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The New York Times best-selling author of The Lost Fleet returns to the "strong saga" of a rebellion against a totalitarian regime and the determination of two people to create a better future in the farthest reaches of the colonized galaxy....

The Syndicate Worlds continue to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they're establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule continues to undermine their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders' promises of freedom from tyranny. Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with an even greater threat. An enigma warship has appeared and vanished near a Syndic colony. If the aliens are capable of jumping into other human-occupied star systems, then billions of people could be vulnerable to a hostile invasion fleet anywhere they choose to strike. But an even greater vulnerability lies with Iceni and Drakon, as a once-trusted adviser-turned-saboteur plans revenge....

©2016 John G. Hemry (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 06-16-16

Gripping

I think this is the last book in the Lost Star series. I hate to think this is the end. Between the Lost Fleet series and the Lost Star series the characters have absorbed me into their world and I do not want to leave them. The books in the series must be read in order to fully understand the story line.

Midway Star system is facing multiple threats not only from the Syndicate Worlds but from a female pirate who has taken over three neighboring worlds and hates Gwen Iceni, and from a former Syndicate CEO who was a POW that Iceni has released and sent to a neighboring star system. But the greatest of all is the return of the “Enigma”.

Campbell continues to introduce new characters to the story. Needless to say, the book is well written. I just could not put the book down so read it in one sitting. Campbell has provided the reader with a number of exciting space battles and one ground battle. Campbell is a master in writing space battles. In this book we now have some romance between two couples; I am not going to reveal the details. Campbell steadily ties all the various strands of the story and brings them all together at the end of the book, but I still want more. Marc Vietor has done an excellent job narrating this series.

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Aliens, Allies and Pirates. Oh my.

The road to hell is paved in good intentions and the Red Wedding of The Lost Stars is accepting RSVPs.

This was such an emotional roller coaster. Taken with the last Lost Fleet book I find myself pondering if Mr. Hemry was in an accident and was provided a blood transfusion from George RR Martin.

As always Mr. Hemry (AKA Jack Campbell) writes a brilliant tale. The Enigma Race push into former Syndic space in a move that aims to carve through the newly emerging Phoenix Stars. The Syndics cannot let Midway go. It also cannot let them build a palatable alternative to themselves.

The machinations of friends work to their own dark goals and slowly their efforts see the light of day.

And a Pirate from Gwen's shameful past.

Brilliantly executed. Engrossing. Well narrated.

Can I have some more?

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Awesome book. Awesome series!!

Loved this book. Loved the whole series. Was skeptical that I could find any Syndicate characters interesting or likeable, of course, Jack Campbell can make any character great & explain the mindset perfectly so it all is very plausible. Love the whole world that has been created. I wish there was more angles to follow. Thanks Jack Campbell for telling this wonderful story with so much attention to detail that most of the time it felt so realistic that I felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to a book. Sad to see it end. I wish there was another one.

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  • Joki
  • Helsinki
  • 11-27-16

Always Excellent

With Shattered Spear, the world of Midway draws to a close as Iceni and Drakon work their hardest to create a unified and cohesive power base to protect their system. Many of the loose strings (Morgan, the child, Iceni's former assistant, etc.) are tied up and the book comes to an appropriate and interesting conclusion for the series.

Story: When an Enigma warship appears and then disappears near a Syndic colony, Drakon and Iceni fear the Enigma can use alternate routes to plan an attack than the known jump gates. In order to shore up an alliance to deal with the problem, they will have to work with a pirate -one with an axe to grind with Iceni. At the same time, they might have a clue as to a location where prisoners of war are being held and hidden by the Enigma. As they plan a daring rescue, can they really count on their allies to back them - or will they turn and betray Midway in order to gain control of that powerful system? Meanwhile, it's becoming clear that someone very powerful wants Drakon dead - and if he doesn't do something about it soon, he may not be so lucky after the next attempt.

There is, as always, some great action to be found in Shattered Spear. And Campbell does an excellent job of providing several twists - including the true sabateur trying to kill Drakon. The ending of the book isn't clean - expect some deaths of major characters. But at the same time, I was glad that the melodrama of the previous books had been eschewed for clear action and the big picture again. We're always rooting for Drakon and Iceni but at the same time all the personal assistants doing their own thing for the sake of their leader was telling the story of the 'screwed up Syndics' a bit too heavily.

I have greatly enjoyed every single Campbell book and I am sad this is ending. But I also look forward to the new series set in the beginning of the Alliance period. Note: I listened to the Audible version and the narrator did a good job with the book.

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'He's dead.' she thought. "He's dead." she said. He was dead.

Jack Campbell's writing style is ponderous to say the least. I think this book is one third again the length due to repeating and repeating the same information within a sentence or two. Jack, if you're going to write another book, please assume your readers can do with far less information and still work it out for themselves by implication.

And backstory, my gosh! So much explanation of things that were established eight books back, then seven, six, and five books, and then in every prior chapter in this book. Yes, the Syndicate is not to be trusted. Yes, it's truly amazing when two former syndicate CEOs trust each other. Yes, the enigma are pathologically secretive. Assume readers have read something else in the series, once beyond book one, and so have basic backstory.

Also, consider giving Marc Vietor a raise. His narration carries the day.

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  • Joycinta
  • Narre Warren, Australia
  • 06-07-16

Jack Campbel you entrance me.

Though I do love this author I tend to get to the end his books and think:

"What the hell even really happened?"

The development of the characters on an internal level is always glacier.

He gives you just enough not to put down the book, but never enough to really satisfy.

The external story though, the worlds he builds, is phenomenal.

In that I cannot fault him.

An excellent read.

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this is by far one his best books

If you could sum up Shattered Spear in three words, what would they be?

this continues his his good books and continues his good works

What other book might you compare Shattered Spear to and why?

this continues his his good books and continues his good works

Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

this continues his his good books and continues his good works

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

this continues his his good books and continues his good works

Any additional comments?

this continues his his good books and continues his good works

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Only for Fans of the Franchise...

Almost gave the story a 2* review because of certain choices Campbell made with longstanding characters and the contrived feeling of one of the story arcs. If you like this series and universe, you'll enjoy the story and want to read the next one. If you have never picked up a Lost Fleet book put this one back and start at the beginning.

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Great follow up space opera series

Both of the "lost" space opera series by Jack Campbell are well written and narrated. The story is told from multiple perspectives, and you really get the feel of people trying to rebuild society in a way completely foreign to them.

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another great book on one of my favorite series

great story line, has enough surprises, good character development and a really, really great narrator.

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  • Magbug
  • 09-08-18

Standard Jack Campbell delivery

I enjoy novels set in Jack Campbell's space opera universe, and this is no exception. To be fair, the story is not that exciting but it move along at a good pace. Recommended if you have read the previous novels.

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  • Bradley
  • 11-08-17

Awesome!

Excellent, would definitely recommend. The ending literally gave me chills, great way to end the lost stars series.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 10-30-17

finished another one

finally, I did it, I got through the entire lost fleet series, Yay.
Anyway another great book and quite an interesting ending.

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  • Poppey
  • 10-29-16

Amazing

I am coming late to the table with this series. That said, I was hooked after the first book and have made my way through the four books in just over a week. Now what do I listed to!

This is a great series and I hope it continues.