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Defender (Kris Longknife, #11) (Ebook) (2013 original; edició 2013)

de Mike Shepherd

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"Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass-- and to demonstrate that, they've promoted her to commodore. Now her mission is to find the home base of the aliens who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy."--Page 4 of cover.
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Títol:Defender (Kris Longknife, #11) (Ebook)
Autors:Mike Shepherd
Informació:Ace (2013), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Kris Longknife: Defender de Mike Shepherd (2013)

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No stars-- end of the road for me.

You know you're in trouble when an author basically reintroduces a character that they killed off a couple of volumes ago because they are necessary now but weren't back then. Sort of undermines my confidence that there is some sort of story being told here. After suffering through Lost, I will never again allow a storyteller to just say "Trust me, there's a real story here".

Or, another danger sign, introduces secondary versions of the same character to solve the one person/one place conundrum. Too reminiscent of Heinlein's later, dirty old man books where all the characters were apparently the same basic person in various physical forms. Which by the way, any self respecting human would have promised to publish then throw directly into a shredder to save the great man's dignity.

After a moderately successful and entertaining strip mining of the 18th, 19th and 20th century for setting and plot, we now are apparently going to strip mine the Destroyermen series which is another series I've abandoned because the author apparently has no idea of what story they are trying to tell.

I'm out.
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
This is definitely the best book yet in the Kris Longknife series. This is actually one of the first series of books that I started reading when I took up reading again after having purchased my first tablet. It is not the best series that I have read. As a matter of fact a few of the books have gotten below average ratings from me. It has been able to keep my interest though and this book is actually really good.

The book is a bit slow to get going with quite a few pages spent on Kris and Jack’s relationship with a lot of talking between them. Not my cup of tea. Fast forward.

Once that part is over with the book starts to pick up pace. The preparations for the coming attacks, essentially moving a world from a pre-industrial state to building advanced mines, factories weapons etc, is quite nice reading although I have to say that the use of this smart metal is a bit over the top magical. Have a problem? Throw some smart metal at it. Problem solved. And what is the deal with always writing smart metal with initcaps and a trademark symbol? We get it, smart metal is patented by Nuu industries but you do not have to make it difficult for the reader to read because of that. We are not stupid. Okay, end of nitpicking.

Unlike some of the books in the series there are a fair amount of space battles going on including a rather big one at the end. I guess this is something that greatly contributed to my appreciation of this book. Another thing that contributed to my enjoyment is that most of the characters are quite likable. Well there is one real exception but she is rather quickly handled.

Kris is also actually in charge in this book. This time not because she is the only one that knows what to do but actually officially in charge. The book blurb is jumping the gun a bit it though. She is not an Admiral at the beginning of the book. She does get there but it takes a few chapters before that happens.

Naturally the book ended with a fairly huge loose end but that as well was reasonably well done. We were not left hanging in the middle of the story but we reach a reasonable conclusion of this book but are given a hint of what is to come.

A very enjoyable book and as I said, the best one in the series yet as far as I am concerned.
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  perjonsson | Jun 10, 2019 |
So Daring created a crisis, and Furious developed it - and developed Kris right along with it. This book has a rather different feel - Kris is no longer the wunderkind sent off to solve this and that problem, now she's actually in charge of a major operation. She also gets the coalition again - dealing with people from multiple planets within and without the US (not including Peterwalds this time, whew). A lot less fighting than usual, a lot more politics and logistics, as she builds up Alwa from a barely-hanging-on survivor colony to something that can fight the aliens if/when they show up again. The politics are mostly Navy-style - as much within the US ships as with the coalition members, or more so. The right way, the wrong way, the Navy way (of multiple navies)...and the Kris Longknife way. Sneaking in a marriage before her life gets rearranged again - no, not quite right. Before King Ray rearranges her life again. Quite a lot about Granny Rita, too - who she really is, rather than the legend Kris grew up with. And some more info about the native Alwans...and about the aliens (or at least, the discovery - the exploration will come next book). ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Apr 5, 2017 |
OMG...so bored so many details. it was starting to feel like a David Weber Honor Harrington book. i skipped a lot of details in the Honor books. there is only so much planning & logistics i want to read about. so not my fave in the series. there was action in the beginning and end of the book but seriously....planning and more planning and more planning. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
OMG...so bored so many details. it was starting to feel like a David Weber Honor Harrington book. i skipped a lot of details in the Honor books. there is only so much planning & logistics i want to read about. so not my fave in the series. there was action in the beginning and end of the book but seriously....planning and more planning and more planning. ( )
  kdf_333 | Jan 16, 2016 |
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