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Kris Longknife had no choice about growing up rich and pampered. When she did have a choice, she joined the Marines. But now, a friend needs help halfway across the galaxy - and with a military heritage coursing through her blood, it's time for Kris Longknife to be a hero. Kris boards the next ship to Turantic, the last place her friend was seen alive. But there's more to the rescue than meets the eye.

Turantic is not only the most twisted hellhole in the galaxy, but it's also under quarantine because of a deadly plague. And after a sudden, suspicious loss of communication with the outside world, Kris realizes the length some enemies will go to for a life-threatening bait-and-trap. But she is willing to go even further - and deeper into Turantic's secrets - to survive.

©2004 Mike Moscoe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mariya
  • Rockaway, NJ, United States
  • 03-15-11

Planet Traps & Booby Traps

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There were parts of the first book, Mutineer, that I thought could have been improved and Deserter addresses everything I found lacking. Nelly, Kris’s personal pet computer, was not fantastic enough (probably a bit less powerful than the newest Android). In Deserter, Nelly gets a major upgrade. Nelly now docks into Kris’s head and talks with Kris mentally. Nelly also starts developing a personality, one of a spoiled Justin Bieber fan. In Mutineer, Kris seemed more a soldier than a 22-year-old chick. In Deserter, with no military-appointed mission to follow, our heroine gets a lot more fem. Thanks to Kris’s new governess, we have some serious wardrobe changes, clothes descriptions, and other womanly upgrades.

Unlike in Mutineer, there's cohesion with Deserter. The subplots tie to together smoothly, and dip back to Mutineer, making the story flow easily from Kris arriving like a princess on Turantic via a Titanic-like luxury cruise ship to her going incognito as a limping Arabic boy. She seamlessly goes from a whore, to a maid, to a pregnant girl in a burqa. I also felt that Mutineer lacked the politicking I expected from a prime minister’s daughter. There’s so much of it in Deserter: the royal “we,” the dressing up, the appearances. Oh, and finally, things get sexier as well as more sophisticated. There’s tension, there’s flirting – no sex, but it’s not really needed. Also, I love the more-developed supporting character, like Abigail, the Q to Kris’s Bond. Hence the booby traps – actual falsies that turn into bombs!

On Narration:
I’ve previously mentioned how much I liked Dina Pearlman’s reading of the Mutineer, where she did a great job with internal dialogue versus external dialogue. This becomes more important in Deserter since Nelly and Kris now talk both externally and in Kris’s mind. On a textbook, that’s easy to figure out. In an audiobook, it’s all Dina Pearlman’s skill.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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You will really like this series

This is a very well written series. It reminds me a bit of David Weber's Honor Harrington series in scope, but it has a life and flavor all its own. I have listened to the first three books and each one is an exciting stand alone thriller with twists and turns that you will not see coming. But, each one is also a smoothly crafted extension of the whole. I enjoyed them all. Kris Longknife will leave you wanting more...

I wasn't sure that Dina Pearlman had the voice range to carry this series, but she has proven to be up to the task. Her only problem is her phrasing. She refuses to follow the written punctuation and adds pauses where none are called for. This bad habit destroys the flow and continuity of action in many, many cases. Other than that, which can be lived with if you grit your teeth, she does very well.

I give the series 4 stars and Pearlman 3 stars. It's a good combination and a fine listen.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-18-14

Intriguing

This is book two in the Kris Longknife series. The story flows more smoothly in this second installment. Shepherd appears skilled in writing conversations between intelligent witty people.

Kris sets out to rescue her friend Tom. Kris has some determined enemies who’d like to kill her and tried to get to her via her friend Tom. She is the Prime Minister’s daughter, billionaire in her own right, member of an extremely wealthy and powerful multigenerational family, and a Navy lieutenant 2nd Class, and now a Princess in a new star nation/empire.

The story is interesting and fun read. There was more action in the second half of the story. The suspense keeps one on the edge of their seats. The story is well written and intriguing because the Kris in installment two is a bit different from the one in Mutineer. This is a somewhat typical space opera that is all about characters along with some action, suspense and just a good read. Dina Pearlman narrated the book.

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  • Wayland
  • Midland, TX, USA
  • 09-14-09

Nice follow up

Though this book was predictable, it was well written. As with most sequels to a fiction book, lots of bread crumbs were dropped in this one to steer you to the next book in the series. a pleasant read.

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  • Joki
  • Helsinki
  • 05-18-15

Better Than The First Book

Admittedly, it took a good Audible sale to entice me to read this second in the series. The first had failed to impress - it felt rough around the edges and not thought out enough. But I found that I enjoyed this second book and even looked forward to the next in the series. A lot of the issues of the first had failed to materialize in the second and the story was both different and a lot more solid.

Story: Time away from the military means Kris must deal with her family obligation. It's hard being a princess. But when a friend needs help, she races across known space to save him. What she finds, however, is an elaborate trap with her as the intended victim. But someone has greatly underestimated the "damned Longknife."

The story builds from the first book but takes a different direction: no military this time and all Kris' personal life. Nelly the computer is given a huge upgrade that greatly changes her and how she interacts as well. Meanwhile, Kris has begun to recognize the effect her position in society has on others - and just how dangerous it is to be her friend.

New characters join familiar ones from the previous books. I found the new characters to be even more interesting and certainly Kris is developing quite a support system. It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.

I listened to the audible version and the narrator did an excellent job.

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The adventure continues

Continues to entertain with subtle innuendo. Plenty of good guys and bad guys and overcoming of multiple obstacles.

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Awesome Sci-fi series

I am writing this because i think it is one of the best series books out there. Mike Shepherd always tells a good action packed story. This one has a female lead and she has some great friends that are willing to die for her and what she stands for. The narrator Dina Pearlman is also one of the best !!
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO READ THE BOOKS IN ORDER.

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  • Fred
  • Levittown, NY, USA
  • 12-29-09

Doc

As good if not better than the 1st book

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  • Randall
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 11-25-09

A fun adventurer

Kris Longknife is a great character in a fun adventure story. If you're a fan of military sci-fi, then you'll get a kick out of this adventure.

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One lucky lady

Fun, exciting story. Kris gets a bit too luck too often, but it’s still fun.

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  • 06-07-12

Fun!

Kris didn't want to be the Debutante her mother wanted or her Prime Minister father's campaign manager, so she joined the Navy. But now her Great Grandfather (possibly in retaliation) has made her a Princess. So she gets Abby. Nelly gets an upgrade and an alien chip to play with; and the attitude of an 8 year old. Tom gets kidnapped and the love of his life. Jack gets to see more of Kris than he expected and to keep Kris alive. If he can.

Same problem with the narrator: lines get read in the wrong accent for the character etc. I still liked it, have listened more than once and went on to get more.