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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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    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    David & Barbara Allen 04-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good parallel story"

    It was a good story and interesting when reading right after reading the Lost Frontier story. It bugged me that names were pronounced differently. I also struggled without a real character to root for but find the development interesting. I will read the next in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim in Colorado Boulder area, CO. United States 03-30-15
    Tim in Colorado Boulder area, CO. United States 03-30-15

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    "Good story, but breathless reading"

    The performance was clean, but entirety in a breathless monotone. Voices were done well, but it seemed hurried and stressed throughout.

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    Lynton 03-03-15
    Lynton 03-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"

    Couldn't get into it! Lack of action for me -. I may try the second book to see if it improves.

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    Ron POLAND, OH, United States 02-27-15
    Ron POLAND, OH, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Solid Follow Up"

    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.

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    Gamora 01-22-15
    Gamora 01-22-15 Member Since 2017

    Started audio books due to long drive times in miserable traffic. Tired of talk radios sensationalized politics. I get home happy now

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    "Better than I thought"

    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

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    Jason Gervia 01-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "maybe you read the other books?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What could Jack Campbell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More action. less agonizing over forms of government. Make it more friendly to new readers to your universe.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Marc Vietor’s performances?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    W. A. Johnson Richmond, VA USA 01-07-15
    W. A. Johnson Richmond, VA USA 01-07-15 Member Since 2010

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    "Glossed over"

    The story was too vague, the characters undefined, the settings not even bothered to be visualized. All in all, rushed and amateurish.

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    Brian Bozeman, Montana, United States 12-31-14
    Brian Bozeman, Montana, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2017
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    "boring"

    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.

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  • Nick
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    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
  • david
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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
    11/20/16
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    "dull"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    0 of 0 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 1 people found this review helpful

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