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Defiant: Kris Longknife, Book 3 | [Mike Shepherd]

Defiant: Kris Longknife, Book 3

Born into a family of wealth and political power, Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She's gotten in the way of someone's agenda - to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven.
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Born into a family of wealth and political power, Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She's gotten in the way of someone's agenda - to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven.

Now, with the fleet off on a propaganda mission, Wardhaven is left vulnerable to enemy warships that establish orbit around the planet demanding surrender. With the remnants of the fleet ordered to stand down, Kris declares herself Commander-in-Chief and plans a desperate gambit to defend her world.

Commandeering every spaceworthy vessel she can get her hands on and recruiting every able-bodied person willing to risk their life, Kris leads the most important mission of her career - and it may be her last.

Listen to another Kris Longknife adventure.

©2005 Mike Moscoe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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    Mariya Rockaway, NJ, United States 03-17-11
    Mariya Rockaway, NJ, United States 03-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "How many of them can we make die?"

    Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Review

    Defiant starts out like Down Periscope. The Navy promotes Kris to command an experimental ship full of misfits no one else wants. Things change when Kris is arrested. Mike Shepherd describes the arrest with so much feeling and emphasis, I expected the trial to be a focal point. This changes when Kris is sent on a diplomatic mission to a planet Hikila (planet Hawaii), which turns into a hostage/terrorist situation. Sadly, very little of the book is spent on Kris’s rehabilitation from the arrest. About 8 hours into the book, Kris returns from Hikila and maybe five minutes of the audiobook are dedicated to a summary recounting of how while she was away a few people from Olympia talked to the media and charges were dropped. I would have loved to hear this part in detail. Instead, we have Tom and Penny’s wedding leading right into the major conflict of the book: the invasion. Disjointedness aside, the invasion was great. Mike Shepherd uses that third-person narration to present us with the enemy sans-Kris, making him more realistic and the conflict more suspenseful. Around 5 hours to the end of the book, I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach you get when you are a few hours away from giving a big speech. About 4 hours to the end of the book, I could not stop listening. I stay up until 2 a.m., on a Tuesday night, to finish.

    On Narration:
    While I liked Dina Pearlman’s reading of the first two books, I had issues this one. Her reading after they land on Hikila slows down and becomes over-emphasized which makes it sound insincere. That aside, what really killed it for me was her reading of “the March of Cambreadth.” Mike Shepherd dedicates about 2 hours integrating that song to the fight. He quotes all the lyrics, and gives it a fake history. Kris and her crew screaming along to it. They even shoot on the song’s command! And Dina Pearlman reads the lyrics with the cadence you use when playing “patty cake” with a toddler.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Tempe, AZ United States 04-10-14
    Laura Tempe, AZ United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2010

    70+, been reading SF since 1953. Vision is going so have switched to Audible.

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    "Still hooked"

    Continues to be fast paced with unique problem solutions and exhibiting the dedication that can be found in the human race when the pressure is on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Aurora, CO, USA 04-18-10
    Timothy Aurora, CO, USA 04-18-10 Member Since 2004
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    "It just keeps getting better!"

    Listening to the Kris Longknife saga to me is a real treat. During the last sale on 1st in series, I needed to find something new to follow. I chose 5 different series titles, but the Longknife saga is proving I made the right selection to follow. Sure, the narration could be a little better, but it's not all that bad. The character are developing very well and it's easy to get lost within any of these stories. Defiant brought both good and bad. We say goodbye to some well liked characters, but the plot thickens with the a rival clan. I LOVE IT! This is a great listen and I strongly suggest this to anyone. Keep them coming Mike. Please.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kennewick, WA, United States 09-30-13
    Amazon Customer Kennewick, WA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Love the book, hate the performance."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This is one of my favorite books, which I've read several times, but Dina Pearlman reads it like she's a struggling sixth grade reader. She adds pauses in the wrong places, sometimes changing the meaning of a sentence. And she obviously hasn't heard the song that is quoted significantly throughout the last third of the book. It gets to the point that it's almost painful to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Defiant?

    I love reading the book, especially the last third, which is the battle.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Again, Dina Pearlman reads this like she's struggling to read, putting in pauses where none belong, sometimes changing the apparent meaning of a sentence, and the "March of Cambreath" is badly read. It's obvious she's never heard it. Also, sometimes her voice for Sandy Santiago is too close to her voice for Kris, and it's hard to tell who's saying what at times.


    Was Defiant worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Please get someone else to re-record this book. I'll be returning it until then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darry chickasha, OK, USA 02-14-13
    Darry chickasha, OK, USA 02-14-13
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    "Awesome Sci-fi series"

    I am writing this because i think it is one of the best series books out there. Mike Shepherd always tells a good action packed story. This one has a female lead and she has some great friends that are willing to die for her and what she stands for. The narrator Dina Pearlman is also one of the best !!
    ALWAYS REMEMBER TO READ THE BOOKS IN ORDER.

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    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
    Rodolphe valdor, Quebec, Canada 09-04-11
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    "pretty good"

    good narration, good story, good technology, very nice space action
    you should read the first couple books of this series at least..after the third, it becomes same old same old

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    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 08-18-09
    Luv2Read Waterford, MI USA 08-18-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Narrated like a child's book"

    After reading the first two books, listening to this one was a disappointment. The narrator created an impressive array of voices. However, they all sounded like petulant children trying to imitate grown-ups. The book was also problematic. There are two seemingly unrelated stories in the book. The first story line moves along with good pacing. The second story is way to long and poorly paced. I guess I'll go back to the printed versions and hope they are more like the first two books.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
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    "Another good adventure"

    I had read all of the Kris Longknife books previously (as e-books and paperbacks incidentally) and was re-reading the series as another appeared so thought I would try one as an audio book. It was a wise decision for I think I enjoyed this more than either paperback or e-book. There is sometimes tendency to 'speed read' certain parts of a particular book: you cant really do that with an audio book so, somehow, this seemed more interesting. I would recommend the story to anyone interested in space opera. It is well written, good characters, and interesting situations. It has made me want to listen to the other books in the series and to move to my other favourite space opera series, that of Honor Harrington.
    So, finally, a good story read well - the female voice is a nice change for science fiction and soothing as well as interesting. If you have a mobile device (I have and iPAQ) you can even listen in the bath.
    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judith
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    6/8/12
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    "Enjoyed"

    Someone is after Longknifes and the threads and whispers have 'Peterwald' on the label.

    I enjoy Shepherds stories. There is plenty for your money; a story dependent on Grandpa Ray's back story sets up another hostage rescue (Kris will not abide kidnappers) flows through Kris' arrest and a wedding into a full space battle over Wardhaven. What I enjoy most are the way the characters develop through the book and the series.

    My usual reservations for the narrator; listen to the sample first. (Trivia: the battle net song is "March of Cambeadth". It's on You Tube. Don't play around young children or they'll start singing the chorus at inapropriate moments!) Those of a sensative disposition may need tissues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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