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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. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

She has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle among her powerful family, a highly defensive - and offensive - Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. Then an ill-conceived attack brings the war close to home, putting Kris' life on the line. Now she has only one choice: certain death on the front lines of rim space - or mutiny.

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

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  • Rodolphe
  • valdor, Quebec, Canada
  • 09-04-11

pretty good

good narration, good story, good technology, very nice space action
you should read the first couple books of this series at least..after the third, it becomes same old same old

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Excellent story, inappropriate narrator

I quite like the story, but the narrator doesn't do a good job for this story. For other stories, she'd probably be good, but for the Kris Longknife series, she's not as appropriate as others would be. Make sure you listen to the sample before purchase. I still enjoy it, even with the narrator, so I'm getting the others in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Boring, boring, boring

The main character is not well formed and all others are even worse. The story is weak and just lumbers on and on and on...

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Cameron
  • highfields, Australia
  • 09-21-09

Great Series

For those who like having a female character as the focus, this is another one to listen to.Having listened to the whole series available I can highly recommend this audio book. Finish this one and you won't be able to help yourself but download the rest of the series.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Scott
  • Smyrna, GA, United States
  • 04-28-10

Not *quite* so bad ...

Narrator sounds like she's reading to a kindergarten class. The words chosen make the action sequences hard to visualize. Story is based on modern situations - plot feels very non-sci-fi.

Characters are pretty well-developed (I disagree with many prior reviews on this point). All in all its worth the time ... but if you haven't bought it yet, I'd advise getting something else.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Gregory
  • Katy, TX, United States
  • 11-24-09

This Book SUCKS! Avoid like the Plague!

Dana's review is 100% correct. Except she was too nice. This book SUCKS! It is just BAD. Just because you put a space ship on the front of the cover of a book doesn't make it Science Fiction! First let me say that I have never written a review for any Book or Audio Book before. The reviews I read for it were good, but after reading halfway through this book I felt completely duped I felt as if I had wasted a credit on crap! The only reason I wanted to finish this book was to write this review so that I could warn other people to stay away from it.
Like Dana, I choose this book because of the review that I read about it. The series sounded promising from the reviews and the other books in the series. So I decided to take a chance. Let me be clear. This is the worst Audio Book that I ever listen to. The plot was just bad. The military themes and references didn’t make sense. And they kept put the heroine in situation that would be militarily wrong. For example (from the beginning of the book) you would NOT assign a boot ensign to be in charge of team of Marines on a special ops mission. The Marines have there own officers corp. The presented scenario would never happen.
The Narrating was equally awful. The bad country/Irish/Scotish accents just got on my nerves! The only thing good I can say is that she knows how to read.
Like Dana I believe that Mike (the Author) must be an alias for Michelle (or has to be a woman), because men don't think, write or care about the dribble she wrote about in this book. I would also guess that she is an alcoholic that has a low opinion of military procurement as a while.
I would give this book 0 Stars out of 5 if they let me. Again, save your credits and avoid this book like the Plague! If you buy this book anyway, you won’t be able to say you weren't warned.

10 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Get a life it's fiction enjoy it as such . . .

For those that slag the narrator and the series i have just one sentence . . .get a life . .

This book is NOT as bad as some would have you believe and I personally found no issues with the narrator who some seem to have a issue with because of her accent . . . KK anyone . .

The story is long winded yes but still keeps you reading for more and except for a few mishaps eg the main leads computer suddenly becomes dumber than dumb eg can't read code because it has not been run yest . .DUH (no comment . . if I did it would fill this review and more re AI and programming & computers . .). . etc it is is still a good read along the lines of the Vada series . . .

Enjoy this for what it is a FICTIONAL ACCOUNT OF WHAT MAYBE , , , not a factually account based on what is . . .

somethings you have to take with a pinch of salt and move on and enjoy . . not dissect and feel superior about because you have found flaws . . . loose yourself in fiction people because it is not FACT . . . it's why it's called fiction LOL

Nuff said

Enjoy live long and prosper


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  • Robert
  • Stockdale, TX, United States
  • 02-09-11


Ouch! This is really a painful audio to hear. It reads like the author wanted to be a writer of romance novels for 14 year old girls. Lots about Kris Longknife wanting kittens, hugs and father figure attention.

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Religious swearing & blasphemy brought it tumbling down.

If it wasn't for the poor taste in religious fouling, this story would've received close on to 4,5 stars from me. And this is only the 1st book in the series. I shudder to think how the other books would go in this division - keeping in mind that it was written in even more liberal times than the first.

Story started very slow and "heavy" on the emotions.

Apart from abovementioned issues, it was a good listen.

Can anybody inform me on the religious blasphemy and swearing in the rest of the series - would like to know before I try...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pretty good - if you can stand the reading.

It's not a clip it's a magazine! Oh wait, she got it right that time. What do you mean her clip was empty? Clips are just things that hold rounds together for loading in to a magazine. A clip can't in the rifle when it is firing... with the single exception of the M1 Garand. The words mean different things and you are using them wrong.

Apparently the only military men this reader has ever heard were angry, sarcastic and threatening. Even the senior officers, when in a good mood, can't say anything without trying to make it sound like an angry insult. Was the book really written that way? If you try the words again without the sneering delivery they sound kind of reasonable.

The story? Lacks credible progress. If you discover a plot where major interests appear to be funding the attacks you don't then ignore it while allowing what appears to be another attempt at furthering their ends to proceed unopposed. Is everyone in this universe stupid?

I haven't finished it yet. The reading has currently irritated me to the point where I can't continue. I don't know whether I'd ever listen to this reader again. Probably not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful