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Daring (Kris Longknife)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
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I love this series and plan on buying every book that comes out.

However, though while this book opens up great possibilities for the next one, it felt incomplete. Lots of action and entertainment but it felt like it's main purpose was to set up the next one in the series.

Introduced many questions and interesting possibilities but ultimately it chopped off rather awkwardly in the middle of the crescendo.

Now I have to wait for the next book so I can perhaps retroactively enjoy this one more.

Great novels but as to deciding how to end a multivolume story, not so much. I was left feeling frustrated at the abrupt end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2011
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I read this in one day. There is lots of action, but it also has good character development. I preordered this as I knew the series was good. You leave the book knowing you want the next one.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2011
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In this book, the longknife story is taken into paths well travelled. An ad-hoc band of ships (the few and the proud) travels into deep space to fight a massive alien fleet (a massed multitude of minions). There are some plot holes in the story IMHO, but the book adds some new themes and plot developements and retains the humor and spunk of the previous novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I have read all the Kris Longknife series and this may be the weakest of the bunch. If not familair with the series don't start with this one. If you love the series this one adds some filling out of the charecter and relationships with family, Vicky Peterwald, and Jack (Kris's "bodyguard"). But Kris's thinking seems the weakest of any of the series, the challenges too contrived and the solutions simplistic. Leaps of logic and presenting conclusions, as if there were no alternative conclusions, reminds me more of books written for juveniles. Frankly I feel like the author forced this one out even though he wasn't ready - for money or to meet a deadline. At least the pricing seems to be holding the line not playing with outragouse pricing some authors are trying for new books in series. Bottom line if you like the series, this is OK addition and fairly easy read. If not familair with series don't start here. If penny pinching get it at the library; this will likely not be the one you reread a dozen times.

Spoiler alert- I particulalry disliked:
Kris decision to go to battle based on leaps of logic and without exploring options
Her battle plan was simplistic and put many more ships at risk than required.
Her end of battle was not thought out at all - everyone run away? What did she accomplish?
Only an idiot gets into fuel problems, when she controls fuel consumption.
The family reunion was ridiculous. Nobody plans that machielvelian, nobody can plan that many complicated interactions and know exactly what will happen.
The public reaction was too stupid and simplistic, almost created just so we would get mad at "stupidity of public" and empathise with Kris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
#1 HALL OF FAMEon October 28, 2011
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The seemingly endless war between the United States and the Iteeche appears over with the signing of a peace treaty. Both sides can return to what they were doing before the two species collided, exploring space. However, scouts probing a particular sector vanish with no bodies, ship fragments or anything belonging to the Iteeche anywhere in the vicinity.

The two species collaborate with an investigation into what happened to the vessels. Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife volunteers to lead a Fleet of Discovery into uncharted regions. At a jump point, they find aliens who destroyed a sentient planet. Kris and crew learn who this creepy enemy is as they fight and if they loose commit suicide. Still she must remain calm as she decides to stop the aliens, who can pass for human, from destroying the orb where the sentient bird like species live knowing if she goes ahead with her plan it will lead to another interstellar war.

The eighth Kris Longknife outer space military science fiction (see Undaunted) will elate fans of the series who know how far the heroine has come from her rookie ensign salad days to leading a flotilla. The story line is faster than the speed of light as the humans and their former enemy the Iteeche debate how to deal with a third species while Kris deploys the Eisenhower principle of exploring all other viable options before sending soldiers to die.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
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I just purchased this book and enjoyed it very much. Basically, the plot picks up with Kris and gang seeking to probe the new enemies the Iteechee have run into. As usual, a number of things crop up along the way to spice up the book. This book kept me hooked throughout---would Kris and crew survive the next round of antics? Major new threads emerge during this book as Kris finds a love interest, a homicidal alien race emerges, tension between the Longknife clan remains taut, and the action remains tight throughout. As Kris struggles against political forces, aliens, moral dilemmas, and the natural elements this book had a variety of interesting scenarios that kept me interested and flipping the pages.

A number of people in other reviews mentioned problems about the science behind the weapons--honestly, I'm not really worried if the science is 100% accurate (not sure in that department), but then again this book is labeled fiction for a reason, and a good story is all that I am looking for. Thankfully, this new book delivers, advances the story significantly, and already has me looking forward to the next novel. Do yourself a favor and get immersed in this book (and series) and you can thank me later.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2011
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The next in the series about "those damned longknives". The last book started to show the change in direction of the series. In this book she is acting as a fleet admiral even though she is just a Lt. commander, preaching genocide even though she hasn't turned 30 yet(I don't think) and acting as a personal representative of a King of hundreds of worlds (her Grandpa). If you like Space Opera, this is the best, and the characters are human not cardboard. This book is a little darker than normal for Mike to write but there does seem to be dark times coming. I can't wait for the next book to see how she works out her problems, both political and personal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
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[spoilers]

In his forward, the author makes clear that we turn a leaf in this new Kris Longknife installment. It's true: In this installment the series morphs from it's quirky mix of ballroom and gunboat diplomacy into pure space opera. As a longtime fan of this series, it saddens me that the Princess appears to have put away her pumps forever as she gears up for a grinding multi-volume space war. Watching the conflict unfold will be interesting, I'm sure, but to me the series loses some of its unique charm in the transition. At least Kris finally gets off first base with Jack. It's about time. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2011
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Best of the Longknife series, by far. The writing is taut, the action compelling, and the story quite satisfying, especially for those of us who have taken the full ride. I'll admit that the way the series titles were going, I expected the title of this one to be Antidisindefatigable, but was pleasantly surprised to see that the author had trimmed his sails on the title... Daring is fitting. And I was amused to see that the technical term "Goo" was lacking a Trademark. Aside from such quibbles, if you liked any of the books in the series, you'll love this one. Good yarn, well executed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
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Keeps the story alive while bringing new facts into the action. More new aliens as if the Itchee weren't enough. Need more like this.Kris Longknife: Daring
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