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Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife has precise orders: seek out, engage, and destroy pirates, slavers, and drug lords operating beyond the rim of human space-without interfering in Peterwald family affairs. But when slavers kidnap a twelve-year-old girl, Kris's mission becomes personal. And if destroying the pirate compound flattens some Peterwald interests-well, to hellLieutenant Commander Kris Longknife has precise orders: seek out, engage, and destroy pirates, slavers, and drug lords operating beyond the rim of human space-without interfering in Peterwald family affairs. But when slavers kidnap a twelve-year-old girl, Kris's mission becomes personal. And if destroying the pirate compound flattens some Peterwald interests-well, to hell with politics....

Title : Redoubtable
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ISBN : 9780441019564
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Redoubtable Reviews

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-05-07 10:35

    Another on the low end of my four-star ratings, though perhaps unfairly. The plot is good and the pacing excellent (with a single overarching through line, though it has three theaters of action). The battles are satisfying and all that stuff.My discontent is with the (lack of) character development. And by that, I mean the big fat nothing developing on the relationship front. I'm not completely sold on Jack and Kris. I'd like it to happen and would love to see them move forward as a couple, but I could see them pulling the platonic thing, too. But it's way past time for that to develop one direction or the other. They're aware enough of each other that it's starting to get awkward that they aren't moving at all. I particularly hated the bits from Jack's PoV in this one with him checking out some hot young thing in his near orbit. Yeah, she's pretty and he's a guy and he didn't do anything beyond very mild mental appreciation. But that really just served to highlight how out of place it was as the only relationshipy thing in the book.Come to think of it, I rather liked all the rest of the character developments in the book. Vicky continues to be fun and I really do hope she returns. I like her dynamic with the various big names and I like her being able to bounce off Kris in ways that provides learning experiences for both. I also like how it manages to humanize the Greenfeld forces so as to preclude easy judgements and facile "they're the enemy of everything good" habits.I even "liked" developments with Cara in this one. She was bound to get into trouble eventually with her casual disregard for others she has been developing. I liked that the trouble she found was way, way bigger than expected and that she was provided such an excellent opportunity to see the reality of her universe. And yeah, she'll carry scars, but I have every confidence she's in a place where they can become the accepted scars of lessons learned well.So yeah, a good story and probably should be on the higher end of my four stars. And would be if it weren't for my deeply ingrained romanticism...

  • James
    2019-05-19 14:41

    I hated having to rate this book. Hated it. On one hand it was enjoyable, an easy three stars, but by the end I had a sinking feeling in my stomach and horrible taste in my mouth. This series is starting to head in a direction that I really don't like. And I hate it. I hate that a series that promised so much has in the space of a book nose-dived. Okay, so there were hints that it may go sour in the last two books, but really I thought it could be done well. Not any more. (view spoiler)[I am not looking forward to having Vicky on team, in fact I hate it. Why is she there? She is meant to be the enemy. Not some bosom buddy. The enemy for crissakes. (hide spoiler)]There were a number of things that I really didn't like about this addition. Such as the stupidity of the characters. All the way through the books Kris is constantly saying that she doesn't want to share technology with Greenfield or any other information, and then Constantly gives it away - like letting Vicky play around with 'Trixie', for crying out loud! Then not arresting Vikcy and the Admiral the moment that they learn something they shouldn't (view spoiler)[(the Itchee meeting) (hide spoiler)].I also didn't like the stagnation in Kris and Jack's relationship. Now I don't normally care about romance that much, but this has become such a massive part of the series. Shepherd has built it up and then just............. stopped. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. And it is frustrating.Then you had the degeneration of Kris character from a tough lady into a giggling school girl. I'm all for jokes to relieve the pressure in serious situations, but she may as well have started a pillow fight at one stage. She is meant to be mature for crying out loud, Shepherd, what are you doing to this wonderful character?Add to that the annoying cultural references and the book is fast becoming shit. Shepherd made them so damned obvious he may as well have written in Bold: LOOK HERE, I AM BEING CLEVER, I AM MAKING A CULTURAL REFERENCE. DO YOU GET IT? DO YOU? And the plot... *hangs head* I can't say anything really good about it. There was no depth to it, no urgency, no sense of danger. No anything that made the beginning of the series so damned good. I am worried about the future of this series. Seriously worried.In fact, the only thing that stopped me from giving this a flat one star was the fact that I knew, I KNOW, that it can be so much better. There were still glimpses of that brilliance. Still hope. So, if you have read the series this far then please... go ahead. Read it and enjoy. I hope you are not as disappointed as I am. If you are new to this series, then don't let me put you off of it. The first 5 odd books are amazing. Read them and be entertained, just be aware that you might end up stopping before the series is properly concluded.I will read the next one, simply because I want it to be great. I want Shepherd to rescue this series and these characters. Please Shepherd, if you are reading this, please save your work. It is capable of so much more. Have Fun Reading. N.B. This is a really stilted and poor review. I am sorry. I just hope that it is seen as a reflection upon the poor quality of the book it reviews.

