The Tarnished Knight is an offshoot of Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Anyone who was at all curious about the Syndicate Worlds will enjoy this new perspective which follows CEOs Artur Drakon and Gwen Iceni in their bid for power. Neither trusts the other, but must rely on faith when facing their more ruthless advisories... the ISS Snakes who want Midway to remain under Syndicate rule.
For those who aren't familiar with the series: I believe you will still enjoy the book, but may have a steep learning curve as there are many reference to the prior books. Listening to the Lost Fleet series definitely enhances this story.
My only dissatisfaction is that this book ends in a cliff-hanger, but the next volume isn't released until October 2013 :(
This book fills in events from the former Syndicate view in Midway Star System. Its interesting - its even a good read. However, the total lack of 'Black Jack' leaves one wondering where he is. Its not a bad read - but it is not one that I would choose to introduce this universe to someone who was new to the Lost Fleet. Well read - well written, but lacking punch in some areas.
A good way to get through the work day.
Great job by the author of getting readers interested in new characters.
The attack to get the new battleship.
He did not hurt the story in anyway.
Where the revolution begins.
I am not one to go into a big review as I think opinions are like feet.......
This book did a real good job showing just how messed you the Syndicate worlds are, and why.. their leadership is composed of insane people, so paranoid of every little thing that the ones you would consider 'good' are borderline basket cases.....
I knew it was good when I found myself yelling at the protagonists, with my inside the head voice, when they started doing certain things.
I have enjoyed all the books in the 2 series and this look at the other side of the coin was well done, professional, and an enjoyable listen.
Solid Recommend from me.
Characters only briefly mentioned before, are expanded
Cannot recall just one thing
Yes, pretty much did in a very long series of car rides.
seemed slow to start but once it got rolling it was a great Listen, It was hard to switch my listening gears after the lost fleet books, and beyond the stars to go behind the syndic scene, but once I did, I got into it.
the story jumped from person to person and got off the space ships. a real change up from the lost fleet books. giving a lot of fresh air
he was straight with his voice not giving any personality to the performance but made ever one stand out in there own way. its hard to do but bravo for pulling it off
no but provide a lot of setup for the other books down the line
read lost fleet first if you haven't
I read all the Black Jack series , very good discriptions of people , allien interactions, with one very detailed, space battle, This book , looked to be shedding Black Jack from the story line, had to many players and took to long to sort the new players out, Was disapointed, in a fragmented potray of a "new beginning" of an old story line. Lost me and did not keep my attention.
I am a life long Geek, Musician, and Writer ... and Audible just makes reading that much better because now I can "read" even when I might have time, but not the option, like driving and things like that.
It is rare that you get a series like the Lost Fleet that is so good and so long and then a new series pops up that gives you a view of the story and what is happening from the other side. Getting to see both viewpoints is an amazing thing, and having an author that does it as well as he does is fantastic!
Well, naturally I'd compare it to the Lost Fleet series since they are so intertwined. However, reaching outside the box, I might compare this to the Legion of the Damned Book 1 because they both deal with an enemies destruction, chaos, trying to create or restore order and rebuilding what you can with what you have. Both are great books!
A specific scene? I don't know the whole book is so damn good. But my favorite point in the story would be when both CEO's, who are trying desperately not to be CEO's anymore, realize that they just might, might be able to trust one another.
Sure I wanted to, and just about did, although I didn't listen to all of it in just one sitting, I hungrily ate the story up as fast as I could. I can't wait for more!!!
ALL of the book by Jack Campbell/John G. Hemry are awesome, I have purchased and read them all and I recommend them to anyone.
1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)
Side story about syndic worlds, in fact about "midway" system,
the main gateway to the alien stars.
The book is written in a bit different style from the main series,
it doesn't fill any wholes or doesn't give any additional information,
that may be crucial for the main series.
The story spends more time in ground and political (not exactly intrigue,
because everything is too crude) actions, and yet some space battles also have presence.
When something big and expensive is broken, there's always someone to pick up the pieces.
And when you are stuck in a place, which is necessary to everyone (alliance, syndics, and neighbors)......
The story tells about emergence of local government and warlords in midway and neighbouring star systems.
There's nothing else I can say without spoilers, except that I expected more, perhaps I'll get my expectations from the next book.