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Kris Longknife has discovered that this desk job is not at all what she expected. Being desk bound hasn't even decreased the number of assassination attempts! Then Kris gets home to find her two kids playing with an Iteeche. Ron has come back to human space with a request. Should Kris take it? Can she finally get some straight answers for her Grampa Ray, King Raymond to most? Does she risk taking the kids into a situation with a whole lot of unanswered questions? Oh, and what can go wrong? Kris knows something will go wrong. Something always goes wrong.

©2017 Mike Moscoe (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • 22-07-17

Kris as Ambassador

Kris now has two children. She has been working at a desk job for King Raymond for the past five years on the home world. The assassination attempts have continued leaving Kris to wonder why. Ron arrives from Iteeche asking if Kris will be the Emissary to the Iteeche world. When Kris arrives on the Iteeche home world, she finds the kingdom is in civil war and she has been called in by the King to solve their problems.

This is apparently a transitional book and the first part of a trilogy. I have discovered that Shepherd has decided to break away from this long-time publisher and self-publish. The book is slow in getting started and there is more filler than in prior books of the series. I was hoping for more information and descriptions about the Iteeche home world, but maybe that is coming in future books. I miss a number of the old gang, but Abby and Kara are busy taking care of the children. The characters have continued to develop and have aged and evolved with the story. My favorite is Nelly, Kris’s artificial intelligence computer. It is taking me some time to adjust to Kris’s new role as Ambassador and diplomat. The diplomatic game is interesting, but there is still plenty of non-stop action both in space and on land.

The book is just over nine hours long. I am pleased to have the same narrator that has read the entire series, Dina Pearlman. Pearlman is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Trip Williams
  • 10-06-17

Book 15, And STILL Buying!

This is Book 15, and I'm STILL Happily Buying! If "Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" means anything, my money is saying A LOT about this series!

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  • Cortland Budin
  • 11-05-18

Below standard for the series

Without giving away spoilers, i will say that I was disappointed in this latest book in the series. It wasn't so much because this is a bad book, it's not. Frankly it is a decent book. It's just that previous books in the series were far better and it is very disappointing when quality goes down rather than remains the same or improve.

There are a number of areas things do not make sense to me in terms of the internal logic of the world that has been built. Additionally it felt like I've gotten half of a book. Rather than getting a sense of a cliffhanger it was more of a sense of this book being incomplete.

Finally, in terms of the audio presentation there is an irritating poor quality echo. Somebody needs to invest in a better recording studio setup. It sounds kind of like somebody recording into their laptop microphone rather than a professional recording. With that being said, I found the quality of the delivery in other respects to be decent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-04-18

An new arc intro, necessary - but not exciting

The biggest success is at the same time the biggest failure of 'Emissary': It starts a new arc after the previous book ended the storyline. To achieve this it moves the location and sets up a myriad of possible new problems for Kris to solve. By doing so it fails though to provide a satisfactory story on its own.

While the story has an internal arc each part leaves the reader unsatisfied. There is ship warfare but probably the most boring in the entire series. There is ground fighting but it is not only brief but also fails to have its own satisfactory resolution. Both open up potential avenues in future books but feel otherwise gratuitous.

All in all the end of the book left me curious where the story will go next, so I suggest it for everyone who is along for the whole series. while it would be an ok entry point it will leave any new reader utterly bored.

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  • Lance in Surf City
  • 22-02-18

Tinny, Echoing Recording Mars Strong Narration

The Kris Longknife series is a well-known quantity: over-the-top space opera featuring a strong female lead with appealing support characters. Dina Pearlman consistently delivers a strong, nuanced narration, with a panoply of distinctive voices. Unfortunately, the recording is hollow, tinny and echoing, distracting from the story and Dina’s performance.

Production values matter: Do better!

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  • Gwendolyn Moscoe
  • 31-01-18

A brand new arc with old friends and new!

Kris and Jack are back to take on a new adventure. Despite Kris' meteoric rise in the ranks of the US Navy, Shepherd is careful to limit her resources and sharpen her mission to ensure she's still at the tip of the spear and not relegated to some boring place just giving orders. She's in middle of the action which is important to keep the series exciting! For those who have followed the series since the beginning you'll be happy to see just a few old faces as well as some new ones. Shepherd wisely changes Kris' Scooby Crew to keep things fresh while still maintaining some familiarity. While other reviewers are correct when they say this is a 'setting up' book, there's still a space battle handled on a fresh way as well as several assassination attempts, one of which turns into full-on urban warfare with tanks. A very satisfying start to a new story from an author showing no signs of losing his touch.

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  • Cameron
  • 11-10-17

Mike Shepherd and Dina Pearlman deliver

Mike Shepherd and Dina Pearlman deliver again.
the Longknife saga continues to deliver. is there anything Kris cannot do?

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  • Hechtonchires
  • 19-07-17

This series is dying a slow death

I think its getting time for this series to end. The author has made Kris into such a Mary Sue that the twists he has to come up with to make anything seem like a challenge for the main character is ridiculous. For example the computer garbage he comes up with to escape/scar away an enemy fleet is ridiculous. How could their supposed allies trust an intelligent computer they don't control to "forget" the tech they are to had over when they are done? Get real. Also the "entourage" she is carrying around with her is ridiculous. Its like the excuses they come up with for worf to zhow up in a star trek movie but for like 4 or 5 characters. Put a fork in it Mike if you want to keep something going in this universe start with a new character and not admiral Santiago. That book mentioned or talked about Kris more than Santigo and Kris was barely in the bloody book.

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  • Michael
  • 11-07-17

3 or 4 chapters pulled into a novel.

I have been an ardent listener [and reader] of this series, the majority of which I have enjoyed. There have been one or two 'dips' in quality but generally the books are enjoyable. This one, I am afraid, was not! I appreciate that the author is 'setting up' a new story arc to allow more of the 'old' Kris [who had disappeared - or rather been promoted] than the 'Alwa' arc allowed [alien devils being beaten does get a little boring after a while!] She is set up for more space battles and difficult politicking and it was necessary to get to that point. I think that that could have been done in the first few chapters of a book - it should not take 45 chapters the majority of which were just Kris getting there. I wonder whether this was just padded out to give the author time to write the next few books - I do appreciate that writing books is NOT EASY so I can understand that but it still doesn't really excuse presenting 3 or 4 chapters as a full book.
Some reviews of the book mention inconsistencies and I did, on occasion, think 'this isn't right' and some behavior did not seem consistent with character. Hopefully that will be dealt with in the next book or two.
I will continue to listen to this series as, I believe, authors are allowed the odd dip in quality, especially when writing a series as involved and lengthy as that of Kris Longknife.
Not suitable as an introduction to the series but probably essential for regular readers.

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  • John C.
  • 05-07-17

Promising start flounders.

Maybe it's me but the last two of the authors books lack the plot excitement and story development of the previous books in the series. I found myself daydreaming and distracted through most of this one.