Tarnished Knight

Tarnished Knight

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CEO Artur Drakon has been betrayed. The Syndicate Worlds' government failed to protect its citizens from both the Alliance and the alien enigmas. With a cadre of reliable 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 proved them wrong by commandeering some of the warships at Midway and declaring the star system's independence on behalf of the people though 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 rebelling against them, to defend their star system from the enigmas--and to ferret out saboteurs determined to reestablish Syndic rule...
Publisher: New York : Ace Books, 2013.
Edition: Ace mass-market ed.
ISBN: 9780425262351
Characteristics: 388 pages ; 18 cm.


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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 11, 2019

An exciting SF book, a combination of a political novel and a military space novel from a Navy veteran. This new sub-series has a very unusual twist, as an offshoot of “The Lost Fleet” series. The Lost Fleet books were primarily told from the side of the good guys (more or less) of “The Alliance” battling against the various connected star systems of “The Syndicate”. The Syndicate is kind of a Soviet-type dictatorship where everyone is suspicious of everyone else. The Alliance is more of an American-style bureaucracy with an inspirational and creative military leader, Black Jack Geary. The current book flips the series in another direction. The Alliance has won the war and Campbell now shifts the story to the point of view of two former Syndicate leaders, Artur Drakon and Gwen Iceni, on the planet Midway. They are trying to survive assassination attempts while leading a revolt against the ISS – basically similar to the old Russian Secret Service (the KGB) – in order to bring some semblance of order to Midway.

Both the political tension and the battle descriptions are exciting and the two main characters are especially well-developed and sympathetic. It is obvious that Campbell is having fun exploring his cultures from the side of the former enemies.

Oct 12, 2015

book #1 of series the lost stars


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