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Intrepid (Kris Longknife #6)

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  2,508 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Kris Longknife has been assigned to The Wasp, the best warship beyond the Rim of Human Space. But while hunting for pirates, Kris stumbles upon something. It's a plan to kill one of the members of the aristocratic Peterwald family?and the would-be killers are setting her up as the assassin.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Ace (first published October 16th 2008)
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 12, 2016 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
As you can see, we finally broke the long four-star streak. You definitely want to read the others in the series first because this one has some excellent build on past storylines and the payoff is part of what made it so good.

Most of this book is pretty standard for the series so far. Kris finds a pile of bad. Kris mines for gold. Kris finds some silver, a bit of fluff, and the odd trinket that needs further analysis. It's all good fun and the action builds nicely with a satisfying pace.

This bo
Jean Poulos
This is book 6 in the Longknife series. It is advisable to read this series in order or else it is easy to be lost. At the end of the last book Kris was being returned to the Rim of Homan Space to her former command; to the ship she had acquired as a prize by capturing the pirates that had her. Kris re-equipped the ship and re-named it the Wasp. Kris is back to hunting for pirates and exploring space as a science ship. In this story Kris comes across a plan to assassinate a member of the Peterwa ...more
Mar 04, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
This is the 6th book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. First this is a great example of Military Science Fiction. If you like this genre you will like this book. In this one Kris Longknife arrives at a planet with two ships in orbit and a bad guy army on the ground. She is commanding a ship with superior armament to the bad guy ships. Instead of taking out the ships and using the high ground to force the ground army to surrender, she lands her own much inferior force and joins with ...more
These do seem to be getting better with each book, better and better!
Dec 25, 2016 Lushr rated it liked it
The first of the series to feel perfunctory. The proof reading was poor and there were whole sentences that didn't make sense. I can't review a book well when the publisher makes so little effort.

The story was ok. Lots of digging. Lots of ground battle. Bit slow. Some really interesting characters. And the usual development of the main cast.

I've already started on #7 and it's really good this one is just a temporary slump.
Russ Holthaus
Feb 23, 2017 Russ Holthaus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Enemy safe at a cost

This version of our continuing opera sees our heroine work ground forces and mistakenly snuff many lives in the safety of one highly valuable enemy. Thus our story marches on enjoying. Excited to continue.
Jul 19, 2011 James rated it liked it
I don't know how to rate this on if I am honest. It was nothing special, but it wasn't poor either. I would have to say that it was just a solid addition to the series, and as such would deserve a 3.5 . However, seeing as I can only give 3 or 4 - damn this system - then I will have to stick with three; it wasn't that good.

The characters were the same ol' same old. Nothing really developed on that front, except of course the development of one Vicky Peterwald. It was interesting to see her deve
Oct 21, 2011 Andreas rated it really liked it
In Intrepid, Kris finally has her own ship command. She is on a mission to explore the outer rim and show the flag of Wardhaven/United Sentients. She discovers a plot against her arch enemies, the Peterwalds, and also a plundering expedition launched on an agrarian colony. Lots of ground pounding action anchors this book, with the Marines picked up in Audacious playing a starring role.

This may be my favorite thus far. Any hint of the tentative beginning of the series is gone. The characters are
Jan 31, 2016 annapi rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
For a military sci-fi series with a kick-ass heroine, Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife isn't bad, but is not in the league of Tanya Huff's Torin Kerr, Elizabeth Moon's Serranos, or David Weber's Honor Harrington. Still, it's good entertainment. Kris is finally commanding a space warship/research vessel, hunting for pirates beyond the Rim, and foils a pirate plot to take over an isolated colony. Then she stumbles on a plan to assassinate the head of the Peterwald family and frame her for it in orde ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it really liked it
I love this series! It's great, fast-paced, military space opera. I liken Kris Longknife to popcorn, once you start consuming, you can't stop. Galactic Princess Kristine Anne Longknife, who's also a lieutenant in the Navy, has some of the best hair-raising adventures in the universe, and all with a very dry sense of humor. I'm looking forward to the next installment, "Undaunted", which I bought at the same time, and will start today. Do yourself a favor, if you're a hard s-f, or military s-f fan ...more
Laz the Sailor
Nov 12, 2013 Laz the Sailor rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
Apparently I missed this one the first time through the series. It really completes the previous story arc, and a new one starts with the next book.

This book is grittier and messier than some of the others. There is more ground conflict, which is dirtier than dog-fights in orbit. As always, the conflicts are complicated and the solutions are clever, with luck and incredible timing involved.

Not the best in the series, but an important part of the overall universe, and it sets up some important re
Stephen Graham
Apr 23, 2013 Stephen Graham rated it liked it
More two linked novellas than a unitary novel, Intrepid continues to be adequate milSF. The section concerning ground action on Pandaemonium is mediocre; the space sections are more interesting. One of the oddities is that the character of Vicky Peterwald has almost nothing to do with the character of the same name in the fifth novel. That's fine as I thought she was a major weakness in the novel but it doesn't pay to think about how a real person would get from one position to the other in the ...more
I'm enjoying this series, but while the rest of the books focus on one place/one problem, this one has her and crew bouncing around dealing with several different ones. I think I prefer the one place/one problem focus better, this was just a little too bounce-around for my liking. On the positive side, the editing/typesetting errors were much fewer in this book, probably only a dozen or so. Looking forward to starting the next book tonight.
Nov 12, 2008 Roberta rated it liked it
Recommends it for: space opera fans, military sf fans
Shelves: sciencefiction
A solid entry in the Longknife series. Kris is on a scientific expedition with a ship tricked out like warship. Naturally something has to go wrong. A battle to save a world of independent farmers and an assassination attempt against Henry Peterwald, her family's enemy to thwart are amongst the young princess/lieutenant's leadership challenges in this novel.

