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(Kris Longknife #4)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,112 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Kris Longknife has been given her first independent command in the very remote system of Chance, an assignment that's as much exile as promotion.But Kris isn't on the job long when she captures pirates hiding the location of an uncharted and unpopulated planet of miraculous technology.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Ace
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Jacob Proffitt
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
As you can see from all the stars, this is up to the quality I'm coming to expect from the series. Yay! The plots are good, the action fantastic, the space battles gripping. Shepherd continues to give Kris believably great challenges and leadership opportunities to overcome them.

The book is in the middle of the pack in that very-narrow four-star range compared to the others. There is a bit of a divergent twist that doesn't seem to hang too well together with the rest of the story (like in the
The Abibliophobic  Guy
sorry, I never meant for this to be so long. They usually aren't - ignore at your pleasure

This being the second book in a row that I have rated a three in this series I think I have finally come across the main problem that I have for this series; the author tends to have a section of the book, normally at the beginning, where he can do whatever his fancy takes him. Now, of course, this is what we want from authors isn't it? A bit of creativity? No. Not in this case. In the last book Shepherd
C.T. Phipps
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kris Longknife returns for another adventure. Having successfully defended the kingdom of Wardhaven from destruction at the hands of their arch-rivals, she is "rewarded" by assignment to the middle of nowhere. However, she is given command of a ship (however deserving of decommissioning) and the locals are a fairly congenial backyard barbecue bunch. Indeed, if not for the fact she's stubbornly trying to do her job, it would be the perfect assignment. Unfortunately, events lead to Kris ...more
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was frustrating for me for a lot of reasons. 4 (and a half) books into the series I'm looking for growth from the characters, cohesion with her team, and some major problem solving in regards to her issues with her government and relatives. Instead Nelly seems glitchy and childish, Jack is still pretty 2D Alpha cookie-cutter, Penny is in free-fall (I have no idea where we are going with her. She has a mysterious skill-set and seems to be able to run anything on command-and then ...more
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
OK....But Nothing to Write Home About (Really a 2.5 Rating),

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

This installment did not grab my attention until about page 94; however, from thereafter, the story took a change for the better. The author successfully entwined a great feel of adventure with the hidden secrets of the unknown. I can't say the story was on par with me not being able to put it down; but I did manage
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just vacillated wildly about whether to go 4 or 5 stars on this one. I really enjoyed the action and pacing but it seemed to me like Hank, previously in the semi-bad, poor little rich boy character made a maddened wild swing into crazyville with a detour down evil - nothing I read previously indicated to me that Hank would be fine with rape and pillage - even Hikila was supposedly "freedom fighting" so how did good old misguided Hank become a monster? Also where the hell did Vicky come from, ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
And she thoguht it would be boring.
That Kris..what a fun read.
I really enjoy Mike Shepherd.
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi, space-opera
Popcorn, soda, and a cheap space opera. Fun, but the bad guy was such a caricature that he never really motivated any real worry, same with Kris's teasing of Ron. I'll give Shepherd another try or two to write a compelling bad guy instead of a comic-book menace (actually, some comic books have better bad guys than this novel, come to think of it, so bad comparison)... a Two stars, but a guilty pleasure.
Steven Allen
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-go, not-kept
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Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kris does it again. Trouble finds her wherever she goes.
A fun read.
Jeff Miller
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series gets better and better as an entertaining read
Ruth Gladden
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series
Nina Braden
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
2006, series beginning to feel stale
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reread Sept 2016
Russ Holthaus
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mystery with shock and awe

Enjoyable fourth read in a space opera set in expanding universe involving two families on the brink of destruction. I am ever intrigued and forward I go. Fun and exciting thanks Mike Sheppard a grand experience.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This is book four in the Longknife series. In this book Kris Longknife is ordered to take command of a backward naval base in orbit around an independent planet on the frontier. She is responsible for the defense in this out of the way naval district. When replacing buoy’s Kris captures a pirate ship. Kris has to get help by rounding up a rag tag fleet of ships to fight off a Greenfeld’s four ships led by Hank Peterwald. She also must deal with the distrust of the planet inhabitants. I am ...more
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. Despite still being a lowly lieutenant, Kris has finally been given her own command, of the space station High Chance, which orbits the rim world of Chance. It's too good to be true, actually, as it's clearly intended to be an assignment-cum-exile, for High Chance is something of a backwater station, whose previous crew completely abandons it before Kris arrives. She is determined to do the best job that she can. As usual ...more
Allan Caplan
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is definitely my least favorite of the Kris Longknife series so far. It started with great potential, as the previous books have. Wardhaven is safe, thanks to Kris, but she stepped on some toes so they send her somewhere "safe".

