The wait is over. New York Times best-selling 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 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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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.
Imperfect Sword continues the saga of Midway's two leaders, Drakon and Iceni, as they try to lead their planet system out of the clutches of the Syndics, those conniving, backstabbing "Snakes" who would rob Santa Claus, butcher his reindeers, proceed to club poor old Saint Nick to death with the torn off legs of what once was his ride and then burn the presents in front of an orphanage just to see the looks on the children's faces. Syndics suck, period.
Drakon can't seem to get more than 4 minutes at any point to look Iceni in her eyes and explain to her his true feelings about her. Maybe he is just self conscious about explaining to her why it looks like he's always smuggling a banana in his uniform pants pocket whenever she is around. Has there ever been two people who are so right for each other, and so in desperate need of a 2 week vacation than these two?
Anyways, this book is a worthy addition to the Perilous Shield series. In these 11 and change hours there is more intrigue, more hate filled blood thirsty revenge base internal dialogue than you can shake a stick at, and then there's Morgan - the ultimate exemplar of pure badassitude who, within 40 seconds of her name first being uttered by Mr. Vietor, had already snuffed the life out of 4 Syndics and left 2 permanently disfigured and bleeding heavily. Morgan, in my humble opinion, makes black widows and male head grubbing preying mantis's look like submissive houesfraus obsessed with pleasing their man in every way he wants.
Drakon is very lucky he just got away with a drunken shoot and scoot with the obligatory bun in the oven, or at least a bun in someone's oven who is standing in as fetus nourisher, while the real mom, i.e. Morgan is off on a mission somewhere busily castrating every male syndic who strays within a 20 mile radius of her. I ask you, who wouldn't want a mother like Morgan? I know she would make a wonderful mom. Just look at what she did to protect her unborn child. The surrogate is basically wired to explode and bring down a skyscraper if Drakon even looks at Morgan wrong or tries to discover who the victim, err, surrogate mother is and mess with the kid. One wrong move and boom! splat! there goes your baby, Drakon...... As I said who wouldn't want a mother like Morgan? Drakon is a lucky man to have someone like Morgan in his life.
Iceni better step up and do what needs doing if she is to get her man. Or, Drakon should just search out an out of the way cubbyhole / hidy-ho where he and Iceni can rapidly strip, engage in a gerbilesque frantic bout of love bumping and get the hell out of there before Morgan can track down the sensor bleep ringing in her earpiece coming from the tracking device she implanted in Drakon's ball sack that night he drilled her then passed out on top of her.
In summation, buy the audiobook. It is another gem from Jack Campbell. Marc Vietor is a pro is at the top of his game. I look forward to dozens more in this series, each one ending with a variation of the theme where scores of wimpering recently gelded Syndic eunochs slowly crawl away from a demurely smiling Morgan standing there with one hand holding a bloody stiletto and the other cradling her infant as the little bundle of love softly suckles at her breast.