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Vicky Peterwald: Target [Format Kindle]

Mike Shepherd

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Praise for the Kris Longknife novels
“A whopping good read…Fast-paced, exciting, nicely detailed, with some innovative touches.”Elizabeth Moon, Nebula Award–winning author of Crown of Renewal
“Shepherd delivers no shortage of military action, in space and on the ground. It’s cinematic, dramatic, and dynamic…[He also] demonstrates a knack for characterization, balancing serious moments with dry humor.”—
“Readers have come to depend on Mike Shepherd for fast-paced military science fiction bound to compelling story lines and adrenaline-pumping battles…Kris Longknife is a hero to the core.”—Fresh Fiction
“Kris is a strong female character…The book focuses on action, with some interesting sci-fi twists thrown in…It excels as a page-turner.”—Fantasy Book Spot
“Fans of the Honor Harrington escapades will welcome the adventures of another strong female in outer space starring in a thrill-a-page military space opera…The audience will root for the determined, courageous, and endearing heroine as she displays intelligence and leadership during lethal confrontations.”—Alternative Worlds

Présentation de l'éditeur


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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 337 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0425266575
  • Editeur : Ace (24 juin 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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18 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Really Poor Longknife Spin-off 6 juillet 2014
Par Nekkosan - Publié sur
As depicted in the Longknife series, Vicky Peterwald is absolutely gorgeous, sexy, intelligent, AND sneaky and conniving. Even though she and Kris Longknife were sworn enemies, Vicky had supposedly learned a lot through exposure to Kris over the years (particularly in “Defender”) and her life was appearing to take a different and more productive path. Unfortunately, that Vicky Peterwald is missing in this book; this Vicky has little personality, very seldom uses her brain, and is just plain dull.

Even the Vicky Peterwald in earlier Longknife books wouldn’t have been shoving her bodacious tattas at everyone in sight. The sex scenes were totally gratuitous to the story line, and it felt as though the author didn’t know what else to do with her character. Where was his editor? and what were they thinking?

I’ve read the Longknife series twice and thoroughly enjoyed both reads, even though Kris and her fella don’t go tumbling into bed at every chance they get. Teenage boys will probably love this book, but if you are looking for something similar to, and as good as, the Longknife series -- don’t waste your money.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 different characters; different tone 26 juin 2014
Par Wildwily - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Warning. This book is a bit the Longknife series.

Vicki Peterwald had a different upbringing from Kristine Longknife, and it shows. You also miss many of the formative events that seem to be more present in Kris's series. This jumps right in with assassination attempts and rapid shifts in her supporting team.

If you really like Kristine Longknife you may not like this novel. If you enjoy snarky banter and amusing escapades, it's fun.

I graded this down because it seemed to spend most of its time laying the framework for the next book. I did not feel like the book found its voice or direction. There is lot of potential for some excellent novels, but I am not sure the author has a solid idea of where anything will end up.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Wasted Potential 14 juillet 2014
Par Amy James - Publié sur
Now, I know this is a spin off of the Kris Longknife series, and though I have not read any of those novels, I will say I did follow along with this one just fine.

But, I sincerely suspect that the Longknife novels are a mile better than this. Vicky has potential as a character, and the plot had potential, but it all fell short of the author's insistent battering of the reader with "Vicky is hot and Vicky wants to have sex". This is probably 80% of the novel and most of Vicky's interactions, of which approximately 98% is male (seriously, besides Kit, Kat, and the doctor, who don't really do much, everyone she talks to is a male and the females rarely have any important input). Honestly, her breasts are mentioned more times in this novel than in an actual erotica novel, and god forbid any male finds her unattractive and not get an instant erection or try to mentally undress her. And the one actual, full fledged sex scene in this novel is stilted and awkward to boot. The moments where Vicky does shine happen to be the few she is not thinking about how to get someone in bed and instead working through the political intrigue that is more or less hinted at rather than actually discussed. But they are far and in between - way to far and in between.

Vicky as a character has potential. She is smart, I can tell that, and she has the ability to use all of her assets, both body and mind to her advantage and to win. But I just wish we got more of the "she's smart with her brain" instead of "look at that butt" or "check out her breasts". The novel has a whole is reading more like the writer's wet dream on paper rather than a real attempt at space-opera political intrigue. Even half the dialogue is full of innuendo, in situations where I, personally, don't think that should be the first thing on a person's mind and in the end has me rolling my eyes going "ugh, this again?".

