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From the New York Times best-selling author of the Kris Longknife series comes a military science fiction adventure featuring Vicky Peterwald....

Vicky Peterwald is no longer just the heir apparent to an imperial dynasty. She survived naval training and proved her mettle in combat to help the starving people of the ravaged world of St. Petersburg. Now she is truly a grand duchess, leading a growing battle fleet in a rebellion against the tyranny of her stepmother, the empress.

Determined to stop her spoiled stepdaughter's betrayal from upsetting the balance of power within the Peterwald Empire, the empress is leading her own armada to St. Petersburg, intent on killing Vicky and every soul on the planet that gave her refuge. But Vicky is her father's daughter, and it would be a grave mistake to underestimate her....

©2016 Mike Moscoe (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 06-28-16

A Fun Space Opera

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 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.

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This series just gets better

This is the best of the Vicky Peterwald books so far. I'm amazed how the character has grown in the three books. The tie in to the Longknife series just makes it more interesting.

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Enjoyed it but the ending fell flat

The story was very exciting and different from Kris Longknife but with the same style. My only problem with the book was the ending was disappointing. It just fell flat, very anti-climaxtic.

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Great series

Looking for a new and interesting selection . If you enjoy military SCI -FI this is the series for you !

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enjoyable but doesnt live up 2 Kris Longknife bks

a enjoyable listen, but between 'what would Kris Longknife do?' and swooning over Manny not alot was actually done in this book, just alot of filler to set up the next Kris Longknife book.free

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Break out book of the series

The grand duchess is no longer a two dimensional character . With is book Grand Duchess Vickie story line stands alone and not just a spin-off from Mr. Shepherd's Kris Longknife series. Well Narrated by Ms. Pearlman who adds depth and feeling to the main characters. looking forward to the next book in the series.

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worst ever

Could not finish this one. I am required to put twenty words , however the first five were sufficent.

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