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Defender – The best Kris Longknife book yet

DefenderDefender (Kris longknife #11) by Mike Shepherd
My rating: 8 out of 10 stars

Kris Longknife is back in the good graces of the brass—and to demonstrate that, they’ve promoted her to Admiral. Now her mission is to find the home base of the space pirates who are plaguing the fringes of the galaxy.

But no mission is ever simple when your name is Longknife. And this time the complications range from the military to the personal, as Kris finds herself—reluctantly—having to make some command decisions about her future…

This is definitely the best book yet in the Kris Longknife series. This is actually one of the first series of books that I started reading when I took up reading again after having purchased my first tablet. It is not the best series that I have read. As a matter of fact a few of the books have gotten below average ratings from me. It has been able to keep my interest though and this book is actually really good.

The book is a bit slow to get going with quite a few pages spent on Kris and Jack’s relationship with a lot of talking between them. Not my cup of tea. Fast forward.

Once that part is over with the book starts to pick up pace. The preparations for the coming attacks, essentially moving a world from a pre-industrial state to building advanced mines, factories, weapons etc, is quite nice reading although I have to say that the use of this smart metal is a bit over the top magical. Have a problem? Throw some smart metal at it. Problem solved. And what is the deal with always writing smart metal with initcaps and a trademark symbol? We get it, smart metal is patented by Nuu industries but you do not have to make it difficult for the reader to read because of that. We are not stupid. Okay, end of nitpicking.

Unlike some of the books in the series there are a fair amount of space battles going on including a rather big one at the end. I guess this is something that greatly contributed to my appreciation of this book. Another thing that contributed to my enjoyment is that most of the characters are quite likable. Well there is one real exception but she is rather quickly handled.

Kris is also actually in charge in this book. This time not because she is the only one that knows what to do but actually officially in charge. The book blurb is jumping the gun a bit it though. She is not an Admiral at the beginning of the book. She does get there but it takes a few chapters before that happens.

Naturally the book ended with a fairly huge loose end but that as well was reasonably well done. We were not left hanging in the middle of the story but we reach a reasonable conclusion of this book but are given a hint of what is to come.

A very enjoyable book and as I said, the best one in the series yet as far as I am concerned.

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