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  • Hardcover: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425256312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256312
  • ASIN: 0425256316
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,340,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I struggled to put it down and didn t want it to end... Book three of The Lost Stars is eagerly awaited." --SF Crowsnest --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Jack Campbell is the pseudonym for John G. Hemry, a retired Naval officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. As Jack Campbell, he writes The Lost Fleet series of military science fiction novels. He also wrote the Starks War and JAG in Space series under his real name. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam Pick on 9 Oct. 2013
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First off I'm a big fan of Jack Campbell. I've read (and re-read) the Lost Fleet series, am reading the Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series and now the Lost Stars series. Within those series there are some real classics but, to my mind, this latest addition is the best yet. It really does have everything. Firstly, it has some really strong lead and support characters - the action around President Iceni and General Drakon is excellent. Particularly the antics of Drakon's two closest assistants Roh Morgan and Bran Malin. There is also lots of intrigue as the former Synidic CEO's negotiate with Admiral John Greary (of Lost Fleet fame) and also a really fantastically written space battle between - which is an area Jack Campbell has always excelled.

Without giving away all the details this is a "must read" for any fan of Lost Fleet, military sci fi or anybody who is looking for a good story with strong characters, a powerful setting and rapid action.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 20 Oct. 2013
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Moves on the story of the Syndicate worlds after Black Jack's victories recounted in the lost fleet series. Think: break up of Soviet union, re-emerging democracy etc. and you hsve the bssic picture.

This series runs in parallel with the Beyond Frontiers sequels.

The scenarios are a bit simplistic and very stereotyped but there are a few interesting twists. There are clearly about 5 books planned so the story lacks pace and I felt it was being stretched over about four books too many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 April 2014
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A military science fiction novel. From the writer of the popular 'Lost Fleet' novels, this is the second in a spin off series from those which shows events from a different side of the conflict.

There's nothing to bring any new readers up to speed, since it continues right on from the cliffhanger ending to the first of them The Lost Stars - Tarnished Knight (book 1) (Lost Stars 1). So it's not a jumping on point. Nor was that one for new readers. Who should start with The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (Book 1) (Lost Fleet 1).

Those who have followed these books, read on.

This volume runs for four hundred and sixty seven pages. It's divided into nineteen chapters. It is not the end of the series. Not by a long way.

At the end of book one, Iceni and Drakon, the two leaders of the rebel Midway star system that had just broken from Syndic control, were facing a double threat. A syndic flotilla determined to take the world back. And an alien one.

The initial thrust of this volume is on how they deal with that.

The viewpoint does mostly jump back and forth between Iceni and Drakon. But other characters will get a look in. Most notably Marphissa, who is having to learn fast how best to fight spaceship battles.

The usual well worked battles are here, as ever taking the laws of physics and relatively firmly into account in interesting fashion. There is a fair amount of tension to the early sections as a result of what's going on.
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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2013
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This, the second volume in the "Lost Stars" series, was a good and a rather exciting book, although I enjoyed it a bit less than "Tarnished Knight", the previous one, which it is preferable to read before.

Both books have very much the same ingredients. The story is told from the perspective of the former Syndicate system of Midway, a strategic hub with some eight jump points that has declared itself independent under President Iceni and General Drako, two former Syndicate leaders in charge, respectively, of its space navy and its ground forces.

Their position is somewhat unstable as they try to make the regime evolve towards something less totalitarian and (a bit) more democratic. They face multiple and unknown external and internal threats and do not know to what extent they can even trust each other, especially since they both originate from the ultra-competitive and murderous former elite of "CEOs". So suspicions, plots and intrigues, whether real or not, create an atmosphere of paranoia throughout the book where just about everyone suspects everyone else of being about to betray and murder them.

The first part of the book is similar to "Tarnished Knight", with the events seen in the corresponding "Lost Fleet" volume (which are part of Guardian) as Admiral Geary ("Black Jack's") Fleet comes back to Midway on its way home to Alliance space after having encountered (and defeated, of course) a couple of nasty alien species and allied with a third. The same story is, again, told from the perspective of the Midway leaders, with the same events unfolding. This was both well done and interesting as it showed a rather different point of view and perception. It did, however, have a strong sense of "déjà vu" and was therefore not as original.
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While Tarnished Knight appeared slow and sometime lacked direction, Perilous Shield certainly makes up for it.
It can be argued that Tarnished Knight merely laid the groundwork for Perilous Shield (and possibly the following). The political machinations surrounding our two unlikely good guys are perhaps not groundbreaking, but they do make the story flow very well. And despite wanting more space battles, or even ground battles, the overshadowing darkness of both the Syndicate Worlds and the Enigmas make for a very frontier feeling. Sometimes I had to remind myself that Midway is a fairly populous world, and not just a single city with a port.

Unlike Tarnished Knight the pace is kept up with new developments all the time. Even if they are ultimately not very big I didn't feel any of them were out of place.

The only significant downside is that the people are generally very simple in regards to the other gender.
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