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Deserter (Kris Longknife #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,852 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Kris Longknife had no choice about growing up rich and pampered. When she did have a choice, she joined the Marines. But now, a friend needs help halfway across the galaxy - and with a military heritage coursing through her blood, it's time for Kris Longknife to be a hero. Kris boards the next ship to Turantic, the last place her friend was seen alive. But there's more to ...more
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Published May 22nd 2009 by Audible Frontiers (first published November 30th 2004)
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Jacob Proffitt
Dec 31, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Second book in the series and the quality trend is definitely up—especially impressive as the first was pretty good to start. This book has the added benefit that Kris is better established as a character and the side characters are given many opportunities to shine.

I particularly enjoyed the (lack of) romance. I know that's strange to say for a guy who reads so much romance, but this feels very natural and I love that Shepherd doesn't seem inclined to match her up with the nearest semi-availabl
Matthew Whitehead
An excellent read

I am growing to really admire Kris Longknife. She isn't without problems and flaws, but they are very human flaws. Unlike many military space operas this series isn't about any kind of average grunt that winds up in command through battle field promotions, nor about a well established career sergeant managing officers and troops and always getting caught up by situations beyond her control, nor about a ship's captain always gaining honors and social and political status as well
Sep 05, 2015 Xan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Me temo que Kris Longknive es un quiero y no puedo. Quiere ser una serie a la altura de "Honor Harrigton", que a su vez es una copia de las aventuras navales de Horatio Hornblower, pèro no llega a estar en la misma liga. Si tengo que asignar referentes creo que juega en la misma liga que "La Flota Perdida" de Cambell y el western espacial de Mike Resnick. Lo que quiere decir que solo se pueden leer sabiendo que es material de relleno para pasar unas horas entretenidas antes de abordar libros más ...more
Feb 17, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Kris Longknife series and like the first it's a great read. Action packed Military/Space Opera Science Fiction. In this one Kris finds herself on the beach ( a military term for officers who are on limited/no duty at half pay). Her friend Tommy leaves her a message from another planet saying that he is in trouble. She goes to his rescue along with her security man and her personal servant who is much more than she seems. She knows that it is a trap by her family's ...more
May 29, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High jinks, thrills and a backtalking computer.
Great read.
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 07, 2017 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Better than book one. Enjoyable holiday paperback is probably the best way to describe it.
Mar 19, 2017 Freyja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book I had trouble putting down. The background on the main characters is well done, and Princess Kristine is quite the action heroine with a solid set of morals. She keeps good company also. Lethal company. Now to find out who keeps trying to kill her...
Jul 16, 2011 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The previous book was not shoddy by any standards, but this book blew it out of the water. I noticed that someone commented in their review for the last one that it jumped around a bit, and looking back and comparing it to this one I have to agree. Whether that is because it was, or just because this one was so solid I don't know. All I can say is that this book was... 'right', there was no flimsy worthless bits and it continued to entertain all the way through.

As a series progresses I find it
Dharma Kurlind
Mar 12, 2011 Dharma Kurlind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the Mutineer, but there were parts of the first book I thought could have been improved. Deserter addresses everything I found lacking. In Mutineer, I felt that Nelly, Kris’s personal pet computer, was not fantastic enough (probably a bit less powerful than the newest Android). In Deserter, Nelly gets a major upgrade. Nelly now docks into Kris’s head and talks with Kris mentally
I have to admit, about 40% of this book (roughly the entire middle) put me to sleep. Politics can be an interesting topic, but not the way Shepherd did it here. I'm not entirely certain that I can blame it on the topic - the writing itself was just bland. The characters surprised me, in that they DIDN'T have any twists that happened to/with them. There was all of this suspense, and then nothing. It was almost as if my mind, so bored with what the writer was saying, started building drama to spic ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre but Not Without Hope

I strongly recommend you read the prevous book in the series (Mutineer) prior to reading this installment.

I have been cruising around, looking for a good SF book since all my Scifi TV shows, except for Doctor Who, that I have watched up until May 2011 have been cancelled (my beloved Stargate Universe, SG-1, SGA, The Event, V, Outcasts, Caprica, Farscape, BSG, etc.). Unfortunately this particular installment did not completely satisfy my huge SF appetite.

I subtracted
Much the same as the first, especially in terms of Kris's unstable character: last book she couldn't do anything but ignore a potentially flirty line from Tom, but in this book she's decided she loves him... but since she lacks the guts to approach him, she loses him. Likewise, in the last book she complained about her small chest and refused to let her mother dress her up; now she has a maid who talks her into a push-up bra. (Note: this is where my suspension of disbelief broke completely, beca ...more
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Admittedly, it took a good Audible sale to entice me to read this second in the series. The first had failed to impress - it felt rough around the edges and not thought out enough. But I found that I enjoyed this second book and even looked forward to the next in the series. A lot of the issues of the first had failed to materialize in the second and the story was both different and a lot more solid.

Story: Time away from
Oct 22, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What to say about Deserter? I could say that it was a fascinating read of both politics, mystery, and battle. I could say that the world, while not entirely fleshed out, adds a little more detail in each book. I could say that we see changes throughout our characters that make them real.

I could say a lot of things.

Or I could just say that it was a really great book! :D

There wasn't as much "military" in this book as the last. Oh we some, but most of the time Kris is not in her military persona. W
Jean Poulos
This is book two in the Kris Longknife series. The story flows more smoothly in this second installment. Shepherd appears skilled in writing conversations between intelligent witty people.

