Target : Vicky Peterwald

  • by Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by Dina Pearlman
  • Series: Vicky Peterwald
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beauty and the battlefield
Her Imperial Highness the Grand Duchess Victoria Maria Teresa Inez Smythe-Peterwald, daughter of wealth and power, was raised to do little except be attractive and marry well. Then everything changed - her brother, her father’s favorite and the heir apparent, was killed in battle by Lieutenant Kris Longknife, daughter of the Peterwald’s longtime enemies. Vicky vowed revenge, but her skill set was more suitable for seduction than assassination, and she failed. Angry and disappointed, her father decided she needed military training and forced her to join the Navy.
Now Ensign Vicky Peterwald is part of a whole new world, where use of her ample charms will not lead to advancement. But her father is the Emperor, and what he wants he gets. What he wants is for Vicky to learn to be efficiently ruthless and deadly.
Though the lessons are hard learned, Vicky masters them - with help from an unexpected source: Kris Longknife.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Longknife plus sex

What did you love best about Target?

The problem with heroines is to keep them reasonable. Authors too often let their characters slide toward Superwoman. Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife is already dangerously close.

So... Vicky Peterwald is a reload. She's not all that competent. People die around her while she sails on through. (Well... struggles on through...) She's a bitch, to boot.

But she's working on it.

That makes her fun. It can't be easy, trying to measure up to Kris. Vicky gets frustrated. She relieves her frustration in a very classic way. Sex.

Vicky is a work in progress. Just beginning to change. Interesting.

Let's hope Mike Shepherd avoids Superwoman.

What other book might you compare Target to and why?

Vicky Peterwald is an offshoot of Kris Longknife.

Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. But I never do. It moves right along.

Any additional comments?

This doesn't pretend to be great literature. It means to be fun. It is.

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- Bob Nelson

Could have been a great story

This is a spin-off from the Kris Longknife series. It follows a similar theme as the protagonist is Her Imperial Grace the Grand Duchess Victoria Marie Teresa Inez Smythe-Peterwald, daughter of the Emperor. She is also a Lt. Commander in the Greenfeld Navy.

To add some additional spice to the story Shepherd has her new step mother Annah out to assassinate Vicky. Annah is also consolidating her own power and building her own Army for a secret bid to take over the Empire. Shepherd has Vicky as a spoiled and demanding young lady who after her encounters with Kris Longknife is becoming aware of the danger she is in and that there is a conspiracy to take over the Empire. Vicky may have been raised to use sex as a tool and her training in ethics questionable but that is starting to change. The Vicky character is starting to develop into a responsible adult and grow into her role of power.

I am disappointed with Mike Shepherd. He developed an interesting plot and characters but then chose to make the second half of the book into a trashy romance novel. The trip on the small space craft could have been made exciting by playing hide and seek with Vicky’s step mother’s thugs but instead Shepherd decided to make into one long sex scene. Ugh! I hope things improve in future books. Dena Pearlman narrated the story.
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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios