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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's blood and against her parents' objections she enlists in the marines


10 thoughts on “Mutineer Kris Longknife #1

  1. says:

    I wanted very much for this to be better than it was But while it was not bad neither was it particularly good It's a Big Mac of a space opera a perfectly average standard processed serving delivering a pleasant if unexceptional taste but no nutritional value Mike Shepherd seems to be trying to imitate David Weber or Lois McMaster Bujold and since I am not particularly a fan of either of them I know sacrilege this story did little for me It was entertaining enough for the time I spent listening to it but I don't really care about Kris Longknife and her future military career and whatever political shenanigans will continue through the next few books nor was I even lured by the promise of the aliens repeatedly mentioned in this book but never seenKris Longknife is a daughter of privilege in this far future where Earth is a corrupt decadent old world at the center of a union spanning hundreds of colony worlds Her father is the Prime Minister of Wardhaven and he's been a cold political creature since Kris's little brother was killed following a botched kidnapping when she was ten Kris following years of guilt and a bit of teenage alcoholism was inspired by her war hero grandfather to join the Navy much to her parents' horrorIn the first part of the book we are introduced to Kris as a boot Ensign in charge of a bunch of space marines who are on a rescue mission to save a little girl who's been kidnapped by terrorists Of course this dredges up all of Kris's issues and already she was trying me because the whole time it was OH the angst I'm coming Tommy I won't let this little girl die like you did Oh how can I focus on the job when I keep remembering my dead little brother angstangstangstI'm sure something like that will haunt you for your entire life but it happened when she was a kid and now she's an adult and a naval officer One would think she'd have developed some coping skills by now But saving the little girl was clearly meant to be the point where she finally is able to put her brother to restThen we get family background Kris takes a lot of crap from fellow officers because of course she's one of those Longknives and everyone knows she's a rich girl who decided to join the military for whatever reason She is assigned to a humanitarian mission on a nearly abandoned colony world where people are starving and facing floods and plagues and since she's so exceptional she manages to whip the green bottom of the barrel unit she's assigned to into kick ass troops who beat off bandits and save the starving farmers etcIn the meantime there's some kind of plot where political enemies of her family are trying to set her up to be killed which introduces the main bad guys and a dubious romantic interest for future booksThe mutiny of the book's title does not take place until nearly the end of the book and like all the things Kris does it's an act that reuires a certain amount of bravery and competence but no hard moral choices — throughout the book the reader is never left in doubt that Kris is absolutely doing the right thing and anyone who opposes her is wrongIf you really like military SF and female protagonists this may be worth checking out but I'm unlikely to pick up the rest of the series unless I'm starved for something better


  2. says:

    This was my take a risk purchase in our anniversary trip to Powell's in Portland this year Since that was only days ago and I've already finished it well it obviously didn't suck This is the first in a long running series and you can kind of feel the freshman jitters of it For one there are some pretty awkward flashbacks done as memories in the first chapter that were unnecessary provided the information had been given later— proximate to the need laterThat said this was a decent space Marine even if she was actually Navy story By which I mean that it held my interest and kept me engaged to the end Better it interested me enough that I'm eager to continue with the next Again nothing groundbreaking but Shepherd has good pacing and a plot that held together and characters I liked spending time with I have minor ualms about some of the background but nothing major and the setup has lots of room for things to blow up in interesting ways As is the norm for such stories the heroine is of course the right person at the right time to be outstanding and show her superior leadership and imitative So it was good that Shepherd seems to know enough about people and command to make those scenes believable and the situations dynamic and interesting and without pulling weird rabbits out of his hat for his main character while he was at it Not that Kris doesn't have rabbits to pull out of her hat but they're all accounted for well in advance of need and that makes all the difference for narrative flow and believable developmentsSo this was a gratifying find and I now regret not buying of the series when I had the chance Which is the better regret to have when taking one of my book gambles


  3. says:

    Promising story line in the genre of military space opera but ultimately this debut of a long series 9 and counting was disappointing to me Ensign Kris Longknife daughter of a planetary prime minister seeks a career in the space navy as a means to achievement and adventure away from family politics But her family connections and privileged background either prejudices people against her or raises unrealistic expectations The scenarios on planets and shipboard provide interesting challenges to her leadership and courage The premise resembles that of David Weber's satisfying Honor Harrington series and it's okay that Shepherd leans to the action sphere and less to the social and political However as a character she is not as engaging and the comic relief is not as successful But I will try another one or two to see if the stories improve with the writer's experience


  4. says:

    I love military sci fi but this book was overall a disappointment I should have had my first warning when the back cover said that she enlists in the marines sic and yet it's made clear by page 7 that Kris is in fact in the Navy The entire book is like this riddled with typographical errors apostrophe errors totoo and itsit's errors incomplete sentences to a degree that made me wonder if it had had an editor at allThere are a number of enjoyable elements including a promising opening Kris has been placed in charge of a Marine drop mission to rescue a hostage Flashbacks to the kidnapping of her younger brother when she was ten gives us the basic story behind why she joined the Navy against her parents' wishes and why this mission is so important to her; a bit of an obvious ploy but the actual mission parts are nicely tense reading as several things in a row go wrong and Kris has to improvise her way to success Essentially the same thing happens on her second mission a rescue and relief mission on a planet overwhelmed by a volcanic eruption; it's a bit reminiscent of Miles Vorkosigan at Kyril Island in fact with the intrepid Ensign faced with a demoralized ineffective slovenly outpost she resolutely jump starts into effectiveness At the end of her first mission the Chief asks Kris why she's in the Navy Kris responds that she wanted to do some good and get away from her family's restrictive attention The Chief tells her that's enough reason to join Not good enough to stay Let me know when you figure out why you want to be Navy and this is essentially what ties the book together we're watching Kris figure out the answer The main reasons for my disappointment were the pacing which was rough and laggard at times and the handling of Kris's characterThe pacing of the novel is awkward even jarring It almost reads as three missions separated by filler like short stories that were roughly joined together into a novel given the vast differences in the situations from hostage extraction to humanitarian aid to a major interstellar battle or at least the start of one In between these sections are stretches of dull nothing Kris visits her aunt for a computer upgrade talks to her parents and all the narrative tension built up during the action becomes motionless The pacing also feels very uneven by page 300 I was starting to wonder why the subtitle of the book was Mutineer three uarters in there was no sign of any mutiny and in fact Kris was still stuck on Olympia wrapping up the aid mission The entire mission wherein the mutiny occurs takes up only the last 63 pages hardly time to build the tension neededAs for Kris she was far less enjoyable when she wasn't on a mission I do not read military science fiction novels for the joy of seeing an adult woman whine about her small bust or try to buck her security detail after there have been three attempts on her life Nor do I expect a character who has been in the military to be so sexually clueless that she panics at the mere possibility of a slightly flirtatious joke from a friend I read a review that called Kris an unintentional man in a woman's body and this does seem true at a few points most notably the state dinner where the men are all dismissed in one clause as ignorable and the next five paragraphs are about the women's dresses specifically how much breast the dresses display However most of the time I felt Kris was a woman as written by a man with no female friends when she's being a Naval officer she's a person but whenever the subject veers onto personal ground she becomes a girl which is to say a cheap copy of every teen movie character of the last century insecure about her body and attractiveness but completely nonsexual; rebelling against her mother's attempts to make her fashionableattractive but analyzing what all the other women wear It's as if Shepherd has no idea what women think or do so his characterization of Kris leaps from one pole to the other rarely touching the middle ground where real people tend to beOverall I suggest skipping this novel in favor of something by Tanya Huff Lois Bujold or even David Weber all of them write convincing and entertaining military sci fi with female leads and they don't make me grind my teeth every other chapter


  5. says:

    I changed the rating on this a couple of times I almost went two stars but in the end the book was a disappointment I didn't even force my way through the final few paragraphs Some of you will disagree with me on this and not all of you for the same reasons This could have been a very good book I started it with high hopes I liked the opening seuence view spoiler the rescue of the little girl hide spoiler


  6. says:

    The daughter of a governor to a settled planet Kris enjoyed a life of luxury and prestige but she felt it was of a prison than anything In an effort to make her own way in the universe she joined the marines Unfortunately the military of the outer rim planets lacks the support it needs to continue operations as there isn’t much conflict like there used to beAfter a spectacular rescue of a little girl from terrorists on a neighboring planet Kris is relegated to humanitarian duty on a planet whose environment has gone haywire from man made interference She realizes that her assignment may not be coincidence and that her brush with death on the kidnapping rescue mission may not have been coincidence eitherWhen I picked up Kris Longnife Mutineer off I did it because a lot of people seemed to like the book the cover is cool and it’s about a woman military type and I think it’s cool for a woman to be able to fight Not very good reasons to choose a book as I found out It’s not a poorly written book but neither is it stellar writing and after coming off the high after reading Bujold’s Curse of Chalion it was hard not to compare the flat prose and boring charactersThe opening chapters are slow and pedantic It’s supposed to be this exciting rescue mission but we’re instead jerked out of the here and how with too many flashbacks from not only when her brother was kidnapped and murdered but her troubled teenage yearsShepherd's prose is basic rife with cliché and not descriptive beyond the reuired setting elements and sci fi technological details This story is all about plot no doubt as one event after another occurs strung along as we follow Kris’s travels from one planet to another You’d think that all this information was to build up for a spectacular ending Butthe climax events have little direct relation with Kris’s actions in the rest of the book which as a plot based book should have tied directly into the main body of the storyThe characterization is little developed than the setting Shepherd attempts to give Kris flaws but this 21 year old woman is a know it all with better solutions than her experienced senior officers It goes so far beyond reality it suspends belief She always knows the right thing to do I don’t remember being that mature and smart when I was 21 Shepherd tries to write Kris as a woman really he does but in essence she’s a man in a woman’s body with a few irrational emotional episodes tucked in for good measure I had a hard time identifying with this woman on any level Kris does have issues she struggles through it's just that Shepherd isn't very subtle about itIf you like a good adventure perhaps compared to Gemmel's books where your hero is a truly heroic then you will probably like this book Otherwise I probably won't read the rest of the books in this series just because I can't care enough about Kris to do it


  7. says:

    The uick and dirtyRating 25 starsLength On the high end of average 389 pagesPublication January 27 2004 from Ace BooksPremise The book opens with Kris Longknife a Navy ensign fresh out of officer training commanding a frantic hostage rescue mission She struggles to balance her own doubts and the shadows of her own past with her drive to succeed and prove that she's deserving of her family's oldest histories As soon as the mission ends she's put on leave She thinks that going home for a short visit with her parents will just kill time but instead it introduces her to plots that were moving long before her birth and to the stirrings of a potential interstellar warWarnings recounting of a past gang rape against many one shot characters past death of a child close to the protagonistRecommendation If you really adore space opera with a dash of politics then you might enjoy this but I can't honestly endorse paying full price for it Take a look on your next used bookstore run if you're interestedWhy this one is such old fashioned funMike Shepherd knows how to start by flooring the gas; the opening seuence promises great things of the rest of the book A tense hostage situation with high stakes rescue on the fly and hints of larger forces at work make for an incredibly strong first few chapters Kris is new to command but her marines and her sergeant aren't which creates a rooted sense of connection with the rest of the military She's taking point and owning the responsibility for her decisions but she's doing so as part of a unit Combining the chain of command the solidity of the veterans with her and the willingness to risk life and limb for another gives the story a sense of being anchored in military structures that date back to our present day and centuries before That aura of tradition grounds the book solidly in reality than most other space opera and the tone absolutely worksThis book shines in the fashion of most good space opera There's a proud military tradition of trying to avoid war whenever possible but doing anything necessary when the time comes When the Space Scots Highlanders show up we're treated to a really wonderful story of Kris's great grandfather leading a night charge up a hill to save a city This story is told in high style comes off as genuinely sorrowful for the lost and places military history in a proud tradition especially given the emotions and demeanor of the people telling itKris's family history also works well in that vein though by the end of the book you'll certainly be tired of seeing people call her one of those Longknifes She's part of a military tradition that skipped her grandfather and father leaving her with two legendary great grandfathers Their style of getting it done in off the wall ways shows itself again in her In most books I'd call that trite and simplistic but space opera does Ancestral Tradition of Awesome really well David Weber author of the Honor Harrington series on that below is the king of this trope; he tends to write dangerous but virtuous space monarchies that actually feel convincingSeeing Kris as a former debutante and daughter of a politician works well because it's unusual a contrast to the straightforward damn the politicians protagonists you see in so much of space opera Those lead characters certainly work but watching Kris analyze how she can work with the flow of politics to steer the course of conversation or compare the military to her father the Prime Minister's campaign strategy provides a fresh perspective Her mistakes tend to show up when she forgets all that background and moves on impulse but impulse is often the source of her best ideas It's nice to see her strength and weakness mirrored as one trait instead of trying to give her a set of good traits and a shoehorned tragic flaw Kris's trauma over the death of her brother and her lingering alcoholic tendencies are by and large written well We also see some well written group trauma when Kris encounters a large farm that's fallen victim to raiders Not many writers are capable of writing anything in that vein without getting stereotypical and playing the trauma as either plot point or a way to yank at the emotions but Shepherd does a strong job showing how different people react to similar traumatic eventsThe relief work on Olympia a planet struck by natural disasters as well as looting and raiding in the aftermath also provides most of the moral ambiguity Many of the raiders are terrible but many aren't; most are hungry in part because of the actions of the people they're now attacking Explaining precisely why would involve spoilers but Kris's musing over how to sort out the truly guilty from the weak bystanders when live fire means there are no second chances is uite compelling It's refreshing to see that level of uncertainty since much of space opera deliberately goes for us versus them to emphasize the good fight Given that the raiders are so unambiguously immoral it was an even pleasant surprise to see that the soldiers hunting them down were new enough to the Navy that they started asking uestions about their right to kill They didn't act gung ho about shooting the raiders after the first short firefight; they were unsure not uite trained and inclined to head back to base and dodge the whole problem Kris's solution to that uncertainty reads as realistic and effective but seeing the initial bravado collapse into very human reactions and then build into true confidence worked beautifullyLiuid metal technology used to take a ship from leisurely cruising configuration to a heavily ard smaller warship is a really fascinating idea We also see it used to make boats and bridges and the like but the Navy use of liuid metal is where it really shines Normally in military science fiction there's the obligatory discussion of how you trade off size mass armor weapons engines and speed and liuid metal both dodges that and puts it in a different light It's not without flaws sometimes relocating valuable supply cupboards to god knows where and that keeps it from seeming too convenient That element of worldbuilding shines especially given the way it makes you feel like the universe is changing almost faster than the people in it can manageThe red penI hate to start with the title but honestly let's do Kris becomes a mutineer in the last forty pages of the book in a frankly underwhelming seuence filled with prose so purple that it makes Willie Wonka's suit look positively tasteful This deeply unsubtle title means that by process of elimination you hit about three uarters of the way through calculate pacing and decide that she's obviously going to become a mutineer on her next ship Given the intrigue behind the reasons for that mutiny this shoots the tension with tranuilizer darts and leaves it to twitch feebly in the roadIn articles with a short editing window like newspapers things like typos and inconsistencies are to be expected In a published book basic typos and subject verb agreement issues in the first chapter are very unimpressive While typos mostly clear up after that many of the later inconsistencies cast doubt on the structure of the worldbuilding If your characters are using entirely metric units like meters you've made a good guess because in the future everyone will hopefully ditch irregular units; however then using degrees Fahrenheit to discuss the latest gadget comes off as distinctly odd Ditto the fact that under 325 gees Kris weighs nearly 400 pounds again where are the metric units? Math tells us that she weighs 123 pounds in normal gravity despite being described on the third page as being six feet tall I do not care how notably small her breasts are in the tiresome and overplayed token attempt to make female protagonists physically unattractive you cannot be in the military and pass strenuous physical exams with that height to weight ratioSimilarly hearing about Kris's college class on current twenty fourth century problems when we're shown past events happening in the year 2422 smacks of the universe's timeline not being thought through at all; 1922 was in the twentieth century 2422 is in in the twenty fifth When firing three laser bursts at an enemy ship the fourth shot in the three laser burst is closest to the target two times in a row Kris breaks into the top fortress office that's firmly stated as the most secure building on the planet by walking past a seuence of guards who were saying hey you can't go through that door instead of hitting some sort of panic button to slam the door on her shooting her with tranuilizer darts or calling competent security Individually they seem like small details but collectively they slap you out of the stream of the story because they do not make a cursed bit of logical sense Neither incidentally does having people in the 24th century talk about Ghirardelli chocolate chips or compare an incoming ship to a Klingon Bird of Prey Yes good brand names have staying power but throwing around things that are popular now without providing any indication that pop culture has even existed in the intervening time is shaky writingTommy Kris's loyal companion has decent characterization for a sidekick who just follows Kris's lead and appears to have neither a spine nor any original thoughts; he's on the better side of the dull secondary characters That said his cultural background is shallow An Irish Chinese colony is a fascinating idea but despite having names from both sides of that heritage Tommy shows no substantive evidence of belonging to that culture Discussion of the leprechauns and ancestors mercifully dies off about halfway through the book but even that sticks to tropes that you can pick up from the standard bag of cultural stereotypes The Irish background gets something of a nod by way of Tommy's brief spurts of Catholicism but the Chinese elements may as well not be there It could have been fine if his planet had been a piece of trivia and he never mentioned his ancestry but ancestors and leprechauns make for a patronizing and one dimensional look at actual living culturesIt's perhaps an unfair comparison but this really comes across as an unfocused version of the Honor Harrington series Calling it a ripoff would be a stretch but they have uite a few themes and tropes in common; a dedicated young woman goes into the military does brilliant things is well regarded by people high in the chain of command less so by her immediate superiors and has to use a mixed bag of grit cunning and improvisation to fix truly bad situations Against Impossible Odds The difference between them as characters is one of approach to military life and its structures Honor Harrington starting out as a commander in the first book exercises initiative when the chain of command is absent or criminally negligent; Kris Longknife is less compelling because she sees the chain of command as somewhat optional as an ensign One of these people belongs in the military and the other needs either to find a better outlet for her need for community or figure out how the military operatesFor a character to succeed amid treachery and other obstacles in a high intrigue space opera heshe needs to have unbreakable strength of will nigh inhuman improvisational skills or both Kris lacks that steel spine or the mental agility to adapt She's not stupid by any means but she's slow to make connections and a bit too much of her information comes from family members just passing things to her so she can chew on them for ages and finally spit out a conclusion when it's convenient for the plotAll in all the first part of this book shines I wanted to like the rest of it but just couldn't sustain the suspension of both disbelief and common sense The inconsistencies and errors break the flow to the point where it becomes annoying to read The characters are too lightly sketched to make me invested to the point of not caring about the details and there's too little buildup to the end to make it really feel like the future of the galaxy is at stake This book needed to focus on either the chillingly hard demands of duty and concern about the loss of humanity's future that you see in large scale space opera or the vividly drawn characters of a smaller scale adventure Unfortunately the opening of this series couldn't deliver enough on either frontFor ongoing recommendations about similar books check out this post at Red Pen Reviews


