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Having used unorthodox methods to save a world—and every sentient being on it—Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things—not when all hell is breaking loose. But while hunting for pirates, Kris stumbles upon something. Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife leads a reconnaissance mission of the vast uncharted regions of space.

No one, least of all Kris, expects to find a hostile alien starship.

Now, she must determine the extent of the alien threat-and whether to start an interstellar war…. Once again Kris finds herself caught in the crosshairs of unknown enemies who want her dead. Factions, both legitimate and underground, vie for control of the planet New Eden. And someone is taking advantage of the chaos to unleash a personal vendetta against Kris.

As part of an agenda to oust her father from his political position, Kris Longknife is relieved of command. But when an alien enemy launches an invasion, she defies both government and military authority to lead a rag-tag fleet against the threat. A search for her lost friend leads the female space warrior into a galactic hellhole with no way out.

Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. She has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle between her powerful family, a highly defensive—and offensive—Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. Now she has only one choice: Now, humanity finds itself at war with an alien race more monstrous than anyone could have possibly imagined.

Having used unorthodox methods to save a world - and every sentient being on it - Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife is wanted across the galaxy for crimes against humanity. But Kris is a Longknife, and nothing can stop her from getting back to the center of things - not when all hell is breaking loose. It's dangerous to get too close to one of those damn Longknife. It seemed like a good idea at the time. After a career in the Wardhaven Bureau of Investigations, Foile was good at finding out what others wanted to keep hidden.

Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass - and to demonstrate that, they've promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy. But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife.

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And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself - reluctantly - having to make some command decisions about her future Finding where the raiders came from could be the key to saving humanity. If only uncovering their secrets was that easy. As Kris returns home, she ends up tangling with a mutinous crew determined to take off on their own. The aliens attacking the planetary system of Alwa are an enemy unlike any Admiral Kris Longknife has ever encountered before.

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She doesn't know who they are, only that they worship a being known as the Enlightened One and are unafraid to sacrifice themselves against her fleet. But Kris faces more than just the fanatical behavior of an alien armada. A saboteur has infiltrated the military's medical facility and unleashed an epidemic that has spread throughout the fleet without warning. Despite her role as a fleet admiral and protector of a planetary system, Kris is still beholden to her great-grandfather King Raymond's commands.

She has been personally selected for a mission that will, should she succeed, save millions of lives. The Peterwald Empire is in the midst of civil war.

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On one side is the tyrannical empress; on the other is the last person Kris ever wants to see again: Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald. Kris Longknife has been ordered back to human space. Sandy Santiago is a woman with a whole lot of problems. She's ordered to replace Kris Longknife, but can any mere mortal fill the shoes of a Longknife Follow Sandy as she's introduced to the mess on Canopus Station.

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Watch her as she meets cats with nuclear weapons! How does a gal get so lucky? Kris Longknife has discovered that this desk job is not at all what she expected. Being desk bound hasn't even decreased the number of assassination attempts! Then Kris gets home to find her two kids playing with an Iteeche.

Ron has come back to human space with a request. Aug 19, Carolyn rated it liked it Recommends it for: Another good installment in the series, this time out we meet the new Peterwald scion - Victoria Smythe-Peterwald. The editor obviously relied on computer spell-check, rather than a human, to their lack. Jun 19, Katrin von Martin rated it it was amazing.

The "Kris Longknife" series is great - it's pure fun in the best way while also delivering great character development, a solid story, and entertaining prose. That's what I've come to expect from this series. Since Shepherd has a knack for dropping just enough of a hook to make reading the next novel a priority, I started "Audacious," the fifth book in this open-ended series, almost as soon as I'd finished "Resolute.

After taking care of that problem, Kris quickly realizes that her seemingly mundane task of collecting "office supplies" really licenses for software on New Eden is anything but. The attempt on her life doesn't even make local news; in fact, the media is so tightly controlled that very little of of interest is reported on. This on top of some pretty harsh discrimination leading to certain groups being denied voting rights, gang violence, and security being suspiciously tight quickly makes it apparent that New Eden is hardly the paradise its name would imply.

Add to that a plot to brutally eliminate most of the planet's governmental figures and the emergence of a new Peterwald heir, and Kris may have more on her plate than she initially bargained for. The novel takes place planet-side rather than in space, as the previous two novels have.

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This was something of a point of contention with some readers in the last novel that took Kris out of the space-navy scene "Deserter" , but worry not since the story certainly isn't boring and still packs an entertaining wallop. Despite this change of setting, the book doesn't stray from the overarching plot - it just follows it somewhere new. While the last book that took place on the ground focused on Kris getting used to her new role as a princess and perhaps suffered a little for it, Shepherd seems to have learned from his mistakes and corrected them in "Audacious.

