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Daring (Kris Longknife #9)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,083 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife leads a Fleet of Discovery on a reconnaissance of the vast uncharted regions of space. No one, least of all Kris, expected them to find an alien starship, certainly not one that came out shooting. Faced with a shoot first and ask no question situation, Kris shoots back, blowing the ship to bits.

Half a universe away from her superiors, fa
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Ace
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 18, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was good, some of it very good, but with some elements that bothered me enough to keep it just out of reach of five stars.

And yes, things finally move on the relationship front. And yes, I'm going to leave it at that other than to say I'm very happy with how it developed. A romance writer in a romance story would have done it better, obviously, but it was exactly perfect for what it is.

Everything else was very good. A single storyline with decent pacing and good character moments. The actio

FINALLY!! This series started off rather lukewarm, but with a teasing sparkle that persuaded me to carry on. Once I hit Books 6-8, though, I was seriously getting ready to pack it in and give up on the promise of that little something special that seemed to be peeking out at me from the pages every now and then. That promise is finally fulfilled here in Daring.

For all that many of Shepherd's chronic writing and style issues still make appearances - if one more p
Oh. My. Gods. It's all your favorite characters back again...this time with brain transplants. Several people behaved in ways that were inexplicable ((view spoiler)), annoying-Cara is still there (yes, all the reasons make sense, fine, put her in an aside, stop focusing on her. I want quasi-military SF, not angsty early teenager whininess).

The copyediting was as craptacular as they've been - he is enti
Laz the Sailor
Dec 29, 2013 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This has all the elements of a classic Longknife spare-opera - on steroids. The bad-guys are worse, the politics more convoluted, and our heroine survives with her skin intact, though at great cost.

This is the start of a new story arc, so there is a "To be continued..." at the end. But that's OK, I'll read it soon.
Stephen Graham
She did use the gun. Again, more of a coherent novel than most of the entries in the series. Moscoe is accomplishing his purpose: he's extracted more money from me and will likely continue to do so. You can see what could be the series limned in books we have: solid exploration of the mystery of the three and the search for intelligent life in the universe. But much of what actually happened within the novel could have been accomplished without dragging in the large ships or some of the other me ...more
Dec 24, 2011 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed-2011
I've enjoyed the previous nine books in the series and have enjoyed watching Kris Longknife grow as a person and the plot and universe grow alongside her. This book transitions from the direct political intrigue of previous books and makes a dip back into high adventure while still maintaining the complex multi-book metaplot that causes me to enjoy the series in the first place.

Humanity is in danger and it's going to take one of THOSE Longknifes to do what needs to be done.

Worth a read, but you
Apr 24, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 9th book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. In this one Kris starts an interstellar war! Kris is finally allowed to go check out the threat that is facing Humankind's old enemy, the Iteeche. It is supposed to be a secret mission with her crew and her small command of scout ships going to take a look and come back with information without engaging this new threat, but a leak about the mission has several war ships from the Greenfield Empire as well as two other star nation ...more
Jean Poulos
This is book nine in the Kris Longknife series. The book opens with King Ray and Princes Kris in disagreement over her next assignment. Kris wants to explore beyond the rim of space. The problem is disrupted because the Admiral in charge of Intelligence invited seven planets to join with Wardhaven to find out what is happening to the Iteechee ships that are disappearing. Needless to say Kris it put in command of this mixed fleet to explore the problem.