"Safe" isn't a word known to "Those Damn Longknifes"

This is where the book really slows down. So, Kris is all safe and secure on her station and takes a little trip. No spoilers, but it was a relatively boring trip.

Then later, her old friend Hank is heading towards
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
In Resolute, Kris is put in charge of an out of the way naval district assignment on the frontier. In a sub-plot, she finds ancient alien ruins. But the real action is a “fleet visit” from the Greenfeld navy commanded by her old nemesis Hank Smythe Peterwald. In short, the Greenfeld fleet is trying to engender a crisis on the planet as an pretext to take over.

While not quite as good as Defiant, Resolute continues the development of Kris and her cohorts as characters. One wonders where it is all
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Now Kris is commanded to take commanders role of backwards naval base in orbit of independent planet. She much fight againts distruss of planet habitats, find pirates who do nasty things on sector and when doing so her computer found anomality from space which Kris and her crew discover to be old warp point, which they decide to investigate it which leads them to discover to alien planets of three lost alien civilizations. And when Kris and her crew is coming back from their exploring they found ...more
Oh, I liked this one! The set-up of the situation on Last Chance, and how it was handled was very enjoyable. The book's summary is incorrect, however. The real issue in this book was the arrival of a fleet from Greenfeld for a 'visit', but with a planned script for taking over the planet and annexing it into the Greefeld confederation. How Kris & Co and the planet's people stymie that makes for a good story.

Nitpick: However, editing issues abound - there seemed to be a real shortage of
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really felt a struggle reading this book, because again there was the split adventures - but this time as I knew they would be they were linked at the end. Going through the motions on "Chance " with the politics and parties felt forced and unnatural. I guess I just don't like that kind of "party " when you know they'll clash at the end -it felt boring, not tense. Of course it hints to a sister we never knew Hank had - who will probably be after Kris...I have the next three books in this ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Hmmm didn't think Hank to be THAT stupid and without honor. Seemed like a different man from the second book. ON the other side, the captains including her ever present security guard Jack are very attractive men who Kris just cannot have... I just don't see any romance for Kris in the future..LOL I suppose that is the one big difference between the other books I read. In those books the women win the war as well as get the man. Well at least she won another battle making her another ledgend!
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in the series pretty much follows the formula of the previous three: Kris gets posted to a remote outpost with just a skeleton crew (her bodyguard Jack, recently widowed Penny, Com Chief Beni and her mysterious maid, Abby) They are barely settled in when six warships from the rival Greenfeld arrive....

Of course there's lasers and spaceships and all the blowing stuff up that we've come to expect from "those damn Longknives"
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was better than Deserter, but not as good as Defiant, the plot was very slow in the first two thirds and there was to much talking. I don't mind talking, but this dialogue just drudged on forever. The last act once again had some great action, and things are finally set to move in an interesting direction.
Scott Stillman
Nov 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kris Longknife is banished to an out of the way, run down, command, to get her out of the way, and has to fight against superior odds, again... The story is the same with different characters, but is is a well written story, that kept me entertained so much I couldn't put it down.

I enjoyed this one. It kept moving, and setup the story line for the future of the series.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was definitely more engaging than the last book, I had a hard time putting it down. However, maybe it was just the printing I was reading, but there were a lot of little spelling and grammatical errors. "You're" instead of "your," "boy's" instead of "boys." Little things that added up and got very annoying. Other than that, a fun read.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am finding with this series that I really like parts of them and find myself very bored and skimming pages for other sections. I am also REALLY sick of the "one of those damn Longknifes" riff which EVERY book harps on to a ridiculous degree - we get it!!! Kris's family is often involved in dramatic game changing events.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed-2011
Kris Longknife is beginning to learn discretion... or seems to be. She's a lot less trigger happy (for good reason) than she has been in previous books, and despite attempting to avoid bloodshed...

Well, it's an action book. There's a lot of development of metaplot in this book and I look forward to see how the universe's politics develop based on some of the developments in the story.
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