If the book has a "gimmick", it's the presence of Wardhaven's Marines, but they up working pretty well to still give the story a military feel while taking it decidedly out of a typical sci-fi military setting. So, yes, this installment has Kris and friends stuck dirt-side, but it both maintains the story and manages to provide the same space-military atmosphere from the previous novels.

The story presented is solid and complete. In a departure from the previous two installments, "Audacious" mostly focuses on one central plot rather than having Kris experience a couple distinct adventures "Resolute," for example, had Kris exploring alien worlds and then coming back just in time to thwart Greenfeld's takeover attempt. Sure, Kris still gets into some antics rescuing her grandmother from a militant group and retrieving a kidnap victim from a local gang, but the story stays pretty solidly on figuring out what's happening on the secretive New Eden and how the Peterwalds are involved.

Shepherd really excels in pacing the novel. The story never meanders off course or slows to the point of detriment. He has a handle in keeping the book interesting, exciting, and always moving forward while also maintaining the characters and their growth. This results in a book that is never boring or tedious. There's always something happening, whether it's an action-packed fight, some intriguing investigation, or character development, and it makes for a very satisfying read.

I also appreciate that the novel doesn't end on a cliff-hanger. As I mentioned above, Shepherd provides a hook into the next book, but doesn't leave the ending wide open; if you wanted to stop here, you'd get this book's full story Shepherd's writing style is great for this type of book. Much like his series and characters, his writing is witty and entertaining. It's full of personality and effectively gives colour to his world and the people who inhabit it.

He clearly knows a lot about the military, which makes sections involving the Navy and Marines interesting and gives those aspects a very authentic feel with his sometimes informal word usage and jargon though he never uses so much jargon as to lose the reader - it's always obvious what he's talking about. His writing flows well, never feeling stilted or forced, and it aids in weaving an entertaining story.

He also knows when to halt the descriptive passages, character introspection, and subplot exploration in order to sprint to the finale, ensuring that the climax will be full of non-stop excitement without pulling the readers away to focus on something inconsequential to what's occurring. I often find myself smiling and sometimes chuckling when I read and unable to put the book down once things start to pick up.

I read "Kris Longknife" partially for the entertainment factor - and Shepherd's writing has yet to disappoint. Character-wise, "Audacious" marks the point when Kris starts to grow up. She's been developing nicely as the series' heroine up to this point, but this is when she really begins to mature and figure out who she is as a princess, a naval officer, and "one of those Longknifes.

In earlier novels, Kris was an eager young woman, ready to prove herself capable of following commands and quick to implement her own solutions if necessary. However, after the civilian death toll in "Defiant," struggling with survivor's guilt and being faced with the decision to put more lives in danger in "Resolute," and then having the lives of both her Marines and New Eden's political heads on the line in this book, she's become a little more wary of both those in charge and her own ideas. Rather than jumping to the first idea that comes to her, she's beginning to carefully self-evaluate her own plans and motivations before putting them into action, and she's realizing that her first ideas aren't always the best ones.

Kris is also beginning to realize that she can't always trust the admiralty, either, since their withholding information from her about New Eden left her with a huge mess and a high body count. And, as always, she's reminded that she can't trust her family, especially her Grampa Ray, who seems to delight in sending her unprepared into potentially dangerous situations to see how she'll react.

The rift in her family has widened, and Kris wants to take a more active role in her future, even if it potentially means leaving the Navy. On a personal level, Kris is still struggling with the necessity to sometimes send good men to their deaths, but she never becomes mired in it and instead uses it as a jump-off point to move forward.

She's also starting to think that it might be nice to have a boyfriend, but she has the unfortunate tendency to jump on these things too late, as all of her potential romantic interests seem to get married before she can make her interest in them known.

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Shepherd manages to make Kris's character growth feel very natural and waves it seamlessly into the story, never bogging the plot down to focus on the main character's internal struggles. Kris is a wonderful protagonist: Her personal battles make her feel more real and her physical battles put her right at home in the sci-fi military setting.

And, perhaps most importantly to me, she's actually growing as the series progresses. The other characters are equally interesting. We finally get to know Abby's origins, and it's both interesting and rather sad. It definitely puts the mysterious maid in a new light and helps us better understand why she is the way she is and why she's gone through some great lengths to keep her background in the dark. Jack is his drawling, sarcastic self, as per usual and Penny is equally en pointe. We're introduced to a new villain: Vicky Peterwald, the never-spoken-of sister of Hank.

