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The Lost Stars - Perilous Shield (Book 2) (Lost Stars 2) [Paperback]

Jack Campbell
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11 Oct 2013 Lost Stars 2
Following a successful coup, the leaders of the rebel Midway Star System struggle to forge a government free enough to please its citizens yet strong enough to secure power. But in a world where former rulers have become new foes, an alien threat to humanity may turn old adversaries into uncertain allies. General Artur Drakon knows three words describe someone who confides in a Syndicate CEO: Stupid. Betrayed. Dead. Despite his misgivings, he partnered with another former CEO to overthrow Syndic forces. Now, with an enigma fleet menacing their hard-earned independence, he can ill afford to trust her or lose her support. President Gwen Iceni believes Midway is humanity s defense against the enigmas. Syndicate training taught her self-preservation in a crisis, yet she s determined to fight for the star system s fate...even if it means joining forces with Drakon and an officer of the hated Alliance. Their plan places the Midway flotilla at great risk in hopes of greater reward: recruiting the personnel necessary to man warships against the enigmas. But before facing the alien advance, Drakon and Iceni must survive hidden dangers closer to home: all-too-human threats that could jeopardize Midway s freedom...and their own lives.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (11 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857689258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857689252
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,029 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

About the Author

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a real "must read" 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
3.0 out of 5 stars #2 in Spin off series from "lost fleet" series. 20 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Trust 18 April 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars and he does it again ! 13 Dec 2013
By Roy
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Continued Story 5 Mar 2014
By MacNala
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars campbell for president! 14 Feb 2014
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The man cant put a foot wrong. a bit of a King Midas with a word processor. He interweaves the politicking and machinations of the goodie and baddies across human space to the "Enigmatic" alien races.
You can almost feel the tension between the president and the general and he describes their lonlieness and paranoia. after all who can you trust in system built on mistrust?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Perilous shield
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. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jtudor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great from read from a great series
Ever since reading The Lost Fleet series I have been glue to all the books an am eagerly away the next in the lost star series.
Published 7 months ago by Moth1982
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner
After the two superb Lost Fleet series Campbell produces yet another winner. Set in the Lost Fleet universe The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield is the second novel about the struggle... Read more
Published 7 months ago by J. N. Bullock
3.0 out of 5 stars good plot but laborious
Lacking some of the depth in earlier books in this series. More of a political war than a space adventure.
Published 7 months ago by M. Leadbeater
5.0 out of 5 stars Another worth while read for Lost Fleet, Lost Star fans
I wasn't certain if I wanted to read this series as they are related to the former antagonist from the Lost Fleet. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Halo Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read long and thrusting
A quiet time is required to get started but once you get going it all kicks off. Will consider the next book ...
Published 8 months ago by richard Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for star gazers
Again, a gift but the first book was a great hit and I understand from the recipient that this one is just as good. He cannot fault it so neither can I.
Published 8 months ago by June Dawes
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Campbell does it again
superb read can't wait for the next book, have read the whole series and the books are all as good
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