Long-time readers of this series knew when reading Furious (Kris Longknife Novels)
you wouldn't be able to keep Kris down. So here we are picking up where that book left off, Kris finally meeting the bird people, The Alwans, and her Great-Grandmother Rita and of course there's unfinished business with the mysterious and blood-thirsty race first encountered in Daring (Kris Longknife Novels)
There's action at the beginning then the bulk of the book is taken up with; firstly assimilation between the US and Rita's colonists and Alwans; King Ray turns up to add some fireworks and ships for Kris; secondly the mechanics and management of putting a bunch of ships together into a fleet; thirdly "Kris and Jack" writ large .And then another battle with the aliens this time a well scripted fleet action. Of course things are left open ended.
On the face of it that might not sound a strong premise but this series has its own solid following, folks by now are in for the long haul as each book is a chapter in Kris' life, so Shepherd can afford at times to take the foot of the pedal and indulge in a bit of depth; details such as how you put a fleet together, get it into shape and sort out personnel issues. It's this all made interesting reading and sets up interesting possibilities for future books.
Not much of Abby in this one, Nellie's AI is way beyond the `A', Penny gets some rewards for being hauled about the galaxy by a Longknife and Jack gets a few pages to himself.
Another good addition and with enough `bits' of family history to make you want to good back to Shepherd's time as Mike Moscoe and the Jump Universe series.
Aside from the next Longknife book; on the horizon are books featuring Vicky Peterwald and Trouble/Ray in their younger days- can't wait.