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Defender: Kris Longknife, Book 11 | [Mike Shepherd]

Defender: Kris Longknife, Book 11

Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass - and to demonstrate that, they've promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy. But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife. And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself - reluctantly - having to make some command decisions about her future....
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Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass - and to demonstrate that, they've promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy.

But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife. And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself - reluctantly - having to make some command decisions about her future....

©2013 Mike Moscoe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-23-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-23-15 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Enthralling, fast pace"

    This is book eleven in the Longknife series. You must read the books in order or else you will be lost.

    In the last book Kris had found her Grandma Rita (King Ray’s long missing wife- she went missing during the Iteechee War). Rita’s war ship disappeared during a bad jump. Rita and her crew were living on the bird plant Alwa that Kris had saved from destruction by the huge alien ship.

    In this book Kris is back in the good graces of Wardhaven and has been made first a Commodore when King Ray arrived at Alwa with a fleet of war ships for Kris, then an Admiral when the second fleet of war ships and repair base ships, supply ships and a space station arrived for her to command. She also has to prepare for a pending war with the aliens. King Ray made Kris the Viceroy of Alwa, to rule and make contracts, treaties and so on. The Alwa human colony and the Alwans decided not to join the United Societies but accept associate status, and accept Kris as the Viceroy.

    The story is fast paced with lots of action, suspense and space battles. The suspense of rescuing the crew of the missing USS Hornet was typical Shepherd. As with all the books there is pithy dialogue and humor. I still like the smart computer “Nelly” best of all.

    I get the feeling the series maybe coming to a close soon as numerous things are explained, some plot threads are tied up and some are left hanging for the next book. Dina Pearlman narrated the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 02-18-14
    Frank 02-18-14 Member Since 2011

    IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...

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    "A Greate Series and preformances by Dina Pearlman"

    I have now listened to the whole series. I love it... I think this is another series I will listen to more than once.

    If you like space battles salted by political intrigue you will like this series.

    Most of the series does not have even a mention of sex. This one has some sex scenes but nothing really hardcore..


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    JonMontanavega 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Will there be a wedding?"

    Well, I won't spoil the suspense. There may be a wedding or maybe not. What is interesting is seeing Kris going through what all spouses (or perhaps not) experience when a loved one goes off to battle. I'm not sure this book should be read without reading earlier ones in the series. Actually, I am sure. Read earlier ones first. If you have, this one is well worth the credit..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 12-28-13
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I Like this series"
    If you could sum up Defender in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, bit different, good new characters


    What other book might you compare Defender to and why?

    Pretty much all MS books in the series


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    I like all the long knifes and a new character we meet in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I find this a good series MS always writes a good book and this universe is always on par. i have yet to read or listen to one of his books i don't like. he has finally gotten away from the tag line of those d*mn longkifes, it gets real old. so i was happy to only hear it once or twice in this book. And seems that Kris gets off on here own allot more in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 11-11-13
    Richard HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Make Love (then war .... then some more love ...)"

    Overall a very good addition to the Kris Longknife saga, although the story periodically switches between something that feels like a Harlequin romance and something else that feels like a battle from Master and Commander. On the one hand, Kris and Jack finally get married and Mike Shepherd provides a fairly graphic description of their "honeymoon activities". Based on that alone, this story is decidedly not PG. On the other hand, the battles, particularly the last one, are exciting (in a much different way) but are described in a similar level of "high" detail. The story has some interesting and colorful cross references to events from the Jump Universe series although it is not at all necessary to have read that series for context It also has a satisfying ending while leaving strong hints about the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David 08-18-14
    David 08-18-14
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    "BAD"
    Would you try another book from Mike Shepherd and/or Dina Pearlman?

    I have the complete set of her book.

    I'll never buy another one of her book. That should say it all.


    Has Defender turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Its sad


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don L. Christiansen Utah 11-29-13
    Don L. Christiansen Utah 11-29-13 Listener Since 2004

    Don Christiansen

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    "This was a story in futility"
    What did you like best about Defender? What did you like least?

    The Love scenes were something I would expect from a pre-teen. Too much focus on the sexual relationship and poorly written. Please leave the sex out of your writings, your stories are more enjoyable that way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The story stands on it's own, solid foundation and action scenes


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she always does a bang up job in the Kris Longkife series


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Cut out the sex scenes, yes I would.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marie West Palm Beach 11-27-13
    Marie West Palm Beach 11-27-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A disappointing read/listen"

    I have enjoyed all of Mike Shepherd other books but this one misses the mark. It was really hard to listen to..... the story and plot are were way below my expectations and I don't know how comfortable I feel about trying to continue the series. There is a little bit of a love story but it hurts it more than helps. I don't know what to do with this book!!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott P. Waters Virginia, USA 12-02-13
    Scott P. Waters Virginia, USA 12-02-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Not as action packed as others"
    Would you try another book from Mike Shepherd and/or Dina Pearlman?

    While i own all the Longknife sagas and found this one less than the other ten doesn't mean i won't get the next one out.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Shepherd again?

    I cannot wait for the next book so bring it on


    Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

    Dina gives a good performance for all her characters while i do love her performance of Abby


    Did Defender inspire you to do anything?

    yes write a review


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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