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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....
©2012 John G. Hemry (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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"Military science fiction at its very best..." (Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award-winning author of Carnelians)
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By Jean on 03-20-13

a new sub series

I got hooked on The Lost Fleet and then Beyond the Frontier Series and now a new great sub series about the Midway Star system. The story picks up with life on Midway after Geary leaves Midway into the unknown space to explore it. The Midway Star System has declared independence from the Syndic and are forming a new government and alliances of neighbouring star systems. Jack Campbell's usual great space battles, intrigue between different groups all goes into creating action, suspense and the ending leaves me wanting the next volume in the series. If you like the other two series you will enjoy this new one.

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By Clifton Gadbois on 12-07-12

A good beginning...

The story is almost as engaging as the Lost Fleet books. However, if one hasn't read the Lost Fleet books the story and setting could be a little confusing. Marc Vietor's performance was good but not great; at times it was hard to distinguish the different characters. Christian Rummel has a much larger range of character voices and I wish he were narrating the Lost Stars as well. Overall a good beginning to another series of books from Mr. Hemry.

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By Nick on 11-06-12

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.

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By Mr. Stephen Briglin on 01-30-15

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.

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By Peter on 12-09-16

Slow to get going

I picked this up as a random buy as it was cheap. It's slow to get moving but I got quite into it. He tries to write some diverse character and there is a strong female lead but still we see reliance upon standard space opera tropes such as the slinky psychopath female. Even with that said I have to admit I'm about to buy the second book as the overall world story is quite interesting.

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By James B. Morris on 02-03-15

Loved it!

Excellent work like all of the audio books. Only thing that could make them better is multiple voice actors and maybe sound effects

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