While this series can be entertaining, I find the characters, the good and the bad, two-dimensional. And the plot resolutions are often far fetched. I have nothing against YA books, there are many I enjoy, but I think a 'young' YA is the author's main target audience.
At least, he only used the term "baby ducks" once in this novel. After the excessive use of juvenile text we were exposed to in the second novel of this series (see my review of Deserter), I almost stopped reading his work. Fortunately, his editors must have sat him down for a talk, as the last two books were much better.
Still, I've decided to depart the series at this point. There are too many other, more interesting books on my TBR list, and the ending of this book provides a satisfied ending which allows me to stop reading the series.
Fourth in in the Kris Longknife series! Not as much "warring" but more smarts on Kris's part. I liked all 4 books and hope there's more.
Fourth in the Kris Longknife series. Imaginative military sci-fi with a talented, but complicated heroine. In this book, it's often hard to tell the friends from the foes, although periodically things get simplified---someone starts shooting at her!
From back cover:
'Kris Longknife, who turned her back on her privileged and moneyed upbringing for a career in the Navy, has at long last been given her first independent command--in the VERY remote system of Chance. For an officer with a rep for bucking the system, it's an assignment that's as much exile as promotion. But where Kris goes, trouble seems to follow--and she isn't on the job long when she captures pirates sabotaging the buoys that mark the jump points of interstellar travel.'
Kris' explorations of her new back-of-beyond command area turn up the location of an uncharted and unpopulated planet of miraculous alien technology---technology Kris must ensure never falls into improper hands. But the pirates soon learn she is hiding something valuable---
Fourth in the Kris Longknife series. Military SF with interesting characters