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  • Training Daze

  • A Kris Longknife Novella
  • By: Mike Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Training Daze

By: Mike Shepherd
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
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Summary

An exciting military Science Fiction novella set between Mike Shepherd’s third and fourth Kris Longknife novels. Kris Longknife dodges assassins, gains an unwelcome (though rather handsome) bodyguard, and puts together a training squad to travel from planet to planet, preparing crews for the newest, fastest, and deadliest fighting ship. And, of course, nothing goes as planned!

©2011 Mike Moscoe (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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  • M. G. Smith
  • 10-09-14

Training Daze should not be listened to as book3.5

What did you love best about Training Daze?

Training Daze lets you see a little more of Kris's Uncle Trouble and a fills out Jack and some of the other main characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Uncle Trouble sounds like a good guy to know and a bad guy to cross

What does Dina Pearlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dina does a nice job with the different characters voices and gives the characters more life.For those of you who keep track she also prounces the d hard when she reads "Jack asked" unlike the book 3 reader\voice talent that always made it sound like Jackass. This not a slam against the reader Mike Shepard really seems to end every line Jack speaks with "Jack asked".

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really this novella doesnt cover a lot.

Any additional comments?

The story was mostly a filler piece between Kris's exploits on Chance (book 4) and her next adventure. Without giving away any of book 4's plot I found that Training Daze has events occur in it that should have occured before they left for Chance and others that would have had to happened after they left Chance, occurring at the same time. I highly suggest you do not listen to Training Daze before listening to Resolute (book 4) It is a definite spoiler for book 4 and is better listened to as 4.5 not 3.5.

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  • Jean
  • 27-01-15

Great short story

This is a novella #3.5 in the Longknife series. Kris and her crew are tasked to set up a training command for foreign navies buying Wardhaven’s fast attack boats.

Kris’s body guard, who works for the Secret Service is drafted into the Marines. This is explained in humorous detail. This adds lots more detail of how Jack got into the marines.
I am enjoying the series and that also includes the novella. Please note it is best to read this series in order, otherwise you will feel lost. I am enjoying the banter that goes on between the key characters. This short story fits in well between book number three and book number four.

I am enjoying the adventures of Kris Longknife and I would to have my own Nelly. This is a fun easy read. Dina Pearlman narrated the story.

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  • Laura
  • 10-04-14

Humanity

How true this segue-way is. Mike Shepherd hits the nail on the head in a candid manner. Looking forward to the next assignment(s).

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  • Joki
  • 08-03-22

Very quick vignette - not needed for the next book

This is a very quick 55 page short story about how Jack was 'drafted' to ensure he could continue to stay close enough to Kris to keep her alive. Not much happens other than a cute exchange on how Uncle Trouble plays both Jack and Kris to ensure this happens. The next novels will give you a summary anyway so you don't need to have read this before the next book to understand what's happening.

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  • THE Donald Toth (Rom. 14:12
  • 29-05-20

Role-playing blueprint.

Fast paced even for a novella. It could be a blueprint for a role-playing game in the future.

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  • Chad
  • 08-12-19

Ok, but not as good as the full novels

This wasn't bad, but wasn't as gripping to me as the full novels. This is for series superfans who want everything the Kris Longknife series has to offer. If you're new and thinking of dipping your toes into the series with this shorter work - don't. Start with the first novel instead.

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  • Jared Lafortune
  • 05-09-19

8 bucks?

for 8 bucks I expected more. the story was fine the voice acting was fine but 14+ for a novel and 7+ for a chapter? feels kinda cheap. I have read longer fan fiction.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-06-18

very good read

liked it was was very entertaining that would be a good book should make more I would like more

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  • River
  • 02-07-17

New perspective

Loved the story from Jack's point of view. Hope for more like this one.

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  • Ellen N. Moscoe
  • 02-05-17

Nobody Wants to be around a Target!

Mike Shepherd is a master of fun, peppy dialogue in military science fiction. Training Days is a delightful combination of family dynamics, relationships, and humor all woven together seamlessly in Kris Longknife's struggle with the next step of her Navy Career when she keeps having to dodge assassination attempts.