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4.0 out of 5 stars Before Kris
Fans of military science fiction novels will probably be familiar with the Kris Longknife series, by Mike Shepherd.[ If not, see Mutineer (Kris Longknife Novels)]

Prior to the start of that series, though, the writer published a few other novels, under a pen name, that are also military science fiction, and which take place in the same future history...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed "average" to me.....
Good space battles between ships, but some of the physics involved seemed "wrong" to me. Maybe I shouldn't gripe about physics in a book involving FTL space flight, but when a ship accellerates at 3 gees for several days, it should have to decellerate at the same rate for the same time as well. Too often the ships just seem to come to a stop, or at least...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Kris, 14 July 2013
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This review is from: The First Casualty (Mass Market Paperback)
Fans of military science fiction novels will probably be familiar with the Kris Longknife series, by Mike Shepherd.[ If not, see Mutineer (Kris Longknife Novels)]

Prior to the start of that series, though, the writer published a few other novels, under a pen name, that are also military science fiction, and which take place in the same future history setting.

This is a reissue of the first of those. It does feature Ray Longknife, better known from the Kris books as her grandfather. Since it takes place a fair few years before the start of her series, this is Ray back when he was a serving soldier and before he had children or got into politics.

It runs for three hundred and twenty five pages, and is divided into seventeen chapters. It's one of those books that is pretty much self contained, but leaves the door open for more involving the characters at the end. There are two more books in this particular series which follow it.

At the start of the book, Earth and it's colonies are at war. Earth is under the control of business interests. And the colony of Wardhaven is ruled by the Unity party. Who aren't much better.

Various combatants are caught in the middle of all this. Such as Mary Rodrigo and Mattim Abeeb, an asteriod miner and a pilot who have been forced to fight for Earth. Ray is a colonial major, and is in the middle of a relationship with Rita, a pilot.

Ray, Mattim and Mary are all viewpoint characters, and the narrative will jump between them for various scenes.

The book begins with them on opposite sides in the fight for a planet. It does rather throw the reader into the middle of the situation and it can take a moment to pick up and work out what is going on and who is who and who is on what side. But Mary and Ray do from the off come over as rather strong characters. The former a draftee who is finding she's quite good at what she does. This makes it decent enough reading once you get into it.

The pace does sag a bit in the middle though, as Mattim doesn't quite grab as much as the other two. However, as the book goes along and characters come together and various plot lines play out, all of which force them into making very tough moral decisions, it does become a much more involving read. Leading to a pretty decent resolution.

There are some bits of strong language and scenes of an adult nature. At heart this tries to be about ordinary people caught up in bigger events and how they can try and make a difference to those. In that respect it is quite effective.

It does have some well handled combat scenes also.

This possibly won't convert anyone to the writer's work if they haven't read a Kris Longknife book. But for those who have it's a welcome reissue and an interesting read, and worth a look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good war story in space., 5 April 1999
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This review is from: The First Casualty (Mass Market Paperback)
Moscoe has a nice clean writing style that provides just the right level of detail to form his universe and the fighting situations. I enjoy a good sci-fi war story and the author provides it. The central characters are divided between a ground based marine fighting unit and a ship based "naval" unit, and the two story lines merge to climax a good tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 17 Jun 2014
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Brilliant story...good holiday read
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed "average" to me....., 4 July 1999
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This review is from: The First Casualty (Mass Market Paperback)
Good space battles between ships, but some of the physics involved seemed "wrong" to me. Maybe I shouldn't gripe about physics in a book involving FTL space flight, but when a ship accellerates at 3 gees for several days, it should have to decellerate at the same rate for the same time as well. Too often the ships just seem to come to a stop, or at least the author doesn't describe that several days of braking were involved. Minor gripe? Possibly, and I for one could have done without the sappy and cliche drama of Major Longknife and his wife as well. It's an okay book if you're just looking for some mindless entertainment, but thought-provoking, it is not.
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