Defiant (Kris Longknife Series #3)

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As part of an agenda to oust her father from his political position, Kris Longknife is relieved of command. But when an alien enemy launches an invasion, she defies both government and military authority to lead a rag-tag fleet against the threat.

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Overview

As part of an agenda to oust her father from his political position, Kris Longknife is relieved of command. But when an alien enemy launches an invasion, she defies both government and military authority to lead a rag-tag fleet against the threat.

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Years ago, Kris Longknife turned her back on high society and fashion to become a marine. Then, as part of a plot to overthrow her prime minister father, she was drummed out of corps, only to return as a gutsy outlaw fighting to defend her planet. Fans of David Weber's Honor Harrington will love the strong female protagonist of this military sci-fi series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441013494
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2005
  • Series: Kris Longknife Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 308,122
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.68 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

"Mike Shepherd" is a pseudonym for Mike Moscoe. Moscoe, a former civil servant, lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife Ellen and now writes full-time. As Mike Shepherd, he has written the five very popular Kris Longknife military science fiction adventures, with more to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Fun,formulaic,fair to reader, Just how I like my escapism.

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  • Posted August 28, 2011

    Best so far

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    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.

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  • Posted April 30, 2010

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    Kris Longknife kicks butt, again!

    As a big fan of Elizabeth Moon's books, I saw her positive plug of Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife series & decided buy to the first one, 'Mutineer,' at our local B&N store a few weeks ago. Then went back a few days later to get the next one,'Deserter,' and then 'Defiant'... I must confess to having now read all 6 & can't wait for the next one to come out! 'Defiant' is one of the best in the bunch - overwhelming odds and lots (LOTS) of creative action in the unique Longknife planet-hopping universe (body paint & native customs inclusive!) Although Kris is a princess and daughter of the Prime Minister of Wardhaven, political upheaval causes her & her buddies (Jack, Abby, Tom & Penny....) to employ even more sneaky strategies than usual. Mike Shepherd packs so much in, merging serious SF military action with humor, twisting plots and creative use of PT boats against battleships. Highly recommend! If you like David Weber's Honor Harrington, you'll find that although Kris Longknife is a bit younger, she also knows how to kick butt!

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    Best in Series

    DEFIANT is my favorite in the entire series. I have read all of them from MUTINEER to INTREPID. DEFIANT keeps drawing me back time and again. It is better if you start with MUTINEER then read them in order. Each book can stand alone but background knowlege helps flesh out characters and reasoning behind choices made. I stayed up ALL NIGHT when I first purchased it to read in one sitting. The book stays in my tote and goes with me everywhere along with my current New read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2006

    Yay!

    When randomly browsing the tiny Sci-Fi section in my University bookstore, I noticed this book and decided to buy it. In the hour and a half I had before my next class I was astounded and amazed by this book. Kris is a brilliant heroine. She comes up with the solutions and ideas that are needed at the time. Mike Shepherd writes one heck of a good story. Since I hadnt read the previous two books about Kris I was a little wary that I would not know enough of the back story. However this book is good enough to stand alone but even better with the other books backing it up. I am ordering the other two books today.

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