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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2012
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I enjoyed the book but was also a little disappointed. After eagerly awaiting this latest Kris Longknife adventure, I expected more! It did not seem to be the same style of writing. After each small adventure, you wondered what was happening. The amateur attempts by Alex Longknife appears unrealistic - he is supposed to be very smart.

This book leaves you eager to see the next book. However, it seems this story is only a teaser for the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2012
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As a big (and biased) fan of the Longknife series, I was unfulfilled by this book. It was not up to the author's usual standards, and no part of it left me unable to put it down like the rest have. The plot of this one is convoluted, and surpasses the expected suspension of disbelief for this sci-fi. I dislike the change in chemistry now with Jack and Kris, and the constant inuendo is nauseating; they should have remained longing, but apart.

You'll need to read this for continuity, and the ending sets us up for what I dearly hope is a return to some smart-mouthed, Hellburner drilling action.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
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Kris Longknife: Furious was a good read, but most of the book lacked the typical Longknife book action and was quite different from most of the Longknife books. It was still a good read for Longknife fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The last book was disappointing as Kris acted overly simplistically. This book is worse as almost every politician in the universe seems bent on showing how stupid they can be.

I found this book to be insulting to my intelligence, but if you can suspend your disbelief as usual it is fast paced. Nothing really comes to a resolution except issues that should not even exist except in the mind of 10 year old.

There are some spoilers in the following review of the simplistic plot.

The book starts with Kris drinking herself to death again, trapped in a gilded cage of a luxury planet. When she does escape from her cage with help from her gifted friends she discovers Grandpa Al is playing politics and acting like a particularly stupid capitalist. Al has decided to open trade with the aliens they attacked. OK this is just too stupid to expect anyone to believe. Even when trading with the enemy capitalists make sure they don't lose their trade goods and do not go to trade with aggressive aliens without warships to back them up. (Look into how we opened trade with Japan.)

To further add to the stupidity Kris decides if only she could speak with Grandpa Al she could dissuade him. So she creates a crisis for the police, and almost gets herself killed by going into hiding and trying to break into her Grandpa's fortress house. Her brother later shows her stupidity by getting an invitation to visit just by asking. Sure Kris tried calling him. But did she ask her brother to call him for her? Al does not want to talk about the issues; but he doesn't shoot her brother either.

Every government and the press are hiding facts about the aliens. Her entire crew has been muzzled and Kris herself can't speak in public. So she decides for a public trial to express her side. If the government is disappearing witnesses and official documents trying to cover up the facts why did they allow it to come to trial? This is a very effective cover up by the government, so effective it is hard to believe. This whole premise that multiple independent governments are able to muzzle a free press, all the crew who returned and all decide to cover up the same story of how their people died (and succeed in covering it up) makes no sense.

On a personal note Kris and Jack finally get together. Somehow in the descriptions Kris has moved from a gangling awkward princess into a sophisticated fem fatale. I am not sure when she shifted to being gorgeous but that is now the impression we are supposed to absorb.

Kris chooses to turn herself over to a Musashi Battleship. so she can face trial on Mushashi and bring things to a head. When all the facts are released in court Kris is found not guilty (not innocent either) and released (well DUH).

For reasons not totally clear she is gifted with a new ship the "Wasp 2" a frigate, made out of Smart Metal by the Mushashi. She then proceeds with all due haste to intervene and stop Grandpa Al's merchant fleet just as it's about to enter the wormhole,. She convinces them to turn around by showing them tapes of the aliens attacks which her Grandpa Al should already have seen. So I am unclear what new knowledge this imparts expect suddenly the merchants are struck with the intelligence of a five year old and decide the aliens might be dangerous.

Where are the space battles, the intelligent enemies and strategic thinking by Kris? If the series continues to degrade I may have to give up on it. Let us hope Kris and the series can be saved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed this story, but it was definitely a filler (I hope) between the last novel and the next one. Others have suggested that this novel be skipped. I don't agree. A number of story lines begin here that should result in more action later. If you don't read this one, you may have trouble, at first, understanding what is going on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2013
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This installment in the popular Kris Longknife series has Her Royal Highness, Princess Lieutenant Commander Kristine Longknife, answering for crimes against humanity across the galaxy. She led a fleet to meet a monstrous enemy and very few returned. Did she start a war all on her own? And why is her great-grandpa Alexander avoiding her at all costs, even possibly sending assassins after her? Or is that one of other enemies wanting to take her out?

Kristine battles the accusations against her in an alien court while attempting to make the media aware of what really happened during that crucial battle. All she really wants is to spend her time with Jack, her security chief, now that they've exposed their feelings for each other. But she and her friends have bigger issues at stake. It's imperative that Kris stop her great grandpa Alex before he leads the enemy back home.

Kris Longknife: Furious is another solid entry in this exciting series. I love how Kris and Jack are getting together and can't wait for the sequel.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I've been looking forward to this book, for some time now, and I find it to be disappointing.

After such a strong story in "Daring" to be given this seems almost disingenuous, we are shown Kris drinking her liver away as a result of the guilt she feels. And while she has always felt guilty for those that gave their lives under her command, I cannot recall that is has troubled her to such an extent as to take up drinking again. Then when she manages to escape from Madigan's Rainbow, she is confronted by the fact that her Grampa Al is playing in politics once again. He does this because unlike his father (Ray Longknife) who want to send a fleet after the aliens, Al has gotten it into his mind to open trade with them. And in his pursuit of this goal he will try to fix elections, while some of his minions try to kill Kris. As I see it, this change in Al is quite shocking and unsuspected. I just don't buy this version off Grampa Al at all.

