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Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife leads a reconnaissance mission of the vast uncharted regions of space. No one, least of all Kris, expects to find a hostile alien starship. Now, she must determine the extent of the alien threat - and whether to start an interstellar war.
©2011 Mike Moscoe (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Sho Sunaga on 11-12-11


Another action packed, great dialogue filled Kris Longknife story. Lately I was feeling the volumes were one half continuation of the previous storyline and the other half the next storyline. But in this book the story is dedicated to find the BEMs(Big Eyed Monsters), kill them and get back home.

As usual Kris finds herself in heap of trouble and barely finds her way out. I hated loosing some people I have come to like during the past novels, but that's the price you have to pay when you associate yourself with one of those "damn Longknifes" I suppose.

For those of us rooting for romance in Kris' life FINALLY there is a tiny tiny romantic scene. I do hope there is going to be something in the next volume, although they got separated.

All in all another great addition to the series!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 04-04-15


This is book nine in the Kris Longknife series. The book opens with King Ray and Princes Kris in disagreement over her next assignment. Kris wants to explore beyond the rim of space. The problem is disrupted because the Admiral in charge of Intelligence invited seven planets to join with Wardhaven to find out what is happening to the Iteechee ships that are disappearing. Needless to say Kris it put in command of this mixed fleet to explore the problem.

Kris and the small fleet discover entire worlds have been slaughtered and razed, stripped of their resources. The perpetrators travel in heavily armed, moon sized world ships, and tend to shoot first and never ask questions.

They discover another Alien world (the bird people) directly in the path as are the Iteechee and Kris’s world of United Societies. Kris decides to stand and fight with the new Aliens, but not all of the fleet agrees. So the story get interesting, the battles are vicious and people die. Everything in Kris’s world changes; what will this do to future episodes of the story?

Shepherd takes a risk of upsetting the status quo to make big changes to the story line. Shepherd provides a risk taking plot, lots of actions, space battles, and a thought-provoking moral question into a great story. Nellie and her children of super computers play an even bigger role in this episode. Dina Pearlman narrated the story. I enjoyed this story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-02-18

such heartbreak

Firstly Mike you are a cruel man! This book went so fast for me! I cant believe it's over and FINALLY the thing which I waited FOREVER for has happened. buying the next book as soon as I'm done with this review.

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