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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am sure there is a market for SciFi pornography.
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.
Yes. No children should be present.
I was startled how much Vicky is Emotionally Damaged. But I still liked the story...fast forwarding through the sex scenes.
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