  • Unwisely
    2019-05-16 10:28

    Man, I keep reading these books, and being frustrated by the copy editing. (Just because the word is spelled correctly and has similar letters doesn't make it the right word, argh.) But I continue to buy these books - yes, I own the whole run - because there is a Pretty Good Book aching to get out of all of these books. (If only someone could put in *question marks*. Or to remind the author that Kris is still injured after the first 50 pages.)The story arc with the teenager is not nearly as annoying as last time. I *did* have trouble keeping everyone's computer's names straight - there's a lot of characters, with the doubling. But some things moved forward (although some didn't). Minor plot annoyances, but nothing too drastic happened. Although if Jack marries someone outside the core group, I am pretty sure I *will* quit the series, gods. But...as yet I guess I'm still reading them.

  • Barb in Maryland
    2019-05-23 14:24

    Well, I swore after the last one that I was giving up on the series. But I do believe I am addicted. This one wasn't so much a DNF as a totally skimmed to catch the plot points and to see what's happening with the characters.I did get frustrated though--and this is a problem with a long running series where you only get one episode a year--I have forgotten a lot of what happened in earlier books. For the most part that's okay, but I am fairly certain that Kris was more grown-up several books ago that she appeared to be in this one.Oh well--this mission was rather a bit of fluff--let's hope the next one has more meat.

  • Bob
    2019-05-14 13:26

    Popcorn! Nutritionally worthless, mostly air, ... but irresistibly tasty! Every time I finish a "Longknife", I swear I won't waste my time on another. I say the same thing after every bag of popcorn.

  • Dan
    2019-05-23 16:28

    Quite good, the whole series is truly enjoyable.

  • Steven Allen
    2019-05-14 11:36

    This was another excellent book in the Kris Longknife space opera series. We see Kris learn some hard facts about the sacrifice of command, and living with the consequences of choices while in command. This book also features more about Cara and her Aunt Abby (Kris's "maid".) Action is spread throughout this book, although there are some slow spots where things get a bit tedious with political wrangling.

  • Freyja
    2019-04-22 15:46

    Another high action novel with some nervous-making spots. He really kept me tense and slightly grossed out in a spot or two (I hate slavers too). Yet another must-read.

  • Russ Holthaus
    2019-05-20 10:35

    Frenemies working on solutionsGreat read while combining the to family navy and marine compliments in settlement of pirates. Well enjoyable and onward to the next one.

  • Mieneke
    2019-04-25 13:49

    Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife series was one of the first SF series I read and liked. I fell in love with the main character, unsurprisingly named Kris Longknife and her merry band of... what shall we call them, compatriots? Soldiers? Employees? Let's go with friends, because the main supporting cast are Kris' friends, sometimes despite their own best judgement. The books are filled with fun characters whose snark and humour tickle my funny bone and I really love the dialogues and interactions in the Longknife books. Every book is its own separate adventure, while at the same time advancing the over-arching story. Books can be read as a standalone but you lose out on some of the in-jokes. Redoubtable, the latest instalment of the series, is no exception to the rule and didn't disappoint.As in previous books the reader literally gets dropped into the action. If there is one thing Shepherd writes well it's action scenes. The book gets going and just keeps rolling at breakneck speed. Shepherd doesn't shy away from showing the atrocities of war and the bad guys in the first act of the book are pretty horrible. But the gore and horror only truly come out in the second part of the book, when Kris takes out the second pirate base. The famine, treatment of the slaves and the callous disregard for live is chilling. Shepherd might write military SF, but at no point and in no way does he glorify war. He does celebrate the camaraderie, loyalty and bravery of Kris' troops, who consist of both Navy and Marine personnel.In between the big action-filled confrontations, we do get to breathe during several more political sequences where Kris has to deal with the consequences of her military actions. While good and bad are clearly delineated in almost black and white, there are also some grey areas and characters that are explored and in this book we get a further look at the Greenfeld area of space and at Lieutenant Victoria Smythe-Peterwald in particular. I like how she and Kris more or less bond of being scions of ruling houses and the drawbacks to growing up as such. We see both young ladies growing up, Vicky being tutored by Admiral Krätz and Kris through being through out to swim on her own by her Grampa Ray, though she's helped by her friends. I like how Kris is taking responsibility for the people around her, even going so far as thinking of ways to convince them to stay behind, so they'll be safe.I was disappointed that we didn't get to see more of the Iteeche, the alien race humans fought decades ago in a crippling war, as I really wanted to know what was going on there! I found the Iteeche story arc in the previous book, Undaunted, so cool and I had expected to get back to that instead of having a sort of in-between adventure. I can understand that it would be necessary to cement alliances within the Greenfeld territories, but hopefully the next book will go back to advancing the Iteeche story arc. And I hope we'll see more of Nelly and her kids. I LOVE Kris' AI computer and the way that she is slowly developing her own character and becoming a true separate entity.Despite my disappointment at the lack of Iteeche action, I did love the book! If you are looking for an entertaining read you can't go far wrong with a Kris Longknife book and Redoubtable is a great addition to the Longknife universe. I can't wait for the next instalment, Daring, in November!

