-->'''Jack:''' "I see they didn't hang you."
-->'''Kris:''' "Nope, they missed their chance. The Navy still has a Longknife."
-->'''Jack:''' "Why do I feel like saying 'God help us all'?"
-->'''Kris:''' "'Cause it just may be true."
-->-''Mutineer'', by Mike Shepherd

A MilitaryScienceFiction series about the titular Kris Longknife, a rich young naval officer who struggles to deal with the expectation and reputations (both good and bad) of a famous family of military leaders, politicians, and billionaires, written by Mike Shepherd (also known as Mike Moscoe).

There are currently eleven books within the series, with additional books planned:

* ''Mutineer (2004)''
* ''Deserter (2004)''
* ''Defiant (2005)''
* ''Resolute (2006)''
* ''Audacious (2007)''
* ''Intrepid (2008)''
* ''Undaunted (2009)''
* ''Redoubtable (2010)''
* ''Daring (2011)''
* ''Furious (2012)''
* ''Defender (2013)''

In addition, there are three associated ebook novellas:
* ''Kris Longknife's Bloodhound''
* ''Welcome Home/Go Away''
* ''Training Daze''

Also, set in the same universe, Mike Moscoe earlier wrote a trilogy of books under his own name:
* ''The First Casualty (1999)''
* ''The Price of Peace (2000)''
* ''They Also Serve (2001)''

