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Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1 | [Jack Campbell]

Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author puts the Alliance fleet’s enemy in the spotlight as the people of the Syndicate Worlds attempt to rebuild their lives after Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary defeated them....

The authority of the Syndicate Worlds’ government is crumbling. Civil war and rebellion are breaking out in many star systems, despite the Syndic government’s brutal attempts to suppress disorder. Midway is one of those star systems, and leaders there must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new.

CEO Artur Drakon has been betrayed. The Syndic government failed to protect its citizens from both the Alliance and the alien enigmas. With a cadre of loyal soldiers under his command, Drakon launches a battle for control of the Midway Star System - assisted by an ally he’s unsure he can trust....

CEO Gwen Iceni was exiled to Midway because she wasn’t ruthless enough in the eyes of her superiors. She’s made them regret their assessment by commandeering some of the warships at Midway and attacking the remaining ships still loyal to the Syndicate empire. Iceni declares independence for the Midway Star System on behalf of the people while staying in charge as “President”. But while she controls the mobile fleet, she has no choice but to rely on 'General' Drakon’s ground forces to keep the peace planet-side....

If their coup is to succeed, Drakon and Iceni must put their differences aside to prevent the population of Midway from rising up in rebellion against them, to defend Midway against the alien threat of the enigma race - and to ferret out saboteurs determined to reestablish Syndic rule....

©2012 John G. Hemry (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Military science fiction at its very best..." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Carnelians)

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    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 05-31-13
    Joey BREWER, ME, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "From the Other side of Midway"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jessica 05-19-13
    jessica 05-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Read"

    Enjoyed having a story from the siyndicate side. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-11-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Great book"
    What did you love best about The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight?

    Great job by the author of getting readers interested in new characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight?

    The attack to get the new battleship.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    He did not hurt the story in anyway.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Where the revolution begins.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    T. S. Hernandez 02-19-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Paranoia will Destroy Ya!!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan sheffield village, OH, United States 11-28-12
    Dan sheffield village, OH, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight the most enjoyable?

    Characters only briefly mentioned before, are expanded


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight?

    Cannot recall just one thing


    Have you listened to any of Marc Vietor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Very Good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, pretty much did in a very long series of car rides.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    peterjturner Lake Forest, IL, United States 11-14-12
    peterjturner Lake Forest, IL, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2013
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    "takes more chances."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight to be better than the print version?

    yes


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    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


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    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


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no but provide a lot of setup for the other books down the line


    Any additional comments?

    read lost fleet first if you haven't
    already

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rancher5 CALHAN, CO, United States 11-09-12
    Rancher5 CALHAN, CO, United States 11-09-12 Member Since 2009

    Rancher5

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    "After Geary, its just a little Leary, Confusing."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron G. Sword 10-28-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Bold view of the other side of the coin! Awesome!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight the most enjoyable?

    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!


    What other book might you compare The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight to and why?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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!!!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 10-02-12
    Professor 10-02-12

    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)

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    "The story of warlords or new government?."

    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.

    P/S
    There's nothing else I can say without spoilers, except that I expected more, perhaps I'll get my expectations from the next book.

    11 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    phillip Westerville, OH, United States 01-02-13
    phillip Westerville, OH, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "the kind of book I expect from Jack Campbell"
    Would you listen to The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight again? Why?

    a good book is always worth a second read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    both the main characters


    Which character – as performed by Marc Vietor – was your favorite?

    the general


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    great special effects


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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