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Mutineer (Kris Longknife #1)

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Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the Prime Minister of her home planet. Her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris's blood-and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the marines.
Paperback, 389 pages
Published January 27th 2004 by Ace
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Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rich girls who join the navy
I wanted very much for this to be better than it was. But while it was not bad, neither was it particularly good. It's a Big Mac of a space opera, a perfectly average, standard, processed serving delivering a pleasant if unexceptional taste but no nutritional value. Mike Shepherd seems to be trying to imitate David Weber or Lois McMaster Bujold, and since I am not particularly a fan of either of them (I know, sacrilege), this story did little for me. It was entertaining enough for the time I spe ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This was my take-a-risk purchase in our anniversary trip to Powell's in Portland this year. Since that was only days ago and I've already finished it, well, it obviously didn't suck. This is the first in a long-running series and you can kind of feel the freshman jitters of it. For one, there are some pretty awkward flashbacks done as memories in the first chapter that were unnecessary (provided the information had been given later—more proximate to the need later).

That said, this was a decent s
Promising story line in the genre of military space opera, but ultimately this debut of a long series (9 and counting) was disappointing to me. Ensign Kris Longknife, daughter of a planetary prime minister seeks a career in the space navy as a means to achievement and adventure away from family politics. But her family connections and privileged background either prejudices people against her or raises unrealistic expectations. The scenarios on planets and shipboard provide interesting challenge ...more
Laura Ownbey
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rated-rpr
The quick and dirty:
Rating: 2.5 stars
Length: On the high end of average (389 pages)
Publication: January 27, 2004 from Ace Books
Premise: The book opens with Kris Longknife, a Navy ensign fresh out of officer training, commanding a frantic hostage rescue mission. She struggles to balance her own doubts and the shadows of her own past with her drive to succeed and prove that she's deserving of her family's oldest histories. As soon as the mission ends, she's put on leave. She thinks that going home
Sep 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
The daughter of a governor to a settled planet, Kris enjoyed a life of luxury and prestige--but she felt it was more of a prison than anything. In an effort to make her own way in the universe, she joined the marines. Unfortunately, the military of the outer rim planets lacks the support it needs to continue operations, as there isn’t much conflict like there used to be.

After a spectacular rescue of a little girl from terrorists on a neighboring planet, Kris is relegated to humanitarian duty on
I love military sci-fi, but this book was overall a disappointment. I should have had my first warning when the back cover said that she "enlists in the marines [sic]" and yet it's made clear by page 7 that Kris is, in fact, in the Navy. The entire book is like this, riddled with typographical errors (apostrophe errors, to/too and its/it's errors, incomplete sentences) to a degree that made me wonder if it had had an editor at all.

There are a number of enjoyable elements, including a promising o
Mike (the Paladin)
I changed the rating on this a couple of times. I almost went two stars but in the end the book was a disappointment. (I didn't even force my way through the final few paragraphs.)

Some of you will disagree with me on this and not all of you for the same reasons. This could have been a very good book. I started it with high hopes. I liked the opening sequence (view spoiler). But over all the book was slow and annoying though with periods of interest
Niall Teasdale
While I generally liked the performance on this one, Dina Pearlman can't do Scottish accents for toffee. I'm inclined to believe she's reading the written down accent however, since the author doesn't know what a Yorkshire Pudding is.

I liked this, but it did seem to have more text than story; ie. it was a little long, as in elongated for word count. Kris suffers from that most unfortunate of character conditions, not seeing the bleeding obvious until 5 minutes after the reader. However, the plot
Jul 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
A very disappointing book. It tried to be like the David Webber Honor Harrington series, but is suffers from poor writing, unnecessary, awkward stage business to move characters from point A to point B 95% of the time. There is not enough sci-fi detail to explain Longknife's universe, the technology that supports it nor the social climate that 'seems' to play a part in driving activity. Here and there, during battle scenes, Shepherd gets it right, but that is not often. Instead, Longknife, a car ...more
Ms. Nikki
Nov 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobook
Kris Longknife is a character to root for. Along for the ride are a team of secondary players that have been set up to grow along with Kris.

Kris's family has their own issues and now that she has a place at the adult table I can't wait to see what she gets up to.

An adventurous read that had an narrator that was easy to listen to.

On to the next.
Lis Carey
Kris Longknife is the daughter of a distinguished political family. Her father is the prime minister of the planet Wardhaven, a member of the Society of Humanity, a union of nearly six hundred worlds. She's joined the navy rather than pursuing either a political or a social career because she wants to do something useful.

She's smart and capable and sincere, and she has no idea what she's in for.

Her first assignment as an ensign is rescuing a kidnapped six-year-old girl, the daughter of another p
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a reread - I'm doing the entire series as I stalled at around book 4/5 previously (can't even remember which or why!). This is standard military style space opera - young protagonist overcoming mighty odds and showing superior mettle/honour/cunning/skills etc. I love it, I love it all, mwah-ha-ha! No seriously, it's sort of a slighltly lighter, brisker paced, Honor Harrington-esque saga, and is basically fantastically aligned with my space-operatic tastes. If this is your thing you'll l ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entretenido pero sin sorpresas.
Mike (the Paladin)
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I changed the rating on this a couple of times. I almost went two stars but in the end the book was a disappointment. (I didn't even force my way through the final few paragraphs.)

Some of you will disagree with me on this and not all of you for the same reasons. This could have been a very good book. I started it with high hopes. I liked the opening sequence (view spoiler). But over all the book was slow and annoying though with periods of interest
Feb 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like Feintuch
Comes under "if this is the sort of thing you like, then this is the sort of thing you'll like." I would call it "Patrick O'Brian in space," but not having read any Patrick O'Brian, I might get myself in trouble that way. From this, however, you can probably gather it's not quite the sort of thing I like. (My rating may be a bit low for that reason.) I picked it up though, because it had a female protagonist and I remembered hearing the name somewhere.

