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This is book eight in the Longknife series. Kris was promoted to Lieutenant Commander at the end of the last book and sent back to the Rim to patrol for pirates and watch the Greenfeld (Peterwald) territory. Kris is still healing from the wounds she received in the last book and Nelly is enjoying her new babies. Kris is disappointed because she wanted to go hunting for what is happening to the lost ships in book 7. She is now in command of a small fleet of pirate hunters.
Kris arrives to help Kaskatos, a planet suffering from a famine but before she can help the inhabitants she must deal with renegade soldiers stealing what little food there is on the planet. To add further problems for Kris the planet is technically in Greenfeld territory and outside Kris’s jurisdiction. Now she must carry on political negotiation with the Peterwald, on top of helping the planet dealing with pirates and so on. There is less interaction between crew members in this story and more about the Kris and the Peterwald family. Kris and Vicky continue to work on a friendly relationship. Abby’s niece Kara is kidnapped Kris and Vicky join forces to search and rescue Kara.
As with the prior books in the series this book has lots of action, suspense and witty dialogue. The pace is very fast and Shepherd is good with the battle scenes. Kris has my favorite character in the book her personal computer “Nelly” and now the addition of “Nelly’s babies.” The personal computers are designed by Nelly for Kris’s key crewmen. Dina Pearlman continues her excellent narration of the series.
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While I love the Longknife series and will listen to every one, I felt this book did nothing to really stand out. Each of the previous books hooked you with some defining trauma or decision. This book, while it had the potential to create some real controversy between Kris and the Peterwalds, of heart-wrenching between the slavers and their teenage captor, took the easy road. Everyone's nice; every battle won without controversy. Overall, I felt like it was a bridge between Book 8 and what's to come.
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