The wait is over. New York Times best-selling author Jack Campbell continues his action-packed spin-off to The Lost Fleet series as the Syndicate's civil war threatens to spread even farther into the final frontier...
President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon have successfully liberated the Midway Star System - but the former rulers of the Syndicate Worlds won't surrender the region without a fight. The dictatorial regime has ordered the ex-Syndicate CEOs terminated with extreme prejudice and the system's citizens punished for their defiance.
Outnumbered and led by junior officers hastily promoted in the wake of the uprising, Midway's warships are no match for the fleet massing and preparing to strike. But the Syndicate isn't the only threat facing Iceni and Drakon. Another former CEO has taken control of the Ulindi Star System, the first calculated move toward establishing his own little empire. With Drakon's ground forces dispatched to Ulindi, Midway erupts in violence as Syndicate agents and other, unknown enemies stoke a renewed revolt against Iceni's power - leaving both her and Drakon vulnerable to trusted officers just waiting for an opportune moment to betray them...
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"Still Going Strong"
I honestly can't get enough of all of the Lost Stars/Fleet/Beyond the Frontier novels. While others have complained that they are too much of the 'same old', I enjoy every single book that comes out. With this third book in the Lost Stars timeline, worries that the storyline was becoming too soap operish with the Morgan developments were fortunately laid to rest. Here, we have pure action, this time on two fronts, and enough politics and double crossing to keep readers eager to see how it will all resolve.
Story: A CEO of the Ulindi Star System has declared independence from the Syndicates and seeks aid from Midway. Drakon takes a dangerous amount of Midway's defenses to help subdue the snakes at Ulindi and help the people to independence. But underground forces use the opportunity to raise serious trouble at Midway - forcing Iceni to make some terrible decisions. Ironically, the Midway ground force is on another world and her space fleet may not be able to prevent her staff and those loyal to her from being overthrown. It's a gambit that could cost Midway everything and put the Syndics right back in control. Only the intelligence of their staff will save them.
Morgan is fortunately out of the picture in this book - it's mostly about the other lieutenants under Drakon, sacrifices that will be made, and both Drakon and Iceni further wondering who they should - and who they suddenly can't - trust. People will go missing, assassination attempts become personal, and there are some great space and land battles this time.
I could still do without the whole 'jealousy/women are overemotional' thing with Iceni and Drakon. And Campbell definitely likes his 'love triangles' (which apparently aren't only a YA staple). But really, they are minor quibbles considering how greatly I enjoy all the books in this universe.
I purchased the Audible version and while I enjoyed it, the narrator doesn't have the range to really cover all the different characters in a Campbell book. As well, really poor production (annoyingly, distractingly loud intakes of breath were rampant) was disappointing.
"The Lost Stars finally found me"
I love being on the Dauntless with Admiral Geary and crew. I found myself listening to the Lost Stars out of some weird sense of obligation to understanding the whole Geary Universe that Mr Hemry so wonderfully creates (or maybe for the glimpses Dauntless from the Syndic perspective), rather than stand-alone enjoyment of this spin-off series. And I didn't like transitioning from Christian Rummel to Marc Vietor in the same "Universe". The first two books were well done but, overall, didn't grab me like the Lost Fleet. Book 3 in this series now has me hooked. I actually give a crap now about Iceni and Drakon, et al, and I enjoy their slow awakening to the power and responsibility of human freedom. Action packed and Marc Vietor is very, very good. It's a great listen.
"Engrossing Space Battles"
I enjoyed Jack Campbell’s “Lost Fleet” series and have just keep reading right into his new sub series of the “Lost Stars” series. This is book three in the series. The series follows the trials and tribulations of the newly independent Midway Star System. We met this Star System and the people in the later books of the “Lost Fleet” series.
Midway broke away from the Syndicated Worlds Empire and formed their independent Star System. President Gwen Iceni and head of Defense Artur Drakon are the key leaders. The people form a democracy for the first time in history of their system. Campbell allows this back ground to create lots of suspense, political intrigue, espionage as back drop to the major problem they face, the Syndicate wants to retake the Midway Star System. This of course, leads us to the area where Jack Campbell shines through. Campbell is the master of the space battles. His fleet movements techniques, the chess like moves of the fleet and the fighting in space kept me glued to my iPod. We meet up with Kommodor Marphissa, the female commander of the Midway fleet. She is turning into a most interesting character in the series as is the new Captain of the battleship Midway. The ending sets us up for the next book. Mark Vietor does as excellent job narrating the book.
"This series just keeps getting better"
I am really enjoying the Lost Stars series, even better than the Lost Fleet and Lost Fleet Beyond the Frontier, which are both great series in themselves. What I like about this series, is that it has more viewpoint characters and a more intricate plot.
The quality of the writing and the twists and turns of the stories in the series just keeps getting better.
This book picks up right where the previous book left off, grabs you by the collar and before you know it, you're hooked.
The Syndicate are still trying to bring the wayward star system of Midway back under their control and whether by direct force or indirect trickery they are determined to do it.
President Iceni and General Drakon are coming round to the idea that maybe the people should be allowed to choose a government for themselves, but do they dare take that risky step?
Political intrigue, space navy engagements, ground force battles, human frailty and double-dealing - all molded into a fascinating story.
I can't wait for the next book in the series!
"And the plot thickens"
Imperfect sword is the thrid installment in the spin off series of The Lost Fleet and even if it's a spin off, the events of this book occurs in parrallel to the events in Steadfast and so it allows us to see a late section of the other book from a different perspective.
Both Arthur and Gwen gets character development, Morgan get's more of her back-story explained and we have plot twists (usualy forshadowed brilliantly in a previous book if one know where too look).
Finally while this book resolves some of the things brought up previously, there are still story threads running, including the omnious warning sent to both Midway and the Alliance by the Dancers. I look foward to see what's next.
Same strengths and weaknesses of previous books. Good story, but all the preaching about the syndicate gets repetitious.
"Heavy handed but good battle scenes"
I think this is prob aimed at teens and can be tiresomely heavy-handed, but the setup is good and the action is too
"Lessons in leadership"
The leadership lessons to be found in the series, mixed with real people experiences. It is as if the books were designed to teach leadership lessons, but are told through a highly compelling and addictive story line. I cannot wait for the next chapter in the series.
"This book was fantastic. Waiting for next book."
The entire Lost Fleet and Lost Stars series has been great. Character development was top notch. Plot was great!
The continuous interaction between General Drakon and President Isenie (SP?) was very interesting on how they rely on each other but are still developing trust.
Waiting with anticipation of the continuing saga of the Lost Stars and or the Lost Fleet.
"great book, great story"
loved this book. well written and lots of plot twists and turns...on to #4
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