Crossfire (Star Kingdom #4)
For the first time in his life, roboticist Casmir Dabrowski is headed to another star system as an advisor for the Kingdom space fleet. He’s being given a chance to prove himself to King Jager by helping find the ancient artifact he inadvertently lost. It’s best not to think about what might happen if he fails... But with technologically advanced astroshamans after the artifact, not to mention the deadly mercenary captain Tenebris Rache, it’s not long before the mission collides with disaster. Soon, Casmir and his friends are caught between warring factions, and he must choose between what the king would want and what he knows is right.

Crossfire (Star Kingdom #4) Details

TitleCrossfire (Star Kingdom #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 13th, 2019
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GenreScience Fiction

Crossfire (Star Kingdom #4) Review

  • The Mysterious Reader
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: although we’ve never actually met, I totally adore Lindsay Buroker. I’ve read everything else she’s written, in all their varied genres, and loved them all. That’s certainly true of the Star Kingdom series, and most definitely true of Crossfire (Book 4). Roboticist Casmir Dabrowski and friends may indeed be caught between warring factions, but never fear, they’ll figure something out - and it will be spectacular. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband Disclaimer: although we’ve never actually met, I totally adore Lindsay Buroker. I’ve read everything else she’s written, in all their varied genres, and loved them all. That’s certainly true of the Star Kingdom series, and most definitely true of Crossfire (Book 4). Roboticist Casmir Dabrowski and friends may indeed be caught between warring factions, but never fear, they’ll figure something out - and it will be spectacular. But for the fact that I’m literally dictating this review to my husband from my hospital bed I could go on and on with praises. The book definitely deserves it. Since I can’t do that I will simply note that the book is most definitely one to read, and it is easy to highly recommend. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.
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  • Richard T. Kotomori
    January 1, 1970
    Action packed series with good character development!Multiple storylines and great action holds your attention in this book. Casmir learns that naivity and good good intentions can have both good an bad results. Kim and Rache are growing closer. Bonita and Qui learn dealing with pirates can be dangerous. I look forward the next book.
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  • Norman Partington
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully crafted yarnCharacters are interesting, their interactions are amusing and enthralling, politics is fun ( a critique of the pros and cons of a monarchy included)The cliffhanger finish always enjoyably annoying, lol.Who will end up running the system , I am tipping Casmir, with Rache/David as his peacekeeper
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  • A.M. Scott
    January 1, 1970
    WonderfulI love this series and this novel didn't disappoint me at all! Inventive, fun, snarky and lots of adventure with unlikely heroes, and some reminders of unintended consequences. Looking forward to the next one.
  • Alice L Parry
    January 1, 1970
    Crossfire stands the Buroker testI always assume that each time I pick up one of Lindsay Buroker's books, it will be a very pleasurable read. This one is no exception. Totally enjoyable and touching all at the same time. I'm never disappointed and don't believe anyone else will be either. I recommend everyone needs to read them all!
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  • David Wongwai bad
    January 1, 1970
    GreateI am really enjoying this series. Can't wait for the next book. I hope we get more of these books.
  • Rob Mueller
    January 1, 1970
    Great storyThis series is so full of people with issues to overcome and action packed events! It is fun to read about the characters and the story is great! Can not wait until the next book is out in September!!
  • Peter Rijs
    January 1, 1970
    Very entertaining indeed,and working toward a "clash between the good and the bad". Good description of developing human relations and a nice touch of humor. No hard cliffhangers, although the books can definitely not be seen as standalone reads. And a certain captain cosying up to a certain roboticist . . nice turn of events . .
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  • Robert m. Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    ExcellentExcellent workLove the humanity, people need to read more books that give alternatives to war and killing. What's wrong with being nerdy?
  • Carole S.
    January 1, 1970
    Action packed series!Crossfire was just as exciting as the other books in this series! The plot was well thought out and kept me interested the whole time! So glad most of the major characters were included and are continually evolving! Looking forward to the next book!
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  • Julie Cobham
    January 1, 1970
    A great follow up to the other books. Dialogue excellent, characters well drawn and believable. Plot wonderful with 2 cliff hangers here with Qin and the astroshamans so roll on September for the next instalment.
  • Jane Edmunds
    January 1, 1970
    Love these charactersThroughout this series, the characters have driven the narrative, easing you into an affectionate familiarity with their quirky personalities and reasoning. Great storytelling at its best!
  • Bob Truman
    January 1, 1970
    Truly original space opera I find myself slowing my pace when reading cause I don't want to finish too quickly. Once again I am caught up with an empty feeling .Can't wait till September ,
  • Charles F. Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    Great Author Good reading, great storytelling, author has a rye sense of humor and a gift for the appropriate quip. The characters are clearly drawn and have evolved throughout the series. Author has written “Steam-punk”, Fantasy and Sci-fi, all good. I like the space opera series’ the must, try them you’ll like them.SincerelyC F Shirley, fan.
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  • Monte Huebsch
    January 1, 1970
    As good or better then the previous 3After finding this author I purchased her Dragon series. While enjoyable she has really grown as a story teller and this fourth book in this series did not disappoint. I’m hooked and can’t await the next book in September. I read this one in a day! Brilliant.
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  • Marti
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE this series! Our intrepid roboticist rides again! Casmir, Kim, and Rache are wonderful characters. The plots are fun and interesting with lots of exciting action. I can hardly wait to see what happens next!
