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4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars

VINE VOICEon 19 July 2005
Kris Longknife had no choice about growing up rich and pampered. When she did have a choice, she joined the Navy, thereby acquiring much needed abilities. When Kris' best friend vanishes, she boards the next ship to Turantic, the last place he was seen alive. But there's more to the rescue than meets the eye. Turantic is not only the most twisted hellhole in the galaxy, but it's also under quarantine because of a deadly plague. And after a sudden, suspicious loss of communication with the outside world, Kris realizes the length some enemies will go to for a life-threatening bait-and-trap. But she is willing to go even further - and deeper into Turantic's secrets - to survive.
So says the cover and this is pretty much what the book is about. I've enjoyed yet another strong heroine. This is a book I would recommend to any sci-fi/action fan.
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on 23 April 2015
Reasonably well written, though it would be nice if the editor had paid proper attention to the spelling and grammar, there isn't too much of it, but it does seem that the editor did their job half asleep judging by the silly mistakes they missed.

The whole 'one of those Longknifes' thing remains as stupid as ever, since the author does very little to substantiate the opinions he then ascribes to the majority of people. Her living family basically consists of 2 still living war heroes, an ex politician businessman and a popular politician (he keeps wining re-election), there are no black sheep in the family and no justification for the family apparently being seen as so untrustworthy.

The backstory of her maid is just so stupid. It's already got old in this book, but don't worry it continues for a few more yet. Basically, is she trustworthy? Don't know, but we don't have time to sit down and find out. Everyone repeatedly skips plans to get to the bottom of this mystery even as she is obviously hiding things. Also, if you find the cutesy 'mama Abby' way the maid refers to herself to be condescending drivel, rejoice, it continues for quite some time and doesn't get any better. In fact, nothing about the maid's character gets less irritating, ridiculous or stupid.

The Mary Sue nature of Kris continues, and remains as stupid as ever. She beats everyone and completes every mission successfully, even when she makes mistakes she comes out on top, and she never has to be saved by anyone else. Her companions are there to advise her against doing things that they know much more about but she does anyway and wins, every time. It got old in the first book, it's even older now,
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 August 2015
Though not the best books i've ever read I'm pretty addicted to the Kris Longknife series, they're just easy to read action packed fun. At the time of writing this I'm actually on book six but would rather read a little more than quickly write my thoughts more often than not so have a bit to catch up on. If you haven't read the first book, Kris Longknife: Mutineer, start there (or the prequel trilogy of Ray Longknife books) as it is one continuous story.

Kris Longknife is a Billianaire Navy officer, and recently promoted Princess of over 100 planets. Might sound great but simply being a "LongKnife" has created a lot of preconceptions against her as well as enemies. Her best friend and fellow Wardhaven navy officer Tom Lien appears to have been kidnapped on a foreign planet Turantic. After arriving to search for him a quarantine is announced due to a plague breakout trapping Kris and her entourage from leaving the planet, nothing on Turantic is as it seems.

I thought book two flowed a lot better than the debut novel in the series Mutineer (which I still enjoyed). There are some well written moments and the interactions between Kris, her bodyguard Jack and her new maid Abby are pretty interesting and occasionally quite funny (I especially enjoy Abby's bag of tricks). Kris gets a little more fleshed out as a character this time around with a lot of the political manuvering going on and having to put on the "princess face". The action is thick throughout and seems to focus more on espianage and shoot outs than the military aspects in the previous book. On the downside while some of the scenarios were pretty interesting I felt like there should have been more subtlety to the plot. The bad guys may as well all twiddle their mustaches and laugh "it was me Mwhahaha" but all in all a very entertaining easy to read sci-fi book.


+ Good action throughout.
+ Jack and Abby have some good moments.
+ Slightly more political and spy themed.
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on 16 May 2009
This is the first book about Kris Longknife I have read, and I have already ordered several others! In this book Kris is on leave and goes to the rescue of a friend who has been kidnapped. This time Kris has to play the 'Princess' to the hilt whilst using Longknife tactics to free her friend and the planet she is on. Kris is a charismatic character and her friends are also intriguing, I especially enjoyed her 'ladies maid' with her string of travelling suitcases and 'boob' bombs. I look forward to meeting them all again.
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on 17 May 2016
Good story
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on 10 April 2013
The 2nd book in the series & the book where some of the most important team members get fleshed out. Definitely worth a re-read :-)
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on 13 August 2014
Excellent strong series
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