  • Hali Sowle
    2019-05-13 09:44

    Another fine entry into the Kris Longknife series. This book sees Kris out in the rim of space, still recovering from landing on a mine (surprisingly not meant for her) and in much more fragile health than any other book. Denied the, reasonable she thought, request to go find out what lurks out beyond the rim of space with her new friend the Itchee Ron, she is instead tasked with something much more thankless - to head out to "Sooner" space and try to find out and stop the pirates that are preying on the "sooners" or refuges that have inhabited the marginal worlds on the rim of the known space. Oh, and Grampa, or rather King, Ray would appreciate if she wouldn't start an interstellar war with the Greenfield alliance world run by the Peterwalds, the age old enemies of her family and their alliance of planets - the United Sentients. The book opens with newly minted Lieutenant Commander Kris's ship The Wasp (newly outfitted and beefed up with more Boffins, Marines and Navy personal, arms and armour thanks to Grandpa Ray and Admiral Crossfield) and the rest of her squadron (a bit of a side note here - in a nod to the "Lost Fleet" series the other ships in her PacRon 10 squadron are named after the major ships in that series and the Captain of the "Dauntless" is named Jack Campbell after the author himself. That series is a great read as well) acting as pirate bait between bringing famine relief to the Sooner worlds. The Wasp is entering orbit above a Sooner world called Kaskatos when a pirate obliges and tries to board her, the action is pretty fast and furious but the pirates are the least of Kris's problems, what she finds down on the surface of the world below turns the stomach of some of the hardened marines in her command. But Kris has to walk the fine line between saving the people of this world and worry that by "liberating" the people of Kaskatos she is not giving offense to the Peterwalds and the Greenfield alliance to which the world belongs. The book just picks up from there with Kris meeting up again with her old nemesis Vicky Peterwald, much more mature and savvy and if you thought that Kris alone could get into trouble, just imagine what she could do when working with Vicky. But we see Kris growing up as she begins to make decisions more appropriate a commander than a junior officer. From the opening fight to the search for Abby's niece to the final confrontation the book rocks along with Jack trying to prevent Kris from doing any further damage to herself and the rest of her crew working to keep up or stay one step ahead of Kris. I just wish there was more development of the supporting characters in the book they are beginning to feel very one dimensional to me.

  • Michael
    2019-04-29 10:35

    This is the 8th book in the Kris Longknife series by Mike Shepherd. Kris Longknife has been sent on a mission by her Grandpa, King Ray. Unfortunately it's not the mission she wants to be on. What she would like to do is to accompany Ron, a 4 legged, 4 armed and 4 eyed Iteeche, to investigate a mysterious star system which his people's scout vessels have attempted to visit several times only to disappear without a clue. Because the Iteeche are traditional enemies of humanity dating back some 80 years King Ray is hesitant to help them out. So he sends Kris and her crew on a very different mission. Kris is sent to rein in a bunch of pirates, slavers and other vagabonds who are preying on a swarm of refugees out beyond the Rim. It's a delicate situation. Wardhaven is part of a stellar confederation called the United Sentients. However, a lot of these Rim planets are likely to be claimed by the Greenfeld Empire. The empire's rulers, the Peterwald family, are old enemies of the Longknifes, so they aren't likely to take kindly to Wardhaven ships poking around on their borders. Kris Longknife's mission is to wipe out the riffraff and feed the starving without starting a costly interstellar war. As usual Kris manages to accomplish her mission but things never go as she has planned. Her maid Abby's sorta adopted daughter, Cara, is kidnapped by slavers and the mission turns into a rescue mission and Kris and her crew end up freeing a planet of slaves while rescuing Cara. This book is a great read with some really intense scenes. I recommend it to all fans of Military Science Fiction/Space Opera and fans of Mike Shepherd/Mike Moscoe.