Kris and the small fleet discover entire wor
Randy Mccallum
May 09, 2014 Randy Mccallum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The next installment in the Longknife universe takes us into uncharted territory- literally. This is an enjoyable series and if I had any complaint as a reader it's the lack of hard science in the series, although I understand that the author comes from a naval background not a scientific background. He does a lot with his military background and gives the reader a good feeling of what military structure could be like in the outer reaches of space.
I also enjoy that the author, much like George
Feb 26, 2014 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great stuff full of action but I had a few issues with some of the new character representations. I'm just not sure I believe the colossal u-turn a supposedly career military man like Kratz makes in this book. A drunken outburst is one thing but the following sober actions are not really believable to my mind. However I enjoyed the new direction we take here and the I found the big bad aliens quite chilling. (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daring felt like the book in the series that represented a change. I have read and enjoyed all the books in the Kris Longknife series. Some of the books held my attention more than others. The last book before Daring was less successful for me. I actually like the Cara subplot more than some other reviewers in that past book. Many other reviewers noted the different feel of Daring. I don't know exactly why it felt different. Daring is my favorite in the series at this time. It had the elements I ...more
I dropped into this series in what I found out is book 9, with a cast of characters that was full of backstory and a sprinkle of commentary about things that have already happened. I have to give Mark Shepherd a lot of credit for building a book that I could jump into without feeling like I had missed out on anything. He gave me just enough backstory to understand without weighing down the story or slowing down the plot. The characters were likable, personable, and understandable.

This starts as
Dec 01, 2011 Mieneke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, 2011
Daring is the latest entry to the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. Kris is the one who convinced me that I could read, like and understand SF, so a new Kris Longknife book is always a cause for celebration in our household, especially as my husband is a big fan as well. So when I saw Daring was out, I decided this was what Wiebe wanted for Sinterklaas and got it for him and then didn't wait for Sinterklaas to get here before reading it (for those who're not familiar with him, Sinterklaas ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Kris Longknife: Daring is the 7th book in this series. I was attending a panel where Mike Shepherd was talking about the Kris Longknife series. He said that he decided to write a series with a female protagonist after his granddaughter was born. He wanted her to have books with main characters she could identify with.

The Kris Longknife series certainly meets the requirement for a strong female main character. In Daring Kris is sent off to try to find the aliens that are destroying the Iteeche s
Charles JunkChuck
A disappointing addition to a series that built it's reputation as lighter-than-air pulp space opera. Kris Longknife is a fun protagonist, headstrong scion to the richest and most powerful family in the galaxy, a wise-ass who never read a rule--or got an order--she couldn't help but break. There is more at stake in this book than in any of the others, yet Kris and her sycophantic band of underlings have inexplicably developed a severe case of "the Next Generation Blues." Remember how in the orig ...more
Mar 13, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife leads a fleet toward a region of space where ships have mysteriously vanished. Her worst fears come true when they discover an apparently invincible enemy. However, this enemy has yet to encounter a Longknife. Kris challenges the planet killers and snatches a couple of their people to take home: babies, left adrift when their parents died in battle. Instead of the bug-eyed monsters she’d expected, this race looks human. Who are they and why won’t they respond ...more
Dec 11, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
United Sentients, led by Wardhaven, takes action to find the cause for the Iteeche ships that are disappearing, a topic introduced in Undaunted. Kris, as commander of a patrol squadron, is ordered to lead an exploration into very deep space. Various other states, prominently including the Greenfeld Empire, decide they need to go along. Kris finds herself in the lead of a rather large fleet of exploration, though not in command. The political machinations make her life complicated. The main actio ...more
Nov 10, 2011 Ove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bringing Neutronium to a Gun Fight

Kris Longknife is one of my guilty pleasures. It is about one of those Longknifes. Kris always gets into trouble usually on her grandfather’s instigation. She usually gets out of it by herself with the help of a few colorful friends. This time she teams up with her new frenemie Vicky who brings a few battleships to the alien exploration that Mike has teased us with the last two three books.

This is a turning-point novel in many respects in Kris life with her fami
John Carter McKnight
The Kris Longknife series has been favorite space opera fluff since its beginning, but with Daring, the series gets hardcore.

The last book had seemed a gassy bit of filler, a distraction from the interesting long arc of rapprochement between the humans and their generations-past former adversary, the Iteechee: it showed the worst side of Shepherd's writing, with a down-to-the-page formula of setup, pitched battle, plot complications and set-piece battle.

