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.
"Military science fiction at its very best..." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Carnelians)
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.
I wouldn't consider this a standalone - and ideally you'll read it between Dreadnought and Invincible since it takes place during the middle of Invincible.
It gives the perspective of the Syndicate World that wants to break free - and the two main characters, Iceni and Drakon, are both emboldened by but also hampered by their Syndicate upbringing. It's a fun read to see them battle their own nature to do what's right for their people.
The characters aren't carbon copies of the Alliance counterparts. They will sleep with subordinates or assasinate rivals. But at the same time, this really does have a smart set of supporting characters that are very real in their own right.
This book really is the best of both worlds - more Jack Campbell goodness but NOT a carbon copy of previous characters in the series. Refreshingly, this includes both ground based battles and space battles.
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.
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.
a good book is always worth a second read
both the main characters
great special effects
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