Not his best in the series, but still a good solid read.
Jan 29, 2013 BobA707 rated it really liked it
Amusing but a bit annoying, military scifi

Several stories strung together, each well thought out, but a few holes remain

Thin. But the universe is pretty good and consistent

Simple, but highly readable

Each story ending is pretty good, though as Kris is perfect , also pretty obvious (she wins)

Good pace keeps the story/s flowing very well throughout.
Matthew Whitehead
More things interesting

This time Kris actually gets to keep her command from the start of the book to the end. A brief encounter with a pirate ship, a meeting in passing with an Ensign Vicky Peterwald, and then the book really gets started. Crazy cultists, the return of Captain Thorpe, a purely infantry campaign, a hijacked passenger liner with 5000 souls aboard. Oh and Kris having to save Henry Smythe-Peterwald the twelfth.
Aug 19, 2012 Eero rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Space exploring, pirates, religious fanatics, privateers trying to capture far settlement, political schemers trying to assasinate federadion leader and start war. And there is only one person who can solve all this and her name is Kris Longknife.

Funny, intresting and well writen full pledged space opera for all those who like faste pace scifi.
Aug 25, 2012 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Another decent outing for Kris Longknife. Once again trying to figure out what the bad guys are up to while saving the day. Still trying to figure out what Abby's up to, though there are several more books for that. And though no one is directly targeting her this time, she manages to find plenty of danger. Guess it's tough being one of "those Longknifes".
Jan 24, 2009 Unwisely rated it really liked it
Good light military(ish) SF. If you liked the last ones, you'll probably like this one. (I have been buying this series, that is how much I like it.) More adventure, plus the possible hint of a romance. (OK, maybe that's my wishful thinking.) More Vicky Peterwald; she's apparently not going to be the next nemesis. Which could be interesting.
Feb 09, 2014 Dee rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this entry, it still had the standard action but it seemed like there might have actually been some longer term story arc planning too. Enemies were more nebulous and changeable and thus more interesting, plus we got to explore opposing attitudes to the family name on Pandemonia. All in all I hope the next entry continues this trend.
Jul 19, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better than the previous book.

As with the previous book, most of the fighting takes place on the ground, but there's an interesting twist in the aftermath that plays out long after the battle is over.

Vicky Peterwald turns up again, but so different is she compared to last time that I couldn't help wonder if she was the same person...
Jun 14, 2010 Sandy rated it really liked it
Kris has chosen her latest assignment - to go out to the farthest reaches of space and hunt pirates. Things go slightly off course, as usual, and Kris has to scramble to find ways to save the day. Things do not go quite as smoothly this time around, ending in many unfortunate deaths, but nobody we really knew.
Friedrich Haas
Jan 03, 2014 Friedrich Haas rated it really liked it
Vicky is developing nicely now. I also wonder if I have just met the real problem all these years, and if there may be another provocateur yet to be revealed. After all, if Wardhaven and Greenfield slug it out, who would be left to snap up their lost colonies?
Randy Mccallum
Apr 21, 2014 Randy Mccallum rated it really liked it
The continuing adventures of Princess Longknife. This is such a good series of stories, although sometimes the author seems to leave out details that would make the story more understandable. All in all the holes in description don't hurt the story in the long run.
Gregor Eder
Jul 14, 2015 Gregor Eder rated it really liked it
Finaly the little Princess got her ship and can discover and roam around. If there wouldnt be the Longknife-Luck to allways found the deepest sh... to find.

At the end it got a nice twist after seemingly leading in one direction. And I can only hope, the next book got as good as this one.
Feb 20, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-sci-fi
Battle, murder plots and computers with attitude what more could you want? In this book we see Kris going out beyond the rim and it is a great story and a worth while time. I enjoyed this was more of a combination of the last few books and it does a good job of it.
Dec 31, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
This book took place on an actual planet with both sides scrambling to use the little resources available. A lot of improvising and fun happened. However, the psychological fall out from eventual space action seemed underplayed.
Mike Abrahams
Dec 30, 2013 Mike Abrahams rated it liked it
In the sweetspot in this series IMO - he's not bored yet with his heroine and his writing is getting better as he gains experience. The jokes between characters are also a pleasant departure from some sci-fi.
Ron Holmes
Jul 26, 2010 Ron Holmes rated it really liked it
This is the sixth book in a series of seven. Kris Longknife is always getting into intergalatic trouble. Luckily she finds her way out by the skin of her teeth. It is a good read and fun to see the twists and turns that have to take place. I recommend the series.
Aug 28, 2011 Nathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed-2011
If you like page-turning political and military science fiction, you'll like this book. The series continues to be a good read. I like the author and I like the characters.
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