These books are currently out of print, though they will be republished in 2013.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Kris, obviously.
* ArtificialIntelligence: Nelly, Kris' personal computer.
** And her kids.
* AsteroidMiners: Tommy Lien, Kris's best friend for the first three books, comes from a family of these. As a result, he's ProperlyParanoid about safety in space, and is quite [=OCD=] about triple-checking ''everything''.
* BadassFamily: Those [[MemeticMutation damned]] Longknifes.
* BadassPrincess: Kris.
* BattleCouple: Tom and Penny, who are both Navy officers and lovers.
* BattleInTheRain: The Battle of Black Mountain in ''To Do Or Die'' takes place in the middle of a torrential downpour at night. It's deliberate, so as to eliminate the defenders tech advantages (the position was [=EMPed=] beforehand). Combat quickly degenerates to muddy knife-fights in the dark.
** The shootouts on Olympia in ''Mutineer'' count as well, though it's raining ''the entire time'' due to a volcanic eruption.
* BerserkButton: Kris really hates kidnappers, ''especially'' those that kidnap children. This is an understandable byproduct of her little brother getting kidnapped and murdered when she was 10.
* BodyguardCrush: There are some very strong hints that Jack is in love with Kris. [[spoiler: He marries her in ''Defender'']]
* BrainComputerInterface: Kris upgrades to one between the first and second books so she and Nelly can talk to each other faster.
* CelibateHero: It looks like everybody in the series is getting some romance except for poor Kris.
* TheChessmaster: Admiral Crossenshield, Wardhaven's head of black ops. He's got his fingers in many pies, and may be (one of) Abby's [[MysteriousEmployer Mysterious Employers]]
* CrazyPrepared: In ''Defiant'' Abby manages to produce clothing, including correct-size undergarments, for a woman she'd never heard of a week before. Then she dials it UpToEleven and produces enough bulletproof bodysuits and ceramic trauma plates to outfit an an entire Marine squad.
* CombatPragmatist: Author Mike Shepherd mentioned that while most marines had to be trained out of notions of fighting fair, Kris took to dirty fighting like a duck to water.
* CultColony: Xanadu, a planet of religious fanatics who feared being eaten by Iteeche so much that they fled to the edges of human space and lived completely underground.
* DropPod: Light Attack Craft (LAC), essentially a set of rocket-powered benches with a heat shield and steering wheel, are used to drop small teams on enemy positions. The series begins with Kris piloting one on a hostage-rescue mission.
* EscapePod: Ships carry survival pods, which are also built into battle stations. They don't have any propulsion, they're just there to keep you alive till whoever survived the battle picks you up.
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The Highlander regiments always bring them along, being [=ScotsmenIN=] SPACE! Tommy, despite being part Irish, ''hates'' the noise,
* FalseFlagOperation: The Greenfeld attack on Wardhaven in ''Defiant'' is officially due to "pirate battleships" attacking.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture:
** Wardhaven, which has a king and Parliament, comes off as Space Britian, though being a member of the United Society/Sentients, it ends up as a United States/England mashup.
** Greenfeld appears to be Space Soviet Russia.
** The Mushashi Empire is pretty explicitly Space Japan, complete with kimonos, formals tea ceremonies, and high-tech warships.
** The Helvitican Confederacy appears to be Space Greece.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon: Present on Fast Attack Craft (FAC), Patrol Fast (PF), and Frigates (FF), which mount their main (and for the [=FAC=]s and [=PF=]s, ''only'') weaponry forward.
* GlassCannon:
** [=FACs=], with four 24-inch pulse lasers and no armor, are this. Their cannon can cripple a battleship, but they can't take a hit.
** The omnicidal alien's ships tend to be this. Ridiculous amounts of laser cannon, but no armor.
* GoingColdTurkey: Kris honestly believed she was a drug addict for years as a result of spending most of the two years following her brother's death either stoned (From medication provided by her mother), drunk (from various items stolen from the family liquor cabinet) or both. Her great-grandfather Trouble managed to get her the help she needed to stop, and she didn't touch drugs or alcohol of any kind for years afterwards for fear of restarting a potential addiction. Later evidence showed that she had yet to reach that stage.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Hank's sister, Vicky]] at least somewhat. Her improvement comes after she's assigned to a military ship as a very junior officer to discipline her following her actions in a previous book. After doing so, she learns not only to take pride in actually being good at something on her own merits and not because of her wealth or family, but that she's learning how to be a proper officer, something that [[spoiler: Hank lacked]] and actually caused his death.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Zig-zagged.
** Kinetic weapons, generally dial-a-yield dart rifles, are favored for ground use.
** Laser cannon, due to their much longer effective range, are used on spaceships.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: General Terrance "Trouble" Torden. Victoria "Vicky" Peterwald.
* LostSuperweapon: The Vanishing Box. Left behind on Santa Maria by The Three, it was discovered a million years later by local teens. Capable of instantly obliterating entire mountains, it's later used to fight a rouge [=AI=] attempting to kill everyone on the planet.
** Later research into how it works leads to the creation of the Hellburner, a teraton-yield super-torpedo.
* LoudOfWar: Tommy Lien, of of Kris's friends and crewmember on her PF boat, blasts the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_of_Cambreadth March]] of[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCrnF844_ww&feature=kp Cambreadth]] over the radio as the flotilla sorties to meet the attacking battleships in ''Defiant''.
* MacrossMissileMassacre: Kris launches one during the Battle of Wardhaven. A couple space freighters are fitted with hundreds of modified ground-to-ground missiles borrowed from the Army. They're not particularly effective-the warheads are pretty small-but the incoming battleships are forced to either shoot the missile down and overheat their lasers, or loose sensors, ice armor, and possible laser cannon to a blizzard of missile fire.
* ManInAKilt: Highlander regiments from Lorna Do and Pitt's Hope, planets settled by Scotts, still wear kilts into battle. Popularly known as Ladies From Hell, they're highly regarded as top-notch light infantry, a reputation cemented when 200 Highlanders and a Marine platoon take Black Mountain in vicious close-quarter combat in a thunderstorm.
* MemeticBadass: The Longknife family are an in-universe example - at least, the ones that are considered "one of those damned Longknifes" - not totally a good thing, as many people would prefer to avoid associating with them.
