I remember when the author first announced his signing a deal for two spinoff series to follow The Lost Fleet about three years ago. Since then, Lost ..Show More »Fleet has come to a close and Beyond the Frontier has been through two volumes, and what was originally referred to as The Phoenix Stars has just seen the light of day.
As the first reviewer notes, this book adds little to the Lost Fleet narrative, but succeeds quite well at expanding the universe through which the Alliance Fleet has rampaged since Dauntless's publication half a decade ago. The Lost Fleet was the author's third series, and the fact that its characters and geography have made it into further stories beyond the Alliance Fleet's escape from Syndic space is a wonderful thing, even if at first blush that is only to add greater depth to the snapshots of life in one system through which the Alliance fleet has passed through in the last three Lost Fleet novels.
Though it is technically the beginning of a new series, Tarnished Knight leans heavily upon the original Lost Fleet series and its continuation, Beyond the Frontier. The events in the Midway star system occur after those depicted in Dreadnaught.
This entry features more space battles and ground combat from the Syndic perspective, as the Midway system battles various internal and external threats. But where the Lost Fleet series proper often turns on fleet politics and combat logistics, Lost Stars deals with the aftermath of revolution and the tenuous balance maintained by two strong leaders with complementary power bases, who both need one another and have the means to bring about the other's undoing. The problem is that we already have the outlines of this story by virtue of the glimpses we've received through Dreadnaught and Invincible, thought it can be interesting to see just how things came to change between visits. Meanwhile, the author dangles the prospect of further developments in Alliance space in the next Beyond the Frontier entry, titled Guardian and due next year as usual.
The perspective of this story is a bit different given that there are two point of view characters. The author maintains a style similar to Lost Fleet though, with great tactical details, scheming, and occasional humorous interludes.
Mark Vietor is terrific as always. For those who have come to associate the voice of Christian Rummel with this universe though, be prepared for slightly varied pronunciation of some character and place names. My wish that Rummel would have been tapped for this series is the only reason for four stars as far as the performance goes.
I can't imagine why one would read this without having read the eight Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier books first. If you have though, I think you'll find enough of what made those stories winners to satisfy with this new slant to the universe. Little gems about the Syndic way of doing things like the one referenced in the title are almost worth the price of admission alone.
The Lost Star Series is Jack Campbell’s the second spin off of the Lost Fleet Series. This series takes the view point of the Syndicate Worlds primar..Show More »ily, The Midway Star System. This system has been featured in a number of the recent book. This book is the alternate view point from the book “The Guardian” from the Beyond the Frontier Series. The key players are President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon head of the ground forces of Midway Star System. The last half of the book is new material relating only to Midway. The story has lots of space action as well as intrigue, suspense and some humor. Commander Bradamount, the Captain of Dragon, a cruiser in Admiral Black Jack Geary fleet is assigned to be the liaison officer to Midway and stays behind when the fleet leaves the system. Togo is President Iceni’s body guard and Morgan and Malen are General Drakon key assistants these three provide a lot of the intrigue and suspense of the story. Bradamount accompanies the Midway fleet to Alliance Space to retrieve 5000 prisoner of war. These highly trained spaceship crews are vital to the needs of Midway. There are about 1500 of these that chose to go to their home worlds and some promise to get their families and come on to Midway. But the underline suspense, are there SNAKES (Syndicate secret police) hidden in the POW’s? Marc Vietor did a good job narrating the book. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
I honestly can't get enough of all of the Lost Stars/Fleet/Beyond the Frontier novels. While others have complained that they are too much of the..Show More » 'same old', I enjoy every single book that comes out. With this third book in the Lost Stars timeline, worries that the storyline was becoming too soap operish with the Morgan developments were fortunately laid to rest. Here, we have pure action, this time on two fronts, and enough politics and double crossing to keep readers eager to see how it will all resolve.
Story: A CEO of the Ulindi Star System has declared independence from the Syndicates and seeks aid from Midway. Drakon takes a dangerous amount of Midway's defenses to help subdue the snakes at Ulindi and help the people to independence. But underground forces use the opportunity to raise serious trouble at Midway - forcing Iceni to make some terrible decisions. Ironically, the Midway ground force is on another world and her space fleet may not be able to prevent her staff and those loyal to her from being overthrown. It's a gambit that could cost Midway everything and put the Syndics right back in control. Only the intelligence of their staff will save them.
Morgan is fortunately out of the picture in this book - it's mostly about the other lieutenants under Drakon, sacrifices that will be made, and both Drakon and Iceni further wondering who they should - and who they suddenly can't - trust. People will go missing, assassination attempts become personal, and there are some great space and land battles this time.
I could still do without the whole 'jealousy/women are overemotional' thing with Iceni and Drakon. And Campbell definitely likes his 'love triangles' (which apparently aren't only a YA staple). But really, they are minor quibbles considering how greatly I enjoy all the books in this universe.
I purchased the Audible version and while I enjoyed it, the narrator doesn't have the range to really cover all the different characters in a Campbell book. As well, really poor production (annoyingly, distractingly loud intakes of breath were rampant) was disappointing.
I think this is the last book in the Lost Star series. I hate to think this is the end. Between the Lost Fleet series and the Lost Star series the c..Show More »haracters have absorbed me into their world and I do not want to leave them. The books in the series must be read in order to fully understand the story line.
Midway Star system is facing multiple threats not only from the Syndicate Worlds but from a female pirate who has taken over three neighboring worlds and hates Gwen Iceni, and from a former Syndicate CEO who was a POW that Iceni has released and sent to a neighboring star system. But the greatest of all is the return of the “Enigma”.
Campbell continues to introduce new characters to the story. Needless to say, the book is well written. I just could not put the book down so read it in one sitting. Campbell has provided the reader with a number of exciting space battles and one ground battle. Campbell is a master in writing space battles. In this book we now have some romance between two couples; I am not going to reveal the details. Campbell steadily ties all the various strands of the story and brings them all together at the end of the book, but I still want more. Marc Vietor has done an excellent job narrating this series.