Kris sets out to rescue her friend Tom. Kris has some determined enemies who’d like to kill her and tried to get to her via her friend Tom. She is the Prime Minister’s daughter, billionaire in her own right, member of an extremely wealthy and powerful multigenerational family, and a Navy lieutenant 2nd Class,
Jeffrey Grant
The author got better with the pacing and character development but now there are world-building issues.
The story slows down enough for the main character to have actual feelings rather than just reacting to everything, and several of the secondary characters get a lot more development than in the first outing (although there's an inconsequential non-starter of a love triangle that seems to come out of nowhere because it's based on a relationship from the first book that never convincingly sugg
A marked improvement over Mutineer, Deserter has Kris Longknife run to the rescue of her best friend Tom. The story is a bit hazy, with an “evil dude” trying to kill Kris. Mayhem ensues. As a little side note, the title is only vaguely descriptive. I guess they had to come up with something in one word.

The story flows more smoothly in this second installment. There is a lot (and I do mean a LOT) or banter between the main characters. Many other books would have sagged under the weight of all tha
May 10, 2010 Kati rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This time, Kris gets stuck on a planet under a quarantine while dodging assassination attempts and trying to stop a war.

Kris Longknife rocks. Really. One of the best heroines I've ever encountered in sci-fi/fantasy. She doesn't whine or wail, she doesn't just sit around and ruminate about problems. She gets shit done. Without being a bitch, that is. A thing some authors just don't seem to grasp. The whole thing with "bitches get shit done" is nothing more than an excuse for some women to forget
Scott Holstad
Mar 01, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I have to admit that I didn't give this book much of a chance and quite reading quite early. Normally I give a book 75-100 pages to prove itself to me, but in this one, Kris, an actual princess who's also a navy lieutenant, is such a trite character that I couldn't believe I spent good money on this book. Early one, she has to go to a ball and her new maid from Earth has to bathe and dress her and then she spends a good bit of time determining whether to go in a princess-type gown or in military ...more
Oct 01, 2011 Trinity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
No military shenanigans in this one; Kris gets to play Princess Kristine the whole time. Well, a princess who's military-trained and experienced in dealing with attempts on her life, with a cadre of personal assistants who are more highly trained and experienced than she is. The bad guys are at it again, trying to kill her and the people close to her. Story moves along well, and is definitely a page-turner. I read the first little bit on the train, and then finished the last 320-odd pages over t ...more
Apr 23, 2016 ThomyZ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Meh. The story was okay and I actually liked the character interactions, but I wanted to read military science fiction -- what I got with this book was James Bond [IN SPACE!] with some Mission Impossible mixed in. The plot just jumps from scene to scene with the protagonist outperforming all her adversaries with little effort, I never really felt the stakes. The main antagonist and his motivations are so cartoonish it almost made me laugh.

Another problem for me is that the author really doesn't
a fairly short book, which should make it a quick read. for some reason, it wasn't quick for me, and i felt like i got bogged down and/or avoided reading it for long stretches. i may have missed a few things from the first book in the series, but i feel that sometimes the premise was a little stretched or forced, and sometimes i found myself wondering why something was added in. the best thing i can think to describe it is that it reminds me of a saturday afternoon scifi show like highlander or ...more
Nothing overly impressive in this second volume of the Kris Longknife series. The plot is interesting enough and the main characters show a little growth but it was not a page-turner. I guess I found the story a little forced at points and the actions scenes were a little far and few between for a military scifi story.

I liked the first book better because the story was more interesting. I also felt a little distracted by the byplay between Kris and her AI Nelly. It seemed that the author was not
Jul 20, 2014 Yves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Book two brings along the character heavily seeped in a naval tradition that should have modernized yet inexplicably did not, a small flaw due no doubt to an author bias which is not really a negative. I would have better appreciated to see the traditions modified by actions in the last few hundred years rather than be crystallized in amber from the later 20th century.

Still a great read with good plot twists and human nature taking the rap for the negatives that interfere with Kris, now obliquel
Feb 11, 2015 Kirrus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok , I freely admit, I *like* happy endings. I like super strong female main characters. I like tech and computers and AI. This book has it all. This book is also far *too* tropy. Superhero main character. Cliche villains. Deus ex machina everywhere. Seriously, the author needs to learn subtlety. There is even a muhahahaha laugh in here.

I'm all for a bit of good tropy silly fun from time to time. But this has far too little meat on its bones to make up for the reliance on tropes. I think I'm do
Per Gunnar
I was greatly disapointed with this book. I started to read this book series expecting military science fiction. Most of this book was political bullshit. Kris was stranded on a bloody planet all through the book for Christ sake!

Sure, the Kris' maid and all here gadgets, a bit 007-style, was quite fun and the book wasn't poorly written which is why I didn't give a 1-star but it was just not at all what I was hoping for.

I would expect, or at least hope for, more focus on the military aspect and l
Richard Parker

Book one focused on Kris Longknife the military genius. Book two is apparently Kris Longknife the superspy.

Overall, this was not bad. There were a couple events that more or less require the bad guy to have been either massively overconfident, or supremely incompetent. Not sure which.

The romance sort of sub plots leave the main character seeming more like a teenager, which might sort of work since her background makes it sound like she buried that part of herself during her teenage years.
Aug 19, 2008 Carolyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of space opera
Second time around just as good. Still a solid adventure yarn with likeable characters. The rescue of Tom was pretty easy, but then escaping with their skins intact was the real challenge. On to Defiant!

Nitpick: Very contrived name for the book, though. She is never actually labeled a deserter, and in fact follows procedures to ensure that she can account for her time.
Scott Stillman
Nov 18, 2011 Scott Stillman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was much better than book 1(Mutineer) and an easier read.

The whole princess thing needed more, and there were a few plots that needed better detail.

The process of Kris starting to thing about leadership and the consequences of her decisions pulls the story up a notch. The character development of Kris and the surrounding cast is starting to bring this in line with the likes of Honor Harrington, Roger MacClintock, or Lt. Leary.

I look forward the the next book.
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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.

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