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Defiant (Kris Longknife #3)

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Born into a family of wealth and political power. Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She's gotten in the wag of someone's agenda--to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven.

Now, with the fleet off on a propaganda mission. Wardhaven is lef
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Ace
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 09, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
We're deep enough in the series that you should know what to expect, by now. And you really don't want to skip around in a series like this one (where each subsequent story depends on developments in the previous). Really, you need to know the background coming into this even though Shepherd does his best to give sketched backgrounds where needed.

This has been a really steady series, quality-wise. This is the weakest story so far, but at four stars, you know that wasn't much of a drawback for me
Feb 03, 2014 Dee rated it it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is the 3rd book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. Like the first two it is a great Military/Space Opera Science Fiction. In this one Kris is sent on a diplomatic mission to the planet Hikila, where she negotiates with a Pacific-island culture to join The United Sentients. While there she has too save some hostages form a group of local malcontents. Then, she returns to Wardhaven while it's in the middle of a political election battle, the main fleet has been lured away, and six ...more
A good series. Enjoyable!
Ian Wood
Feb 10, 2016 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing

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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 Katrin von Martin rated it really liked it
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Douglas Owen
Jun 06, 2014 Douglas Owen rated it liked it
Mike Shepherd uses a very easy narrative style that makes the reading of his novels relatively pain free.

In his Kris Longknife series, Mike writes about the marine, and now princess, Kris Longknife. Yes, this is a space opera. No, there is no knight is shining armor. Yes, she has technology others cannot afford. No, she is not the image of beauty incarnate. Yes, it is cliché ridden, but readable.

Spoiler Alert – If you desire to read this book *** please stop here. The remainder contains plot inf
Jean Poulos
This is book three in the Longknife series. In this episode Kris faces the imminent threat to her planet. Kris is accused of stealing funds that were to go to farmers, while on leave awaiting a hearing, her great grandfather King Al sends her to see an old friend of his dying on a different plant. She returns to Wardhaven as an invasion is pending. She skirts the law and organizes a flotilla to defend Wardhaven against a force of hostile warships.

In this book we see Kris develop her command skil
May 05, 2016 ThomyZ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Now we're talking. This installment fixes almost every problem I had with the last one. Less Mission Impossible-style tomfoolery, more actual military SF. The first act is weirdly disjointed from the rest of the book, like it was originally written as a standalone novella or something. However, once we get back into space, there's some really great action and great space battle description. The level of my investment shows in the fact that I read the first half of the book in a week and the seco ...more
Nov 05, 2009 Unwisely rated it really liked it
Now, I really, really like this series. After getting the first one from the library, I couldn't wait for the second book to show up and went out and bought the rest from the library. I have re-read the entire series several times since. They're wonderful books, military SF with a strong female protagonist. The action moves along so snappily that I get pulled in enough not to mind the fact that the plots are a little silly. So bear in mind that any criticism is expressed because I love.

Now, this
Jul 17, 2011 James rated it liked it
This was more of a mix bag from Shepherd. Coming into this off of the back of two great predecessors I was expecting more of the same great stuff, and I suppose that is was I got in some respects. In others, not so much.

That's not to say that it is a bad book. Not by a long shot. Just that in contrast to the previous two it left a lot to be a desired. Few things that bugged me;
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Apr 13, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Mike Shepherd Brings Back his A-Game!,

I recommend you read the previous books in the series (Mutineer and Deserter) prior to reading this installment.

