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VINE VOICEon 25 November 2012
Shepherd, Mike: Kris Longknife - Furious (2012)

Mike Shepherd has really shown his gift for writing this time. Furious is one of those read-through novels that just grips you and does not let you go. The whole Kris Longknife serious is fun to read. It leaves you with a sense of having enjoyed a tale of adventure bringing Kris (the main character) into some incredibly unlikely scenarios. But if you take away all of the science fiction and just focus on the story, it is about the age-old question of peace and war. How do you keep the peace between nations when there are so many conflicting points of view and goals?

Well, history has shown us time and again that we don't. Not unless we find a common enemy, someone we can join together in fighting. So the circle of war and peace becomes a neverending process that gives us a breather every once in a while.

Kris is now being punished the events and her decisions in Daring. I just discovered I haven't written anything about Mike Shepherd yet. I'll just have to remedy that.

Anyways. Kris and her crew have been shipped off to undesireable places in the Union in an attempt to castrate their ability to create trouble. But trouble isn't something that avoids Kris. Rather it tends to send its tentacles off in search of the princess in an attempt to place her in life-threatening situations. There are a couple of those in this novel. Saving her own life and the lives of others seems to be a fate that Kris simply is not able to avoid.

Furious was a fun read. There was tension, humour, romance and a sense of enjoyment from the author's side.

Mike was super-adorable when he wrote about "that" arriving in this novel. The way he avoided the word "period" was sweet. I don't know if that is a US trait, but it is kind of cute when people avoid words dealing with bodily functions.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 December 2012
Tenth volume in the Kris Longknife series of military science fiction novels.

This one contains very little exposition that new readers might latch onto, so they should start with Mutineer (Kris Longknife Novels) instead.

Regular readers of the series, please read on.

This volume runs for three hundred and sixty pages and is divided into short chapters.

It picks up a short while after the end of the previous volume, which saw several changes in the status quo of the series. And Kris being moved sideways by her superiors.

As this one starts, she is alone on a new world in a dull role and seeking solace in drinking.

But the alien threat from the past few books is still out there. But who else can save the world? again. Old friends need her help. Others want her to answer for past actions.

As ever, she can't stay out of trouble. And her life is about to change. Again.

There's precious little action in this volume, as the first half concerns itself with more of an espionage style. While Kris and friends have to deal with a certain something others would like to find her. Some for good reasons. Others not so much. This does really take about eighty pages to get going but it does suddenly become as throughly readable as ever after that.

There is a very involving set piece in the middle of it all. And some chapters told from the viewpoint of an investigator who turns out to be quite an appealing character.

A strength of this volume is the way it shows the effect that Kris has had on people whom she has come into contact with. Both directly and indirectly. Producing some surprising results.

After this first part of the story is dealt with she is forced into a difficult choice which leads to her having to answer for some past actions. The world on which this half of the book takes place is an interesting creation, drawing on a certain part of Earth culture [and for once the cover of the book does bear a slight relation to events in it] this all leads to some very involving legal drama, which offers some good moral food for thought.

The status quo of the series is then changed again right at the end. Leading to an excellent and very surprising cliffhanger.

This isn't quite a five star entry in this range because it's a bridging novel that exists to move the series along and to resolve some things whilst setting up others. But to the credit of the writer it doesn't shy away from making any changes permanent. And there are moments that will make anyone who has followed the characters of this series all this way smile.

An effective and good read in a very good series. Which will continue in Defender (Kris Longknife Novels). If you like these books you'll be looking forward to it. And the cliffhanger will make you desperate to read it.
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on 20 March 2016
..Book 10 of the Kris Longknife saga, takes a little chill time, with our favorite princess, merely dodging the law, the WBI (the FBI of Wardhaven), several members of her own family.
So a relaxing and peaceful break, to wind down.
Well it would be if someone were not planning something of an epic scale level of stupidity, and they are not picking up the phone. Dodging home visits.
The old saw comes home to roost you can pick your friends not you relatives.
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on 18 November 2013
I've enjoyed this series so far, but this is weakest of the bunch. The protagonist now never faces with significant adversity, plus everyone who meets her automatically thinks she is the most wonderful person and gives her what she wants. By the end, without effort, she has exactly what she needs for the next book and everything is wonderful.

This felt like a shorter book than previous ones and a filler. I suspect the author has lost any fire for his creation and should maybe move on to something completely fresh.
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on 13 March 2013
I thought it was interesting the ways that things are getting more complicated for Kris Longknife as she grows older and more experienced plus it was good to see development in her own life. The ending of the book was a surprise, and does make me look forward to the next book in the series. More complications! Recommended to Kris Longknife fans and Science Fiction readers
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on 4 March 2016
Another excellent instalment.
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on 25 June 2013
This is a great series of books.... nice light read ...fast paced and lots of twists and turns ...great holiday read
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on 8 March 2013
Great change in pace.

Interesting change in direction, compared to her previous adventures, as Kris finds out she that she isn't some "Damn Longknife", but rather she has gathered alot of friends along the way.
Also she finally gets her 'Day in Court', where she can explain her actions.
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on 28 December 2013
i have not started to read this book yet as i am waiting to get the whole set of books
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on 13 January 2013
Furious continues the story and style from the Kris Longknife series. The familiar characters and the political plot builds further but I felt this episode lacked pace compared to someof its precursors.
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