Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife....
Sandy Santiago is a woman with a whole lot of problems. She's ordered to replace Kris Longknife, but can any mere mortal fill those shoes? Find out....
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....
In the year 2420, war looms between the galaxy's two most powerful empires: the tyrannical Theocracy and the protectionist Commonwealth....
Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System....
Earth is conquered. Sol is lost. One ship is tasked to free them. One Captain to save them all....
Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they’ve never even seen....
My name is Alice Long, and I've always known I was different....
After nearly a decade away, Nebula Award-winning author Elizabeth Moon makes a triumphant return to science fiction....
The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat....
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Now, with the fleet off on a propaganda mission, Wardhaven is left vulnerable to enemy warships that establish orbit around the planet demanding surrender. With the remnants of the fleet ordered to stand down, Kris declares herself Commander-in-Chief and plans a desperate gambit to defend her world.
Commandeering every spaceworthy vessel she can get her hands on and recruiting every able-bodied person willing to risk their life, Kris leads the most important mission of her career - and it may be her last.
Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Review
Defiant starts out like Down Periscope. The Navy promotes Kris to command an experimental ship full of misfits no one else wants. Things change when Kris is arrested. Mike Shepherd describes the arrest with so much feeling and emphasis, I expected the trial to be a focal point. This changes when Kris is sent on a diplomatic mission to a planet Hikila (planet Hawaii), which turns into a hostage/terrorist situation. Sadly, very little of the book is spent on Kris’s rehabilitation from the arrest. About 8 hours into the book, Kris returns from Hikila and maybe five minutes of the audiobook are dedicated to a summary recounting of how while she was away a few people from Olympia talked to the media and charges were dropped. I would have loved to hear this part in detail. Instead, we have Tom and Penny’s wedding leading right into the major conflict of the book: the invasion. Disjointedness aside, the invasion was great. Mike Shepherd uses that third-person narration to present us with the enemy sans-Kris, making him more realistic and the conflict more suspenseful. Around 5 hours to the end of the book, I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach you get when you are a few hours away from giving a big speech. About 4 hours to the end of the book, I could not stop listening. I stay up until 2 a.m., on a Tuesday night, to finish.
While I liked Dina Pearlman’s reading of the first two books, I had issues this one. Her reading after they land on Hikila slows down and becomes over-emphasized which makes it sound insincere. That aside, what really killed it for me was her reading of “the March of Cambreadth.” Mike Shepherd dedicates about 2 hours integrating that song to the fight. He quotes all the lyrics, and gives it a fake history. Kris and her crew screaming along to it. They even shoot on the song’s command! And Dina Pearlman reads the lyrics with the cadence you use when playing “patty cake” with a toddler.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is book three in the Longknife series. In this episode Kris faces the imminent threat to her planet. Kris is accused of stealing fund that were to go to farmers, while on leave awaiting a hearing her great grandfather King Al sends her to see an old friend of his dying on a different plant. She returns to Wardhaven as an invasion is pending. She skirts the law and organizes a flotilla to defend Wardhaven against a force of hostile warships.
In this book we see Kris develop her command skills as she takes command of a large force of her own. The humorous prose adds delight to a fast pace, action packed suspenseful story. On the negative side I am getting tired of Shepherd’s constantly repeating the phrase “one of those Longknife’s.” I am beginning to enjoy “Nelly” Kris’s computer. I find Nelly’s development fascinating. Dina Pearlman narrated the story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
This is one of my favorite books, which I've read several times, but Dina Pearlman reads it like she's a struggling sixth grade reader. She adds pauses in the wrong places, sometimes changing the meaning of a sentence. And she obviously hasn't heard the song that is quoted significantly throughout the last third of the book. It gets to the point that it's almost painful to listen to.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Defiant?
I love reading the book, especially the last third, which is the battle.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Again, Dina Pearlman reads this like she's struggling to read, putting in pauses where none belong, sometimes changing the apparent meaning of a sentence, and the "March of Cambreath" is badly read. It's obvious she's never heard it. Also, sometimes her voice for Sandy Santiago is too close to her voice for Kris, and it's hard to tell who's saying what at times.
