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....
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"Military science fiction at its very best..." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Carnelians)
It's a Communication Thing
It is in the Middle of the Pack as a Fan of the Lost Fleet Series this is a must read
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.
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.
No extreme reactions to the book. It was part of the broader Jack Cable (Black Jack) Universe.
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.
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.
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.
I hope not.
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.
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.
Awkward pronunciations distracted from an otherwise dull performance.
None that I could find.
I was really surprised to find that I could barely endure listening to this after spending weeks enjoying the Lost Fleet.
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.
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.
Quit pronouncing names different from the prior series!!!!
The Reader is very engaging. The book is a side story to the Lost Fleet saga and just as good.
Mark Vietor is nearly identical to Christian Rummel. Very Well Read and not distracting because of the change of reader. Well Done
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.
First, let's get the elephant out of the room. Marc Vietor pronounces Iceni differently than Christian Rummel. Get over it. Move on. I thank the reviewers who have commented on it for preparing me for it, but it happens with names (I was three books into Harry Potter before I found out that Hermione is pronounced Her-My-Oh-Nee not Her-Me-Own), it happens with with Worcestershire sauce, and even with tomatoes.
It is great to see the story from a different perspective and the only thing wrong with this is that it is too engrossing. It was very distracting because I kept trying to steal myself away to listen to just a bit more of the book.
For the last three days my personal productivity has been severely harmed by starting this book. The chapters are like peanuts: you can't consume just one.
I am glad that I waited until only a few weeks before the second book is released to listen to this one.
Listening to this book without the Beyond The Frontier series would be ok, but you would be missing some context. I would not recommend this book if you have not finished The Lost Fleet series, however, as you will miss a lot of the back story.
If you have not listened to the Beyond The Frontier series yet. I would recommend that for you read/listen to the books in the order in which they were released: Dreadnaught, Invincible, although you might swap it with this book (Tarnished Knight), Guardian, then The Lost Stars:Perilous Shield (which I am looking forward to). This book takes place during the time line of Invincible.
After listening to this book, I replayed the start of Guardian again. It was interesting how the story seemed to have changed.
Like peanuts, (to complete the metaphor), there may be a few people allergic to change, for whom this book could be very bad.
I like to listen to a good book. Mostly Sci-Fi but some others. I listen to them while on the road or before I go to sleep. Thanks Audible!
I love listening to all books in the series but I wish when they change readers that they make it a qualification that who ever takes over reading the book know's how to pronounce the names of the characters. This is not only true for this series but for all books where the reader has changed.
Business woman, creative with music and fabric/leather arts, avid listener (I can sew while I listen!).
I think it tried for "epic" but only achieved "yawn". The characters were not likeable, poorly developed and one dimensional. The world described is one where paranoia and suspicion of another's motives reign supreme. Over the course of the book, it just made everyone in it repellent. I fell asleep listening to this over and over.
It was like a dry play by play of an interactive sci-fi battle game.
I don't know. Marc tried but the words just ran into each other, without variation, ad nauseam.
Dislike. I didn't enjoy my time in this world.
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