Though not as well known as her late brother, she's easily more dangerous, even borderline psychotic, and has the potential of being a deadly threat. We don't see too much of her in this installment, so she's rather two-dimensional at this point - I'm hoping Shepherd better fleshes her out in later books.

The Marines are all a lot of fun and portray a great sense of camaraderie both with each other and Kris. The characters all do their parts and none seem superfluous or unneeded. The dialogue between them is also quite a treat; these are all witty, sometimes scathingly sarcastic individuals and their discussions very much tend to reflect that. They know when to stop snarking at one another and get to business, and even then their interactions are amusing. This is a group that works well as a team, despite their individual flaws and quirks, and I look forward to seeing their dynamic develop in the next books.

My one character complaint would have to be Cara. It's not so much that she's a bad character. Like everyone else, she has her role and is decently characterized as a typical twelve-year old. She's also important to Abby, which means we see a decent amount of her. My issue comes with the idea that she'll be hanging around for at least the next book and maybe beyond. Maybe it's just because I don't like kids in general; maybe it's because having a kid on a ship that's heading out for exploration seems incredibly pointless and potentially detrimental to all involved; maybe it's something else entirely I hope I'm wrong, I really do I guess I'll have to see how it plays out in the next book.

It's vastly entertaining with witty writing and characters that are getting better and better. I love that Kris is growing as a character and I'm enjoying watching her world unfold and become more complex with each new adventure. I read for entertainment, and this book is that and then some. I'll happily give it 5 stars. This review is also posted on Amazon. Jul 18, James rated it really liked it. It is almost as if the author had looked into the future and read my review of his last book and then wrote this one. Everything that I felt was wrong with the last one was damned right with this one.

No damn sidetrack 'excursion'. And lots, and lots of what I love about the series. The characters were brilliantly well developed, the plot exciting as hell and the writing style just picked me up and carried me away. It was a great story, I really liked it. Unlike m It is almost as if the author had looked into the future and read my review of his last book and then wrote this one. Unlike my last review of this series, which was long and detailed I think that I will keep this short.

I loved this book and would put it as joint best in the series so far with book two, with it standing out as a perfect example of what this guy can do when he gets it right. Of course, that's not to say there weren't problems, or at least one anyway; view spoiler [ I was a bit confused how Peterwald didn't win in the end, the sitting government was completely destroyed which is what they wanted. Yes, they had their asses kicked and their was equal voting rights at the end, but that wouldn't have had a major effect on their plan.

They could still have sent in their puppets anyway to take control. How didn't they win hide spoiler ] Apart from that one piece of confusion on my part I loved this book and would suggest it to anyone who is a big fan of space-opera, and in particular Honor Harrington.

Of course, you should read the series from the beginning. Mar 01, Michael rated it it was amazing. This is the 5th book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. Eden is the oldest Earth colony and believed to be the most civilized and peaceful of all the colonies of mankind. Kris quickly finds out that things aren't quite what they seem. Their is much unrest in the lower classes who aren't allowed to vote and are considered second class citizens by the elite of Eden. There is the threat of civil war in the air.

On top of that Kris runs into Vicky Peterwald, daughter of Kris's arch nemesis. She is also the sister of Henry Peterwald who Vicky believes Kris killed. She hires men to make several attempts on Kris's life which fail due to Kris's quick thinking and that of her team. This book is full of action and intrigue. Sep 05, Steven Allen rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was one of the better Kris Longknife books to me. We get to see Kris grow up some and become a better commander, considering her people and the butcher's bill before she leaps into action.

She also realizes that her first idea is not likely always her best. We also learn that despite being beautiful, but not in the traditional sense, Kris is somewhat insecure about her bust size and the size of her nose. I don't know much about makeup, but I would assume that Abby could use some techniques t This was one of the better Kris Longknife books to me. I don't know much about makeup, but I would assume that Abby could use some techniques to draw attention away from Kris's honker. As a tall woman at 6', Kris's best feature is going to be her long, long legs.

Abby should dress her more to show off those legs, not emphasize how small Kris's bust is. Some other readers have nitpicked Kris's diet. I don't think that an author has to tell us everything that a character eats, but allows the reader to assume that the character will eat a sufficient meal. We do see Kris eat steak, and other hearty meals. We learn quite a bit about Abby in this book, getting to see some of her backstory. We also get to see a little romance for Abby, but not sure if it continues into the next book which I am reading now.

Jul 24, Simon rated it really liked it Shelves: Bk 5 of Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife series. Sent out of harms way, Kris finds planetary politics risky business. Nov 05, Engel Dreizehn rated it really liked it Shelves: Although at a disadvantage cause I'm not familiar with the world and it';s politics still it was an entertaining, solid, military space opera read.

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