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The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield Hardcover – Oct 2013


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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: 15.7 x 3.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,232,662 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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8 of 8 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roy on 13 Dec 2013
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Held me gripped from start to finish.
Classic space opera with a belter of a twist in the tail.
Top job, get a move on with the next one !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jtudor on 21 Aug 2014
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A little slow to start but worth the read. Shows the different thinking from the Alliance people, a scary way to live but interesting nevertheless. Surprising ending, so can't wait for the next book. Should be interesting reaction from Iceni.
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By Mr David RImmer on 12 May 2014
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I have read the entire Lost Fleet series, and enjoyed Jack Campbell's spin off mini-series about life in the Midway star system. It does not detract from the overall story, and continues with the great ideas that were introduced throughout the other books.

For those who, like me, enjoy a bit of fun sci-fi with plenty of space battles, the Lost Fleet series are great. You need to read the other books before this one though, or it won't seem as good.
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By Amazon Customer on 18 Mar 2014
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Very good 'heroic' characters that seem to be virtually indestructible at times, a bit too far fetched but very readable. Looking forward to more.
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By MacNala on 5 Mar 2014
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This will be a short review extended to conform to Amazon's stupid dictates on the minimum length of a review.
Jack Campbell continues the excellent story.
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