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Imperfect Sword

(The Lost Stars #3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,503 ratings  ·  93 reviews
The wait is over. New York Times bestselling 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
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Ace Hardcover (first published October 2014)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This series is seriously suspenseful. I admit I am quite hooked. There were moments in this book where I thought it was all over, so kudos to you, Mr. Campbell. My question now is, when is the next one coming out?

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

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Mary Catelli
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
The third Lost Stars book. Spoilers ahead for the first two -- and less so, for the Lost Fleet.

For instance, the book deals quite a bit with what Colonel Morgan did last book, and the hold it gives her over General Drakon.

But that's not the main plot. The main plot is that a nearby planet, Ulinda, is looking like an issue and a possibility. Morgan is set to scout before an invasion, though they have serious issues allocating forces, even with having recovered the fleet members who were Alliance
Alex Shrugged
"Imperfect Sword" is #3 of the Shadow series called "The Lost Stars". I loved it. These novels parallel "The Lost Fleet" series but taken from the point of view of the bad guys... in particular the Midway system that has broken away from the Syndicate Worlds. The leadership is trying to be good guys but they really only half believe that it is possible and are often surprised when being a good guy actually works for them.

The Story: President Icini and General Draken still don't fully trust each
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice entry in the Lost Stars series and a nice adventure. The only problem is it is tying off previous threads and setting the stage for new ones.... which isn't a bad thing.

The bad thing is now I have to wait for the next one and it'll be a while yet.
Nov 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Even more action packed and tense than previous installments.
Mike Franklin
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is Jack Campbell at his best. I thoroughly enjoyed this latest romp in his Lost Stars spin-off series. The characters are all fleshing out nicely – sympathetic and believable – the action, both space and planet based is fast, exciting and never too drawn out. In fact I think this is possibly Campbell’s most balanced book that I’ve read so far.

The Midway system continues its efforts to evolve from Syndicate totalitarianism towards a free democracy. There’s still a way to go but the steps fo
Blake Walker
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
I keep reading Jack Campbell's The Lost Stars series because I like the reoccurring characters who are featured in it. The independent star system of Midway launched a preemptive invasion to liberate the Ulundi star system. General Drakon's infantry division are almost trapped on the planet when a battleship from Midway shows up to even the score for the underdogs. The remaining Syndicate Worlds' mobile forces and infantry divisions are destroyed and scattered by a planetary bombardment.

That he
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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Fine serial novel involving the newly independent Midway finding it's way in a treacherous time. Syndicate forces attack again, Midway resists and is successful enough to work on stabilizing nearby star systems. Iceni remains on the still unstable Midway and Drakon heads out to topple what appears to be a warlord intent on growing his realm. Enigmas are scouting things out as well. After another dozen novels set in this universe, it's hard to say they're outstanding. I enjoy them, but I can't jo ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Another in the Lost Stars series by Jack Campbell. I can't help but root for Iceni and Drakon. I love watching them wrestle with the issues. I wish they would do it a LITTLE more deeply, but no worries. This book had some nice suspense, though unfortunately, the bad guys were geniuses on the ground and morons in space, which led to the results that you would kind of expect.
Also enjoyed getting to know just a little bit more about the mysterious Roh Morgan.
Lorenz Gargarou
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Minor error where Drakon is referred to as Geary during a battle, somebody lets out a breath they didn't know they were holding & I KNOW how far a ship travels at point two light speed!!!
Apart from that another good book from Jack Campbell
Dr. Jim
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is one book that is Science Fiction that makes a current day political point. Everyone who "believes" that tyranny and communism is a system that will overcome the human affliction to sin should read this book.
Karl Geiger
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Read as part of a binge.

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May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good story in the Black Jack universe.
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Bill Bowne
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yet another cliff-hanger!
Carl Phillips
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Weakest so far, but still a solid 3 star book. Beginning to find some of the supporting cast increasingly irritating and unrealistic, despite the continued excellence of the central POVs.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Not quite as engaging as the previous two novels.
Daniel Casciato
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Audible Book - the free star system is extending its influence.
Online Eccentric Librarian
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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 en
Per Gunnar
This book do not really surprise. It is a solid continuation of The lost Stars series continuing the story of Midway's struggles trying to build a somewhat more humane and democratic society than the Syndicate as well as keep their hard fought for independence.