Kris Longknife is likable enough, although a
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
30.12.2017 - 4,5*
Prvně jsem se bála, aby Kris Longknife nebyla příliš podobna Honor Harrington. Podívejte se na anotace a pochopíte proč. Ale damn, ty dvě by nemohly být rozdílnější, a zároveň více podobné. Autoři vzali armádu a cestu těch dvou každý trochu jinak, dost, abych je dokázala jasně odlišit, a zároveň jsou v tom nejlepším oba příběhy skvěle vykreslené.
Příběh má své zajímavé prvky, složitou politickou situaci. Kris se narodila do vlivné rodiny a jde to znát. A armáda zcela jistě nedost
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Solid 3.75 - 1/2 star off for dragging the end a bit, even if it ended well.

Great Space Opera!

The protagonist is a young woman named Kris Longknife, the child of political parents and military grandparents. She decides to take the military route to the chagrin of her parents.
The story moves along at a perfect pace and her natural talent is displayed as well as her not quite best decisions. We follow her on missions and her less than perfect relationships. I love her development as well as all th
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous New SF Series!

Since all the Scifi TV shows, except for Doctor Who, I have watched up until May 2011 have been cancelled (my beloved Stargate Universe, SG-1, SGA, The Event, Outcasts, Caprica, Farscape, BSG, etc.) I have been cruising around, looking for a good SF book. This new series [well new to me] totally satisfied my huge SF appetite.

This book had all the essential features that makes a great SF series. The story begins with Kris in the middle of a dangerous rescue scene and the ac
Coyora Dokusho
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read at least (2) times
Some time I have to go back and read all the prequels by Mike Moscoe... but ugh... prequels >.< so meh.

I really like Kris, but I'm living in my head a bunch of books ahead, I think it's going to do me a lot of good reading all the books again but they're really dense and convoluted - not a bad thing at all but they take up a lot of energy and concentration to read. However! I gotta because I forgot stuff that happened from the beginning (dense and convoluted, reme
Jul 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Young woman from rich and powerful family makes her way in the Navy, discovers secession plot. I liked the fact she wasn't perfect, wasn't immediately tossed into bed with either possible romantic lead and that everything wasn't neatly wrapped up. It's also nice to see an SF tech novel where tech screws up or can't be used, and the avoidance of a cliched character in Hancock was welcome.

I'm less thrilled with her supercomputer or her l33t hacker Aunt, but overall enjoyable.
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
What an excellent book! Exactly what I was looking for in a sci-fi story: the perfect mix of space exploration, military action and political intrigue. Amazing characters and perfectly written women. Yes, Kris' wealth sometimes worked as a sort of "deus ex machina" way out but that's the only gripe I have. Everything else was top notch good! Can't wait to read the next book in the series. If you like Jack Campbell's "The Lost Fleet", you will like this one too.
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A science fiction fun quick read with engaging characters, humor, a little bit of politics and a lot of suspension of disbelief. There's a lot of books in this series, all available as e-books at my library. I'll be reading them for a while in between other books.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it

Nutritionally worthless, mostly air, ... but irresistibly tasty!

Every time I finish a "Longknife", I swear I won't waste my time on another. I say the same thing after every bag of popcorn.
Rowan G.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I actually liked this book, even though I thought I wouldn't initially. Good action and a mostly likeable cast of primary characters.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had to finish the book! Boy, does Longknife have an interesting life! Good read!
Tara Murasaki
This book was incredibly frustrating. I picked it up expecting a mutiny. It took over 350 pages to get to that mutiny, and it only lasted about 15 pages. The whole novel was build up, and let me tell you, I was ready to throw it across the room if it didn't delivery the mutiny soon.

In addition, there is one point in the novel that clearly shows a failure of research. The character of Tommy Lien has a name that is very Chinese; however, at one point, he refers to family kami - kami is a Japanese
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of currently 14 Kris Longknife novels, and if they're all as well written as this one I'm a very happy girl.

Realistic heroine from rich but interesting background, does not have sex with anyone, but really develops into someone you genuinely want to say is heroic. It's sci fi, it has mystery, lots of action. And no awkward"ugh we knew that would happen" pot issues.

There's politics, intrigue and lots of military stuff. But there's also a lot of character, enough to keep me rolli
Tremont G
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Kris is an idiot! Why does she think she is "paranoid" when people REALLY ARE trying to kill her! It's obviously the Peterwald/Greenfeld people behind everything and she NEVER follows up or tries to figure it out. The book ends with huge holes in the story with regard to Olympia as well. Nothing is resolved with the implications to the Peterwald throwing an asteroid into the Damon volcano. WTF! AND, by the hell would Kris not demand immediately why the stupid boats and bridges the Peterwald the ...more
Craig Jones
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can see why this book was popular enough to encourage a long series, but I personally won't be continuing on. When compared to the Vor series (L. M. Bujold) or Vatta's War (Elizabeth Moon), this one just felt like more of the same, but not quite as pithy, and never jaw-dropping. The main character, Kris Longknife, is likable and strong, but everyone else is flat and the world-building was lackluster (too familiar to current everyday life, perhaps?). In any event, I wasn't left with any compell ...more
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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.

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“God, you don't just barge in on my father, and definitely not my mother."
No way. You check with their personal secretaries first. Check out their moods. Then you make an appointment to slip in. There are basic things you learn when your parents run a planet.”
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