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Love the direction!! I'm loving the direction this story is heading!! I can't wait until book 5 is released. The personalities and relationships are blooming
  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Great readThis was a good read, with some good character development, but I need more Bonita and Qin. They are two of my favorite characters.
  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    I am really loving this series! It's well written and the MC's are interesting and complex. I could see it being a movie series, as long as it was done correctly. I look forward to the next story!
  • Francesca
    January 1, 1970
    Casmir and Kim on another flight in space. Almost all the usual people are there. Lindsay Buroker left us with a bit of a cliff hanger and that makes me a little frustrated. I’ve thought, for a while, that I could like Rache and Ishii. This book with me closer to liking both of them. Asgar and Zee got ‘deeper’ with their personalities. Overall, there’s a lot of moral complexity in this book and I really appreciated it.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Very funny but not silly There are so many interesting people in this story and they keep getting more fully developed. Dabrowski is the best in some ways and the blend of comedic space opera with realpolitik is kind of mesmerizing. The other characters are also being increasingly squeezed between the reality they wish that they inhabited and the forces that are pretty much determined to demolish their individualism. It's a tough place to be and the humor reflects a lot of how people actually re Very funny but not silly There are so many interesting people in this story and they keep getting more fully developed. Dabrowski is the best in some ways and the blend of comedic space opera with realpolitik is kind of mesmerizing. The other characters are also being increasingly squeezed between the reality they wish that they inhabited and the forces that are pretty much determined to demolish their individualism. It's a tough place to be and the humor reflects a lot of how people actually reframe the moment to survive the intolerable. These are characters that have real emotions, despite their quirks and funny personal fantasies. A MC (in his fifties, with a child's curiosity and sense of wonder) gushing over the possibility that a girl that he likes might like him back is awesome. It's so real world and so rare in any novel and done so well, is a nice read. It might not rock too many readers as much as it does me but it's just nice to see portrayals of normal males, from pirates to warship captains stumbling through their emotional lives, the same way that normal men do. She captured it, allowed the humor of seeing male attitudes from the outside, yet shows characters trying as best they can, to do the best they can. There's some awesomely good stuff in her writing in this series. It's fun. It's funny. It's operatic (in both the space and stage way). Through it all, she created characters who live and breathe. They deal with getting underwear shipments from mom, questioning the normality of developing a relationship with a pirate, saving a shipmate from slavers, challenging the service to their kingdom against the good of humanity and a lot more. It's a neat complex bundle (with the bonus that none of the males are expected to solve every problem with decisive military action and a pronounced lack of introspection or forethought or compassion or empathy).
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    The GateThis KU library selection is a great addition to the Star Kingdom saga. Casmir and Kim are again pressed into service by the king and find themselves in a different sector on a space station that is going through civil war. And while the next book, book five, unfortunately isn't out yet, there are two threads left hanging. That leaves lots of fodder for another engaging story about the "rogue roboticist" and his unlikely allies.
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  • John W McKinney
    January 1, 1970
    A great series. Having just finished the 4th book in this series, I was disappointed that I would have to wait for the next book. This is a great series with plenty of action and superb character development. The dialogue contains humerous undertones even as the the discussion turns serious. Kim and Casmir make a great couple that will never be. All in All very well written, hard to put down and deserving of a warm fire on a cold night.
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  • Alexis Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    CrossfireLindsay, you never disappoint (except when you end a book). I have a good imagination and I try to figure out what happens next. I guess my imagination is not that good because I am always surprised and intrigued when the new book arrives. Keep penning those fantasy and science fiction books because I'm loving them.
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  • L
    January 1, 1970
    FantasticAnother wonderful update to the series - I’ve always loved Buroker but this is smart and witty with all the techno humor and links with science, religion and politics! Character development was also amazing, with us learning more about everyone - Casmir and Rache etc. Well done! Looking forward to the next in the series.
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  • Jennifer Roth
    January 1, 1970
    Action packed and amusingSo much happens in this book, and yet there are plenty of major adventures in the way. This prolific author is promising another book in a little over a month. I can hardly wait!
  • Connor Scott
    January 1, 1970
    Finished residing this yesterday having read the 4 books back to back, now I must wait patiently for number 5! Luckily I hear its out soon so the author must write quickly as 4 only came out a few days again! Brilliant book and love zees developing personality.
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  • Juliana Montgomery
    January 1, 1970
    Enlightening Episode in the Star Kingdom series.I really enjoyed this book the most. The characters are developing and their relationship s are progressing in a most satisfying manner. Read this series and you'll be cheering for the good guys too!
  • Robert DeWoody
    January 1, 1970
    Candid is almost too sillyThe main character is a little too naive but the stories are interesting enough to make his character acceptable. The author also seems to be stretching the plot a bit too thin.
  • Doreen Kellett
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant series.Well rounded characters and frighteningly believable plots. A must read for those who are fascinated by futuristic space travel and man's basic nature good and bad. Nice comedy moments and edge of seat adventures.
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