The best aspect of this new series is the interesting look into the Syndic mentality, which is very different from the Alliance in many respects. It was also an opportunity to see war from a perspective other than the space engagements and limited Marine ground engagements of previous books.
The story itself is more of a political intrigue book than space drama/action, so fans of the previous series may or may not find it as engaging. I confess to having lost a bit of interest and found this series less addictive than the previous one.
Christian Rummel would be my first choice. His range of voices and accents really adds life to a story, and when he narrates he feels like he is *acting* the story. Marc is a great narrator in that he *reads* the book well, but I never felt like he was trying to inject any real amount of life into the characters. This may have been a conscious directorial choice and not the fault of Vietor or an indicator of his abilities as an actor.
I'll stick with this series for one more book. If it doesn't grab me by then I'll probably focus on the adventures of Blackjack instead.
Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.
When I listen to a book by Jack Campbell, I rarely feel compelled to hit the pause button. Tarnished Knight was no exception. Following the Syndicate defeat at the hands of Black Jack and the Alliance, the book is focused on the Midway star system and two former Syndic CEO's who have decided to create a new independent government. The author does a great job with the pacing, focusing on not just the politics but also on action both on the ground and in space. I especially enjoyed the battle preparation sequences and the battles themselves since they held my attention so effectively.
The narration was passable but was perhaps the most questionable point of the experience. The narration of the inner dialog of the CEO's gave me pause, as did some of the voices chosen for the various characters. Thankfully, the voices were not offensive and the inner dialog was rare. The rest of the narration got the job done, but definitely left me asking "why this guy?" at times. I felt the monotone and passionless narration helped highlight flaws in the writing that may have been less obvious if a more suitable narrator read the story.
Despite my concerns over the narration, Tarnished Night by Jack Campbell kept me captivated and in a good mood as I listened. When the book was completed, all I could think was "when can I buy the next book?"
a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.
A parallel series to Campbell's lost fleet space exploration series. The author starts to explore the impact of the fleets travels on the worlds and star systems they pass through. This side bar writing method I think speaks of the depth of thought the author actual put into the first plot, that the time line of secondary characters is also solid.
Jack Campbell (J.G. Henry) is one of my favorite SF authors and this is an excellent novel (an offshoot of the Lost Fleet Series). The thing I like about J.G. Henry is that the gets the small things right -- the characters, the interactions, the details of life in a military environment -- it is all consistent and makes sense. He does not overindulge in emotion and histrionics and extensive battles. He has some good battle scenes but, ultimately his books are based mainly on interactions between characters. The building trust (professional, not romantic) between Drakon and Iseni -- former Syndicate CEOs -- is very interesting and satisfying.
This is good if you have read the other books and a nice introduction to the syndicate worlds.It also provides a nice perspective on the short comings of centralize government.
I am a Big LOST FLEET fan so when this book came out I jumped at it. I wasn't dissapointed! I just don't understand why they didn't have Christian Rummel narrate this book like he did with the Lost Fleet. Don't get me wrong Marc Vietor does a fine job. He also narrates the Legacy of the Aldenata another great saga. The LOST STARS was very good, but it could have been longer. I do hope Jack writes a book 2.
This book is a side bar story from the main theme of Blackjack. It adds more characters to the main story. I have enjoyed all the books in this series.