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.
Listen to another Kris Longknife adventure.
©2005 Mike Moscoe; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
I had read all of the Kris Longknife books previously (as e-books and paperbacks incidentally) and was re-reading the series as another appeared so thought I would try one as an audio book. It was a wise decision for I think I enjoyed this more than either paperback or e-book. There is sometimes tendency to 'speed read' certain parts of a particular book: you cant really do that with an audio book so, somehow, this seemed more interesting. I would recommend the story to anyone interested in space opera. It is well written, good characters, and interesting situations. It has made me want to listen to the other books in the series and to move to my other favourite space opera series, that of Honor Harrington.
So, finally, a good story read well - the female voice is a nice change for science fiction and soothing as well as interesting. If you have a mobile device (I have and iPAQ) you can even listen in the bath.
Someone is after Longknifes and the threads and whispers have 'Peterwald' on the label.
I enjoy Shepherds stories. There is plenty for your money; a story dependent on Grandpa Ray's back story sets up another hostage rescue (Kris will not abide kidnappers) flows through Kris' arrest and a wedding into a full space battle over Wardhaven. What I enjoy most are the way the characters develop through the book and the series.
My usual reservations for the narrator; listen to the sample first. (Trivia: the battle net song is "March of Cambeadth". It's on You Tube. Don't play around young children or they'll start singing the chorus at inapropriate moments!) Those of a sensative disposition may need tissues.
"How many of them can we make die?"
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Defiant starts out like Down Periscope. The Navy promotes Kris to command an experimental ship full of misfits no one else wants. Things change when Kris is arrested. Mike Shepherd describes the arrest with so much feeling and emphasis, I expected the trial to be a focal point. This changes when Kris is sent on a diplomatic mission to a planet Hikila (planet Hawaii), which turns into a hostage/terrorist situation. Sadly, very little of the book is 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 great. Mike Shepherd uses that third-person narration to present us with the enemy sans-Kris, making him more realistic and the conflict more suspenseful. Around 5 hours to the end of the book, I had a feeling in the pit of my stomach you get when you are a few hours away from giving a big speech. 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.
While I liked Dina Pearlman’s reading of the first two books, I had issues this one. Her reading after they land on Hikila slows down and becomes over-emphasized which makes it 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 fight. He quotes all the lyrics, and gives it a fake history. Kris and her crew screaming along to it. They even shoot on the song’s command! And Dina Pearlman reads the lyrics with the cadence you use when playing “patty cake” with a toddler.
"A page turner"
This is book three in the Longknife series. In this episode Kris faces the imminent threat to her planet. Kris is accused of stealing fund 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. Dina Pearlman narrated the story.
"Love the book, hate the performance."
This is one of my favorite books, which I've read several times, but Dina Pearlman reads it like she's a struggling sixth grade reader. She adds pauses in the wrong places, sometimes changing the meaning of a sentence. And she obviously hasn't heard the song that is quoted significantly throughout the last third of the book. It gets to the point that it's almost painful to listen to.
I love reading the book, especially the last third, which is the battle.
Again, Dina Pearlman reads this like she's struggling to read, putting in pauses where none belong, sometimes changing the apparent meaning of a sentence, and the "March of Cambreath" is badly read. It's obvious she's never heard it. Also, sometimes her voice for Sandy Santiago is too close to her voice for Kris, and it's hard to tell who's saying what at times.
Please get someone else to re-record this book. I'll be returning it until then.
Continues to be fast paced with unique problem solutions and exhibiting the dedication that can be found in the human race when the pressure is on.
"It just keeps getting better!"
Listening to the Kris Longknife saga to me is a real treat. During the last sale on 1st in series, I needed to find something new to follow. I chose 5 different series titles, but the Longknife saga is proving I made the right selection to follow. Sure, the narration could be a little better, but it's not all that bad. The character are developing very well and it's easy to get lost within any of these stories. Defiant brought both good and bad. We say goodbye to some well liked characters, but the plot thickens with the a rival clan. I LOVE IT! This is a great listen and I strongly suggest this to anyone. Keep them coming Mike. Please.
"Nice uncomplicated story,"
I wished it had ended a little differently. I am looking forward to the next part of the story
"REALLY weak story, good reading"
This book is for somebody that want war scenes from space, with no attempt to realism.
Dina Pearlman is great at what she does - gives life to a unusually boring story. She does it so well that it keeps me listening and wanting to get through it so I dont loose the thread in the next book. Excellent work!
I would not cut any characters, they are well described, realistic and greatly described.
This boot is an fine example of what happens when a good writer get stuck in a thin storyline. The plot is weak, the author would benefit from help / external impulses when sketching the storyline.
The author have gotten into what I call Agatha Christies problem: The ability to write is so good that the storyline sometimes suffer greatly.
This series is developing into a really entertaining story!
A must read for fans of Honor Harrington, or the Vetta's War series.
"Next chapter in the Longknife saga"
This was the next chapter in the kris Longknife saga. It is essentially three stories in one that lead into each other. The only drawback to this book was a slight predictability to the story. Very well written and narrated. A definite must have for anyone reading the series. If you are new to the series don't start here, start at the first book and read them all!
"Strong finisher, but poor narration"
Shepherd has a tendancy to focus more on political nuances and makes action scenes brief and unfulfilling and this certainly holds true for the first half of the book. The second half picks up a bit, however I think you could have condensed a good 4 hours of playtime out of it.
Dina is consistently adding inflections and additional punctuation to her narration, as some have mentioned on this series already. Additionally, it seems like half her characters have very whiny high pitched voices, which detract greatly from the enjoyment of the book. It really seems like she's trying too hard to differentiate every individual characters voice, no matter how how important they are.
The ending was quite emotional.
While I have enjoyed this series so far I find myself unsure if I want to continue it at this point, maybe with a more stable narration it wouldn't feel a bit like work to slog through the lulls.
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