Here, Shepherd steps up his game as a wr
Dec 01, 2011 Barbara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f, military
Well, this is more like it--at least right up to the end. It is the ending that keeps this one from being 4 stars.
Kris and company finally meet up with really nasty aliens and it does not go well.
Lots of action and drama, with Kris having to face some hard choices. The stakes are really high this time, and glory be, she actually thinks and acts like a mission commander. It's about time! Oh, and we actually get a bit of action on the Kris/Jack romance front, too.

However, the ending was a big "wha
Aug 30, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to give this 5 starts - we're back to the big space battles, the epic chases halfway across the Galaxy (big echoes of Jack Campbell's Lost fleet series - heck, Shepherd even has Jack Campbell captain of the Dauntless as a character!)

We lose some of the good guys too, which is sad, but things were starting to feel way too safe, especially as we were continually reminded that people who hang around a Longknife often wind up dead.


Is there some brain transplant device we were not prev
Dec 05, 2011 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Military space opera, with soldier/princess as central character. Here she leads an exploratory expedition to check out invaders--who look human but inhabit independent warships the size of major moons and kill everybody else they encounter out of hand. As an interior episode in a continuing series it stands relatively well alone despite being full of references to previous events and ending in mid-stride with no feeling of resolution. The author doesn't pay much attention to internal logic (the ...more
Good military-ish sci-fi tale with interesting characters, some humor/sarcasm, aliens, faster-than-light tech, and space battles. 3+ stars. I'll read more books in this series.

Similar to:

* David Weber's Honor Harrington series
* Elizabeth Moon's Kylara Vatta series
* Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series
* S.L. Viehl's StarDoc series
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kris Longknife series is one of the best military/space operas I've ever read. Shepherd has well-established characters, lots of action, good plotting, suspense, and a sense of humor. This series should remain popular, as long as the author's imagination holds out. Hopefully, that's for quite a while yet.
Nov 11, 2011 Sho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Another action packed, great dialogue filled Kris Longknife story. Lately I was feeling the volumes were one half continuation of the previous storyline and the other half the next storyline. But in this book the story is dedicated to find the BEMs(Big Eyed Monsters), kill them and get back home.

As usual Kris finds herself in heap of trouble and barely finds her way out. I hated loosing some people I have come to like during the past novels, but that's the price you have to pay when you associa
Oct 30, 2011 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually enjoy the Longknife books BUT the ending of this book completely spoilt it for me

**Spoiler alert**.

Kris is taken off the WASP and sent back to Wardhaven to face... What??? The build up is that she is going to be blamed for instigating a war and locked up. What happens instead? She yells at her grandpa (again), gives a very short and crap debrief, is offered a new mission and then storms out the door. No lock up pending review of what happened, no being forbidden to speak with anyone,
Sep 03, 2012 Eero rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
What book holds: Deep space exploration, hostile aliens, space battles, techno jargo and adds more depth to characters. And Jack and Kris romance takes goes to new level.

Good things: Deep space exploration is nicely descripted to be boring and exciting at same time. Hostile aliens are nice mystery. Techno jargo is believable enough.

Ok things: Space battles could have been more exciting, but they were good enough that they don't bother reader. Characters get more depth in this book, but sometimes
Sep 22, 2014 T J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kris Longknife as her hands full of aliens and mutiny, how she handles them is awesome to behold. Another good space adventures unfolds in Mike Shepherd's sequel to his National Best Seller: Redoubtable.
Jan 16, 2016 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published 2011. Keeping up with the series. Thius is #9 out the current 13 available. Still good reading. Sheppard keeps it interesting.
Jun 30, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
BEM's, daring soldiers, rock and a hard place decisions, emotional content, what more could you want? By the way BEM=Bug-Eyed Monsters.
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A pseudonym used by Mike Moscoe.

Mike was born in the Philadelphia Navy Yard Hospital -- and left that town at the age of three days for reasons he does not presently recall. But they had to draft him to get him back there. He missed very little of the rest of the country. Growing up Navy, he lived about everywhere you could park an aircraft carrier.

Mike was one of those college students who didn'
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