Kris Longknife

Kris Longknife

Undaunted

Book - 2009
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When an alien race warns them that an unidentifiable force is roaming the galaxy, destroying everything in its path towards human space, Kris Longknife and her crew must take on new roles in order to combat this unknown threat.
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2009
Edition: Ace mass-market edition
ISBN: 9780441017867
044101786X
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC SHEPHER 2009
Characteristics: 353 pages ; 18 cm
Alternative Title: Undaunted

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scorge30
Sep 18, 2017

An unexpected forced convalescence has allowed to pick up on my reading of my favorite space opera series.

I like how Kris Longknife's character is maturing and learning. In this book I also like that Kris is not necessarily the focus of the assassination attempt. It is also nice to see at least one planet where Kris is welcome to come back, unlike many others were she is <i>persona non grata.</i>

Lots of politics in this book and the action does not start until about the middle of the book where stuff finally starts blowing up and the Marines demonstrate just how non-deadly they can be (a rarity for Marines in my experiences).

As usual Kris gets stuck in the middle, and nearly dies because she ditched her protection detail. But if she hadn't ditched her protection detail, then most of them would have died because they were not wearing armor unlike Kris.

Some really stupid business choices in this book as well. A whole planet that refuses to build a space station, because that would allow other ships to dock and open trade and competition for goods on the planet. Ignoring a market out of spite is not sound business principles, but then neither is blowing up the opposition.

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mammothhawk229e
Aug 13, 2017

Funny that Longknife wasn't targeted for assassination at cowboy & industrialist world.
Kris Longknife stumped on her grandfather waffled on alien diplomat news on their scouts never return home.

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ScorchingSun
Jul 17, 2011

Finally more drama and less wallowing in technical details. A glimpse into the mystique of the Longknife legend.

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20KBT10
Feb 14, 2011

Once again, a fantastic read! A little less gun blazing (but still plenty), a little more diplomacy (a dance of words hoping to prevent the guns-a-blazing), and more insights on human nature—just easier to swallow when it's fictional!

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