Was Defiant worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
Please get someone else to re-record this book. I'll be returning it until then. <br/>
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Continues to be fast paced with unique problem solutions and exhibiting the dedication that can be found in the human race when the pressure is on.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Listening to the Kris Longknife saga to me is a real treat. During the last sale on 1st in series, I needed to find something new to follow. I chose 5 different series titles, but the Longknife saga is proving I made the right selection to follow. Sure, the narration could be a little better, but it's not all that bad. The character are developing very well and it's easy to get lost within any of these stories. Defiant brought both good and bad. We say goodbye to some well liked characters, but the plot thickens with the a rival clan. I LOVE IT! This is a great listen and I strongly suggest this to anyone. Keep them coming Mike. Please.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I wished it had ended a little differently. I am looking forward to the next part of the story
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
This book is for somebody that want war scenes from space, with no attempt to realism.
What was most disappointing about Mike Shepherd’s story?
What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Dina Pearlman is great at what she does - gives life to a unusually boring story. She does it so well that it keeps me listening and wanting to get through it so I dont loose the thread in the next book. Excellent work!
What character would you cut from Defiant?
I would not cut any characters, they are well described, realistic and greatly described.
Any additional comments?
This boot is an fine example of what happens when a good writer get stuck in a thin storyline. The plot is weak, the author would benefit from help / external impulses when sketching the storyline.<br/><br/>The author have gotten into what I call Agatha Christies problem: The ability to write is so good that the storyline sometimes suffer greatly.
This series is developing into a really entertaining story!
A must read for fans of Honor Harrington, or the Vetta's War series.
This was the next chapter in the kris Longknife saga. It is essentially three stories in one that lead into each other. The only drawback to this book was a slight predictability to the story. Very well written and narrated. A definite must have for anyone reading the series. If you are new to the series don't start here, start at the first book and read them all!
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
Shepherd has a tendancy to focus more on political nuances and makes action scenes brief and unfulfilling and this certainly holds true for the first half of the book. The second half picks up a bit, however I think you could have condensed a good 4 hours of playtime out of it.
What didn’t you like about Dina Pearlman’s performance?
Dina is consistently adding inflections and additional punctuation to her narration, as some have mentioned on this series already. Additionally, it seems like half her characters have very whiny high pitched voices, which detract greatly from the enjoyment of the book. It really seems like she's trying too hard to differentiate every individual characters voice, no matter how how important they are.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The ending was quite emotional.
Any additional comments?
While I have enjoyed this series so far I find myself unsure if I want to continue it at this point, maybe with a more stable narration it wouldn't feel a bit like work to slog through the lulls.
I had read all of the Kris Longknife books previously (as e-books and paperbacks incidentally) and was re-reading the series as another appeared so thought I would try one as an audio book. It was a wise decision for I think I enjoyed this more than either paperback or e-book. There is sometimes tendency to 'speed read' certain parts of a particular book: you cant really do that with an audio book so, somehow, this seemed more interesting. I would recommend the story to anyone interested in space opera. It is well written, good characters, and interesting situations. It has made me want to listen to the other books in the series and to move to my other favourite space opera series, that of Honor Harrington.
So, finally, a good story read well - the female voice is a nice change for science fiction and soothing as well as interesting. If you have a mobile device (I have and iPAQ) you can even listen in the bath.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
loved the two connected stories in this one and that Abby got some time in this book. thought there would be more on the chip...
the book was also wonderful portrayal of courage and fighting for freedom and the teribble price we sometimes have to pay 4 it all. what a tear jerker.
Someone is after Longknifes and the threads and whispers have 'Peterwald' on the label.
I enjoy Shepherds stories. There is plenty for your money; a story dependent on Grandpa Ray's back story sets up another hostage rescue (Kris will not abide kidnappers) flows through Kris' arrest and a wedding into a full space battle over Wardhaven. What I enjoy most are the way the characters develop through the book and the series.
My usual reservations for the narrator; listen to the sample first. (Trivia: the battle net song is "March of Cambeadth". It's on You Tube. Don't play around young children or they'll start singing the chorus at inapropriate moments!) Those of a sensative disposition may need tissues.