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The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight (edition 2012)

by Jack Campbell

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Title:The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight
Authors:Jack Campbell
Info:Ace Hardcover (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages
Collections:Young Adult, Science Fiction
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Not as compelling as the series it's spun off from, but good. ( )
  jmcalli | Feb 6, 2014 |
A view of life in the changing Syndicate worlds. Gen Drakon and Admiral Gwen Iceni are CEOs who have made hard choices to survive in the snake pit that was the Syndicate system -- where every thought, word or action could be used against you. Drakon is still trying to be a good man and Iceni is learning that there might be choices and things to be learned from the past, Now all they have to do is survive the fall of the Syndicate, the rise of new systems, and the everpresent threat of the Enigmas. Good character development, all of them have multiple layers.......... ( )
  bgknighton | Dec 15, 2013 |
If you liked the Lost Fleet series, and are enjoying the Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier series, then you'll like this book.

It is tough to tell if it is a standalone or the start of a sub-series in the Black Jack Geary universe.

Either way, we get to see a Syndic system [Midway, featured prominently along with the Enigma races in early books] after the fall of the Syndics.

2 CEO's make a go of creating an independent system of Midway. Along the way they must face and takedown the Syndic secret service [officially known as ISS, but popularly as Snakes], have enough trust in the other to not knife them in the back, and deal with gate-connected systems as they go through upheaval as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed this. There was only 1 or 2 instances of Mr Campbell's love of exposition on space fighting and whatnot. Made for a refreshing change. The story did wrap up ok, but it was completely open for future novels if he so desired.

I, for one, would like to see some more of this Universe without Black Jack. Not because I dislike him, but because writing about a duo seems to bring out a different side of Mr. Campbell's writing. ( )
  Bookstooge | Sep 26, 2013 |
Start of a new offshoot series. With the Syndicate defeated and starting to break up, CEOs Iceni and Drakon lead a rebellion against the security forces at Midway. Renaming themselves President and General respectively, they must learn to trust each other and to forge a new kind of polity, while keeping Midway--and themselves--safe and free of the Syndicate. Not an easy task.

Definitely worth reading for aficianados of Campbell's Lost Fleet series, or of military SF in general. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Oct 21, 2012 |
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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.… (more)

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