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Tarnished Knight by Jack Campbell
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really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction, military-sci-fi

This is the first book in Jack Campbell's new series in the Black Jack Geary/Alliance-Syndicate Universe. I enjoyed the Black Jack Lost Fleet stories, even though I think they would have been better as a trilogy.
The Lost Stars series takes the view of the survivors of the opposing side, the Syndicate, as they struggle to throw off their former rulers and find their own way in the universe. The prime question here is: How does one replace a corrupt totalitarian system with an honest workable system without descending into chaos? And, how does one do so when all one's training and instincts come from that corrupt totalitarian system?
Gwen Iceni and Artur Drakon are former Syndicate CEOs who have cooperated in throwing off the Syndicate yoke in the Midway Star System. They must learn to trust each other and install a new political system which gives the people a buy-in.
They must do this while keeping power without becoming "new" Syndics, without allowing their planet to come apart, without allowing Syndicate operatives to re-take the system. They must balance these needs while keeping the good will of Geary and the Alliance, defending themselves from the Enigma alien race, etc.
Fun and, I believe better written than either the Lost Fleet and Beyond the Frontier series.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 1, 2014 – Shelved
April 30, 2015 – Shelved as: science-fiction
April 30, 2015 – Shelved as: military-sci-fi

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