Now on to happier matter's Kris and Jack get together. They meet up on Wardhaven wile Kris is on the run from the law, the first time they lay eyes on each other since "High Chance" start kissing and hardly stoop. Now I quite like the idea of them together but as I recall, except from their kiss in the end of "Daring" they only had decided to talk about their feelings for each other. So them going from interested but undecided to a married couple who haven't seen each other in years... well I just start wondering how their feelings have managed to change so much. Quite simply, it surprises me to a large degree, to see how sudden their relationship has changed and to such an extent it has changed. Especially considering that they haven't communicated with each other for several months.

While on the run from the WBI(Wardhaven Bureau of Investigation) Kris, Jack, Penny, Trouble and Col. Hancock hatch up a plan for Kris, Jack and Penny to go see Grampa Al. Also we discover that Kris as a fan named Leslie who works for the WBI, I find this to be quite shocking to be honest. As far as I know there haven't been any hint's during the other books, that Kris is seen in a good light by either Wardhaven or the rest of Human Space.

Kris, Penny and Jack manage to get into Grampa Al's fortress only to discover that he escapes, not to mention that the reality that the book describes in relation to the security is a whole lot less than has been inflected in the other books. Since their quarry has left the building, they chose to take an escape shuttle and run to orbit. Where they have no options but to turn themselves in, Kris chooses to turn herself over to a Musashi Battleship in Wardhaven orbit. The Musashi government along with 172 others have an arrest warrant out for Kris, on charges of crimes against humanity.

She arrives at Musashi to discover that several report's have gone missing from the "Fleet of Discovery", and while on trial there a two assassination attempts. The first is a bomb planted at a press conference and the second is a sniper as she exists the Imperial Palace after having meet the Emperor. She is later found neither guilty or innocent of the charges, meaning that the judges find that the prosecution has not managed to prove her guilt.

She is then shown a new ship the "Wasp 2" a frigate, which is a ship made entirely out of Smart Metal. She uses this along with all of her usual suspects, to stop Grampa Al's merchant fleet as it's about to get underway. After stopping the merchant's from giving away the location of every planet in human space, they set sail to see if they managed to save the bird people from the aliens after all.

They arrive at the planet of the bird people to find an Society of Humanity Battlecruiser Furious, last commanded by Rita Nuu Longkife. With her captain and her new family alive and well.

As stated earlier I found this book to be unsatisfying and disappointing. The author added several new element's that I found to be unsupported by the previous books, and showed new versions of people whom I've come to know quite well over the last 10 books. In addition to that the book itself was a bit to tame, I recognize that rushing out to meet the aliens head on would be impossible and stupid. I still feel that the book could and should be filled with a bit more fire.

Anyway thanks for your time and I wish you a good day
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on December 12, 2012
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"Kris Longknife: Furious" continues the saga of Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife who is inexplicably being punished for her role in destroying the inimicable aliens that she encountered during her exploratory trip. She has been isolated from most of her friends and allies and is wanted for her `crimes against humanity' in multiple worlds across the galaxy. The discovery that several branches of her family seem to be participating in the vendetta against her prompts her to exhibit her typical proactive behavior and soon results in a series of events that will draw Kris out of her self-pitying wallow and enmesh those around her in another struggle that can be just as deadly and life-threatening but may result in her requiring a different set of skills to fight for her life.

The intriguing science fiction novels that comprise this very entertaining series never fail to be peopled with fascinating characters and wonderfully creative worlds. This author is adept at world-building and has a complex system in place that is always fun to visit BUT not a lot of progress took place in this book. Yes, Kris runs around and finally gets to have a tiny bit of fun and she displays her usual ingenuity at getting out of tough spots but ultimately this felt like an intermission. There is a wonderful surprise at the very end that will pave the way for many other interesting developments but some of the events that lead up to it are almost too coincidental and feel contrived, much like some fantasy series seem to rehash the same quest over and over again. I greatly enjoy this author's ability to create an enthralling space opera but this was not my favorite of the series.

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on August 15, 2013
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1st I almost never read books under 600 pages. I'm happiest with 1000+ page books because I'm an avid reader. The type that can read an entire non-fiction,fiction, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy etc book in 1 sitting. But I decided to go out on a limb for Kris Longknife and this fabulous author and you know what. I like it. I just wish there was MORE TO READ between the waiting!! HAHA. But suffice it to say I enjoyed this book immensely. If your thinking about reading this and you haven't read the other books. I recommend you jump to the 1st book and get started on the adventures of Kris Longknife!

Guess I'll have to preoccupy myself with real life and the mundane til the adventure continues in the next book.

Thank You Mike for writing these wonderful novels I look forward to what happens next!
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Another transitional book in the series. Pretty much a repeat of earlier efforts without much new in the story ground.

Mike Shepherd has a decent story line BUT he tries to put it out in too many books with too narrow a story focus. This is not the first time he has had to flesh his story line out into two (or more) books and the filled segments are a bit shallow. David Weber is better at this because he is capable of running more than one story line in a book and filling out with additional in-depth stories about what secondary characters are involved with as a part of the weave of the whole story.

Kris Longknife has potential as a better story line and the earlier books were pretty good, but, without expanding the scope of his story ... the series is getting boring.
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