* MileLongShip: The still-unnamed alien raiders use million-ton battleships ten kilometers long. And the mothership is ''four thousand kilometers'' long. Human battleships tend to top out at 100,000 tons
* MilitaryMashupMachine: The USS ''Wasp'', in both incarnations, is this. The first model was classed a corvette, the second was designated a frigate, terms generally used for escort ships, though both incarnations mount battleship-sized laser cannon, carry a battalion of Marines, and mount missiles half its own weight. The overall result is something between a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amphibious_assault_ship [=LHD/LHA=]-style]] attack transport and a Soviet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirov-class_battlecruiser ''Kirov''-class]] heavy missile cruiser
* MysteriousEmployer: Abby's endless supply of trunks and their contents are payed for an anonymous source that's interested in keeping Kris alive.
* {{Nanomachines}}: Nano bugs and scouts are heavily used(even by reporters), as are nanos meant to destroy other nanos. In an apparent [[LetsFightLikeGentlemen gentleman's agreement]] nanos are ''never'' used to kill humans(though Kris does use them to blow an evacuated space station up). Also, Smart Metal and its derivative Uniplex, made up of massive numbers of metal nanos, are used to build entire ships.
* NinjaMaid: Abby, Kris's body servant, knows how to dress that body in ball gowns as well as protect it with guns and bombs.
** Best demonstrated in ''Defiant'', where she not only produces body armor for a nine-person assault force, but parachutes in as a marksman before rappelling face-first down an air vent to blowtorch a way in.
* NoodleIncident: In a RunningGag, all Abby's previous employers got killed. She's never elaborated on how or why though.
* NoEndorHolocaust: It's mentioned that heavy space tugs tend to hang on the fringes of space battles that occur in orbit specifically to avert this.
* OverlyLongName: Roth'sum'We'sum'[=QuinCap=]'sum'We, an Iteeche alien who accompanies Kris for several books. Thankfully, he's happy answering to just Ron.
* PortalNetwork: The Three precursor races left behind jump points used for FTL travel between solar systems. [[BlindJump Blind Jumps]] are a danger, as you could end up hundreds of light-years from you destination if you enter a jump point too fast, accelerating too much, or use a less-stable jump point.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Following the disastrous battle in ''Daring'', Jack gets resigned to the charmingly named [=HellFrozeOver=] (yes, all one word), a station orbiting an gas giant that's being mined for fuel.
* RebelliousPrincess: Kris becomes a princess at the end of the first novel and hates it.
* RomeoAndJuliet: Hank, the son of a rival family, says that he and Kris might be like this in the second novel. Kris denies this, since she has no intention of dying. Also, the next time they meet, his categoric refusal to consider the possibility that anyone on his side might be in the wrong turns them into enemies. [[spoiler:Then he dies]].
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Most Longknife family members, from King Ray to Princess Kristine.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: The dart weaponry used by all factions in the series uses varying charges of liquid propellant. Loading sleepy darts automatically reduces the charge, and you can manually vary the power, and a max-power rifle round results in BlownAcrossTheRoom at 500 yards.
* {{Shapeshifting}}: Ships built with Smart Metal can alter their shape as needed, shrinking in combat to present a smaller target, shifting from space mode to ground mode (for [=FAC=]s), or even splitting into two ships (for frigates). Tends to result in minor problems, as equipment lockers often end up in the wrong location.
* SpaceColdWar: Between the Longknife-ruled Wardhaven and the Peterwald-ruled Greenfeld Empire. Both sides dislike each other, and Greenfeld launches an attack on Wardhaven itself in ''Defiant'' in hopes of taking over. The Cold War thaws after [[spoiler: Hank Peterwald's death]], and after Kris saves Emperor Peterwald from assassination.
* SpaceFighter: Averted. The fast patrol boats Kris pilots in ''Defiant'' fill a similar role, but with a crew of 15 and non-reloadable lasers, they tend to be more Space Torpedo Bombers.
* SpaceMarine: Jack is transferred to the Wardhaven Marines to allow him to protect Kris when deployed, and she ends up commanding several companies's worth.
* SpaceNavy: What Kris joins, much to the dismay of her parents.
* SpaceOpera: While the series is marketed as MilitaryScienceFiction, there are so many sprawling civilizations and empires, political conflicts and intrigues with a good dose of romantic tension, that the series would be better described as new SpaceOpera that combine fast-paced adventure plots with some degree of hard SF rigor.
* SpoiledBrat: Hank's sister, with shadings of RichBitch.
* SurvivorGuilt: Kris has this big time and knows it. The only reason she wasn't snagged by the same kidnappers that killed her brother Eddy was that she had stepped out for five minutes to buy ice cream. It took a considerable amount of therapy before she could admit to herself that even if she had been there, there was nothing a ten year old girl could have done that would have made any difference.
** Again after ''Defiant'', where hundreds of civilian volunteers and her just-married best friend were killed in the Battle of Wardhaven.
* SweetPollyOliver: Kris dresses as a man on several occasions in the second novel, when she has to do some undercover work.
* TranquillizerDart: An available ammunition type for the standard-issue assault rifles, regular darts tipped with InstantSedation knockout drugs and fired with a reduced load. They not perfect however, using them at point-blank range will break bones, the reduced load makes them inaccurate at long range, and there's no (publicly available) studies on the effects of multiple shots.
* {{Precursors}}: The Three. The ancient race which might have built the faster than light transportation network. Or might not have and it is all natural. Oh, and they left behind a bunch of planets they used to live on, at least 3 have been discovered and visited in the novels set in the universe.
* UndercoverAsLovers: Not quite lovers. In order to free Tom, who is being held captive in a motel, Kris and Jack pose as a prostitute and her client to get into the place.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Kris and Jack.
** [[spoiler: As of ''Defender'' they are married.]]
* WeddingDeadline: In ''Defender'', [[spoiler:Kris and Jack]] have their wedding planned, scheduled and performed in a single afternoon, so that they can get married before orders can be cut that place them in the same chain of command, which would make their relationship against Navy regulations.
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