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Target (Vicky Peterwald #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  676 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Victoria Maria Teresa Inez Smythe-Peterwald, daughter of wealth and power, was raised to do little except be attractive and marry well. Then everything changed—her brother, her father’s favorite and the heir apparent, was killed in battle by Lieutenant Kris Longknife, daughter of the Peterwald’s longtime en
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Ace (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is one of the dumbest books I've read in quite awhile. If I didn't need it for a reading challenge I would have DNF'd it at page 14 when the female lead was intentionally having a wardrobe malfunction during a tv news interview for...reasons. I'll stick to Kris Longknife. This is going straight to the donate pile.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book but was disappointed. The entire book felt disjointed. There were some great chapters followed by poorly written ones. The worst offense was the character development of Vicky. It was all over the place and unbelievable. I found myself frustrated and annoyed often. I am not sure whether it's just the awkwardness of a male author trying to write a story from the perspective of a woman, particularly one as sexually active as Vicky. SPOILER: no woman who was raped wou ...more
*Source* Library Loan
*Genre* Futuristic Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

Target, by Mike Shepherd, is the first installment in the Vicky Peterwald series. Target should come with a warning. If you haven't read Shepherd's Kris Longknife series yet, especially the novel where Kris and Vicky come face to face, don't just blindly jump into this story expecting to have a clue where the story picks up or why Vicky has had so many assassination attempts made on her.

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Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, sf-f, space
First, the worst: There is rape in this book and it's handled badly, with something very close to the "reset to status quo" button. Seriously, someone forced at gunpoint, with events immediately preceding and following being almost as gruesome, doesn't completely break down then return to her bantering, libidinous self after one nightmare and one pep talk session. Almost anything else could've been more believable, and very few things could be even less tasteful.

Then, that "erotica" tag... I'm n
Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF p. 26

Usually I'm pretty strict with my 20% rule, but I just can't this time. It's too stupid. It is quite possibly the stupidest thing I've ever read.

It's not just the poor language.

It's not just the juvenile (or extremely chauvinistic - I can't quite tell) attitude.
(On both these points see my update comments)

It's not just the complete lack of any establishment of character, setting or plot.

It's the combination of these things that make the whole so much less than the parts. I wish it was
Laz the Sailor
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
How do you make a a story set in the Longknife universe with another strong female character, and not have her seem like Kirs' twin? Make her completely different. Kris knows guns and strategies, Vicky know sex and politics. She uses her sexual talents as if she were Modesty Blaise, and works the back channels of the palace with a sniper's skill. Vicky slowly awakens to the fact that her empire and family are rotting away from the inside. Kris may not always get along with her wacky Longknife fa ...more
Shannon Luchies
Oct 13, 2014 rated it liked it
My biggest issue with this book is that Vicky, bluntly, is written pretty much as a complete slut. Which is not at all consistent with the appearances over in the Kris LOngknife series.

So while I'm glad to see a bisexual heroine in a SF novel, this is less than thrilling....
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Vicky is not Kris, but they do have similar problems. Now they're both trying their best to save their societies. Each just has her own skill set to use effectively.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
The author is can write a good story. But there are a few flaws in this one!
I have no problem with the female character using her sexuality to her advantage, but the sexual scenes were frankly risible, clumsy and hindered the flow of the plot. And what was the obsession with the character's breasts all about? Or should I quote the author, "them puppies" and how they fit into various changes of clothing. For goodness sake, give the character a sports bra and stop going on about it! Shades of He
Space Opera starring a sexpot. But not all that good space opera. And not a very believable sexpot. But definitely has sex in it - which is a plus for some people. And if the rest of the book was fine, I'm sure that could have been a plus. But I really didn't care much for this one. Or for really any of the characters. Or the world. Not badly written and perhaps for the right person, but certainly that wasn't me.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good start on the new series. I cant't wait on the next book.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 read. I haven't read the Kris Longknife series. I both liked and loathed the central character Vicky. She was strong but also aimless. And if the author said it once, he said it a multitude of times - she was trained in needlepoint and the Karma Sutra. Except... when was she trained in the Karma Sutra? all her memories as a child in court were sad ones. There was no mention of sex. Who trained her?
I liked Vicky's use of her sexuality when she needed it - but there were pages upon pages of se
Renee Rearden

Though Target introduces a new story line with mostly new characters, I felt woefully confused and unprepared for Mr. Shepherd's universe. Reading the Kris Longknife books first would have helped, I think. Exceedingly detailed, the story is cohesive. While the characters are interesting, Ms. Peterswald left me a bit cold. I'm sure that is purposeful on the author's part as she is a calloused, selfish royal. Unfortunately, for me, the character's sexual independence felt more pornographic
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The name says it pretty well. There's plenty of action. The Empress is a bitch and the Palace is a tasteless, gilded snake pit. Vicky is becoming quite the action girl, more like Kris Longknife every day, and she definitely has mixed feelings about that.
Dec 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
After 30 pages I was bored and I stopped the book. First Mike Shepherd book I've tried. Probably the last.
Steven Allen
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the first book of this series. It is a great opportunity to see things from the other side of Longknife - Peterwald conflict.
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: space-and-sci-fi
Love the Longknife series but think the author was going for a dofferent genre here. Way, way too much emphasis on sex. Not his best effort!
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Good work.
Vicky is a very different person than Kris.
Greenfield is very different than Wardhaven.
Good people in Greenfield.
The Marines rock.

Read this..
Oct 22, 2015 rated it liked it
This is my first Mike Shepherd read. He is known for the Kris Longknife series, which I plan to read eventually. Vicky Peterwald is a character from that universe. An heir to the throne, until stepmom becomes pregnant, neither space, starship, nor home is safe for her. Everyone wants to use her. As a spoiled female, a navy officer, and a royal, it's time for her to grow up. This is the first book in the series. It sets up our characters, the background on how they got here, the politics, the wor ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Similar to what Jack Campbell did, writing books about the enemy of his series hero, Black Jack Geary, Shepherd attempts to give us some insight into Kris Longknife's enemy/rival, Vicky Peterwald. Shepherd's attempt isn't quite as good. Vicky, the spoiled daughter of Emperor Peterwald of the evil Greenfeld Empire(chief rival to the Longknife's United Systems), has just returned from battling aliens with Kris, and each has earned the respect, if not friendship, of the other. Vicky is already awar ...more
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a spin-off from the Kris Longknife series. It follows a similar theme as the protagonist is Her Imperial Grace the Grand Duchess Victoria Marie Teresa Inez Smythe-Peterwald, daughter of the Emperor. She is also a Lt. Commander in the Greenfeld Navy.

To add some additional spice to the story Shepherd has her new step mother Annah out to assassinate Vicky. Annah is also consolidating her own power and building her own Army for a secret bid to take over the Empire. Shepherd has Vicky as a sp
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too much sex, not enough plot.

Ironically, it's the sex scenes that are by far the best writing in this lightweight spinoff from Shepherd's normally excellent Kris Longknife series. Take them out and all you're left with is an overpriced, underdeveloped, unsatisfying novella (unlike Vicky's "assets", a fact that we're reminded about over and over and over and over and...). The character are one dimensional and flat (unlike Vicky's "assets", a fact that...) and inconsistent - this is not the Vicky
Erin Penn
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
High space opera; don't look for hard sci-fi here. Main character has sex scenes that edge into erotica; would not recommend this book for the under-18 crowd. In fact a little annoyed; if this was a romance book instead of sci-fi Amazon would be slapping it with the "adult" category and locking it out from the general search engine.

As other reviewers have mentioned the "rape" does not have the appropriate fall out; but psychologically I have trouble calling it rape (I am female) - the character
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st book in The Vicky Peterwald series by Mike Shepherd. This series is a spinoff of the Kris Longknife series. Vicky Peterwald's family have long been enemy's of the Longknife family. Vicky and her father blame Kris Longknife for the death of Vicky's brother. In the Kris Longknife series Vicky tries to kill Kris in revenge but fails miserably. After failing to kill Kris her father forces her to join the Greenwald Space Navy. Here she learns discipline and duty. Later on a joint spac ...more
Book Keeper
May 19, 2016 rated it liked it
From having read the Longknife series up to this point I'll say that it was a surprise, the difference in the story's feeling. Vicky Peterwald was very much more of a romance novel with a science fiction setting then a sci-fi novel with a long developed romantic interest as in the Longknife series. It does give insight into the Peterwald side of the galaxy, which is uniquely off putting in and of itself. So would I read the book again possibly with a filter of sorts, I don't have a personal tast ...more
Lauren Perez
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm okay with sex scenes, but this felt like it was written by a 12 year old boy who thought it was provocative to talk about sex every chance they got. I found myself saying 'what?' out loud in disbelief while listening to this book - even while running outside. That's probably what the other people on the street thought after hearing me... The treatment of rape, mixed in with the rest of this sex, felt inappropriate and did a disservice to the character - and certainly to real life survivors. ...more
Connie Moore
May 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Her Imperial Grace, the Grand Duchess, Lieutenant Commander Victoria Peterwald, Vicky to her friends. She is a spoiled brat raised to needlepoint and the Kama Sutra, both for pleasure and business. She isn't shy of her Kama Sutra either. Throughout the book she wields it. I found her to be more of a slut though as she dodges assassination attempt after assassination attempt by her step-mommy dearest.
I know this is the first book in a new series. I love the Longknife series and will give this on
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book starts out not too unlike the Kris Longknife books, though you quickly see that this is a very different woman than Kris. She seems a bit cardboard even with the different crisis she finds herself in. Until everything really goes sideways, but then, within a day or two shes back to the same old annoyingly bantering self. While drastic, I thought the big disaster was planned to really show how she had changed, instead it ended up really showing off the authors weaknesses, was tempted to ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting to see some character development for one of the chief protagonists in Kris Longknife's universe. It's coming along nicely, but the sex is a problem. I guess I'm a romantic, because I don't find sex for it's own sake engaging. Unless it's part of a larger relationship that's clearly going somewhere, it's just pornography. I'm hoping that the next book about Vicky leans less on sex and more on Vicky becoming a more interesting person.
Sarah Adamson
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, sci-fi
I was hesitant of this book because Mike writes such great bad guys and gals that I wasn't feeling too happy with Vicky Peterwald. However this is a good book with some mystery and adventure in it and an awful lot of sex. There's good sex and very bad sex and horrible sex and just it happened sex.
Not sure what Mike wanted out of this book but I could skip at least half of it if I wanted to miss the sex scenes - some of which are completely irrelevant.
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