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Perilous Shield: The Lost Stars, Book 2 | [Jack Campbell]

Perilous Shield: The Lost Stars, Book 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.
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Publisher's Summary

A thrilling spin-off from Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series, The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight delivered "excellent tales of space battles and struggles against tyrants and aliens". Now the New York Times best-selling author returns with the next chapter in the overthrow of the Syndicate Worlds’ oppression….

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.

©2013 John G. Hemry (P)2013 Audible Inc.

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    Rusty 10-16-13
    Rusty 10-16-13 Member Since 2007
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    "deeper relationships"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend this book. I'm a fan. This book is another fast easy listen with more focus on the tensions between characters than prior books which hooked me with "at time point 1.2 initiate maneuver." Good listening and good entertainment.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-15-13
    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 10-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Gripping Novel but Cliffhanger Ending"

    The Lost Stars series describes many of the same events as the Lost Fleet series and the Beyond the Frontier series but from a different point of view. I like the approach, borrowed from the Alexandria Quartet. I find the characters compelling, the plot lines interesting, and the political and military detail very plausible and insightful. I would have given the first 95% of the book five stars. However, I did not like the ending, which leaves the key issue in the novel unresolved and has two major plot twists. Campbell abandons his normal approach of careful, plausible plot development. I had been completely drawn into the reality of the story and suddenly, in the last few minutes, found the spell broken as the author introduces a stereotypical megalomaniac plot line that seems implausible.

    I hope the author rescues the plot line quickly in the next novel in the series. And I hope the next novel actually has an ending that is not yet another cliffhanger.

    Still worth worth reading or listening to, but I suspect it would be more satisfying to be able to read the sequel right away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mario Vilvoorde, Belgium 10-08-13
    mario Vilvoorde, Belgium 10-08-13 Member Since 2007

    A SciFi fan, roboteer and inventor. With a personal library over 2000 real books, 20 gig of bought Ebooks,and a gold membership here.

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    "Mindboggling"
    If you could sum up The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, captivating, addictive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Good question, Captain Bradamont comes close, a kind of Admiral Geary in being. But the book also depicts nameless workers, unruly mobs, sneaky snakes ,and all have their place in the story.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    His even voice that still can bring the characters to life and making a difference without overdoing the shifts from falsetto to bass.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Lead well and Survive.


    Any additional comments?

    When does the next Campbell arrive in the Library?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 12-24-14
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 12-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "MUCH BETTER!!"

    This second book is nothing like the first. It has LOTS of action and Drama. Written like you wre there. Answersl questions about Black Jack and the Fleet. A Very Good Book!
    This is a 4 to 5 star STELLA Book for any Lost Fleet Fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ramona Whelchel pa 10-26-14
    Ramona Whelchel pa 10-26-14 Member Since 2004
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    "soap opera"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    when the Generals top Colonels turned out to be Mother and Son and Morgan is pregnant with General child who will "RULE THE UNIVERSE" sorry I am returning this book and not bothering with the last one


    Has Perilous Shield: The Lost Stars, Book 2 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Perilous Shield: The Lost Stars, Book 2?

    the soap opera drama


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 10-08-13
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Mirror Mirror"
    What did you love best about The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield?

    Have you ever wondered what happened after Captain Kirk left the bearded Mr. Spock in charge after giving him a powerful weapon system and a sexy concubine...... well this is it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great ending (almost too good), sequel has "High Bar"

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 10-04-13
    Allan Irvine, CA, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Spinoff.... Warning..."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hard to say... The work as always is great.. But I am not a fan of spinoff's I wanted to hear another story around Black Jack.... Not the other characters... So the first part of the book, I had a problem of getting into the story... Eventually I was ok... The book is good, It just wasn't what I was expecting.


    Would you recommend The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield to your friends? Why or why not?

    Most likely would recommend.. Just because I am not a fan of Spinoff series...


    What does Marc Vietor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Marc brings all his wonder efforts into this book...


    Do you think The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Of course... we were left with the usual cliff hanger at the end....


    Any additional comments?

    All my gripes about spinoff, is just me... I hear Lost Series... I want to hear about Black Jack... Not a whole book on the other characters...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    hx 11-23-13
    hx 11-23-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm an astronomer. Scifi is all I ever read/watch/listen to. (with the occasional epic fantasy here and there, for diversity :)

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    "Great until the last 1 hour"
    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to this book literally within a minute of having finished Tarnished Knight, and the transition is not smooth. After having the last book end on a certain note, with a certain situation and a certain conversation taking place, this book begins as if that didn't just happen, as if that conversation never took place and none of the important things were ever said, which felt rather weird. If I had known I would have given myself time to forget the last conversation of Tarnished Knight before stating this book.

    But nevermind that, it's a good, interesting book. It even made me laugh out loud once. I listened to all of it in a day and a half.


    One serious complaint though. There is a twist at the end of this book. A twist that belongs in a soap opera, not *space* opera. It is the very nature of a soap opera that most of the drama in it is due to for example unanswered feelings/inconvenient romance/unfaithfulness/unwanted pregnancy/children outside of wedlock/bla bla bla bla, and that is NOT what I want to read.

    Consequently I absolutely hated the way this book ended. It was further more unnecessary because there were numerous other things that could have served as quite effective cliff-hangers, things that have nothing to do with who slept with whom and why; things that instead deal with what the book was actually about - like fleets, and shipyards, and getting trained personel, and dealing with traitors, and maturing as a leader, and and and - all of this is awesome and is what I bought the book for. So I am very surprised that the author decided to finish with ...this. If this is indicative of things to come, I will not be buying the next book. Damn it, I was enjoying the story thoroughly before that last unfortunate hour. But if there was ever a sudden twist in a story designed to ensure I won't be sticking around for the conclusion, this was it. It was just that stupid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 10-16-13
    Ben United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2011

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "Say What?"

    Campbell/Hemry comes out with another fantastic story from the Lost Fleet Universe. However I have to ask, who wrote the last chapter? Did he have writer's block and decide to get his inspiration by watching daytime TV? I mean really are we reading a space opera or a space soap opera? This book was going along great and had me buying in big time until the end. This was a five star book that tanked to a "jump the shark" moment in the last chapter. The only reason I didn't give the story a worse review than I did was because there is a chance to salvage this. I have to say that if Campbell/'Hemry continues down this rabbit hole, I'm done with this series. I realize that much of the political parts of his books he finds in our own history, but even so the ones that attempted this one always failed miserably and rarely made for good stories. In fact just the opposite, most of them are bloody sagas that we try to push under the proverbial historical rug and forget about. This needs a quick resolution in the next book to keep me interested.

    Marc Vietor does a great job in his second outing in the Lost Fleet Universe. This is a much better performance than his first book and I hope that it continues with the rest of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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