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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"
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...
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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.
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...
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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
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
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This review is from: The Lost Stars - Perilous Shield (Book 2) (Lost Stars 2) (Paperback)
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. And more great character drama as the two leads have to fight against all the instincts they've been raised with to not trust anyone to try and work together for the better of their world.

A lot of the action in this part does, since it involves the Alliance fleet from the lost fleet books, duplicate stuff you will have seen in there. But since you see all these bits from Midway rather than Alliance perspective, it offers an interestingly different take on things.

Then there's lots more for the leaders of Midway to contend with. At which point the real central theme of this one hits. Which is people who have been raised to be enemies having to come to terms with war being over, with the need to hate no longer being there, and finding that their former enemies are just as human as they are. At this point in the narrative a character who has been mentioned a bit in previous books does get involved and have a lot of page time, which leads to some superb scenes all centred around this theme. People getting to know each other. And unlikely but genuine friendships forming.

Iceni and Drakon do vanish for a lot of the final third, as Marphissa takes centre stage and the story goes off on a mission. But this section is as equally involving as all the rest of it. Throughout some tension remains as the 'snakes' the syndic agents, are still out there and you can never be sure when one of them might strike.

But where this really goes up from four star to five star material is in the last thirty or so pages. With some stunning twists and plot developments - all of which have clearly been set up right from the start - that end the book with the series far from done. Leaving you desperate to know what will happen next.

Book three is, at the time of writing, due out in October. I look forward to it very much.

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5.0 out of 5 stars and he does it again !, 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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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
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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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Russell A. Sayle "yogibear" (Margate, Kent , UK) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great from read from a great series, 8 Feb 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner, 5 Feb 2014
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J. N. Bullock "JNB" (Northumberland, England) - See all my reviews
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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 of some former Syndicate worlds to throw off the old masters and give their people freedom.

As always Campbell's plot is filled with twists and turns and always leaves you wanting more. And MORE.
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