Kris is in trouble again, because someone's agenda - to bring down her father (Prime Minister of Wardhaven).
Suspended awaiting trial for alleged fraud, she is inital sent to Hilkila, to hold the hand of an dying queen, who was an old war comrade of her greatgrandfather, but things get complicated.
Upon her return to Wardhaven, she finds that the new goverment has sent the fleet away, and order remains of the home fleet to stand down, leaving the planet defenceless against the enemy battlefleet that arrives demanding its surrender.
Kris declares her Commander-in-Chief, determined to defend her home, with every ship she can commadeer, and able-bodied person she can recruit, whether Navy/Army or civilian, willing to risk ther life. Kris leads the most important mission of her career, and it may be her last.
Mike Shepherd has done it again, with an excellent high action story, that keeps you gripped right to the end.
Of the current books in the series I have read (pretty much all available at this point) this is one of my favorites. Due to incompotant politicians grasping for power Kris's father has lost a vote for the presidency of her homeplanet of Wardhaven resulting in it's fleet being sent to aid another planet leaving them completely defenseless. There are forces at work in the background though seeing to it an unknown feleet of battleships attacks at this exact moment. Wardhaven has a few small warships that were being prototyped in storage but in a sad state after being decomissioned and hopelessly outgunned even if fully operational. Kris has to rally whatever people she can to get these ships up and running in a do or die attempt to save her home planet.
I find it hard to review books from an ongoing series as quite often they are more like a continuation of one book and I feel a bit like I'm repeating myself and here isn't too much different, Defiant is an easy to read space opera full of great action and banter. It is however a book of two halves which people may or may not enjoy as the two don't feel very connected. The first half is a little slower but has more character interactions, especially between Kris and Jack. While I wouldn't say it delved into their personalities deeply it was nice to see more of their character explored. The second half of the book see's Kris desperately pulling out all the stops to try and engage the invading fleet and roping in as many people to help as possible, some of which really play on her conscience in a lot of cases. Mike Shepherd writes this second scene quite well, I especially like how some of the book chapters perspective shift to the admiral of the attacking fleet, it gave the book a lot more depth than in previous titles.
All in all if you've read the first two books in the series and enjoyed them, you should love Defiant.
+ Epic fleet battle. + Added perspective gave more depth than previous books. + Easy reading sci-fi. + Book of two halves.
Well this time out in the expanse hunting pirates, generally exploring and trading even if its just for image purposes only Kris gets briefly bored, briefly because you wait too long by a fuzzy jump point you really don't know whats going to make an appearance!
Following a brief trip back to Chance to find out her latest potential beau is going to get married kris is left to explore the great yonder and of course the luddites whom are more xenophobic as well as little interested in chatting but after facing a land grab by some opportunists aided by an old foe (I won't say who but given their usual life expectancy there isn't much of a choice beyond the fact they aren't a member of the Peterwald family although she does make a reappearance even if its just so she can learn from her dear departed brother's death...)
Following this Kris learns that the luddites sorry xenophobes have sent a group to kill dear old Victory's dad and then Kris has to face being stuck in enemy territory with potentially no help even though said Victory's dad is actually not responsible this time!
Darn i hope I didn't ruin this book its actually quite a good read and worth the wait until the next part is released.
I really don't like being made to write words as well as rating the book. Anyway, the storyline is good, and despite numerous grammar mistakes and the fact that it isn't sparkling prose, the story moves along at a great pace, I found myself rooting for the protagonist throughout, and found events exciting and funny as well.
I like it, the whole series. Okay, yes, it is full of Mary-Janes, anachronic disparity and copy-editing errors, but you ain't gonna lose the plot and the twists may even catch you by surprise - sometimes the MJs Don't have the answer...