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Born into a family of wealth and political power. Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She's gotten in the wag of someone's agenda--to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven.Now, with the fleet off on a propaganda mission. Wardhaven is lefBorn into a family of wealth and political power. Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and followed a different family tradition by joining the Marines. But now she finds herself relieved of duty. She's gotten in the wag of someone's agenda--to bring down her father, the Prime Minister of Wardhaven.Now, with the fleet off on a propaganda mission. Wardhaven is left vulnerable to enemy warships that establish orbit around the planet demanding surrender. With the remnants of the fleet ordered to stand down. Kris declares herself Commander-in-Chief and plans a desperate gambit to defend her world. Commandeering every spaceworthy vessel she can get her hands on and recruiting every able-bodied person willing to risk their life. Kris leads the most important mission of her career--and it may be her last......

Title : Defiant
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Defiant Reviews

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-04-16 01:33

    We're deep enough in the series that you should know what to expect, by now. And you really don't want to skip around in a series like this one (where each subsequent story depends on developments in the previous). Really, you need to know the background coming into this even though Shepherd does his best to give sketched backgrounds where needed.This has been a really steady series, quality-wise. This is the weakest story so far, but at four stars, you know that wasn't much of a drawback for me. The biggest problem is that the novel really consists of two relatively distinct parts, neither large enough to constitute a full novel. The first deals with a planet with a pacific islander flavor. The second is back home on Wardhaven and some political fallout from Kris' dad screwing up. There is some continuity between the two, but really no stronger than between individual books in the series so it's not a strong connection.That said, Kris remains a great draw and seeing her confront difficulties and overcoming with her mix of daring and solid leadership is as engaging as always. The side characters remain as engaging as ever as well. This book has more fallout than previous as the action is more serious (so it makes sense that the consequences would also ramp up). I actually appreciated it, even if Shepherd had to cheat a bit to get there. And no, I'm not going to go into it because frankly, I doubt most would catch or care because the emotional impact was so strong and exactly right for the characters involved. So while I flagged it at the time, I find I don't find it detracting from my satisfaction.Because of the fallout, I think this book may be where the reader can commit to the rest of the books or not. If you find it off-putting or too much then this is a good place to stop. Personally, I'm all in and will be on a quest to get the rest of the books from the library today. I suppose there's a chance Shepherd could bungle later on, but if he does, I'm only out turning the books in early. Since finishing one without having the next to move onto fills me with dread, I'm just going to get them all now. So call this a win...

  • Dee
    2019-04-17 22:16

    I'm in two minds as to whether or not killing off a main character is a great way to enhance a book or a terrible thing to do to the reader! This is a reread so I knew it was coming and it actually made me remember why I'd stopped reading the series; not the death here but that if I recall right (- it's getting vaguer as I progress, I think I must've read up to book 4 but not 5 so I've reread each later volume less then the earlier ones) then the death of a character, not as important but definitely visible in the next novel. However I'm feeling good and brave so I'll carry on regardless. The action continues unabated so no reason to let a little death drag me down!

  • Unwisely
    2019-04-05 22:18

    Now, I really, really like this series. After getting the first one from the library, I couldn't wait for the second book to show up and went out and bought the rest from the library. I have re-read the entire series several times since. They're wonderful books, military SF with a strong female protagonist. The action moves along so snappily that I get pulled in enough not to mind the fact that the plots are a little silly. So bear in mind that any criticism is expressed because I love.Now, this book has the usual flaws of the series, terrible copy-editing being the most standout problem to my mind - (dear Mike Shepherd, I know a good copy editor, but, honestly, even my engineer-self could help out). The two-for-one plot is in effect here, but the starter plot here felt particularly rushed - it started well, then it was almost like, "I am bored with this" *handwave*. Also, the boy who IMNSHO should be Kris's love interest (she regularly has flirtations with boys that don't end up going anywhere, which I *love* for it's "not neatly tied up" effect (plus if I can't get a boyfriend, why should she??)) is sort of glossed over - the whole thing starts so promisingly, too, and I don't quite get why she was like meh, no. Anyway, there is a reconstructed Pacific Island culture, with a subsistence/urban colonizer/colonized constitutional convention (I am simplifying) as a background to commando hijinks, followed by major seat-of-your-pants planetary defense. Oh, and Tommy gets married in there, too (have your Kleenex ready!) Maybe not the best of the series, but enjoyable nonetheless.

