From the New York Times bestselling author of the Kris Longknife series comes a military science fiction adventure featuring Vicky Peterwald...
Vicky Peterwald is no longer just the heir apparent to an imperial dynasty. She survived naval training and proved her mettle in combat to help the starving people of the ravaged world of St. Petersburg. Now, she is truly a Grand Duchess, leading a growing battle fleet in a rebellion against the tyranny of her stepmother, the Empress.
Determined to stop her spoiled stepdaughter’s betrayal from upsetting the balance of power within the Peterwald Empire, the Empress is leading her own armada to St. Petersburg, intent on killing Vicky and every soul on the planet that gave her refuge.
But Vicky is her father’s daughter, and it would be a grave mistake to underestimate her...
About the Author
Mike Shepherd is the New York Times bestselling author of the Kris Longknife series, including Defender, Furious, Daring, and Unrelenting, as well as the Jump Universe series, including To Do or Die and They Also Serve, and the Vicky Peterwald series, including Target and Survivor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The culmination of the trilogy that has Vicky Peterwald being reforged in the fires of conflict to a new level of maturity, while still retaining those unique personality traits that entertain us all.
Rebel by Mike Shepherd is the the 3rd book in his Vickie Peterwald series. This series was a different type of read for me. It is sort of sci fi space series with ships, planets and military. Vicky Peterwald is our heroine, having been introduced in Shepherd’s famous Kris Longknife series. The premise of this story has Vicky, now the Grand Duchess, Lieutenant Commander Victoria of Greefield gathering the Navy and other planets to support her rebellion again her step mother, The Empress, who is out to kill Vicky any way she can. The Empress has taken control of the Empire, and has become sort of a dictatorship; she wants Vicky out of the way. Having rallied the troops in the first two books of this series, and using her knowledge of battles that she learned from the infamous Longknife, Vicky is on course to fight the Empress and her many ships to save her own life, as well as all those planets trying to survive and return to the normal lives they had under her father. Vicky Peterwald is an unusual heroine, as she is fearless, very outgoing and sexual, but she is also smart and savvy, thereby winning over the Admirals to her side. This is not a standalone, and though it was not necessary, I did feel I was somewhat at a disadvantage not have read the Kris Longknife series. Do not attempt to read this unless you read at the first two books. This was confusing for me, but I did enjoy some of the humor, and did like Vicky. As we reach the climax, with Vicky just about face to face with the woman who is out to destroy her, we are left hanging. I am not sure if this series will continue under the Vicky Peterwald name or move this to continue under Kris Longknife. Rebel was an interesting and at times fun read, though not really my type of read. If you like sci fi, space and battles using much of the military terminology, then give this a try.