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Tarnished Knight An offshoot of his Lost Fleet novels, with this first in a new series Campbell takes his now familiar universe and explores it from a new angle By focusing on the heretofore antagonists, he humanizes what were up to this point a fairly monolithic and cartoonish enemy force There is quite clearly a different tone with this volume as well, which also offers a nice change of pace Where the Black Jack books have mainly focused on concepts of Leadership and responsibility, this new series has take An offshoot of his Lost Fleet novels, with this first in a new series Campbell takes his now familiar universe and explores it from a new angle By focusing on the heretofore antagonists, he humanizes what were up to this point a fairly monolithic and cartoonish enemy force There is quite clearly a different tone with this volume as well, which also offers a nice change of pace Where the Black Jack books have mainly focused on concepts of Leadership and responsibility, this new series has taken amorally ambiguous focus on questions of trust I m looking forward to future installments to Campbell s rapidly expanding catalog 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 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 rewrite of the Arthurian legends The names are a dead giveaway Artur Drakon Arthur Pendragon , Gwen Iceni Guinevere , Morgan Morgana the Fey , Malin Merlin , Kai Sir Kay , etc , but if you pay attention, despite its story of interstellar warfare and political revolution, the story actually hits a lot of the classic Arthurian plot points, though with everything told through a science fiction rather than fantasy lens, which is interesting but could be taken as a weakness What makes the story really work is that Campbell doesn t just rip off an ancient legend and dress it up with science fiction bells and whistles, rather he creates an interesting synthesis of the two It s not on the level of David Weber s Honor Harrington books, but as with the Lost Fleet series, Campbell writes good functional intelligent space navy stories Finally, I d like to note that I was amused by how Campbell used his Lost Fleet hero, Black Jack Geary, in this book as we see him from the Syndic perspective for the first time, a respected but seemingly capricious and terrifyingly unknowable force of destruction 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 create a new order while protecting their hard won gains I have always been fascinated by the transitionsthan the results People seem to think, for example, that the time from the surrender at Yorktown and the birth of the United States is only backstory In reality that time is a massive upheaval where different factions competed for their own objectives This is truly the time when small differences can bring about large changes.Tarnished Knight begins the coverage of this transition time The Midway system is the focus where threats from an alien race the Enigmas and other humans the Alliance are everyday concerns The collapse of the Syndicate strength leaves the Syndicate not only unable to defend the far flung reaches of their empire but also requires them to pull resources back to protect their own necks Two of the leaders referred to as CEOs in Syndicate speak in the Midway system, Iceni and Drakon, are not comfortable with being left unprotected and stage a coups of the system under the very noses of the snakes of the ISS, the Syndicate s not so secret police.In reality, this is a story about trust Things would go so much easier, if people were able to trust one another and not worry about ulterior motives Two CEOs who have grown up and risen in the ranks of a system that rival the worst excesses of Stalinism, are now forced to trust one another in order to succeed To have reached the level they have has required them to never give trust to anyone for any reason, never provide anyone with information that can be used against you and never let your guard down Now with the limited forces available to them, they need to consolidate their position to prepare a defense against the Alliance, the Syndicate or worse against the alien Enigmas It s a race against time How much easier everything would be if both could be sure of the other s motives.The Lost Stars Tarnished Knight is a true page turner as Jack Campbell takes you from one cliff hanger to the next before you ve had time to readjust to the newest twist You feel just a little bit of the paranoia and fear that is an everyday accompaniment to a world that is just getting its first taste of freedom I look forward to the next book to continue the adventures Confession I find Artur Drakon and Gwen Iceni easier characters to get into than I did John Geary They re less idealistic, and frankly simpler for me to get immersed in Perfect heroes like Geary always make my teeth hurt a little. 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 had just finished an intricate mystery political military thriller, and this wasn t the best choice for follow up I started Tarnished Knight works well as a spin off expansion to the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell, as it allows a full development of character perspectives from among the erstwhile antagonists of the original series Engaging action sequences keep the story moving along a fast pace.However, an appreciation of this book s setting and characters requires too much context to be worth reading it as a stand alone story Chronologically, the events of this book fall between the Lost Fleet entries Dreadna Tarnished Knight works well as a spin off expansion to the Lost Fleet series by Jack Campbell, as it allows a full development of character perspectives from among the erstwhile antagonists of the original series Engaging action sequences keep the story moving along a fast pace.However, an appreciation of this book s setting and characters requires too much context to be worth reading it as a stand alone story Chronologically, the events of this book fall between the Lost Fleet entries Dreadnaught and Invincible.Also, Tarnished Knight ends on a cliffhanger, so a prospective reader would be well advised to have the next installment Perilous Shield at hand Four stars is well earned for this book It did take a while to read, but it was a good mix of action and character development that I enjoyed reading I love the game of chess played out by General Drakon and President Iceni I definitely want to continue this series Reviewed for Bitten by Books Four stars is well earned for this book It did take a while to read, but it was a good mix of action and character development that I enjoyed reading I love the game of chess played out by General Drakon and President Iceni I definitely want to continue this series Reviewed for Bitten by Books The authority of the Syndicate Worlds government is crumbling, and civil war and rebellion are breaking out, despite brutal attempts to suppress disorder In the Midway Star System, leaders must decide whether to remain loyal to the old order or fight for something new Betrayed by his government, CEO Artur Drakon launches a battle for control of Midway He is assisted by This is the first Book in The Lost Stars series by Jack Campbell a.k.a John G Hemry This is the story of the aftermath of the Syndicate World s defeat by the Alliance and the attack on the Midway system by the alien Enigmas It is up to former CEO Artur Drakon and former CEO Gwen Iceni to form a new government and find a way to protect their star system from the remnants of the Syndicate government and also to protect their system in case of a return of the Enigmas They will find this diff This is the first Book in The Lost Stars series by Jack Campbell a.k.a John G Hemry This is the story of the aftermath of the Syndicate World s defeat by the Alliance and the attack on the Midway system by the alien Enigmas It is up to former CEO Artur Drakon and former CEO Gwen Iceni to form a new government and find a way to protect their star system from the remnants of the Syndicate government and also to protect their system in case of a return of the Enigmas They will find this difficult with many hurdles to overcome The biggest hurdle will be the mistrust they have for each other If they can corporate and not kill one another they might be able to pull it off A good beginning to this spin off of the Lost Fleet series which shows the inner workings of Black Jack Geary s and the Alliance s former enemies I m interested in these two main characters I want to find out what happens to them Jack Campbell is very good at conveying that these are not pure as the driven snow people They have lived through difficult times and done wrong things Are still doing wrong things sometimes But I get an inkling that they want to change Excited to see where this leads us.


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