A novella which is part of the Kris Longknife series of military science fiction novels. It's not a jumping on point for anyone new to the series. But if you're reading this you've doubtless read all the other books anyhow, so it won't be a problem.
It takes place towards the end of 'Kris Longknife: Daring' the ninth book in the series. Which should be read before you read this.
It's only available in Kindle/EBook format.
It's billed as running for eighty one pages. But some of that is an introduction from the writer, copyright notices, and a preview of the next book in the series. So really there's only sixty pages of story. Which is one long narrative with the occasional scene break.
At tne end of Daring, Kris's actions in the story didn't go down entirely well with her superiors. And this gives you the back story on that. Seen largely through the eyes of her great grandfather General Terrance Tordan, aka 'Trouble' it describes events from his perspective when Kris first reports in on her way home. Which has news media scrabbling for a story, and both they and the politicians desperate to know how to spin what they get.
With all that going on, an old marine has to be very careful about what he says, and has to play politics very carefully.
All of which is very convincing.
And might not do your blood pressure any good either.
Terrance is a good character, very convincing as a man who has lived a while and seen combat. And for fans of this series, it is an interesting look at a not entirely essential, but nonetheless interesting bit of story. You might have some sympathy for Ray Longknife at the end of it. As it does show the burdens that a soldier turned politician can come up against.
This is a short novella bridging the gap between books in the long running Kris Longknife sci-fi space opera series. This is set between book nine and ten so if you haven't read these first, I recommend you do as this is an ongoing series and will mean nothing to you otherwise.
This is the second short novella I have read in the Kris Longknife series (The first being Training Daze) and while the first was mildly entertaining I don't feel like it added all that much really. Welcome Home / Go Away however is a far superior experience. This short story doesn't really feature all that much of Kris but instead is about one of her grandfathers General Terrance "Trouble" Tordon. It runs slighlty parallel to the end of Daring with Kris having returned to human space and Trouble being rather worried about how she is and what happened to the fleet but having a lot of politics involved.
It's a good little read and I really liked General Trouble getting a bit of attention and it fits in really nicely with both events in Daring as well as leading up to events in Furious perfectly. If you're a fan of the series then this is actually a novella worth giving a shot to.
+ Doesn't focus on Kris, fleshes the cast out slightly. + General Tordon is a pretty interesting perspective and character. + Fits in perfectly with events/future events.
I have to admit, I read this in the bath. On my new Kindle Paperwhite, to make matters worse (well, it was cheaper than my iPad if I dropped it!). Anyhow, I finished it in one sitting, by which time the water was cold.
This novella re-tells the ending of Daring, but from the point of view of Grandpa Trouble on Wardhaven. It gives an interestingly different perspective from the normal Kris POV, and an insight into the politics and machinations that go on behind the scenes. I hope Mike writes more of these - it's been a fun little diversion while waiting for Furious :) (still not out for Kindle at the time of writing, although the paperback is out).