Shattered Spear (Lost Stars #4) (Lost Fleet)

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Title: Shattered Spear

Series: Lost Stars

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 350

Format: Kindle digital edition

Synopsis:

Iceni and Drakon deal with a plethora of threats. The Enigma’s wipe out a near by system and begin to build up a base. The Syndics are sending more ships against Midway to take it back. A Warlord, who has personal enmity against Iceni, has arisen and is starting to build a systems wide group.

At the same time Roh AND Togo both appear to be going after the other’s former chief, ie, Iceni and Drakon.

Thankfully, Drakon and Iceni make nice and get hitched at the end. Nothing says “Romance” like a nice contract while wearing battle armor and your former aide is trying to kill your lover.

My Thoughts:

Once again, Campbell does not disappoint with this latest Lost Stars book.

My only complaints are as such:

  • Stop including Syndic/Alliance stereotypes just so characters can renege them to show how much they’ve changed. We get it. Midway is trying to go its own way. Stop beating me over the head with that.
  • Give me more ground forces fighting. Having the Midway forces give up on taking the Enigma’s base was realistic, but it wasn’t fun to read about. Give me some room by room clearing action. Space shotguns, Doom style!

Considering that those are my only “complaints”, I’m pretty happy. This is something like the 14th or 15th Lost Fleet Universe book by Campbell and I’m still not bored. I’m not mad at him for not finishing things up. I do hope that he wraps up individual story lines [like Jack “Black” Geary and the Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series], but if he wants to keep writing spin off series/stories with new characters, I’d be great with that.

Finally, the cover. I’ve been really enjoying these Lost Stars covers and I hope that they keep the same artist for as long as the series runs. They are truly representative of the “feel” of these books.

 

 

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Imperfect Sword (Lost Stars #3) (Lost Fleet)

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Title: Imperfect Stars

Series: The Lost Stars #3, Lost Fleet

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 379

 

Synopsis:

President Iceni and General Drakon must defend themselves yet again from the remnants of the Syndic Gov’t. The best way they can think of to do this is to help their neighbors and form some sort of loose Coalition or Alliance but without becoming the Syndics 2.0 or an Empire.

The Ulindi Star System is in rebellion and looks promising to both Iceni and Drakon. But can they help that system without endangering themselves or the people they have sworn to protect.

 

My Thoughts:

First, it has taken me 3 books to put the facts together that Iceni’s name is Gwen and Drakon’s is Artur. Arthur and Guinevere. Doh. Hope that doesn’t bode ill for the ending of the series.

Loved, loved, loved this book! It was the perfect mix of space fighting, ground fighting, intrigue, mystery with just a hint of romance. I have to admit, I think I am enjoying this Lost Stars series more than the original Lost Fleet books. And I definitely enjoy having 2 main characters instead of just Jack Black Geary.

This series continues to explore non-Alliance space, politics and the after-affects of Jack Black ending the war. With the introduction of the Dancers’ cryptic message about “different stars” you know this series is going to go for several more books. Honestly, I’m hoping for another 3, to make it match the original series.

While my enthusiasm for the spinoff series Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier waxes and wanes, these books have consistently kept my interest and kept me wanting the next book, now. Highly recommended to any SFF fan, with the caveat that you read the first 6 Lost Fleet books to understand the universe you are in.

Perilous Shield (Lost Stars #2) (Lost Fleet)

 

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Perilous Shield

Lost Stars #2

Author: Jack Campbell

4 of 5 stars

 

I enjoyed every page of this book.  The only caveat I have is that you really do need to have read the Lost Fleet series and Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier trilogy and obviously the first Lost Stars book.

You get more of the same. Iceni and Drakon continue their dance of mistrust and romance. More military maneuvers , more backstabbing by some mysterious source. Drakon’s subordinate nutcase shows her true colors and you find out why she seduced him.

We also get a bit more of a look at the Syndic and Alliance security officers who fell in love with each other.

Overall, this was different enough from the “Black Jack saves the day” but still similar enough that I liked this [even though it is book 11 in the series] and am looking forward to the next book. And have no fear, there will be a next book. Too many questions are raised with no answers.

Tarnished Knight

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Lost Stars #1

Jack Campbell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

If you liked the Lost Fleet series, and are enjoying the Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series, then you’ll like this book.

It is tough to tell if it is a standalone or the start of a sub-series in the Black Jack Geary universe.

Either way, we get to see a Syndic system [Midway, featured prominently along with the Enigma races in early books] after the fall of the Syndics.

2 CEO’s make a go of creating an independent system of Midway. Along the way they must face and takedown the Syndic secret service [officially known as ISS, but popularly as Snakes], have enough trust in the other to not knife them in the back, and deal with gate-connected systems as they go through upheaval as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. There was only 1 or 2 instances of Mr Campbell’s love of exposition on space fighting and whatnot. Made for a refreshing change. The story did wrap up ok, but it was completely open for future novels if he so desired.

I, for one, would like to see some more of this Universe without Black Jack. Not because I dislike him, but because writing about a duo seems to bring out a different side of Mr. Campbell’s writing.