To be honest, I had a hard time getting into this story. This installment didn't start to grab me until about page 160. Several times, prior to page 160, I put this book down, only to pick it up a moment later and convince myself that I should keep going, that the story is going to get better; and it did. I'm glad I stuck it out because the story
Dharma Kurlind
Mar 16, 2011 Dharma Kurlind rated it really liked it
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How many of them can we make die?
At the start of Defiant, I was expecting Down Periscope. Instead of giving Kris a real command, the Navy makes her commander of an experimental ship full of misfits no one else wants. I thought it was going to be funny and cheeky, just like the movie, except in space. That expectation was quickly squashed when Kris is arrested. The way Mike Shepherd described that arrest is worth a secon
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it
Yet another high octane thrill ride, from Mike Shepherd's heroine. This series is like popcorn. The more you eat, the more you want. I actually bought this book, as I couldn't find it at either library system that I frequent. It was well worth it, though I usually don't buy books, when I can get them at a library. Having worked at a library in the past, this practice has saved me lots of money, as I am a voracious reader.
Nov 07, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Two exploits: Kris is sent to a planet with a culture modeled on Hawaii's to cement relations with Wardhaven, and becomes involved in a hostage rescue, and then gets to command the defense of her home planet against a fleet of battleships sent by a rival empire. Well above average in depicting both military preparations and battle choreography. Also a streak of easy humor (rare in military SF) and credible physics. With minor exceptions the bad guys and rival politicians are cardboard characters ...more
Oct 20, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it
In Defiant, Kris must face an imminent threat to her planet. Betrayed by incompetent politicians, she skirts the law to organize the archetypal rag-tag flotilla in defense of Wardhaven as a massive force of hostile warships approaches.

Defiant is a further improvement over the first two books. From the viewpoint of Defiant the first two books, while perfectly capable of standing on their own, seem almost like a prologue. Kris comes into her own as she finally commands a large force. Themes of des
Aug 24, 2014 T J rated it really liked it
Kris Longknife is on another adventure, this time Grandpa has sent her to island paradise where his old friend lies dying and her planet is deciding who they want to aline with. That is only the beginning of Kris's mission. Another great read and looking forward to what Kris will do next.
May 24, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
I still have a cold and I still am grateful that I'm not needing a deep story or anything. There's been virtually no character growth although I do like the different planets Kris is visiting.

I have 0% trust for Abby. I like Jack. Nelly is turning into a real kid.
Book 3 in the Kris Longknife series. The author, talking at Orycon, indicated this was his favorite of the Kris Longknife books. I've only read one other, Daring - book 9, and decided to try this one next. Its kind of a On Basilisk Station knockoff, with Kris Longknife (a massive Mary Sue) as an obvious Honor Harrington stand-in. She's both a military genius, great personal charisma, of one of the richest families in the galaxy, and her family runs the government. And she's 6 feet tall. But yeah ...more
Matthew Whitehead
Great series

Wonderful characters, tearful losses, joyful celebrations, suspenseful situations, nude dancing, tattoos, body paint, suicide attacks, terrorism, government crisis, and more.
Mar 05, 2012 Coan rated it it was ok
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Mar 16, 2012 Alethea rated it really liked it
I haven’t had this much fun in space opera since the first time I read the Miles Vorkosigan books. Shepherd’s time in the navy shows in a certain edgy authenticity that rescues this book from the depths of Mary-Sue-dom to which the character might be destined…she is, after all, fabulously wealthy, gifted, and, from the second book, a princess (complete with, in one case, fur bikini. The sense of humor in these books is another saving grace.) So far, while adhering to one basic plot structure, va ...more
May 21, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
The two different parts of the book seem completely unrelated, which makes this one a bit harder to get through. I thought the first half was great because it really developed the some of the characters, and I also really like Kris and Jack's interactions with each other, their banter. As for the other storyline, I honestly had to force myself to finish it. I understand Shepherd wanted to make it realistic, make us experience what Kris and her crew had to go through to make everything work, but ...more
Christine Hayes
May 08, 2014 Christine Hayes rated it really liked it
The best so far. There lots intrigue, backstabbing and action. Also Kris loses a friend. Can't wait to start on "Resolute"
Mar 26, 2016 John rated it liked it
The parts on/around Wardhaven were great. But the middle-front section on the 'island paradise' planet was just lame - I wish it had been edited out. Would've saved 80 or so pages.
Feb 20, 2015 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Dang, I cannot put these books down. Great space drama and story lines. You really get to care about the characters.
Jan 05, 2016 Ariel rated it really liked it
You've broken my heart, Mike Shepherd!

Enjoyable book, much like the first one I fell in love with.
Dec 23, 2015 Kerry rated it really liked it
Sheppard has a plan and a method. Consistently enjoyable without rocking the boat.
Apr 04, 2015 Fietspomp rated it liked it
Liked it 7
Harrington >~ Vorkosigan >~ Longknife >~ Elizabeth Moon
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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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Kris Longknife (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Audacious (Kris Longknife, #5)
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  • Undaunted (Kris Longknife, #7)
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