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Move over, Honor Harrington and Esmay Suiza -- here comes Kris Longknife, military science fiction's newest butt-kicking female hero! Mike Shepherd's debut novel, Kris Longknife: Mutineer, features the headstrong daughter of a powerful prime minister who, against her parents' wishes, enlists in the marines.
The great-granddaughter of legendary military heroes, Kris has a long way to go to live up to the illustrious Longknife name -- but being courageous often means ending up dead, especially in the uneasy political environment of colonies on the verge of civil war. Motivated to join the marines by the guilt of seeing her little brother murdered when she was a child, Kris wants nothing more than to aid innocent people in need of help. She gets plenty of opportunities to do just that as she is sent on one perilous mission after another. She leads a unit that saves a kidnapped girl from a group of thugs who are inexplicably armed to the gills with cutting-edge technology. Then she is sent to a remote agrarian planet to help communities of farmers who have been devastated by natural disasters, plagues, and roaming bands of criminals. One detail eventually becomes clear: Someone -- or some organization -- is trying very hard to kill Kris.
Fans of Elizabeth Moon's Serrano Legacy novels (Once a Hero, Rules of Engagement, Change of Command, et al.) and David Weber's epic Honor Harrington saga should give this author a try. Kris Longknife: Mutineer is high-powered military science fiction with an atypical enemy of humankind: ourselves. Paul Goat Allen