She has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle among her powerful family, a highly defensive - and offensive - Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. Then an ill-conceived attack brings the war close to home, putting Kris' life on the line. Now she has only one choice: certain death on the front lines of rim space - or mutiny.
©2004 Mike Moscoe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
When the main character Kris, a newly minted officer, leads marines she’s known for only four days on a hostage rescue, I thought I was reading the story of a degenerating navy and the people caught in the drama surrounding. By the time Kris successfully leads a platoon of untrained rear echelon, many of whom have never fired a rifle before the day, against 200 desperate locals, on their home ground… I was pretty sure the author hadn’t done much research on how such things usually go. The sci-fi elements seem equally poorly considered. It’s just not well thought out.
I've just started the book but want to make a comment before I forget: It would be great if readers of books about the military had military experience. Ms Pearlman reads well enough, but I cringe every time she incorrectly pronounces a term or puts stress on the wrong words in a phrase.
The story was very slow to develop for a book about a solider there is far to much politics for a low level officer.
First Shepard book
Once the story developed yes but it takes 3-4 hours for that to take place
I'm not a space sci-fi reader but I was a Star Trec fan growing up. I enjoyed the story quite a bit, but the cultures and voices were all based on human cultures. If you don't mind the human references put into alien culture and listen for the enjoyment of a story please give it a try. I will be listening to the next one. It is an easy "read" for pure entertainment this summer.
As for the plot:
Kris is a wealthy girl who leaves home to get away from home. She encounters a lot of snubs along the way but rises above everything to show her true character. In the meantime, she earns honor and respect from those around her. So when trouble comes calling who does everyone follow.
I really didnt think i would like this one. but i took a chance and now im on book three. it gets a bit lengthy on the political parties and issues with the leas character but it comes around and your glad you listened to it, on to book 2 not a lot of repeat catch you up stuff thats so annoying with other writers. i found it over all fun and enjoyable. the narrator, does a very good job and is a great female narrator!
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
I quite like the story, but the narrator doesn't do a good job for this story. For other stories, she'd probably be good, but for the Kris Longknife series, she's not as appropriate as others would be. Make sure you listen to the sample before purchase. I still enjoy it, even with the narrator, so I'm getting the others in the series.
The main character is not well formed and all others are even worse. The story is weak and just lumbers on and on and on...
For those who like having a female character as the focus, this is another one to listen to.Having listened to the whole series available I can highly recommend this audio book. Finish this one and you won't be able to help yourself but download the rest of the series.
Narrator sounds like she's reading to a kindergarten class. The words chosen make the action sequences hard to visualize. Story is based on modern situations - plot feels very non-sci-fi.
Characters are pretty well-developed (I disagree with many prior reviews on this point). All in all its worth the time ... but if you haven't bought it yet, I'd advise getting something else.
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