The book is well written in the usual way of Jack Campbell and it is definitely an enjoyable read. The book jumps rather quickly into quite a bit of action with a Syndicate attack on Midway led buy a fanatical Syndicate CEO. I do not think
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Campbell writes some of the best military science fiction out there. This book is a continuation of a spin-off of his "Lost Fleet" series. The evil Syndicate of Planets once owned, and operated, the MIdway star system. Once the Syndicate was defeated by the Alliance, and hero of the Lost Fleet series, "Black Jack" Geary, two former Syndicate executives have been able to take control of Midway, and are trying to stabilize, and maintain it. The problem: Midway is a very desirable star system, with ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ground forces General Artur Dra
Rob Trans
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
In the aftermath of a human-human intergalactic war, this book continues the story of two leaders of a crumbling interplanetary syndicate who have decided to rebel and take over a star system. This describes the continuing challenges they encounter in establishing a freer society that protects rather than exploits its citizens. The challenges include internal betrayal, attempts by the syndicate to take the star system back, a devious alien race that wants to destroy all human life near their bor ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The third book in Jack Campbell's (aka John Hemry) 'The Lost Stars', this continues the story of Gwen Iceni and Arrur Drakon from the star system Midway in the wake of their revolution against their former Syndicate rulers.

This also takes place mostly alongside the events of Steadfast, with 'Balck Jack' Geary making a brief cameo about two-thirds of the way through, for reason explained in that other book.

The bulk of this novel concerns a preemptive attack on a neighbouring star system in which
Andy Simmons
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yet another winner from Jack Campbell. I've been a fan of his writing since he originally published the Stark Trilogy. I think that the Lost Fleet is quite simply the best space opera around. The Lost Stars series is certainly an excellent addition to the "Lost Fleetiverse" with good characters, an excellent setting and an engaging plot. In this instalment the "free forces" of Midway fight of another invasion attempt by the Syndicate forces and free a neighbouring star system from tyrannical rul ...more
Karl Schaeffer
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really like this sidetrack of the Lost Fleet series. The focus of these books are the Planetary System of Midway and their struggle to chart a path independent of the Syndicate worlds. Midway ised by two former high level Syndic COE's Gwen Iceni and Artur Drakon. While high level CEOs, they've found themselves on Midway for not quite toeing the Syndicate line. When the Syndicate loses to the Alliance, Iceni and Drakon find themselves unwilling allies as they stage a coup, wipe out areas of Syn ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As with all the books in the "Black Jack" theme, excellent.

IS stuff repeated, yes but it doesn't really bother me because its used in the "what will they do" context Geary is so successful because he doesn't follow any known or accepted method or procedure (mindless assault or back-stabbing and self-serving been very common). Iceni and Drakon are finding that doing the same (care for your people, trust someone, think, etc) can be very succesful.

Trivia point - the US cover is closer to the conte
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book. It was a quick read, the characters are interesting. There was a typo in the first edition that read "Geary" instead of Drakon which I thought was an interesting Freudian slip.
The problem I have is that once you have read the series, some of these ideas are repeated constantly and it's getting old. As an example, the idea that the Syndicate CEOs don't trust anyone is repeated over and over again. If this book is the first one you're reading, maybe it's important to keep ment
Fantasy Literature
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
After the last book in Jack Campbell’s THE LOST STARS series, I was really almost dreading Imperfect Sword. I felt like Campbell had lost touch with the meaning of Military Science Fiction and was wandering in the land of Science Fiction Romance. Well, fortunately I have been rebuked; with Imperfect Sword, Campbell delivers a wonderful action-packed installment and restores my belief in him as an author who knows when to blow something up with a plasma cannon or take someone down with a sharp kn ...more
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