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)
The performance was clean, but entirety in a breathless monotone. Voices were done well, but it seemed hurried and stressed throughout.
Solid story. Liked hearing the Syndicate side of the aftermath. Great characters. It's like a planet where everyone is evil and suddenly, as a whole, they all discover kindness in the same month.
Started audio books due to long drive times in miserable traffic. Tired of talk radios sensationalized politics. I get home happy now
Listened to all of the black jack series and enjoyed them . Somehow I found this in my library. Not sure when I picked it up?? Maybe it was on sale?? Who knows. Anyway .. I wasn't really interested in listening to the syndicate side of things but I was in a pinch in traffic and needed something to listen to. I enjoyed it more than I thought . Luckily I have the reference of the black jack series . Not sure how it would be as stand alone. I kept hoping for black jack to make an appearance but he did not!!! Dang it!!! I have to get the next book you dirty CEO
This book was slow, and not very action packed. I'm not sure if it was the writing, the audible portion, or a combination of both. Needs better pacing.
More action. less agonizing over forms of government. Make it more friendly to new readers to your universe.
I think Marc could have done a better job at conveying differences between characters, and expressing emotions. I never felt like if a character was angry, sad, etc that it was reflected in his voice.
The story was too vague, the characters undefined, the settings not even bothered to be visualized. All in all, rushed and amateurish.
after finishing all of black jack series, I found this book slow and un interesting. Maybe if I would have waited a year or so before jumping into a book that was an interjection to the Black Jack it might have gotten my interest.
How about a plot that involves something other than wallowing in how dysfunctional the Syndic government was and the affect it had on the people? Oh my gosh, after listening for HOURS to two former-CEOs jump at shadows, dredge up every possible conspiracy theory, and still have time left to second-guess themselves on every possible moral conundrum known to man and some you would never have imagined, ENOUGH! I GET IT! If I was a shrink or had some morbid fascination with the abused psyche's of others, then I might enjoy this. But this is NOT AT ALL what I expected from the author, or from the summary. If you're looking for more Black Jack -style action, then look somewhere else.
The interminable wallowing in Syndic psychology, and Campbell's tendency to explain the same thing over, and over, and over again.
I don't know. Maybe the assault on the orbital station. There were so few scenes of merit to choose from.
All of them, except Marphisa and Morgan. They're pretty cool.
I couldn't finish it. Maybe Campbell wrapped up all that angst in a neat little bow with a phenomenal ending, but after the metal flogging I took trying to get through this I REALLY couldn't care less.
Not a bad book, but I miss Black Jack and the exquisite tension between the man and the legend. This book has the political and military content, but struggles to separate principal characters from the general background.
The main characters are interesting. Their constant worrying over who is going to betray them was a different way to learn about them.
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