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Furious (Kris Longknife) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2012
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“A whopping good read…fast paced, exciting, nicely detailed, with some innovative touches.”—Elizabeth Moon, Nebula Award–winning author of Echoes of Betrayal
“Solid writing, exciting action, and likable characters.”—S. M. Stirling, New York Times bestselling author of Lord of Mountains
"I always look forward to installments in the Kris Longknife series because I know I’m guaranteed a good time with plenty of adventure.”—SF Site
“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
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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.
This book leaves you eager to see the next book. However, it seems this story is only a teaser for the next one!
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.
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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