Kris Longknife – Emissary is out

Some 2500 copies of Emissary have already been bought on just the first day it’s for sale! Here begins a new life for Kris as she discovers there’s more to life than blowing stuff up. Or is there? Here is a place to share your thoughts on this new turn in Kris’s life. Spoilers allowed.

21 thoughts on “Kris Longknife – Emissary is out

  1. Ignacio

    Hi Mike,

    I’ve already read the book , and even if I like it, it bothers me the feeling of it not being good enough. I don’t know why. Perhaps it is the editing, or maybe the book feels like a novel-lenght introduction to an actual book (Next in the series).

    I can’t wait to read the next books, though, and see if KL recovers the wonderful space exploration which made the last books so good.

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Hi, Ignacio, I’m sorry this books leaves you with a bit of an empty feeling. It’s shorter. Writing two books a year means what you get will be more per year, but a bit less per book. I payed two editors and used four beta readers, yet things slip through. Some of them even slip through, like those darn comments even after I take them out. This book does start an entirely new arc for Kris’s life, so it does have a lot of starting in it.

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    2. Duncan

      I think the reason why you think this book doesn’t seem to conclude right is the fact that this is the first book that did not have as its climax a space battle of some kind. Yes there was a space battle in there but NOT as the climax. When I read it that did seem a little odd to me. But I am familiar with the tactic. Another author I read was only going to write four books in the series. The fourth book ending up being too long and big and bulky (for the physical copies) that she and the publisher mutually decided to split the 4th book into 2 books. So as she said in the 5th book “…you can rip the front cover off of this book and the back cover off of the last book and glue them together to get the final book in the series. I do not actually advocate you doing that though. I hate it when people destroy books.”

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  2. Ignacio

    Thank you Mike, for your answer. With two editors, those mistakes won’t be happening again, I am sure.

    I hope the books are a succes, I really enjoy your writing.

    Best regards from Spain

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  3. LouisB

    The editing , the spelling , is a vast improvement compared to the previous book. A well done presentation.

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  4. Robert A. Woodward

    USA battlecruisers not equal to Iteeche battlecruisers? I thought that the sensor that could see fuzzy jumps saw right through the mass masker.

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      Pardon me, Robert, but it is only in the opinion of the Iteeche that their BCs are better than the US BCs. As we will see in Admiral (coming Oct 17) there are some real short comings in the Iteeche fleet. Hubris, however, is not one of them.

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    2. mikeshep Post author

      Sorry, Robert, but the US battlecruisers still have problems with the maskers. However, the visual equipment is better, so the odds of getting a hit are better. You’ll enjoy the trials Kris goes through in the forthcoming Admiral (Nov 17) as she does her best to figure out how battlecruisers can fight battlecruisers.

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  5. cary

    I really love these books and have read them all except the most recent. That will have to wait for the weekend.

    After reading Enemy Unknown all I could think about was what fools Ace were to pass this one by. Have been waiting for the Itechee war books for years and now get to read them. Goody!

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  6. Duncan

    Hey Mike,

    I don’t know if it is just the copy I hove or not but all the ” and ‘ are replaced with boxes and the footnotes at the end are interesting.

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  7. Mike

    I liked the book but Nook version is about as close to unreadable as possible. The formatting is messed up, every other paragraph or sentence has squares at the beginning and end. Very distracting.

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    1. mikeshep Post author

      I’m looking at buying an Apple computer and some wonderful publishing software that only works on an Apple some times in June. Then I and my apprentice must learn how to use it and then get the stuff moving to createspace at Amazon. It is one of my priorities, just not one that’s above writing the next book.

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  8. David M daily

    I just read Admiral and loved it. I am curious about one thing tho. Grampa Trouble and Ruth joined Kris to be near the grandchildren in Emissary and yet there is not a single mention of them in Admiral. What happened to them?

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    1. Anonymous

      Mr. Shepherd probably forgot about them. Once his editors, meaning you the readers, chime in with all the errors and misspellings, he will update the manuscript and push the update through Amazon. Fear not!
      🙂

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