April 14th, 2013


Book Review: Kris Longknife: Mutineer, by Mike Shepherd

Privileged brat becomes a space navy ensign in a perfectly mediocre generic space opera.

Kris Longknife: Mutineer

Ace Books, 2004, 389 pages

Kris Longknife is a daughter of privilege, born to money and power. Her father is the prime minister of her home planet, her mother the consummate politician's wife. She's been raised only to be beautiful and marry well. But the heritage of the military Longknifes courses through Kris' blood - and, against her parents' objections, she enlists in the Marines.

She has a lot to live up to and a lot to prove in the long-running struggle among her powerful family, a highly defensive - and offensive - Earth, and the hundreds of warring colonies. Then an ill-conceived attack brings the war close to home, putting Kris' life on the line. Now she has only one choice: certain death on the front lines of rim space - or mutiny.

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Verdict: Passable, average, decently but not thrillingly written, I wanted to be more enthusiastic and there's nothing about Mutineer to make me give it a really negative review, but I just can't muster much enthusiasm about it. It's pure generic space opera with a pretty generic heroine, so the best recommendation I can give it is that it will fit the bill if you are in the mood for that kind of thing.

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