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(Vicky Peterwald #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  511 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Seeking revenge for her brother’s death, Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald underwent an unlikely transformation—from pampered heir to naval lieutenant. Now a new challenge looms: Vicky will need to use both her military and political ranks to rebuild war-torn planets, planets ruined both by the Peterwald Empire and by Kris Longknife’s revolutionary quests.
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Ace
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Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Date: May 2015

ISBN: 9780425266588

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.2/5

Publisher Description: Seeking revenge for her brother’s death, Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald underwent an unlikely transformation—from pampered heir to naval lieutenant. Now a new challenge looms: Vicky will need to use both her military and political ranks to rebuild war-torn planets, planets ruined both by the Peterwald Empire and by Kris Longknife’s revolutionary qu
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first met Vicky she was not very likeable. She has been a side character in the Kris Longknife series and now has a spin off series of her own. She has been going through a change since she got her own series and with Survivor she really becomes a different person. She is concerned with others and has learned to think on her feet. As she works with others to change what is happening in the Peterwald Empire she begins to like how people are reacting to her.

This is a fast paced, action fill
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, netgalley
First, I should point out that it's been a while since I read any of the Kris Longknife books, and that I hadn't realized this was book 2 of the Vicky Peterwald books, so I'll attribute part of the slow start of the first half to those factors. The rest of it is down to some unfortunate plot points (view spoiler) and the continuous comparison to Kris Longkn ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
It is important to read this series in order as one book feeds into the next book. At the end of the last book (Target) in the series Vicky had arrived at St. Petersburg and was refused access to the planet. This book opens with Vicky and her pilot/bodyguard on descent to the plant in an old landing craft with the Planet government threatening to shoot her down. From this exciting opening the action never stops. From assassination attempts to political intrigue Vicky weaves her way to put togeth ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shepherd is very good at "space opera". As a U.S. Navy veteran, he has some military expertise, which helps when writing about a Navy in space. Like regular opera, it's not great art/literature, but it is entertaining, which of course, is why they're both popular. This "Vicky Peterwald" series, is a spin-off of his long-running "Kris Longknife" series. Both are strong female scions of rival space empires, the Longknifes being the "good" guys. In the original series, Vicky tries to personally ass ...more
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Vicky Peterwald series by Mike Shepherd. In this one Vicky decides to help the starving people on two planets with the help of her friend Mannie and the planet of St. Petersburg. While trying to supply them with food as well as restart their economies she realizes that it is her Stepmother, the new Empress, that is sabotaging these planets and the entire Greenwald Empire. Her stepmother is also continuing in her efforts to have Vicky killed and has her kidnapped an ...more
Shannon Luchies

I will have to disagree with Koeur's review, in that I thought this book was not bad. Not GOOD by any degree, but it really wasn't too bad.

My issues:

It FEELS like a retread of existing Kris Longknife stuff. Not word for word, but very much like some bits in the early Kris books.

Vicky goes from bisexual free spirit to hung up over her injured bodyguard, THEN gets into Manny. All written very awkwardly. Honestly I've seen better romance in fanfiction. I'm
Laz the Sailor
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I am assuming that this is the middle of a trilogy. This story traces the transformation of Princess Victoria Peterwald from spoiled brat to charismatic leader. Aside from a few too many references to "WWKLD", this progresses nicely. Vicky is a bit more of a vixen than staid Kris, but she may have found a heart buried under all the royal intrigue.

The story stops a bit abruptly, leading into the next/final book.

(view spoiler)
Robert 'Rev. Bob'
I am impressed by Vicky's growth so far. She is quickly becoming Kris Longknife's equal, but not her clone. Different societies call for different methods...
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better than the last one. At least the main character develops a bit, and becomes more of a servant of the people than an exploiter.
However, as a person living in a country with hereditary royalty and actual duchesses, I utterly fail to understand the way the author puts these complete parasites on a pedestal.What happened to democracy in these societies?
In England we have dozens of them, and I'd guess around 1% do anything to serve the people, and 99% of those only because their spin doctors
Blake Walker
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: military-sci-fi
Reads like another Kris Longknife novel, only with a different, red haired heroine instead of a blonde space admiral. Some of the story is interesting. A lot of it is boring and a repetition of the the first book in this new series. I'm not going to read any more, however.

Though the court politics were interesting. There was too much of it and not enough action sequences. My two cents...
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Who'd have thought Vicky had such a head for business? She's also becoming a proper Navy officer and a proper noble. She uses all that for good as well. Too bad that makes her a target for assassination. She's not spending all her time in boring meetings, oh, no. She's got some battles to fight also.

What is it with chaining Vicky up to a bed naked (again)?!?
Steven Allen
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am liking the evolution of the Vicky character.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Published 2013. Pretty disappointed in this Shepard outing. I've followed the Kris Longknife series for some time and maybe that would be a better venue and protagonist for the author.
Brett Thomasson
Mike Shepherd's "Kris Longknife" series is about a heroic young woman who is gutsy and brave enough to do the right thing even in the middle of much trouble, and whose willingness to do the right thing is frequently the source of some if not much of the trouble.

