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Target: Vicky Peterwald, Book 1 | [Mike Shepherd]

Target: Vicky Peterwald, Book 1

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 enemies. Vicky vowed revenge, but her skill set was more suitable for seduction than assassination, and she failed. Angry and disappointed, her father decided she needed military training and forced her to join the Navy.
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Publisher's Summary

Beauty and the battlefield

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 enemies. Vicky vowed revenge, but her skill set was more suitable for seduction than assassination, and she failed. Angry and disappointed, her father decided she needed military training and forced her to join the Navy.

Now Ensign Vicky Peterwald is part of a whole new world, where use of her ample charms will not lead to advancement. But her father is the Emperor, and what he wants he gets. What he wants is for Vicky to learn to be efficiently ruthless and deadly.

Though the lessons are hard learned, Vicky masters them - with help from an unexpected source: Kris Longknife.

©2014 Mike Moscoe (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Bob Nelson 07-07-14
    Bob Nelson 07-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Longknife plus sex"
    What did you love best about Target?

    The problem with heroines is to keep them reasonable. Authors too often let their characters slide toward Superwoman. Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife is already dangerously close.

    So... Vicky Peterwald is a reload. She's not all that competent. People die around her while she sails on through. (Well... struggles on through...) She's a bitch, to boot.

    But she's working on it.

    That makes her fun. It can't be easy, trying to measure up to Kris. Vicky gets frustrated. She relieves her frustration in a very classic way. Sex.

    Vicky is a work in progress. Just beginning to change. Interesting.

    Let's hope Mike Shepherd avoids Superwoman.


    What other book might you compare Target to and why?

    Vicky Peterwald is an offshoot of Kris Longknife.


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

    Dunno


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. But I never do. It moves right along.


    Any additional comments?

    This doesn't pretend to be great literature. It means to be fun. It is.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Arvin Mountain View, CA, USA 07-29-14
    Arvin Mountain View, CA, USA 07-29-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointing, pulp fiction"
    What disappointed you about Target?

    Even for the genre this particular spinoff series has shallow characters, really lazy world building, and tired, repetitive writing. In particular there are numerous cringeworthy double entendres said during the sex scenes that are fake-porn movie style quality (like when a TV sitcom spoofs a porn movie).


    What was most disappointing about Mike Shepherd’s story?

    The lazy execution. The author keeps hinting at depth and origin story... but never bothers to actually explain the motivation of the principal characters beyond single sentence catch phrases like "needle point and kama sutra" (yes, that is a direct quote and it is repeated over and over again).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dina Pearlman’s performances?

    Yes, the narrator was mainly given pretty terrible dialogue to work with.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, annoyance at the author for churning books as fast as he can to cache in on the series he has built up. I think he wrote 3 books this year... one in the main series and two more in to separate spinoff series... no one writing good full length novels at that rate.


    Any additional comments?

    The world building was exceptionally bad... (especially since this technically exists in the same universe as the main Longknife series of books) and at most really inconsistent... some people are said to be Machiavellian but then are completely manipulative and blinded to reality by attractive people and simpering sycophants.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ladyfire NC, USA 07-18-14
    Ladyfire NC, USA 07-18-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Too much gratuitous sex"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I loved the Kris Longknife series and had hoped this would be similar. I get that Vicky Peterwald is a bit of a slut. I'm no prude, but there was way too much sex in this book. It did very little to advance the plot, and in fact got in the way at times. Granted, Mike Shepherd writes very appetizing sex. I've read men's "adventure fiction" that had less sex in it. This will be my last book in this series.


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

    I love Dina Pearlman's narration. Her ability to subtly change her voice to play a different character makes for a seamless listen.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 06-26-14
    Frank 06-26-14 Member Since 2011

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

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    "Slow Story. Nothing like the Kris Longknife"

    I like the Kris Longknife books and the other spin offs. This on is boring, not enough action, a lot of the action is very contrived, and the book has too much sex.

    The narrator did a good jobs as she usually does...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allie 10-21-14
    Allie 10-21-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Story Failed"
    What disappointed you about Target?

    I could not finish this book, It just was not good. I read the longknife books but this just was not interesting to me. Love Dina Pearlman as usual. But she didn't have much to work with.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    willie 08-10-14
    willie 08-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Leave out the gratuitous sex - Decent Novela"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Decent filler for another perspective of previous Kris Longknife stories. Vicky has the potential to be a really great lead character, just knock off the explicit sex scenes. Not everyone is an over hormoned, undersexed, adolescent.


    Would you recommend Target to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Too much detail in the sex scenes. Once in a story, if it aids the story line, sure. But I really do not want to know how many times a SciFi character goes to the bathroom a day, much less how big and what color that experience produced.


    Could you see Target being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I am sure there is a market for SciFi pornography.


    Any additional comments?

    Vicky Peterwald is a character that starts off a spoiled limited individual. She can surely be developed as a leading lady without all the bedroom details thrown in. I think most SciFi readers can produce their own imaginations what they think the characters are doing in bed if they need that.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Tulsa, OK, United States 08-04-14
    Leslie Tulsa, OK, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Mature Audience Only!"
    Would you recommend Target to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. No children should be present.


    Any additional comments?

    I was startled how much Vicky is Emotionally Damaged. But I still liked the story...fast forwarding through the sex scenes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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