  • Jean Poulos
    2019-04-25 17:34

    This is book eight in the Longknife series. Kris was promoted to Lieutenant Commander at the end of the last book and sent back to the Rim to patrol for pirates and watch the Greenfeld (Peterwald) territory. Kris is still healing from the wounds she received in the last book and Nelly is enjoying her new babies. Kris is disappointed because she wanted to go hunting for what is happening to the lost ships in book 7. She is now in command of a small fleet of pirate hunters.Kris arrives to help Kaskatos, a planet suffering from a famine but before she can help the inhabitants she must deal with renegade soldiers stealing what little food there is on the planet. To add further problems for Kris the planet is technically in Greenfeld territory and outside Kris’s jurisdiction. Now she must carry on political negotiation with the Peterwald, on top of helping the planet dealing with pirates and so on. There is less interaction between crew members in this story and more about the Kris and the Peterwald family. Kris and Vicky continue to work on a friendly relationship. Abby’s niece Kara is kidnapped Kris and Vicky join forces to search and rescue Kara.As with the prior books in the series this book has lots of action, suspense and witty dialogue. The pace is very fast and Shepherd is good with the battle scenes. Kris has my favorite character in the book her personal computer “Nelly” and now the addition of “Nelly’s babies.” The personal computers are designed by Nelly for Kris’s key crewmen. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Dina Pearlman continues her excellent narration of the series.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-18 14:43

    I have enjoyed each of the Kris Longknife books. She is an intreging character faced with some tough moral an ethical societal issues. I like how she processes through them to try and find the right moral choice. As the series has grown the characters have grown as well which is pleasing. I enjoy the contrasting worldviews between Peterwald and Longknife territories and the looks into socialism, totalitarianism and the contrast with a free market system. The pressing need for free market systems to work is moral character and without it socialism or higher control systems begin to look viable. But are they really? I also enjoy the mixture of politics, military and public record are handled. Often times the military sees one thing and then it is officially handled and communicated totally differently with various politcal interest in mind. I look forward to the next book and the further maturation of the cast of characters.

  • ♥ Ashleigh ♥contrary to popular belief i'm not actually mad!
    2019-05-17 13:48

    it took me a while to get into this book but by the end of Redoubtable I have to say I was rather enjoying it. I only had a few issue's with this book, the biggest is prob that I was CONSTANTLY told had bad ass Kris was, which got annoying real quick, the second thing was how often they called her princess, I got it no need to say it a thousand times.so overall a pretty good book, being that this is apparently book 8 in the series I'll go hunt down the first book and enjoy in the adventure from the start.the multiple POV was pretty entertaining as well, got to see a bit more of the world through other peoples 'view'oh also a heads up to anyone planning on reading this the details can be pretty graphic, which I loved but some people may find .... ahhh upsetting to their stomachs. lol.

  • Colleen Helme
    2019-05-22 10:44

    At first I didn't know what "Redoubtable" meant - so after looking it up in the dictionary I decided that the title was exactly right. It mean a formidable opponent. And Kris Longknife certainly lives up to that name. This book had tons of action, lots more than the last in the series. Some of it was a little gory though, but in worlds without laws and morals... you get the picture. This series is still going strong, but I can't help but be disappointed that there is absolutely NO romance involved. I know Kris cares for Jack and he for her - but it is absolutely going nowhere. Maybe in the next book...

  • Clare
    2019-04-29 13:33

    In a spirited and fun science fiction romp, Mike Shepherd takes us along with Princess Kris Longknife and her troop of marines in a hunt for space pirates. Don't worry - despite the noble title, Kris is no coddled damsel. Recently promoted to Lieutenant Commander, she is there to get a job done - one that usually involves explosives, bullets, subterfuge, and political wrangling.See the rest of my review at:http://sciencefictionmusings.blogspot...