Along the way, Her Highness Princess Kristine Longknife of the United Sentients has crossed paths with Grand Duchess Victoria Peterwald of the Greenfeld star empire on a couple of occasions, most notably when Vicky tried to kill her in re
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I bought the first and second books at the same time. I am glad I did because the first one alone I may not have continued to read the series. The first book had too much graphic sex for my tastes, and our heroine was a spoiled willful adult brat. However, that first book makes the changes Vicky goes through and her responses to them more believable. In this second book she starts to realize she is part of a bigger world and not the center of the universe. She discovers that she actually has abs ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
In this second volume of the Vicky Peterwald series, the Grand Duchess of Greenfeld focuses on the goal of helping her people. Vicky has led a spoiled life. But now the palace holds nothing for her but intrigue and death. Tired of assassination attempts and abductions, she escapes with the Navy fleet where she serves as an officer. But as her leadership skills surface, she finds herself pulling on her title more often for clout. She uses her elevated status to help the people starving in the wak ...more
Henry Lazarus
May 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Mike Shepherd’s of Kris Longknife take place in a future where two human empires are in conflict. Vicky Peterwald is the daughter of one of the Emperors and has become Kris’s friend/enemy. In Vicky Peterwald: Survivor (paper from Ace) she has run from the palace after her step-mother tried to kill her. Her stepmother’s family has destroying the empire’s economy while Vicky’s new mother keeps her father occupied. So it’s up to Vicky with the help of the Navy and a developed planet working with he ...more
Apr 30, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Another outing from the ever reliable Shepherd. Yes, the trade negotiations and interplanetary economics are thoroughly simplistic, the sex is just embarrassing, the writing occasionally gets repetitious (he uses "spat" in the sense of "said" 15 times), and all the planets seem no bigger than small counties at most. But the pace never lets up, the action is decently choreographed, and the banter is first rate. I'm looking forward to reading more of these.

Characteristic lines:
"Before the mayor of
Maurynne  Maxwell
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Vicki Peterwald: Survivor is better all around than she was in "Target," edging up from 3 to 3.5 stars. Shepherd hits the right notes in this second entry in the series. Kris Longknife's example lurks in the background, but Vicki is coming into her own. Lots of action (mostly outside the bedroom, this time, yay.) Vicki gains valuable experience, compassion and gumption--and the support of the real Navy. This Peterwald is saving people from hunger, economies from collapse, and working hard for go ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: space-sci-fi
Overall a good book, I think in general it was better then target in the character development and you can tell its a bigger build for the end of the trilogy then target and slowly moving in the direction hinted at. The one part of this book that I really didn't like was the constant comparison between Vicky and Kris, while I get it in context for some parts I almost feel its just to remind us that there is another book series. I do really like the reintroduction of Mannie as a bigger character ...more
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, sci-fi
4 Stars for fans of the series; 2 stars for anyone new.

Much better than the first volume of the Peterwald series. However, this is not the book to start the overall Longknife-Peterwald series with - begin with the Kris Longknife books and then come back here. You could easily skip v1 of the Peterwald offshoot, too.

Classic space opera, focusing on keeping an empire's planets going (economics) rather than on naval warfare. The economics make sense. Enough sex so third grade minds wouldn't be pollu
William Howe
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first

Vicky has found her purpose. My problem with the first novel was a lack of direction. While there was conflict, it lacked focus and the resolution was weak. This book has much of the same scramble, but the Grand Duchess seems to be more refined or reforged by the chaos. There is no big catharsis at the end, but the series has direction and motion now.

The only danger is that Vicky will become too much like Kris.

I look forward to the next in the series.
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
The biggest issue I have with this series is that the protagonist started out as... well, frankly, a pretty loathsome, spoiled brat. But she was a unique character. And now, she's "evolving" into a clone of that damn Longknife. She's navy, she's navy to the core, she's learning to pilot ships. Her lifestyle is shifting, drastically. It's like the "before" is being erased, warts and all.

I was hoping for a series with a bit more...intrigue. Instead? All her rough edges are being rounded off into
Rodney  W.  Green
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read.

Sometimes when an author starts a new character in an established universe the new is new in name only. I think Shepherd has dodged that with Vicky Peterwald. She has her own voice, she's not a watered down Kris Longknife. I think she'd like to be like Kris, but she's not as smart, trained or confident. Fighting for her own life is making her think out of the box. I can't wait for the next Vicky book.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read!

The author again hit the sweet spot with his tale of Vicky as she tries to save her hereditary empire and model herself after that damn Longknife. A quick reading space yarn, that keeps you riding along through assassination attempts and trysts. Well done...highly recommended.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
So much better than the first book which was a disappointment. Vicky now has some substance and is evolving into someone who can challenge her stepmother, rally the Navy and various peoples, as well as survive, hopefully. I'm looking forward to Rebel, and didn't think I'd say that about the series when I read book 1.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A distinct improvement over the first book. While Vicky is just as promiscuous (I don't have a problem with that) we're saved the explicit details this time round, and the book is all the better for it.
I only wish that Vicky could get past the constant referring to Kris Longknife - it got tedious very quickly.

Still, roll on book 3 . . .
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vicki is getting some real stones! And her daddy is getting upset!
Michael Rutkowski
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Liked this 2nd "Vicky Peterwald" even more than the !st ! Really disappointed to find out this is only going to be a trilogy ! I hope Mike Shepherd comes up with another series in the "Kris Longknife" universe !
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