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Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1 Audiobook

Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1

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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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    Laura 05-24-16
    Laura 05-24-16
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    "Second time thru"

    This series is just as good if not better then when I first heard it. I know this is a work of fiction but the insights into human behavior is very thought provoking.

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    BigTroy 04-23-16
    BigTroy 04-23-16 Member Since 2009
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    "terrible storyline"

    this book had a very slow terrible story line. there was no lead in to understanding the characters and the storyline really had no basis the narrator was pretty good but I will never listen to Orr Reed another book by this author.

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    Jimmy Bengtsson sweden 03-29-16
    Jimmy Bengtsson sweden 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "epic space adventure"

    Love this voice actor, The way he tells the story makes you live whit him in. This great story 🤓

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    T. A. Killoran Northern Michigan 03-15-16
    T. A. Killoran Northern Michigan 03-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "This book needs a better narrator."

    This audio book would sound so much better and be easier to follow sometimes if the narrator used different voices for the different characters.
    Sometimes I didn't know who was suppose to be speaking because he didn't change a voice even between male and female.
    Because of that I couldn't even tell when a whole scene change between different people in different places.

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    jason young utah 12-10-15
    jason young utah 12-10-15 Member Since 2006
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    "good"

    I have enjoyed the books in these series and the other ones as well. I haven't found one I don't like.

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    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 07-24-15
    joan YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY, United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I hate to pan one of his books"

    I loved Jack Campbell's "Black Jack Geary" novels and devoured every one. This series, however, is dull. I don't like any of the characters and the book is powered by mistrust and suspicion, not my cup of tea. Since it's Jack's work, I couldn't go below a three star rating - because it might just be me.

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    Anonymous 06-19-15
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    "Excellent read (listen)..."

    This is an excellent book! (Since there is a word count minimum... thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty.)

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    Kimberlyn M. 06-17-15
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    "Sometimes sensitive, sometimes simplistic!"

    Excellent narration. Each Character had their own voice and were clearly delineated.

    As for the story itself, I was quite intrigued as the main protagonists grew out of their suspicious cynical syndicate ways into a more 'human' way of looking at events and motivations. After the rather sensitive handling of the "good guys", I was repelled by the paradoxically broad brush with with the enemy was painted. First of all, they were called "snakes" and they had absolutely no gradations: they were all evil, underhanded, sly, and lying.

    There were some good battle scenes and the negotiations between the main characters were fascinating!

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    Joshua Holcomb 05-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Don't wast time. I really struggled with this one"

    If audible was like Wal-Mart then I would return this book. I just couldn't enjoy this

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    Vorthe Audubon, NJ, United States 05-13-15
    Vorthe Audubon, NJ, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I like the Lost Fleet universe."

    I enjoyed this look into the syndic side of the Lost Fleet universe. I will definitely keep reading.

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  • Nick
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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.

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  • Mr. Stephen Briglin
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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.

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    "bit confusing"

    I didn't really really enjoy this book as way to much time was spent people questioning them selves and being told everyone's thoughts and why they were thinking it.

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  • Geoff
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    "dull"

    yawn. would give it back.if i could. total waste of my time. all descriptions and no story.

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  • Poppey
    Alderney, Guernsey
    10/19/16
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    "Easy Listening"

    An enjoyable, easy to listen to, series and one which I will follow.

    Sometimes you just want to listen to something which is not too complicated and, more important, has good narration.

    This is my first experience of Marc Vietor and I have been pleasantly surprised. I will certainly look out for this narrator again.

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  • 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 1 people found this review helpful

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