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Tarnished Knight (The Lost Stars, #1) It takes a good author to make aliens seem well alien Jack Campbell aka John Hemry has already proven he can do that in the Lost Fleet series.It takes a great author to make the human protagonists seem alien while at the same time sympathetic I am thrilled to say that he has done just that in his new book, The Tarnished Knight Both of Campbell s heroes in this book, while likable, have beliefs and ingrained notions of reality that are both alien to someone living in a wes It takes a good author to make aliens seem well alien Jack Campbell aka John Hemry has already proven he can do that in the Lost Fleet series.It takes a great author to make the human protagonists seem alien while at the same time sympathetic I am thrilled to say that he has done just that in his new book, The Tarnished Knight Both of Campbell s heroes in this book, while likable, have beliefs and ingrained notions of reality that are both alien to someone living in a western democracy like myself and yet at the same time completely consistent with the syndicalist empire in which they were raised It makes for a fascinating character study Nor does Campbell skimp out on the military action, adding ground actions to the space based combat of the Lost Fleet universe.I want to add ano Unfortunately I couldn t finish this I liked the Lost Fleet, but when I came back to try this series, it all seemed toobasic Most every character felt the same as the next, they acted predictably, and they talked blandly I couldn t stand it.To be fair, I h 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 In this spinoff series from his Lost Fleet series, Jack Campbell refocuses on a couple of ex Syndicate the dystopian corporate empire that served as the antagonists in the lost fleet books CEO s who cut ties with their old masters and try their hand at a little revolutionout of pragmatism than idealism , throwing off some of the shackles of the Syndicate to establish their own independent star system The strange thing about this book is that it s a fairly elaborate science fiction re In this spinoff series from his Lost Fleet series, Jack Campbell refocuses on a couple of ex Syndicate the dystopian corporate empire that served as the antagonists in the lost fleet books CEO s who cut ties with their old masters and try their hand at a little revolutionout of pragmatism than ideal I am a fan of Jack Campbell s Military Science Fiction His original Lost Fleet series was almost like crack for me as soon as I finished one, I had to pick up the next That continued when I read his first Beyond the Frontier novelwith one exception my own writing was taking off and I didn t have the time to invest in reading much to my own sorrow.Fast forward to now I was in the bookstore looking for the next in his Beyond the Frontier series Unfo Tarnished Knight marks the first book outside of Jack Campbell s two Lost Fleet series Part of a new subseries entitled The Lost Stars, The Tarnished Knight, is Campbells first work to feature protagonists not from the Alliance worlds Picking just before the Alliance fleet arrives in the Midway star system I believe it was in Dreadnaught this novel features two former Syndicate CEOs Artur Drakon, and Gwen Iceni The two CEOs, having formed a tenuous alliance, have hatched a plan to overthrow Tarnished Knight marks the first book outside of Jack Campbell s two Lost Fleet series Part of a new subseries entitled The Lost Stars, The Tarnished Knight, is Campbells first work to feature protagonists not from the Alliance worlds Picking just before the Alliance fleet arrives in the Midway star system I believe it was in Dreadnaught this novel features two former Syndicate CEOs Artur Drakon, and Gwen Iceni The two CEOs, having formed a tenuous all I started reading Mr Campell s Black Jack series a while ago when I was looking for some new military scifi to read I found his early books to be fun, very accurate in regards to space battles, but light on the character development side And Black Jack never seems to lose a battle.This book is the best of the series Potential spoilers Instead of following the footsteps of Black Jack, we are taken into the world of the Syndics and CEO s Iceni and Drakon Mistrustful and wary of each other, I started reading Mr Campell s Black Jack series a while ago when I was looking for some new military scifi to read I found his early books to be fun, very accurate in regards to space battles, but light on the character development side And Black Jack never seems to lose a battle.This book is the best of the series Potential spoilers Instead of following the This book is the first in what I expect will be a series looking at the aftermath of the Alliance Syndicate Wars from the losers , the Syndicate, perspective HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Now that Black Jack Geary has delivered a decisive victory to the Alliance what is going to happen on the scattered Syndicate worlds Well, CEO s Drakan and Icenci have a plan , sort of Although impossible to discuss in any detail in their current environment they none the less know that the Syndicate way of governing i This book is the first in what I expect will be a series looking at the aftermath of the Alliance Syndicate Wars from the losers , the Syndicate, perspective HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Now that Black Jack Geary has delivered a decisive victory to the Alliance what is going to happen on the scattered Syndicate worlds Well, CEO s Drakan and Icenci have a plan , sort of Although impossible to discuss in any detail in their current environme You may also read the review here Treason could be as simple as walking through a doorway So begins Jack Campbell s latest novel, The Lost Stars Tarnished Knight, a spin off of his Lost Fleet series As first sentences go, this one not only piqued my interest, it also set the hook firmly in my mouth and began reeling me in Usually it takes me a few dozen pages to get into a new book and feel comfortable in the world Tarnished Knight had me joining the You may also read the review here Treason could be as simple as walking through a doorway So begins Jack Campbell s latest novel, The Lost Stars Tarnished Knight, a spin off of his Lost Fleet series As first sentences go, this one not only piqued my interest, it also set the hook firmly in my mouth and began reeling me in Usually it takes me a few dozen pages to get into a new book and feel comfortable in the world Tarnished Knight had me joining the wild ride right out of the gate.The Lost Stars series focuses on the collapse of control of the Syndicate Worlds Like all empires throughout time, no matter how firm the control, eventually the empire crumbles be it from external pressures or internal rot or both What happens as a society wrests control of their worlds lives from the distant overlords and struggles to c Like many readers of Jack Campbell s prior books series, I held off on this series was hesitant because I wasn t sure I wanted to read a series about Syndicate CEOs It is a testament to his prior series that I had developed a deep hatred for the Syndicate and didn t want to read a series from their view Well, as a further testament to Mr Campbell s writing, this book made me appreciate the characters, albeit former Syndicate CEO s, and I wondered why I had not started this series sooner I m Like many readers of Jack Campbell s prior books series, I held off on this series was hesitant because I wasn t sure I wanted to read a series about Syndicate CEOs It is a testament to his prior series that I had developed a deep hatred for the Syndicate and didn t want to read a series from their view Well, as a further testament to Mr Campbell s writing, this book made me

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