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Admiral

Kris Longknife, Book 16
Autor: Mike Shepherd
Sprecher: Dina Pearlman
Serie: Kris Longknife, Titel 16
Spieldauer: 11 Std. und 28 Min.
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Admiral Kris Longknife should have known the job offer was too good. Really, she knew by now that what was too good to be true really, really isn't. Still, she jumped at the chance to be the first human emissary to the Iteeche Empire.

Only when she got there, and met the Emperor, a teenage kid swamped by his throne, did Kris find out that there was a little civil war going on in the Iteeche Empire. The loyal forces were losing, and they needed the best fighting admiral they could get. So they got Kris Longknife.

Now Kris is sweating out collecting a fighting force - that won't make her their first target. Now she's trying to figure out how to fight ships identical to hers, that outnumber her four to one or worse. Oh, and she's got to keep the merchant princes in her embassy from making a mess of everything. A whole lot of people are hoping this Longknife can pull a grizzly bear out of her hat. A whole lot of other Iteeche are hoping the bear takes off her arm.

This continuation of the Longknife Saga is 112,000 words of battle, intrigue, and assassinations including a few wrong turns on Kris's part. Enjoy!

©2017 Mike Moscoe (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • 31.10.2019

Warning about this book and following #17 and #18

This book #16 starts an story arc with the Itechee.

The Longknife series has always been "light, fun reading" - not focused much on the science part of SF.
However this book and much MUCH ore so #17 and #18 show an extreme lack of science, logic and common sense but instead a lot of lazy careless writing.
In these three books, about 70% of the entire content seem to consist of "magic smart metal" - no longer is Kris Longknife the main character - but its the smart metal, now. And not ion a good way, the various smart metal scenarios and applications are full of very obvious logic and science mistakes or outright contradiction compared to previously described situation.
If this were just a minor side fact and the rest of the book contents were fun reading - that would be fine.
But instead, this takes center stage, there is no other plot and the inconsistencies are thrown into your face one after another, constantly!
- smart metal ignoring inertia, gravity, wind/air streams and other basic science
- contradictions: ship lasers need several minutes to charge - but anti-air lasers can be formed completely out of smart metal AND fire within NANO seconds
- Itechee "simple people" use electronics based on vacuum tubes... really?
- Itechee society and technology described as very backwards... way TOO backwards to be realistic.
- Planets with 50 billion population and high-rises have no fire control sprinklers and no normal fire fighting service
- Kris first goes out of her way to avoid civilian casualties... and then blows up several high-rises and no mention at all about potential casualties
- Description how smart metal nanos are used to infiltrate blood stream and travel to the heart of some Itechee to kill them... and then later Itechee use simple water mist and showers to successfully fight off ALL nano listening devices

The list goes on forever... in this book, it is still somewhat acceptable... but in the following #17 and #18 such occurrences of lazy writing are happening constantly and all throughout the books.