An unexpected forced convalescence has allowed to pick up on my reading of my favorite space opera series.
I like how Kris Longknife's character is maturing and learning. In this book I also like that Kris is not necessarily the focus of the assassination attempt. It is also nice to see at least one planet where Kris is welcome to come back, unlike many others were she is <i>persona non grata.</i>
Lots of politics in this book and the action does not start until about the middle of the book where stuff finally starts blowing up and the Marines demonstrate just how non-deadly they can be (a rarity for Marines in my experiences).
As usual Kris gets stuck in the middle, and nearly dies because she ditched her protection detail. But if she hadn't ditched her protection detail, then most of them would have died because they were not wearing armor unlike Kris.
Some really stupid business choices in this book as well. A whole planet that refuses to build a space station, because that would allow other ships to dock and open trade and competition for goods on the planet. Ignoring a market out of spite is not sound business principles, but then neither is blowing up the opposition.
Funny that Longknife wasn't targeted for assassination at cowboy & industrialist world.
Kris Longknife stumped on her grandfather waffled on alien diplomat news on their scouts never return home.
Finally more drama and less wallowing in technical details. A glimpse into the mystique of the Longknife legend.
Once again, a fantastic read! A little less gun blazing (but still plenty), a little more diplomacy (a dance of words hoping to prevent the guns-a-blazing), and more insights on human nature—just easier to swallow when it's fictional!
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