  • Joe Slavinsky
    2019-05-02 17:42

    What can I say? This is book #8, in the "Kris Longknife" series, which just keeps getting better. This is some great military space opera. Lots of derring-do from our intrepid princess/lieutenant commander, and her ever-growing crew. Battling pirates, and politics, Kris saves a planet from starving, and a young member of her crew from slavery. All in a day's work, with lots of explosive action, in a fast paced plot. This is one series, that any self-respecting military science fiction fan cannot afford to pass up.

  • Andreas
    2019-05-11 15:37

    In this, the 8th book of the series, Kris Longknife is still aboard the scoutship Wasp, now in command of a squadron of scoutships with a vague exploratory and anti-pirating mission "beyond the rim". They come across a planet taken over by thugs, then move on to more serious problems.While it does move the macrostory of Kris, Vicky and the Iteechee connection forward ever so slightly, this book doesn't really have much more than some half-decent action stories. Still fun if, like me, you are by now into Kris Longknife, but not unforgettable by any means.http://www.books.rosboch.net/?p=592

  • John Carter McKnight
    2019-05-08 10:36

    Filler. It doesn't advance the arc plot that the previous book set up, but it's an entertaining by-the-numbers entry in a fun series. Of all the gung-ho but humble female naval officers who populated 1990s pulp sci-fi, Kris is a survivor, due to a light tone and a fun supporting cast. The tone here is darker, as Kris goes up against slavers, but the cast shines.Kris and Vicki really need to hook up: the UST is thick enough to cut with a knife, though I seriously doubt it's the author's intention. A Longknife/Peterwald co-imperium would solve a lot of problems...

  • Stephen Graham
    2019-04-30 11:41

    This is more of a coherent novel than the past several entries. Shepherd does indulge in mixing ground tactics, melodrama and ship action. For most of the novel, Kris is acting more as a commanding officer than as a supernumerary Marine officer. This is an improvement. The villains are still more cartoons than characters - pirate behaviors mostly don't make sense. Hopefully, the series will continue to move towards exploration.

  • Robin
    2019-05-17 10:21

    Pirate hunting in high space. Kris hardly gets threatened in this one - only a nearly broken ankle and almost being incinerated by a space laser - but was in no real danger. Appears to be setting up for a Longknife/Peterwald/Iteechee alliance against the at yet unknown threat in deep space. Looking forward to more in this series

  • Nancy
    2019-05-18 16:41

    This enjoyable series maintains its pace with Lt. Commander Kris Longknife chasing space pirates. She doesn’t expect to ally with her longtime rival, the Peterwald family, but when her mission takes her into their territory, she has no choice. Terrorists, slave traders, and drug lords become her target in this latest fast-paced episode.

  • Andrew
    2019-04-30 13:40

    Good book, space pirates and dead slavers what else can you want out of life. This book is like the interlue before things are about to really kick off. You see it there by the end for sure, It was a good book and it is what was needed to have some forward motion. While not my favorite book of the series it was good none the less and i enjoyed reading it.

  • Nathan
    2019-05-15 09:40

    Kris Longknife has a new promotion and new responsibilities - With those responsibilities come a less direct involvement in events and a greater involvement through proxies and in politics.It's a good evolution and I look forward to what comes next for the heroine.

  • Roberta
    2019-04-22 15:21

    I looked the book but the ending was abrupt and felt unfinished. The laughs were good as was the action. I liked the growing friendship between Kris and Vicky. Anyways, it gets four because of the ending. The book could have gone another 100 pages and I'd have been happy.

  • Ron Holmes
    2019-05-20 12:41

    Just finished the latest in this series. Mike Shepherd always has enough military information and twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. I have liked all the books, eight now. It is a recommended read of the series if you like science fiction.

  • T J
    2019-04-25 14:51

    Kris Longknife is still hurting from her last attach but out beyond the rim still is filled with pirates and looks like another long time before she can rest easy. Mike Shepherd has not let me down yet. Love these books.

  • Dee
    2019-05-16 13:37

    Technically a 3.5* but rounding up. It was good stuff but it felt a bit like filler - a sort of bridge between books to show us how Vicky joins us and getting us ready for the next big story arc progression.

  • Lou
    2019-05-14 11:37

    More of a 3.5 really, but not 4 stars for me. Enjoyable enough, but felt very much like a bridge to what will presumably be the big threat in the next book.