It is important to read this series in order as one book feeds into the next book. At the end of the last book (Target) in the series Vicky had arrive..Show More »d at St. Petersburg and was refused access to the planet. This book opens with Vicky and her pilot/bodyguard on descent to the plant in an old landing craft with the Planet government threatening to shoot her down. From this exciting opening the action never stops. From assassination attempts to political intrigue Vicky weaves her way to put together a fleet of merchant ships from St. Petersburg to go to the two nearby starving plants to start a barter trade to save all three plants and feed the starving people. Vicky’s step mother has put a price on Vicky’s head for her death while she is attempting to take over control of the Greenfeld Empire.
Vicky has grown a great deal in this book from the original spoiled brat that she was portrayed as in the Kris Longknife series. She is now a responsible and caring beautiful young woman. Thank goodness Shepherd has significantly reduced the sex scenes from the last book. Shepherd has such interesting characters in his stories with great bantering dialog. Vicky’s personal computer cannot match Kris’s “Nellie”. Looking forward to finding out what happens to Vicky. Dina Pearlman narrates the story.
In the prior two books Lieutenant Commander Vicky Greenwald had gone from a spoiled brat to a Naval officer. She fought to help the starving people ..Show More »of the planet St. Petersburg and its neighboring planets.
Vicky’s stepmother has gained control of the Peterwald Empire. Vicky has put together a battle fleet from the oppressed nations and peoples and has set out to stop her stepmother. Her stepmother has also put together her own fleet to stop the uprising lead by Vicky and to kill her. At times the story feels like a Kris Longknife story. It was Kris that talked Vicky into joining the Greenwald Navy that changed her life.
The book is well written; the characters continue to develop and the plot is interesting as are the subplots. The ending is left hanging; I can hardly wait for the next volume in the story. Shepherd is an excellent story teller. Dina Pearlman does a great job narrating the book. Pearlman graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University and moved to New York where she started a career as a stage actress; also acts in movies and T.V. shows. She is also making a name for herself in narrating audiobooks.
This is a novella that looks at the attempted assassination of Kris Longknife on New Eden by Vicky Peterwald. But this short story provides us with t..Show More »he viewpoint of Vicky. In prior books in the Longknife series we had the same information from Kris’s viewpoint. This story includes the death of Hank Peterwald by Kris. The story also tells a background story about Vicky and how she ends up as an Ensign in the Peterwald navy under Captain Kratz. Vicky’s brief time in boot camp is also covered.
From what I gather this is an introduction to a new spin off series about Vicky Peterwald. Hopefully Shepherd will create some interesting characters around Vicky as he has around Kris. I shall watch and see what develops with the new series; but Shepherd will need to get rid of or tone down the sex to keep me as a reader of this new series. Dina Pearlman narrated the book.