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Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1 Audiobook

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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    Loren 12-18-14
    Loren 12-18-14
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    "this gets 4 stars? worst Campbell novel...EVER"
    What would have made Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1 better?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Jack Campbell’s story?

    The interminable wallowing in Syndic psychology, and Campbell's tendency to explain the same thing over, and over, and over again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know. Maybe the assault on the orbital station. There were so few scenes of merit to choose from.


    What character would you cut from Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1?

    All of them, except Marphisa and Morgan. They're pretty cool.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    J Livingston, TX, United States 10-05-14
    J Livingston, TX, United States 10-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A saga of the Syndic worlds."

    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.

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    LHP Clearfield, PA, United States 10-02-14
    LHP Clearfield, PA, United States 10-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Decent Sci Fi Book"
    If you could sum up The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight in three words, what would they be?

    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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    Bryant Zimmerman Grand Rapids, MI United States 08-08-14
    Bryant Zimmerman Grand Rapids, MI United States 08-08-14 Member Since 2013

    It's a Communication Thing

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    "Enjoyable if you are fan of the Lost Fleet Series"
    Where does The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is in the Middle of the Pack as a Fan of the Lost Fleet Series this is a must read


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story build on the Lost Fleet Series from the other perspective. I like having the differing point of views told. It makes the story fill the larger world in which it takes place.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really like the narrator from the Lost Fleet Series. This one does not have the depth of voice variations, and with the complex back and forth that occurs in this book I often found it hard to track which character the dialog was for.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions to the book. It was part of the broader Jack Cable (Black Jack) Universe.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the second book does not start out as slow as this one. Once it started to pickup and get things rolling it was good but laying all the ground work was much harder to follow. I wish the author had a cleaner flow in the first part of the book. Over all I love the story as a whole and this audio book will be listened to many times over the years.

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    Joe Spencer 08-03-14
    Joe Spencer 08-03-14
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    "one battle after the next"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no recommendation from me. It started out interestingly enough, but never developed much relationship between the general or president and any other character. It was one battle after the next... both in the plot and in my mind trying to finish the book. In the end, I couldn't stand some of the silly dialog and gave up on it.


    Has The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's making me wonder if I've lost interest in this genre. I know this is just a warm up for more in the series, but it ought to have more than just battle after battle description.


    Could you see The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I hope not.


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    Charles 07-31-14
    Charles 07-31-14
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    "Less than expected"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The Lost Fleet series was a pleasure to listen to. Interesting character development, military strategy, enigmatic aliens, more than one often finds in the genre. However, most of that missing in this. No aliens, flat characters, little adventure, mostly dreary politics. And the new pronunciation of the character EYE-SEE-NIGH was so off that every time the name was pronounced it produced a negative response.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jack Campbell again?

    If Christian Rummel returned as the the narrator I would consider it, but I am not willing to endure one more minute of Marc Vietor.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    Awkward pronunciations distracted from an otherwise dull performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could find.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really surprised to find that I could barely endure listening to this after spending weeks enjoying the Lost Fleet.

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    Donald W. 06-10-14
    Donald W. 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator was good but used to Chris"
    Would you listen to The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight again? Why?

    As I feel that Mark is very good at this, It takes away a lot of enjoyment because I have to get used to his method instead of the way Chris did it. I feel very disappointed that it was done this way.


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    D. Enerson 12-20-13
    D. Enerson 12-20-13

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    "Narrator made it a difficult listen"
    What did you like best about The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight? What did you like least?

    I really struggle with this new series. It's an interesting point of view to see what happened in the Lost Fleet books from the other side's perspective. The story isn't bad, but I was disappointed in how the book was written. It lacked the technical detail and excitement we've come to expect from Jack Campbell of the Lost Fleet series. However, my biggest complaint was the narrator. Why is it when a narrator changes in a series, they feel compelled to pronounce names differently? It's extremely distracting to listen to because I find myself wanting to correct the narrator. It's also hard to identify that it's the same character or star system from the previous narrator because they are pronounced so differently. Do they not listen to the books of the previous narrator before doing the recording? You'd think somebody at the production company would have. I really don't care which pronunciation is correct; just keep it consistent.


    What didn’t you like about Marc Vietor’s performance?

    Quit pronouncing names different from the prior series!!!!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


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    Brian Seattle, WA, United States 12-09-13
    Brian Seattle, WA, United States 12-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story Line Well Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight the most enjoyable?

    The Reader is very engaging. The book is a side story to the Lost Fleet saga and just as good.


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

    Mark Vietor is nearly identical to Christian Rummel. Very Well Read and not distracting because of the change of reader. Well Done


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    aidylt 11-23-13
    aidylt 11-23-13
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    "love the series, but the narrator, not so much"

    I am a huge fan of the Lost Fleet and The Lost Stars series, and re-listen to the Lost Fleet series occasionally just to keep it all fresh in my memory. Having just completed the final book of the Lost Fleet, I grabbed this book to give it a listen, and just couldn't do it! This new narrator pronounces the names and places differently, and I want to constantly correct him! I have tried several times since, but the Lost Fleet narrator has become THE "narrator" in my opinion, and I will just have to enjoy reading this series on my kindle.

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  • Nick
    London, United Kingdom
    11/6/12
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    "The future looks bright."

    Tarnished Knight is a real step forward for Campbell [Hemry] in my opinion. More than in any other of his books in the Alliance/Syndic universe, we the reader actually get some genuine depth to the main cast of characters. When there is introspection it is worth while in the majority of cases. Whilst the earlier novels made for good military Sci-fi they at times they came across like a commentary.



    This might a controversial statement to fans of the series, however after reading this i think i like Gwen Iceni's character over Geary or Desjani and Rione's nowhere by comparison. I hope that Iceni continues to receive dur prominence and is treated well by the author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Stephen Briglin
    Paisley
    1/30/15
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    "Excellent storyline but narration poor!!"

    I love the Jack Campbell books and listening to the excellently narrated black jack books I was looking forward to this.
    The story is great but the problem I found was that the narrator doesn't differentiate between characters well.
    It was difficult to keep track of what character was talking at times and I've now reached the end of the first book not knowing the characters as well as in the first set of books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher Enright
    Glasgow
    7/21/15
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    "A great development on the lost fleet series"
    Where does Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's got to be in my top 10, I'd definitely listen again


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    General Drakon, come on, with a name like that he'd have to be everyone's favourite surely!
    He's a good no nonsense military commander who seems to realise that he owes his continued position to the loyalty of his troops, and loyalty is a two way street. A nice believable character really


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

    Only the other books in this series, and he does a good job. Good pace and storytelling style


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

    Time never allows for that, but I did listen in a few hearty chunks


    Any additional comments?

    Whilst the lost fleet is a good fast paced naval drama, this series builds on that story to incorporate the additional challanges faced by a leader who can't sail off into the distance and leave their woes behind them. Makes for a great addition to the whole series of books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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