Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

by Kristine Smith

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Code of Conduct by Kristine Smith

Captain Jani Kilian's life should have ended in front of a firing squad. Instead, she evaded battlefield justice by dying in a transport crash. End of story, according to official Commonwealth Service records.

But doctors repaired her in secret, using the most advanced Service Medical technologies available, or so they assured her. In the last days of the idomeni civil war, she escaped their homeworld of Shèrá, and spent the next 18 years on the run.

But someone like Jani leaves a trail no matter how hard they try to hide it, and she soon learns the Service hunt for her never ended. When Interior Minister Evan van Reuter, her former lover, tracks her down and begs her help in finding his wife's killer, she has no choice but to agree.

The search takes her to the Commonwealth capital of Chicago, a hotbed of political intrigue as dangerous as any warzone. As the danger mounts, so do Jani's struggles. Her rebuilt body is breaking down, and memories long suppressed are flooding back. Of one horrible night 18 years ago, and the gut-wrenching decision that changed her life forever.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157929336
Publisher: BookView Café
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Series: The Jani Kilian Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 116,098
File size: 852 KB

About the Author

Kristine Smith is the author of the Jani Kilian series and a number of science fiction and fantasy short stories, and is a winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She worked as a pharmaceutical process development scientist for 26 years, but now writes full-time. Find out more at her website:

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Code of Conduct (Jani Kilian Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Captain Jani Killian has been on the run for eighteen years. Trained as an expert in the ways of the alien idomeni, she committed the treasonable offense of taking sides in an idomeni civil war. Presumed dead after a transport crash, she was actually hidden and patched together by a trio of doctors using experimental technology. Now she is found by her former lover, Evan van Reuter, who is the current Interior Minister. He wants her to use her expertise to investigate the death of his wife. Jani agrees to maneuver through the bureaucracy in the heart of the Interior Ministry. But the deeper she digs into the secrets surrounding Lyssa's death, the more she wonders if she is being set up to fail, and by whom? In the meantime the Exterior Ministry is hot on her trail and so is her idomeni teacher Tsecha. Jani's investigation turns into a struggle for survival as she tries to evade capture as she deals with the progressive breakdown of her patchwork body. The characters are well-drawn and have complex, hidden motivations. The plot is definitely more character-driven than future-technology driven, but Smith includes some intriguing ideas about the importance of 'smart' documents. Code of Conduct is a surprisingly fast and action packed read, considering the fact that a good portion of the book involves chasing down paper trails and documentation. The author has created an intriguing alien culture and throws out little tidbits about their religion and social structures. Likewise, Jani's troubled past is meted out in spoonfuls through flashbacks. It's almost a tease in a way; leaving you wanting to know a lot more about the idomeni than is revealed in this first book by Smith. I like finding a universe that I want to visit again in other books, so this was a plus for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story that deals with emotions as well as actions. The backstory really helps make the present story come to life. All the characrers have flaws as do we so the book works on several levels. This story unfolds unlike so many modern writings and probably as many authors wish they could unfold their own books. Enjoyable! JC
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great, original SciFi novel. Well developed characters. Very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A memorable heroine, fully realized and believable future setting, aliens that are as intriguing as the humans, and complex plot that hold up on rereading. Not a lite and brite, though.
Anonymous 22 days ago
I enjoyed this book with its glimpses into an alien culture and strong female lead. Will be interesting to see what happens in subsequent books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dang nabbit! Even though I couldnt figure out exactly what the main character actually did, I STILL totally enjoyed the reading! How crazy is that? How terrific a writer must the author be to pull it off and still get me to give top star review! DMB
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You learned what was in the beginning very confusing but it definitely kept you enthralled and curious to see what happened next. Interesting how the world blended totally disparate cultures and personalities into a fascinating culture. I like the main characters and could solidly connect and identify with the heroine. Very well done. Hard to put down. Paced well and believable.
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A muddled, middling piece of fiction. Could have been much better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first in the series. Believable and engaging characters, motives, intrigue, aliens and worlds, presented in an intense high speed whirl. Just try to read fast enough to keep up.