I want to give the author the benefit of the doubt, I really do. I want to say that his novel is him feeling out a character and setting up further plot and intrigue and such things. If in the next novel Vicky does not grow beyond what she has, I am giving up on it. There is potential here, and I hope the author finds it and brings it forward to really capture us. The world she lives in sounds cut throat, vicious, twisty, conniving, and all sorts of delicious things that should make you hold your breath waiting to see how someone reacts and counter-reacts. Unfortunately, you get but a small taste of it, and it's not quite enough.

Hope that he ups the anti in the next novel, because another mention of how big and awesome Vicky's boobs are just isn't going to cut it.
9 internautes sur 10 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Hmn... I'm on the fence. 30 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First, I would like to say that I've read the Kris Longknife series and those written in the storyline beforehand. I really like those, so I had high hopes for this one, even knowing Vicky's character beforehand. That's probably why I am so disappointed.

Second, I would like to state that the storyline seems to be headed in an interesting arc. If I choose to read the subsequently published books in this series, I see that there are possibly great things ahead for Vicky as she works to save the empire.

Finally, I would like to discuss what is putting me on the fence about pursuing this series any further. This book had more editing problems than I'm used to in Mr. Shepherd's books. You can't expect the books to be perfect because something always gets missed, but it gave me pause.

Next, it's not a bad thing that Vicky is more sexual than Kris Longknife; however, Vicky is at the opposite extreme. If she's not having sex with whatever body (male or female) is handy, she's thinking about it. So, it's not the sex, it's the quantity of the book wasted on the topic. Sex has become commonly used as filler in literature, it's often used to stretch out the page length without the author having to put in the effort of writing an interesting storyline. It's kinda boring to read. So, I inevitably flip the page(s) until the real story resumes. (Please, Mr. Shepherd, avoid the temptation to substitute sweaty bodies for substance - more than one of my favorite series has been ruined that way.)

Unlike the other books, which usually have at least two awesome storylines, this has sex and attempted assassinations at the palace. There are stops along the way, which would have provided excellent opportunities for more detailed adventures, but they were given short shrift. (See what I mean? More sex = less plot.)

After they get the tank repaired, you can flip to the final few pages. There's ABSOLUTELY nothing of note between there and their destination.
12 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 It's not the sex, it's the bad writing 27 juin 2014
Par Pleiades - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
First, I did not pay for this book. Next, I was unable to finish it. Third, I rarely leave negative reviews (this negative, anyway), but in this case, the author deserves it. I have read other books in the Kris Longknife series, and while they are not great by any means, they were better than this. Overall, this is a poorly written, weakly plotted story with unconvincing characters. Based on that alone, it might have gotten two or even three stars, had it somehow improved in the parts past where I was forced to give up. Unfortunately, there is more than that alone.

Other reviewers have remarked on the amount of sex depicted. Sex, per se, is not an issue. Sci-Fi tends to be prudish when it comes to sex, and that is not really a good thing. Sex can be a vital and legitimate of part of any story. An unpleasant, unsympathetic protagonist can work if she shows growth. What we have here is nether.

What we have in this book is badly written, juvenile sex that gets to be insulting. That is a huge problem. We have a thoroughly unpleasant protagonist written as a bad and silly cartoon. That is a big problem. The writing in general is hackneyed and sophomoric (even in comparison to his other books). I am tempted to wonder what is going on here. The combination of Vicky’s bad (and badly depicted) character and all the sex that sounds like it was written by a not very imaginative teenage boy points in an unpleasant direction regarding the author’s motivation. Do only girls like Vicky have sex? Will Vicky stop having sex once (and if ) her transformation into a sympathetic character is complete?

Mike Sheppard is a well established author of limited talent who has a successful series. How did he come to believe this was a good idea? Why did his publisher go along with it? A house as big as Ace ought to know better (you would think).

If you have doubts about this, just read the free sample. I will limit myself to a single telling example: the use of the word “boobs”, not in dialogue, and not used satirically. The narrator (that is, the author) starts by telling us things like the cameras focused on Vicky’s “boobs”, that she “shrugged the boob back in.” You can tell from this single fact where the book is going, and what the author thinks about women, his readers, and “boobs”.

This is very much not okay.
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