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Kris Longknife: Defender Mass Market Paperback – October 29, 2013

Book 11 of 12 in the Kris Longknife Series

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Praise for the Kris Longknife novels

“A whopping good read…Fast-paced, exciting, nicely detailed, with some innovative touches.”Elizabeth Moon, Nebula Award-winning author of Echoes of Betrayal

“Kris can kick, shoot, and punch her way out of any dangerous situation, and she can do it while wearing stilettos and a tight cocktail dress.”—Sci Fi Weekly

“Fabulously written and frenetically paced, the Kris Longknife series is one of the best in science fiction.”—Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Mike Shepherd is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe. Moscoe is a full-time writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kris Longknife (Book 11)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425253414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425253410
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Love the characters, great suspense, great story telling.
Grumpy Old Man
The book is a bit slow to get going with quite a few pages spent on Kris and Jack’s relationship with a lot of talking between them.
Dark Jedi
Recommend: I would recommend this book to people who like reading Science Fiction stories.
Jeffrey F Korpics

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tracy on November 3, 2013
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I think I am going to be the first one to give this a not so favorable review. (Potential Spoilers).......... One of the things I liked about these books was the character interaction/character development. While this does not stop in this book, it does take a turn. This book got a little too sexual for my taste. I am not against sex in novels, but Mike Shepherd is by no means a "Romance" novelist and somehow the situations between Kris and Jack just made me uncomfortable. Also, had it just been limited to Kris and Jack's "love story" it might have been tolerable, but it seemed like everyone was hooking up in this book. The story became more about hook-ups and set-ups and less about to core story of the aliens. On many occasions I felt like I was reading a book aimed at a teenage boy. I don't expect the characters to become celibate but there has to be another way of dealing with these situations.
If you can sift through the hook-ups and sexual situations the story was a good one. I think this book definitely had the bones to be a great book, it was just weighed down by awkward situations. I think Mr. Shepherd just needs to find a way to balance love/romance with everything else we have come to love about these books.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2013
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too long on the sexual affair, useless for the plot . there is no need for all the details, leave the reader deal with his imagination instead of soft porn description
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Smith-Roberts on November 27, 2013
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With several works coming out soon, Shepherd must be as busy as the proverbial one-legged man, because he gave this book all the care and attention of someone hurriedly slapping together a cheese sandwich on the way out the door Monday morning. Now, I hardly expect him to be the next Steinbeck, and I've enjoyed his series enough for a reread, but the writing in this book made me facepalm so much it's amazing I could even see to read. In addition to the sparse, ham-fisted plot and dialogue so painfully stilted and childish he's practically parodying himself, this terrible book is chock-full of those little WTF face-slaps that totally disrupt a reader's ability to engage with the flow. Notable teeth-gritters (from the first 40% of the book, where I gave up):

* Multiple vessels accidentally traveling, twice, through fuzzy jumps that no one has ever even detected before because they're so small and remote
* Ship captain heckling the fleet commander by a ship captain during a briefing, in front of the King, when said commander is his descendant (this would normally destroy your career)
* Sexist conversations with Jack, including an obsession with breast size
* Prudish obsession with the titillations of nudity
* Well-populated (nearly-) nude beach vacation resort found in a small military-descended low-tech frontier colony (the Hawaii of crash landings?)
* Emergency seed pod with cacao beans but no coffee (in the Navy!), except:
* Uselessly un-roasted and fertile coffee beans conveniently found in personal gear on board a front-line battleship in the middle of a war
* Military-grade birth control of a large interstellar civilization "96% effective". Broken-condom levels of effectiveness!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. G. Hulan on November 29, 2013
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The eleventh installment of the adventures of Kris Longknife, royal princess of the United Societies in a fairly distant future, continues a lengthy story arc that began four or five books back when the Iteeche—former enemies of humankind—ask for help when some of their expeditions into a region of space previously unexplored by either Iteeche or humans fail to return. Kris and her ship discover some planets that once had sentient inhabitants but that had been stripped of everything useful, including atmosphere, in the not-too-distant past, and in the last couple or three books encounters the aliens who live on enormous spaceships—the huge “mother ships” have populations in the 30–50 billion range. And they don’t have any interest in communicating, rather like the “bear-cows” in Campbell’s “Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier” books. If they see another spaceship they do everything they can to destroy it. In the last book Kris discovers a planet that’s in the path the “bastards” are currently pursuing—and that the native sentients are quite agreeable avian people (though they’ve lost the ability to fly themselves), and more significantly for her, a colony of humans on the world including her own Grandma Rita, who’s been missing for 80 years. Rita was also the wife of her Grampa Ray, currently the king of the US, although they had quarreled shortly before she disappeared. In the course of this book Kris is appointed Viceroy of Alwa (which doesn’t join the US but accepts associate status) pending confirmation by the Alwa electorate, which she gets, and finally marries Jack, all while preparing for the inevitable day when the “bastards” invade the Alwa system. And there’s a major battle at the end. Yet one more highly entertaining book in this excellent series. I’m not sure why it’s still confined to PB originals, but I’m not complaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zor on April 1, 2014
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I am a fan of Mr. Moscoe (Shephard), and I like the Kris Longknife books. He writes a great space battle. Love scenes - not too good. I don't object to having love or sexy scenes in a sci fi book, it's just that, well let's just say, it's not the author's strong point. Never-the-less it was a pretty decent book and I look forward to further additions to the serires.
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