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Daring (Kris Longknife) Mass Market Paperback – October 25, 2011
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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!
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And you should be aware that this is an adventure story. A fable of dash and risk in the far future, in a "naval" setting. Sometimes the author "forgets" about a character for several chapters, only to have that character reappear at a convenient time in a way that advances the plot. Plot over character development is usual in an adventure story.
Others have complained in their reviews of this novel that we know nothing about why the "bad guys" live as they do and why they are so aggressive. Other science fiction authors, for example John Ringo in his "Troy Rising" series, choose to include short pieces "in the heads" of the bad guys. Mike Shepherd takes the approach of the "reader will know when the protagonist knows." Whether you like this approach or not, it does build the suspense.
I won't comment on the "science" in this science fiction adventure except to say that some is far fetched, but none of it caused any mental "clangers" as I read the novel. On reconsideration...but, remember, this is an adventure novel.
It was a fun read, that I finished quickly. It's not great literature. But I wasn't looking for that.
I'm looking forward to the next adventure in the series.
Upside? This new alien race is mysterious as all get out, and I can't wait to learn more about them. The action is wall to wall and never mundane. We learn more about the crew of the Wasp, their motivations and where they come from.
This book is a good read, but not as strong as some of the others in the series. It feels like a bridge sort of book. Shepherd knows where he wants to go, but has to build the bridge to get there. I'm personally very interested in seeing where the bridge takes our Princess.
I'm impressed that Shepherd was willing to kill off a popular and intrinsic character.
And FINALLY something happened between Jack and Kris. And I swear if in the next book, they do the "let's pretend it didn't happen" thing, I'm done.
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.
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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Let's just do stars instead a?
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