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.
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.
Vicky Peterwald is an offshoot of Kris Longknife.
No. But I never do. It moves right along.
This doesn't pretend to be great literature. It means to be fun. It is.
Compulsive reader, spoils himself occasionally with audible titles.
The Kris Longknife books have decent storylines, but the emotional and sexual side are quite staid. I find Dina's presentation of that series quite straightforward, and not particularly memorable.
In THIS book however Dina really get into the character(s), and somehow it suits her more. Her narration flows better than the Kris books, and somehow it suits both her style, and as a result my listening experience I'd like to see how she handles the next one in the series.
However the sex scenes, Mike, are pretty one dimensional, and Dina sounds embarrassed and halting getting through them.
I think reading some of the Kris books are a mandatory precursor.
Dina's dirty giggles and laughter were memorable.
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).
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).
Yes, the narrator was mainly given pretty terrible dialogue to work with.
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.
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.
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.
I love Dina Pearlman's narration. Her ability to subtly change her voice to play a different character makes for a seamless listen.
IT Project Manager in CA. I would say I am a Audio Book Addict...
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...
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a spin-off from the Kris Longknife series. It follows a similar theme as the protagonist is Her Imperial Grace the Grand Duchess Victoria Marie Teresa Inez Smythe-Peterwald, daughter of the Emperor. She is also a Lt. Commander in the Greenfeld Navy.
To add some additional spice to the story Shepherd has her new step mother Annah out to assassinate Vicky. Annah is also consolidating her own power and building her own Army for a secret bid to take over the Empire. Shepherd has Vicky as a spoiled and demanding young lady who after her encounters with Kris Longknife is becoming aware of the danger she is in and that there is a conspiracy to take over the Empire. Vicky may have been raised to use sex as a tool and her training in ethics questionable but that is starting to change. The Vicky character is starting to develop into a responsible adult and grow into her role of power.
I am disappointed with Mike Shepherd. He developed an interesting plot and characters but then chose to make the second half of the book into a trashy romance novel. The trip on the small space craft could have been made exciting by playing hide and seek with Vicky’s step mother’s thugs but instead Shepherd decided to make into one long sex scene. Ugh! I hope things improve in future books. Dena Pearlman narrated the story.
This is the worst trash since I don't know when. The sexing up here is so lame and written so poorly that it just grossed me out while making me go WTF ! Did somebody tell you to do this or just not have guts to say no?
This writer has give a lot good product and is under appreciated. He writes a good yarn, way he elected to suddenly go HBO GOT and throw in sex just cause he can
I don't understand. It added little to plot and God the female POV reads like a bad penthouse letter
I enjoy the author. Narrator was good. Felt the story lacked the fun of the kris longknife novels. But I will try the next book and see if the Vicky series takes its own.
Love Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Fantasy & Alternate History genres. Prefer action over romance.
If you REALLY want more of the series (which I did) then you may enjoy this book but don't expect a lot of substance. It was interesting to get the story from another character's perspective. As someone else mentioned, the multiple sex scenes seemed gratuitous. They were pretty tame & I'm not sure they added anything to the story line. I get that it was part of who she is & I don't have a problem w/sex scenes, they just were a little boring. Her character seemed to go from airhead to someone with a conscious a little too easily to me, but then again, I felt her brother's character went from good guy to psychopathic bad guy in what seemed like a heartbeat & very unrealistically too. I did find it satisfying when she took out the bad guys who kidnapped her & were going to rape her before her torture & murder.
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