Tarnished Knight: The Lost Stars, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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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|Listening Length||12 hours and 51 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 02, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #69,712 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,027 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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Leaders of the Syndicate Worlds are called CEOs, ruthlessly destroy anyone they fear is a threat to their power, and live in constant fear of such threats. They are rich, but friendless, and can expect short lifespans. This is self-interest? This is efficient? The story frequently comments on the inefficiencies, waste, and incompetence produced by this system of oppressive government.
Leaders of the breakaway Midway star system work at creating political freedom, democratic procedures, and gaining the support of the people. They develop trusting and loyal friendships and subordinates. This is not self-interest? This is not a better life? This is self-sacrifice? The story actually shows that this is a better life and results in a more efficient and profitable society capable of protecting itself from the Syndicate threats.
Great story, but Campbell needs to read Ayn Rand’s exciting sci-fi novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” to resolve conflicting notions regarding free market societies, personal self-interest, power hunger, and such.
Tarnished Knight is book one in a four part series and is, by itself, a 4 star novel. I began reading this with the lowest expectations (spin off series are usually lame) and was pleasantly surprised.
This series as a whole, unfortunately, is a solid 3 stars. There are numerous logical inconsistencies, unresolved plot threads, eye-rolling moments, tons of deus ex machina, and the author falls into the trap of almost remaking the "Lost Fleet" characters but with different names--Victoria Rione becomes "Gwen", John Geary becomes "Artur", and so on. The series had a lot of potential, but only lived up to about 1/3 of that potential.
All that said, it's still a fun and mostly entertaining romp through the "Lost Fleet" universe, but from a different perspective. Worth a read!
Much of the book is how it is hard to unlearn being a paranoid backstabbing jerk when it's all you know as well as the difficulties of creating a democracy [which they don't want] in a totalitarian dictatorship. As usual, Jack Campbell does a great job of writing the many battle scenes and tactics that make the series fun. Still, the leads are a bit unlikable compared to Captain Gerry.
This book is the first in a new spin-off series (The Lost Stars) from Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet series. I quite enjoyed The Lost Fleet series and, so far, it looks like I will enjoy this series as well.
I have to admit that I was a bit hesitant at first given that this series, to some extent, deals with a view from the side of the bad guys in the previous books. I usually never find that kind of story as amusing to read since I am always somewhat biased by the fact that the previous books, if they were any good, have instilled a certain animosity towards these guys in me.
One issue I had with The Lost Fleet series was the politics and bickering by useless commanders who thought the military was some kind of democracy and even their own political playground. This was another thing that I was afraid might be the case with this book since the two main characters obviously was not exactly going to be best buddies from the start.
Luckily none of my fears came true, at least not true enough to be a problem. I found the book quite enjoyable. Maybe not as enjoyable as the best of the Lost Fleet books but nonetheless, quite enjoyable.
It becomes quite clear from the start that the two main characters, Drakon and Iceni, are not Syndicate goons and wants nothing more to do with the Syndicate government. There are quite a bit of politics, mistrust and some behind the back scheming in the book but it is well managed in the plot and, unlike the plonkers in some of the Lost Fleet books, these two people are skilled professionals who are victims of a corrupt and totalitarian system.
Both of them struggle to trust other people, something which could not be done during the Syndicate rule, at the same time as they are trying to hold together and defend the star system that they have wrestled out of the syndicate hands.
There is of course a reasonable amount of action both on the ground and in space. As usual the author creates believable physics and, consequently, believable battles between space ships.
It’s definitely a good start. I’m looking forward to read the continuation of this and I hope the author manages to keep a balance between the politics and the real action. With this opening salvo it can go either way and personally, I would vote for the action and not so much for the politics as usual.
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This is a book that you might be able to get into if you haven't read that, as there is some exposition, but you would probably be much better off having read that series first. If you haven't, start with The Lost Fleet: Dauntless (Book 1) (Lost Fleet 1) .
If you have, read on.
This volume runs for four hundred and forty seven pages, and is divided into eighteen chapters.
It details events in the Midway star system. A place that was seen and mentioned in the Lost Fleet novels. Where, as the Syndic system of worlds and government starts to crumble, people start to rebel.
The two leaders of the rebellion are Artur Drakon and Gwen Iceni. They are both viewpoint characters in the book, and the narrative does flash back and forth between them. Since Drakon spends most of his time planetside and Iceni spends most of her time in space, this is a pretty effective approach.
The syndic system has been enforced by the ruthless ISS security service. As the would be rebels make their play for freedom, they have these vicious, fanatical and highly skilled warriors to contend with. Even once they win through, that's just the start of the battle. The syndic won't let them go without a fight. How do they bring freedom and democracy to a place that has never known it? Can all the rebels trust each other? And those enigmatic aliens are still out there somewhere...
Written very much in the same style as the Lost Fleet books, this has characters going through a lot of moral introspection and space battles that conform to the law of physics. We join the story just as the rebellion is about to start, and it does take about fifty pages to get going. But once it does, it's a good read. Although the style is the same as the other books, having new characters makes for a fresh approach. It does make the reader think about the moral dilemmas they encounter. And you do get interesting scenes of Black Jack from the lost fleet being viewed and thought about by these characters. And how his influence has rubbed off on them.
There are some decent space battles that manage to grip, and it all ends on a very big cliffhanger indeed.
Well worth it if you're a fan of the Lost Fleet.
Several of the characters from the original series have cameo roles in Lost Stars - Tarnished Knight but mainly whole new set of characters and very different aspects on life in the Syndicate Worlds. Campbell writes as well as any author I have read and retains a grip on the reader that is a true delight. I never want to put the book down until the end and then I want the next book NOW!
I see at least a couple more in this series (at least) and also some more Lost Fleet in the offing.. Fantastic!!