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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By Mikey72 on 10-10-14
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.
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By Joki on 31-10-14
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.
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