the reader. The plot such as it is fixates on democracy with almost a religious fervor. Strange.

I'd guess the author had to push to get this one done. Whenever I read a book like this one I think of the old Python audio album titled 'Contractual Obligations.'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 28, 2007
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After numerous assassination attempts, Princess Kris Longknife, a Lieutenant in the Wardhaven navy plans to do a little business and get some rest and relaxation on the planet New Eden. Almost as soon as she lands an attempt is made on her life and efforts to get assistance from her computer implant were jammed. This was thought to be impossible and the last time it happened her family's enemies were involved.

The attempt on her life makes it on the news and she learns after some digging that New Eden is not as productive and peaceful as it is supposed to be. New Eden journalists are forbidden from reporting negative stories, a large part of the population is forbidden to vote and there is much crime but nobody hears of it. She discovers Victoria is on the planet and she blames Kris for killing her brother. In the course of dealing with another assassination attempt, a large cache of weapons is found by Kris' troops. Something big is going to happen on New Eden and Kris will find herself, her marines and other allies in the middle of it.

Mike Shepherd is a fantastic storyteller who excels at writing military science fiction. His protagonist is a strong willed independent thinker who does what she thinks is best for humanity even if it means not adhering to planetary law. Human life is very precious to her and those people in her inner circle who play roles in the storyline. There is plenty of action and tension as this is a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience for science fiction fans.

Harriet Klausner
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