  • Michael
    2019-03-29 02:22

    This is the 3rd book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. Like the first two it is a great Military/Space Opera Science Fiction. In this one Kris is sent on a diplomatic mission to the planet Hikila, where she negotiates with a Pacific-island culture to join The United Sentients. While there she has too save some hostages form a group of local malcontents. Then, she returns to Wardhaven while it's in the middle of a political election battle, the main fleet has been lured away, and six battleships are bearing down on her home planet.Playing "the princess card," Kris, who'd previously been removed from her navy command, assumes command of the defense of the realm "by right of blood, by right of name, by right of title." As the countdown to contact with the enemy begins, the action, so far all Kris's, now starts to shift around from the defenders to the attackers and back. You know what the plans are, you wait to see how they're going to be executed. A must read for fans of Kris Longknife and Mike Shepherd/Mike Moscoe.

  • Dan
    2019-03-31 02:20

    A good series. Enjoyable!

  • Katrin von Martin
    2019-04-09 22:11

    My last foray into the world of Kris Longknife was a couple years ago. I realized that I was simply beginning to miss this quirky protagonist and her adventures, so I picked up "Defiant" and easily devoured it. Like the two previous books in the series, it satisfied my need to read something fun and lighthearted with believable characters and sometimes larger-than-life situations. Spoilers follow. "Defiant" is comprised of two main stories. The first is Kris's diplomatic mission to the planet Hikila to negotiate with its people on her grandfather King Ray's behalf and act as her grandfather's stand-in to comfort the planet's queen, a long time friend, on her deathbed. Of course, as seems to be Kris's luck, the mission turns out to be more than she bargained for and she ends up thwarting a political disaster and saves some hostages in the process. When she returns to Wardhaven, Kris finds herself almost immediately launched into another crisis: the navy's main fleet has been called away and six battleships are heading for the mostly unprotected planet. With political unrest complicating matters planet-side, Kris pulls together a rag-tag team of navy reserves, merchant captains and crew, and volunteers and manages to form her own defense fleet out of whatever ships she can find and press into service. I wonder if perhaps this book is the result of the author combining two novels, or at least two distinctly different stories, into one. Regardless, "Defiant" very much lives up to the precedent set by the previous books: it is a fun adventure in the military space opera genre that isn't looking to redefine the genre so much as wants to tell an entertaining story. On that front, it certainly succeeds. For the most part, the story is fast-paced and action packed, allowing us to see Kris try to navigate a variety of different scenarios. Our quirky protagonist finds herself participating in cultural rituals of the Polynesian people of Hikila, saving hostages in a more modern setting, participating in her best friend's wedding, preparing for an invasion, and defending her planet to the last man. She also seems to be getting the hang of when to use her princess card to assume command by right of title versus when to adhere to the rules and ranks of the navy. Simply put, there's a lot of variety in this book and quite a bit happens, making for an enjoyable reading experience. The story isn't without its flaws, however, and there's an issue that needs to be addressed: pacing in the middle of the story. After Kris takes command of preparing for the invading fleet, we're given a blow-by-blow account of everything that needs to be done to combat the battleships. It frankly makes the book drag quite a bit in these portions and I found that I had to force myself through these chapters to get to what I knew would be an exciting battle (and it didn't disappoint). This series often gets compared to Weber's Honor Harrington books, which I try not to do since they're so vastly different, yet I can't help but feel that the pacing issues in this novel are very reminiscent of the third Honor Harrington installment ("The Short Victorious War"): a large number of pages dedicated to the buildup of the final battle. It certainly didn't ruin the book by any means, but it did dampen my enjoyment of certain chapters. Writing-wise, I was pleased to see better editing this time around. Shepherd's writing style continues to work well for telling Kris's action-packed, non-stop adventures, as he usually doesn't bog down the story with complicated prose or unnecessary detail (with an exception I'll get to later). It was also very refreshing to have the point of view occasionally shift to the admiral of the oncoming battleships. This added suspense to both the invasion and ensuing battle by giving us a perspective from each side; if something was going well for one side, it was likely panning out poorly for the other, which gave the narrative a certain variety that was absent in the previous books. Kris continues to be a wonderful protagonist that is both capable and believable. As I mentioned earlier, it's a lot of fun to read about her learning to effectively use the various titles and roles she has amassed, and she always seems to have a rather tongue-in-cheek way of going about things. While the previous novel demonstrated how well she fared in a more civilian and diplomatic setting, a majority of this book has her back in the military world, which is where she really seems to shine. Though she manages to find some creative solutions to big problems, she also faces her own insecurities and makes mistakes. For example, her initial plan of stopping the invasion doesn't work out and has tragic, impacting consequences for both her and her crew. These insecurities, mistakes and consequences and how she overcomes them are what make Kris a compelling character. I touched on this in my review of the last book, and I feel the need to mention it again: Shepherd needs to be careful that he doesn't push Kris into superwoman territory. She has a lot of abilities and titles now, and she seems to gain more respect from the navy with each book. Her computer Nelly is getting closer and closer to sentience, which gives Kris a huge advantage. In this book, Kris is great, but I hope the rewards and titles Kris keeps earning eventually slow. The supporting characters are a bit of a mixed bag. Both Jack and Abby return from the last book as Kris's bodyguard and maid. Abby is as mysterious as ever; she's always prepared and always seems to have the right skill on hand to deal with the current situation. Will we ever know who she really is or who her previous employer was? I get the feeling that she'll be an enigma for a while longer. Jack is still protective and loyal, going as far as to temporarily leave his job to unofficially continue protecting Kris. He accompanies our danger-loving protagonist more often than not, and she seems to occasionally think of him as something more important than a bodyguard...I'm starting to wonder if Shepherd is perhaps beginning to foreshadow a possible romance between the two. Tom continues to be the long-suffering, yet loyal and amusing best friend. We can definitely see that he and Kris share a brother-sister bond, which makes it particularly tragic when he meets his end defending his home planet. Honovi makes more of an appearance in this book, and could be a promising character if we could just see more of him. The other characters are rather shallow. Kris's parents don't seem to receive much characterization beyond being selfish and distant. Her friends are difficult to tell apart, and, despite Shepherd's attempts, can only be characterized as "the one who has children" or "the one who has never successfully landed a ship" and so on. I've complained in my reviews for the past books that the antagonists seemed very stereotypical and predictable. That happily isn't the case here. As I mentioned earlier, the point of view occasionally shifts to the admiral of the oncoming invasion fleet; this helped flesh the antagonists of the book out and made them more than scheming villains who are bad simply because they don't like Kris. Still, must everyone consistently comment on Kris being "one of those Longknifes?" On a random note, I've commented on every book thus far about the cultural stereotypes. This book presents us with a group of islanders that embodies every aspect of Polynesian culture...and we were given a reason for it: they don't want to lose their roots when the rest of the planet is moving toward a very modern way of life. I'm satisfied with that and wish we could have gotten something similar with previous groups. Also, Shepherd obviously has a certain love for naval weaponry; there are several types of guns and armament described throughout the book. While it's great that Shepherd is knowledgeable in this subject, spending so much time on the different weaponry used on the ships tended to bog the story down with largely unnecessary detail. If you are a fan of the different types of guns used on a naval spaceship, however, you might enjoy the time spent on this topic. Overall, despite its flaws and sometimes-cheesy flavour, Kris Longknife continues to be one of my favourite series simply because of how entertaining and enjoyable the books are. "Defiant" has a mostly fast paced story, variation in settings, and a great point of view shift to the antagonists that make the story satisfying and fun. Kris is still a great character and some of the secondary characters are quirky and interesting. I also like that the author doesn't come off as pretentious; he's out to write an enjoyable novel - not a groundbreaking one. The story does drag a bit in the middle while building up to the invasion, some of the characters are a bit shallow and the tech babble regarding naval weaponry and the repetition of Kris being "one of those Longknifes" can be a bit much. Despite these flaws, this is still a great book with a fun, exciting story. I give it 4's simply too enjoyable for the negatives to outweigh the positives. This review is also posted on

  • Lianne Pheno
    2019-04-01 02:36 un super tome dans cette série, sans doute mon préféré depuis le début. Comme le premier tome il y a en fait ici deux aventures de Kris dans le roman. Normalement je suis moins intéressée par les histoires courtes mais ici ça marche nickel, surtout qu'elles sont intéressantes et bien construites.Dans la première Kris est envoyé par son arrière grand père régler un souci sur une planète dont la dirigeante est une de ses amie. Cette planète est un espèce de paradis tropical composé d'une grande ile/continent et d'une myriade d'iles bien plus petite. Les colons qui se sont installés la bas sont des descendant des polynésiens et ont reconstruit une société sans technologie, sur les petites iles, voulant vivre librement comme leurs ancêtres, en harmonie avec la nature.Mais lors de la dernière guerre il y a une 50ène d'année ils ont accepté de donner le continent qu'ils n'utilisaient pas, temporairement, à des réfugiés des bombardements. Ces réfugiés ont fini par s'installer définitivement et par développer leur propre société en marge de celle des colons d'origine qui est devenue très prospère.Le souci c'est que dés le départ les règles sont que seuls ceux vivant comme les colons d'origine sont exonérés d’impôts et peuvent voter. Du coup les anciens réfugiés sont les seuls à financer l'état actuel auquel ils n'ont pas le droit de participer et qui grâce à eux est devenu très riche. Les 2 communautés sont maintenant quasiment en guerre et il revient à Krys d'aider à trouver un terrain d'entente entre les deux.Dans la seconde partie nous revenons à l'histoire principale. Je ne vous en dévoilerais pas trop parce qu'à ce niveau elle est déjà bien avancée mais en gros la planète d'origine de Krys est en grand danger d'invasion alors qu'elle même est mise aux arrêts lorsque le gouvernement change de main (ils essayent de déstabiliser sa famille qui était au pouvoir jusqu'ici en les couvrant de procès).Cette attaque arrive pile poil quand la planète est totalement désarmée, résultat sa seule défense est justement l'escadron de Krys qui était en attente de son procès et donc toujours sur place. Elle va devoir trouver un moyen de contourner les règles sans les transgresser pour sauver sa planète en organisant sa défense.Dans les deux cas nous avons des histoires qui mêlent habilement la politique, la diplomatie et l'action/aventure. Et je trouve que c'est vraiment un bon mélange. Pour une série de SF militaire c'est sans doute la série la moins militaire que je connaisse. Au final la grande majorité du temps on ne suis pas directement le coté militaire de la chose, du moins dans ce tome c'est le cas, comme ça l'était dans le précédent aussi.J'ai vraiment bien aimé ces histoires. La première changeait un peu de ce qu'on a l'habitude de voir dans ce genre de livres avec son coté iles tropicales, ambiance calme et tout et la seconde revenait directement dans le vif du sujet avec la tentative de défense d'une planète entière face à une attaque en règle.Pour ce qui est du rythme surtout sur la seconde histoire on a un rythme qui ressemble pas mal à la série des Honor Harrington (même si le ton de la série et son sujet n'ont rien à voir) et notamment au tome Une guerre victorieuse et brève, c'est à dire que la préparation de l'action et le coté diplomatique prend toujours beaucoup de temps avant d'en arriver à l'action elle même. Ici ça marche pas mal parce qu'on une histoire courte, du coup la préparation ne donne pas l'impression de durer éternellement. Par contre la grosse différence de mon point de vue, c'est que le coté humain/relationnel est mieux géré ici. Tout semble fluide, les personnages évoluent et sont très attachants.On a un nombre de personnages secondaires assez importants, et j'aime particulièrement les personnes âgées dans cette série. On a tout un casting de vieux militaires avec du bagou, intelligents et capable de se mettre de coté pour obéir à la nouvelle génération quand il le faut. Bon je sais bien que c'est un peu trop idéaliste vu comme ça (tous ne sont pas comme ça bien sur) mais ceux la sont ceux qui me plaisent le plus en général.Au final encore un tome que j'ai vraiment bien apprécié, même si les histoires sont indépendantes elles sont bien faites et j'ai passé un excellent moment. Je lirais bien sur la suite avec plaisir !17/20

  • Daniel
    2019-04-19 20:31

    Good readingGood sci fi with believable characters. The ice defense against lasers is a little over used. Change laser frequency and burn through.

  • Dharma Kurlind
    2019-03-24 21:18

    Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Reviewhttp://literaryurbanfantasyreview.blo...How many of them can we make die?At the start of Defiant, I was expecting Down Periscope. Instead of giving Kris a real command, the Navy makes her commander of an experimental ship full of misfits no one else wants. I thought it was going to be funny and cheeky, just like the movie, except in space. That expectation was quickly squashed when Kris is arrested. The way Mike Shepherd described that arrest is worth a second listen. It’s very, very well written. It’s written with so much feeling, so much emphasis, that I expected the arrest and trial to be a focal point for the entire novel a la A Few Good Men. Again, this expectation was quickly dispelled when Kris is sent on a diplomatic mission to a planet Hikila (planet Hawaii), which turns into a hostage/terrorist situation. I was pretty shocked at how little time and energy Mike Shepherd spent on Kris’s rehabilitation from the arrest. About 8 hours into the book, Kris returns from Hikila and maybe five minutes of the audiobook are dedicated to a summary recounting of how while she was away a few people from Olympia talked to the media and charges were dropped. I would have loved to hear this part in detail. Instead, we have Tom and Penny’s wedding leading right into the major conflict of the book: the invasion.Disjointedness aside, the invasion was wonderful. Mike Shepherd finally uses that third-person narration to get away from Kris and present us with the enemy. The enemy becomes much more realistic and the conflict more suspenseful. When Kris and her team start the plotting, the strategy talk, the prep work for the major conflict 6 hours to the end of the book, I wondered how it could be possible that anyone would expect a listener to hang in there for that long just for one fight. I was sure I’d get bored. Boy, was I wrong. Around 5 hours to the end of the book, a feeling started in the pit of my stomach, that feeling you get when you are a few hours away from giving a big speech – excitement and worry. Dread and anticipation. About 4 hours to the end of the book, I could not stop listening. I stay up until 2 a.m., on a Tuesday night, to finish the audiobook. Best part about listening to Defiant not in the car or at the gym, but on my computer? When Tom hits up the theme to the battle – “the March of Cambreadth” – I hit up youtube and listened along on repeat at a low volume. On Narration:I had found Dina Pearlman’s reading of the first two boos, Mutineer and Deserter, enjoyable. Sadly, I had issues with her reading of this audiobook. It started on Hikila. When good narrators give any Native American (or sensei - don’t ask me why) accents, they always slow down the speech. Unfortunately, Dina Pearlman didn’t just slow down the speech for the Hikila natives – she slowed down Kris’s speech, everyone's speech. Even Kris's internal dialogue became slow and over-emphasized from then on. It made the story sound insincere. That aside, what really killed it for me was her reading of “the March of Cambreadth.” Mike Shepherd dedicates about 2 hours integrating that song to the major fight. He quotes all the lyrics. He has Tom discuss a false history of the song and lets the listener know that it’s from the 21st century. He reiterates the chorus with Kris and her crew screaming along. They shoot on the song’s command, for crying out loud! And Dina Pearlman reads the lyrics with the cadence you would use when playing “patty cake” with a toddler. Now, I know not everyone is Marguerite Gavin, who as I mentioned here actually made up tunes in her reading of Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan/Hollows series and sang songs that never existed for the enjoyment of the listener and enhancement of the audiobook. And even fewer books are like the first few Anita Blake audiobooks produced by Penguin Audio that have sound effects (background music, shotgun sounds, footsteps, etc.). But this tune is integral to the most important part of Defiant, and the audiobook format provides an incredible opportunity that the text cannot. Moreover this song a simple Irish-like tune, very easy to hum, and very easy to find on youtube. I certainly never heard of it before listening to this book, and a google search got me everything I needed. The audiobook’s treatment of “the March of Cambreadth” is lacking - it's an opportunity missed - and, sadly, Dina Pearlman read the song like a cheerleader spells “be aggressive.”

  • James
    2019-04-06 01:21

    This was more of a mix bag from Shepherd. Coming into this off of the back of two great predecessors I was expecting more of the same great stuff, and I suppose that is was I got in some respects. In others, not so much.That's not to say that it is a bad book. Not by a long shot. Just that in contrast to the previous two it left a lot to be a desired. Few things that bugged me;(view spoiler)[1. The whole beginning part where they visited the island/mainland divided planet. Now, I know that it was necessary as almost a stop gap while the background movements occurred so that the main plot of the invasion could take place, but it felt just that - necessary, and not really adding anything to the story or entertainment value. It was a real downer for me. 2. Despite the fact that in the last book and this one all Kris can seem to do is complain about Nelly and state relentlessly that she needs to be seen by Aunty Tru she doesn't do any of this - despite how important she seems to be rating it. 3. In the battle scene at the end, it seemed to come apart very quickly. One moment their attack looked doomed and then something happened and they won. Now, going back over it, I can make out what happened. But at the time I was rushed with data, and it really seemed like one moment they were being pummeled and then next they were victorious. Now, I know this happens in real life combat, and it does add an extra spice to it. But it was just very hard to follow.(hide spoiler)]Now I suppose that these are very minor complaints - maybe bar the first one - but unfortunately they definitely bring it down a notch. However, it does not remove my enjoyment of the series or the book itself. There was still the same great plot (bar the beginning, again), great characterisation and generally there was a lot of great writing. In fact, if I was coming blind into this book then I may even have given it a four star rating; just that in comparison with it's predecessors it feels like a small let down. Now, if you have gotten this far in the series most of what I am telling you is no new news - or at least, I hope you appreciate this series. If you are new to the series then I advise you to ignore everything bad I have said so far in this review, go back and read the first two first. This is a great series and the first two books are really enjoyable, if you get this far in - which you will - then the complaints that I have made will look trivial in the face of the sheer enjoyment you will get from this book. Trust me, they look almost petty to me, and I am making them. Anyway, I would suggest this to anyone who enjoys a good action/space opera/fun book, but would of course suggest you start from the beginning.Have fun reading.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-25 00:28

    Mike Shepherd Brings Back his A-Game!, I recommend you read the previous books in the series (Mutineer and Deserter) prior to reading this installment.To be honest, I had a hard time getting into this story. This installment didn't start to grab me until about page 160. Several times, prior to page 160, I put this book down, only to pick it up a moment later and convince myself that I should keep going, that the story is going to get better; and it did. I'm glad I stuck it out because the story took a magnificent turn. Not sure how it happened but all of a sudden after about page 200, the story was completely interesting, and more than just catching my interest. The storyline was phenomenal with excitement and nailing biting battle-action.Two negatives: the author goes on too long on the finer details of battle-strategy, and at times seems immaturely impressed by having people call Kris "One of Those Longknifes" many times throughout the story.Some positives: thankfully the author didn't give us the fashion show he did in the previous book. The author included more interesting strategic plays then he did the humdrum micro-detail of battle planning. Kris spent more time on a ship than she did dirt-side and Kris doesn't keep calling her title "this Princess thing" like she's playing it down. She wielded the title in this installment for the benefit of her home planet and didn't have people bending over backwards and catering to her, but instead, had them charging off into battle right beside her, for the greater good.Things that keep me coming back to this series, especially, since the last installment was a bit discouraging: Kris's computer Nelly is so fascinating, I can't wait to see what the future holds for Nelly, as she slowly but surely is becoming self-aware. Also intriguing, finding out more about the ancient three civilizations who built the jump system millions of years ago.I highly recommend this book to fellow SF readers and I look forward to reading the next book Resolute. The author brought back his A-game from book one and I hope it continues on in Resolute and beyond.I also recommend this series, since the writing style is similar to dark urban fantasy readers, to fellow DUF readers looking for a good SF/space opera series and not a spacey-romance.

  • Douglas Owen
    2019-03-31 18:27

    Mike Shepherd uses a very easy narrative style that makes the reading of his novels relatively pain free.In his Kris Longknife series, Mike writes about the marine, and now princess, Kris Longknife. Yes, this is a space opera. No, there is no knight is shining armor. Yes, she has technology others cannot afford. No, she is not the image of beauty incarnate. Yes, it is cliché ridden, but readable.Spoiler Alert – If you desire to read this book *** please stop here. The remainder contains plot information that may ruin the read.Spoiler Alert – You were warned.Kris is assigned to the planet, Chance, and takes command of the space station orbiting the planet. The station is called, believe it or not, High Chance (groan).Okay, besides the obvious issues here, Kris is also given command of a spaceship from almost a century ago when along comes the Peterwall Consortium (honestly, if my employees were as brain dead or stupid as their employees, they would not be working). Throughout the book is the posturing of the protagonist and anti-hero. Even with highly effective ships, the Perterwall’s are defeated. The explanation of the space battle is farfetched, but enjoyable none the less. You would think the Peterwalls would stop trying to kill Kris in the most inefficient ways.Kris is joined by a number of her companions including the Maid with an abundant supply of weapons. Too convenient. Her unending supply of body armor and weapons should tell the reader to stop, but they do not. Why? I don’t know. Could be the words are thought out well, to a point, but still are very unbelievable. Sorry Mike, it drags down the score because of such thing. I was surprised they didn’t pull out the security net to find a hairclip.All in all you will enjoy the books, but leave your brain at the door for there is very little thinking needed to enjoy the story.

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-03-27 19:15

    This is book three in the Longknife series. In this episode Kris faces the imminent threat to her planet. Kris is accused of stealing funds that were to go to farmers, while on leave awaiting a hearing, her great grandfather King Al sends her to see an old friend of his dying on a different plant. She returns to Wardhaven as an invasion is pending. She skirts the law and organizes a flotilla to defend Wardhaven against a force of hostile warships.In this book we see Kris develop her command skills as she takes command of a large force of her own. The humorous prose adds delight to a fast pace, action packed suspenseful story. On the negative side I am getting tired of Shepherd’s constantly repeating the phrase “one of those Longknife’s.” I am beginning to enjoy “Nelly” Kris’s computer. I find Nelly’s development fascinating. I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible. Dina Pearlman narrated the story.

  • Andreas
    2019-04-14 22:29

    In Defiant, Kris must face an imminent threat to her planet. Betrayed by incompetent politicians, she skirts the law to organize the archetypal rag-tag flotilla in defense of Wardhaven as a massive force of hostile warships approaches.Defiant is a further improvement over the first two books. From the viewpoint of Defiant the first two books, while perfectly capable of standing on their own, seem almost like a prologue. Kris comes into her own as she finally commands a large force. Themes of destiny and sacrifice are neatly explored in Shepherd’s quirky, humorous prose. With this installment, Kris Longknife has gone from merely entertaining to page-turning.Note: Shepherd has previously written about our heroine’s great-grandfather Raymond under his real name, Mike Moscoe.

  • Russ Holthaus
    2019-04-20 18:25

    Hard fought and terrible cost but life flies onThe heroine rallies the volunteers and rides to the battle in her little boat of courageous fire. The swat of the mosquito david to the monstrous goliath battle ships. The loss of comrades ways heavy on her soul. The stuff heroic stories and history's are made of. Onwards to next in this series .

  • John
    2019-04-20 20:15

    Two exploits: Kris is sent to a planet with a culture modeled on Hawaii's to cement relations with Wardhaven, and becomes involved in a hostage rescue, and then gets to command the defense of her home planet against a fleet of battleships sent by a rival empire. Well above average in depicting both military preparations and battle choreography. Also a streak of easy humor (rare in military SF) and credible physics. With minor exceptions the bad guys and rival politicians are cardboard characters, but overall a most enjoyable ride. Money lines: "She was scared spitless and had never had so much fun in her life.""When all hell's a-popping, you send for the bastards, and there ain't no bastard better than a Longknife bastard.""I served with your great-grandpa at the Battle of the Big Orange Nebula.""Let's go bust some battleship butt."

  • Coan
    2019-03-28 01:33

    I found this book somewhat confusing. The first quarter of the book doesn't really connect with the rest of the story, and instead robs some significant space that could have been used to build the major characters. The ending is also unbelievable in saying that 6 battleships were destroyed and no real identification or evidence of where they came from exists.I did like the author's use of sections of the book to write from the enemy's view. I also found the main character fun, and her friendships with other characters quite warm. The space combat is also quite fun. Would give this 2.5 stars. I'll read another book from the series to see how things progress and if the writing improves.

  • Mitchell
    2019-04-05 22:34

    Book 3 in the Kris Longknife series. The author, talking at Orycon, indicated this was his favorite of the Kris Longknife books. I've only read one other, Daring - book 9, and decided to try this one next. Its kind of a On Basilisk Station knockoff, with Kris Longknife (a massive Mary Sue) as an obvious Honor Harrington stand-in. She's both a military genius, great personal charisma, of one of the richest families in the galaxy, and her family runs the government. And she's 6 feet tall. But yeah it was a good yarn - your standard David and Goliath in space but an enjoyable read. I'm still not convinced whether I'm going to read the whole series - but the library has book 1 so I guess I'll start there.

  • Steven Allen
    2019-03-28 19:32

    This was a good read in the Kris Longknife series. Poor Kris, people are marrying quickly around her, but Kris is always a bridesmaid never a bride. Tom and Penny marry and have a very short marriage - about 7 days or so. At least Penny and Tom got to spend one night together as husband and wife - it will be interesting to see how Penny handles Tom sacrificing himself for her and whether or not she is pregnant. Another good thing is that the maid quit calling Kris "baby cakes" or referring to herself as "mamma Abby." She's a maid with some shady things in her past, and I cringe every time I see dialogue for the maid. The maid's treatment of Kris felt out of place and incongruent for a character in adult fiction.

  • Rachel
    2019-04-05 19:26

    The two different parts of the book seem completely unrelated, which makes this one a bit harder to get through. I thought the first half was great because it really developed the some of the characters, and I also really like Kris and Jack's interactions with each other, their banter. As for the other storyline, I honestly had to force myself to finish it. I understand Shepherd wanted to make it realistic, make us experience what Kris and her crew had to go through to make everything work, but it was paced so slowly. The battle was excellent but I barely made it that far. Hopefully the next book can pick up the pace a bit.

  • Alethea
    2019-04-18 18:29

    I haven’t had this much fun in space opera since the first time I read the Miles Vorkosigan books. Shepherd’s time in the navy shows in a certain edgy authenticity that rescues this book from the depths of Mary-Sue-dom to which the character might be destined…she is, after all, fabulously wealthy, gifted, and, from the second book, a princess (complete with, in one case, fur bikini. The sense of humor in these books is another saving grace.) So far, while adhering to one basic plot structure, varied only subtly and that mostly in the first book, Shepherd has been able to pick up and keep enough series momentum that I want the next one and I want it now.

  • B.E.
    2019-03-21 22:18

    Fast becoming my favorite SF series (after Stardoc, of course). Shepherd does such an excellent job of writing a kick ass heroine. Kris Longknife rocks. Her crew rocks. They kick stellar ass. And I could kick Mr. Shepherd in the shins for what he did at the end of this one. Seriously, sir, how could you? Plus, you made me cry dammit. I'm totally anti-spoiler, so if you want to know what I'm talking about, you'll have to read the book. Now I have to go add the next few books to my wishlist...

  • Doc
    2019-04-18 21:24

    Slow at the beginning, and then it dedicates a lot of ink to preparing for the climactic battle.I enjoyed the battle, but parts of it rang a little untrue. The crews, for example, kept cheering at one thing or another when I think that the military people, at least, would have remained professional. They also sang along periodically with a none-too-poetic, jingoistic march they were playing over the battle net.Still, I enjoyed it enough that I am planning on reading the next book in the series.

  • ThomyZ
    2019-04-03 01:29

    Now we're talking. This installment fixes almost every problem I had with the last one. Less Mission Impossible-style tomfoolery, more actual military SF. The first act is weirdly disjointed from the rest of the book, like it was originally written as a standalone novella or something. However, once we get back into space, there's some really great action and great space battle description. The level of my investment shows in the fact that I read the first half of the book in a week and the second half in a single afternoon. More of the second half, please!

  • Karen
    2019-04-05 02:39

    This book is fairly well written and there are pieces of it that I enjoyed, but I found the first half with the "pacific islander" theme a bit too trite and the second half about defending the home world too over-the-top and unrealistic. I respected the fact that the book didn't pull punches at the end but overall it just didn't sit comfortably with me. I don't like the fact that everything Kris does has to be so extreme and the odds so stacked against her. She's turning into a super hero instead of a realistic character and I just find that less interesting.

  • BobA707
    2019-04-03 20:24

    I think I've sussed these Longknife books. To enjoy them1) turn off brain (or all the plot holes just ruin it)2) try not to hate Kris too much and keep hoping that the enemy might get her (they won't - she's far too perfect for that)3) Treat her computer with the respect that it shouldn't be givenThen it becomes quite enjoyable. 4 stars is a bit flattering, but the second half of the book builds to a very good climax (but in particular note point 1 above).

  • Scott Stillman
    2019-04-16 02:32

    From being relegated to an endemic command, to being arrested by corrupt politicians, to naked hula dancing, and an against all odds space battles, Kris Longknife is put through the ringer. Mike Shepherd put it together with out a hitch. There were logical transitions from Princess Kris, political Naked hula dancing to commanding a rag tag last ditch fight to safe the planet. This was a great book.

  • Nick
    2019-04-19 23:11

    I enjoyed the characters and the military aspect much more than the politics, which seemed on the "politicians are idiots" side of things. During the crisis, I really found the Prime Minister difficult to believe.In the battle sequences, I just loved the ways in which the two sides tried to double-think the other, in terms of the use of technologies and tactics. I think that fans of the Honor Harrington series by Weber or the Leary series by Drake would like this series.

  • Per Gunnar
    2019-04-10 01:37

    A huge improvement compared to the last book. In this one she's actually allowed to be a marine and there's finally some fleet action.There was the usual political bullshit which still detracts quite a lot from the enjoyment. For instance, a fleet is on it's way to turn the planet to rubble and these idiots still argue about petty political advantages?Anyway, I certainly hope the book series continue in this direction with less politics and more actual marine and fleet content.

  • Joe Slavinsky
    2019-03-23 01:37

    Yet another high octane thrill ride, from Mike Shepherd's heroine. This series is like popcorn. The more you eat, the more you want. I actually bought this book, as I couldn't find it at either library system that I frequent. It was well worth it, though I usually don't buy books, when I can get them at a library. Having worked at a library in the past, this practice has saved me lots of money, as I am a voracious reader.