  8. says:

    While I generally liked the performance on this one Dina Pearlman can't do Scottish accents for toffee I'm inclined to believe she's reading the written down accent however since the author doesn't know what a Yorkshire Pudding isI liked this but it did seem to have text than story; ie it was a little long as in elongated for word count Kris suffers from that most unfortunate of character conditions not seeing the bleeding obvious until 5 minutes after the reader However the plot is pretty good the action is realistic the spaceships actually use a form of Newtonian physics at least as far as sublight travel is concerned and Kris is a likeable characterOne of the strongest points of the book is also its weakest Mike Shepherd was a Navy brat according to his bio and the book is jammed full of naval jargon which is very authentic sounding very atmospheric and reuires you to look up half the words before you can figure out what gives Kris is a Boot Ensign; I spent the first 5 minutes of the book looking that up on Wikipedia There's such a thing as too much authenticity


  9. says:

    A very disappointing book It tried to be like the David Webber Honor Harrington series but is suffers from poor writing unnecessary awkward stage business to move characters from point A to point B 95% of the time There is not enough sci fi detail to explain Longknife's universe the technology that supports it nor the social climate that 'seems' to play a part in driving activity Here and there during battle scenes Shepherd gets it right but that is not often Instead Longknife a cartoon of a better Honor Harrington stumbles through terrible novel planning and execution Save your money


  10. says:

    Kris Longknife is a character to root for Along for the ride are a team of secondary players that have been set up to grow along with KrisKris's family has their own issues and now that she has a place at the adult table I can't wait to see what she gets up toAn adventurous read that had an narrator that was easy to listen toOn to the next