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Mutineer (Kris Longknife) Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2004
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Kris Longknife joined the navy to escape the shadow of her politically powerful family. Her first mission is rescuing a kidnapped child. Her second takes her to a planet decimated by a volcanic eruption. Despite everything she does to be a good ensign, two things stop her: numerous attempts on her life and a habit of forging ahead and getting things done, regardless how dangerously. Finally, she has to lead a mutiny. The politicians in her family are trying to prevent war. She agrees with them but insists on remaining in the navy. The ship she is on is part of a conspiracy to instigate war by attacking an Earth fleet during peace negotiations, but thanks to her superior information sources, she discovers this. The marines and other space sailors follow her because she is a born leader. This is a fast-paced adventure in which the heroine does a lot of maturing and eventually understands her family and how much she is a part of it. Regina Schroeder
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"A good read...Solid writing, exciting action, and likeable characters."
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Don't let the Sci-Fi or "Space Opera" concept throw you. You could take this book and replace every mention of the word "planet" with country (or state), and every mention of a space vehicle with "airplane" or "naval ship" and the book would work just as well as a current time and place novel. Like all good sci-fi, this is about the characters, not fancy gadgets. There is very little of that in this book.
Overall I give this book 4 1/2 stars. The writing is good, but falls just short of being fantastic writing. There's a few places, especially when describing something like a space station or a such, that you might have to pause to get the image in your mind's eye of what the author is describing. He falls a little short at times in doing that. But short of that, it's good and entertaining reading.
I personally like book series where you get to see characters grow and develop over the series. That's one of the things I loved about the Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter series. This series is no exception. The characters, especially the heroine, grow through out (at least so far). I liked both the the first and second book, but I am really enjoying the third. If you have a kindle, download the sample chapter and give it a try. I think you'll like it.