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Training Daze, Mike Shepherd 22 June 2016

2011 military SF novella, a later insertion into the Kris Longknife series. After the triumph of the Battle of Wardhaven, Kris and crew go out to train allied fast patrol boat commanders.

This feels like procedural spackle. The fast patrol boats of Defiant are explicitly renamed fast attack boats, which I bet is what they got accidentally called in the following novels. The hints of the beginnings of a romance between Kris and her secret service agent Jack Montoya are here ladled on with a spoon – and Jack is carefully drafted into the Marines so that he can continue as Kris's bodyguard even while she's on duty away from Wardhaven. But most importantly, the next book Resolute isn't going to open with Kris on allied-navy training duty, and this novella's job is to explain why that's the case.

This ends up coming over as a "B story" cut from the following novel, much as the "space Hawaii" sequence could have been cut from Defiant; that it's a later insertion seems odd. Are there huge narrative gaps between the two novels that were crying out to be bridged and explained? Or is it just that the fans want more details, more backstory, more things defined exactly thus and so?

Followed by Resolute.

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