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…
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 it is too much of a spoiler when I write that Midway’s forces manages to drive away the attack. We can hardly have Midway fall right at the beginning of the book can we.
After that the book slows down a bit when it goes into a lot of character interactions, politics and so on which finally evolves into the Ulindi operation. An operation which, not surprisingly, is not going exactly as planned. This of course leads to quite a lot of action which is well done as usual. Both the space action and ground action is quite realistic and good reading.
Overall the book is well done with a thought out story, depth in the characters and enjoyable action. The one thing I have against the book is the constant positioning, manipulation, backstabbing and general atmosphere of mistrust. For me it puts a dampener on the fun of reading it and creates quite a bit of negative feelings. Politics have never been my cup of tea in books. At the same time it is somewhat interesting to follow Iceni and Drakon when they try to adopt themselves as well as Midway to a less dictatorial community.
A good solid book that looses a star for the depressing political atmosphere. The latter a highly personal view of course.