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The Lost Command PDF, ePub eBook One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth colonists hoping to found a utopia emigrated deep into the Beyond. Now, the New Men are invading, a race of humans stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Star Watch sends Admiral Fletcher to stop them. His command barely escapes annihilation by heading into the dreaded void. His battered ships are quickly running out of food, fuel One hundred and fifty years ago, Earth colonists hoping to found a utopia emigrated deep into the Beyond. Now, the New Men are invading, a race of humans stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Star Watch sends Admiral Fletcher to stop them. His command barely escapes annihilation by heading into the dreaded void. His battered ships are quickly running out of food, fuel and missiles, and they don’t dare go back again to face the New Men. Star Watch frantically searches for a way to rescue the vessels. An ancient alien starship is parked in the Solar System, with an irritable AI refusing to cooperate. The vessel has powerful weapons—if anyone could figure out how to make them work after ten thousand years. Star Watch summons Captain Maddox, the only person to have successfully worked with the ancient computer. The captain must convince his old acquaintance the AI—who has become smarter and even more belligerent than before—to help him rescue Fletcher. But what does the ten-thousand-year-old AI have to gain by helping Star Watch’s cockiest Intelligence officer? The answer just might help solve the threat of the New Men. THE LOST COMMAND is the second book in the LOST STARSHIP SERIES.

30 review for The Lost Command

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    The Lost Command, the second in The Lost Starship series, is written heads and shoulders above the first book. And still, at the end of this one as with the first one, I want more. It's hard to talk about the book without spoilers. Suffice to say the New Men become more than just a presence on the screen. That first meeting, I felt energy emanating forcefully from the screen. And we learn more of the New Men's plan for humanity. They may be new men, but it's an old plan. That's spoiler enough. I t The Lost Command, the second in The Lost Starship series, is written heads and shoulders above the first book. And still, at the end of this one as with the first one, I want more. It's hard to talk about the book without spoilers. Suffice to say the New Men become more than just a presence on the screen. That first meeting, I felt energy emanating forcefully from the screen. And we learn more of the New Men's plan for humanity. They may be new men, but it's an old plan. That's spoiler enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this. All the main characters grow in the book. I felt fully involved in all the scenes, and in several cases, I'm glad I wasn't there. I can imagine this book translated to the big screen quite easily. While Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) wasn't a movie, this book has that same feel and scope. I recommend this highly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    On his second novel of the Lost Starship series, author Vaughn Heppner brings back the conflicted Captain Maddox and his eclectic crew who despite their faults make saving the universe their obsession. "The Lost Command" appears more character driven than many of Heppner's books. His star is the muy macho half superman (or new man), but Maddox suspects his origins may make him even more of an outcast amongst his fellow humans. Maddox suspects he's half new man. And that's not such a great thing On his second novel of the Lost Starship series, author Vaughn Heppner brings back the conflicted Captain Maddox and his eclectic crew who despite their faults make saving the universe their obsession. "The Lost Command" appears more character driven than many of Heppner's books. His star is the muy macho half superman (or new man), but Maddox suspects his origins may make him even more of an outcast amongst his fellow humans. Maddox suspects he's half new man. And that's not such a great thing since these smarter, better, faster new men want to exterminate most of the human race like a shipful of Daleks. He and his crew face incredible difficulties. The most intense appears to be winning over the ancient ship they recovered in the first book. This alien vessel is the only hope of Star Watch, the military organization tasked with protecting human populated worlds. But the ship is run by an artificial intelligence who believes he's been tricked and wants nothing more than killing Maddox. But the captain is extremely good at trickery, so he does it again. Meanwhile, Heppner expands on the other characters, including the ship's AI. It's a bit of a departure for the author. But it works, and he's made a clearly engaging new series with a bunch of possible directions and backstories.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I didn’t particularly like the first book in this series, but I thought I would give it another chance before giving up. The story starts with the ‘Human’ fleet in chaos debating whether they should attack the “New Man’ fleet or not. It appears they have learnt nothing. The book carries on from the last one with a series of disasters and I just could face another four hundred pages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Casey Ressler

    good read Enjoy this author, this one was not a let down at all, the beginning was a little confusing but it all came nicely together.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Michael Gallen

    The second installment of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with a memorandum indicating that Captain Maddox returned from the Beyond with an alien starship (the Victory) and that the New Men attacked the Commonwealth, the events believed related. The first four main chapters occur near Caria 323 in the “C” Quadrant, likely of the Milky Way Galaxy, with an attack by the New Men being imminent, although many in the Commonwealth believe they have “victory disease,” blinded by thei The second installment of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with a memorandum indicating that Captain Maddox returned from the Beyond with an alien starship (the Victory) and that the New Men attacked the Commonwealth, the events believed related. The first four main chapters occur near Caria 323 in the “C” Quadrant, likely of the Milky Way Galaxy, with an attack by the New Men being imminent, although many in the Commonwealth believe they have “victory disease,” blinded by their accomplishments. The enigmatic Oran Rva leads the New Men, claiming to be the conqueror of the Commonwealth, with the galactic organization talking of using the Victory against them. The chapter numbering restarts at one when the events shift back to Earth, where its inhabitants are ignorant and apathetic about the New Men, Captain Maddox, one of the primary protagonists, told to commence Operation Odysseus. Meanwhile, his love interest Meta finds herself attacked and kidnapped by strangers, with Maddox ultimately coming by her apartment complex and finding that the security footage showing her capture had been subject to tampering. Believing Meta to still be on Earth, Maddox heads to Monte Carlo to visit Octavian Nerva, who denies having a role in kidnapping her. Maddox quickly finds himself in a hostage situation, although he ultimately connects with Brigadier O’Hara, nicknamed the Iron Lady. Maddox’ superiors believe like he does that the Victory is the key to triumph over the New Men, and the Captain is tasked to find Professor Ludendorff to exploit the alien starship, whose traps have claimed the lives of researchers. An initial antagonist other than the New Men is the alien vessel’s artificial intelligence that identifies itself as Driving Force Galyan, which indicates the ship to be the remnant of the extinct alien civilization the Adoks, who were a peaceful race, and promises eventual conveyance to the homeworld of the Swarm. A series of battles between the New Men and the Commonwealth round out the novel, with Maddox also learning about his lineage. Overall, the first Lost Starship sequel effectively and satisfactorily continues its predecessor’s plotline, with the characters definitely being believable and the story itself full of good science-fiction action and occasional twists. Granted, the author could have come up with a better-sounding name for the antagonists other than “the New Men,” with the writer likely a fan of the various Star Trek television series and movies in the creation of the aforementioned narrative foes. The story also touches briefly upon the eugenics pseudoscience, with this reviewer somewhat relating to the themes of genetic superiority and inferiority, and would recommend the book to fans of the sci-fi genre.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alex Shrugged

    I read this book almost exactly a year ago. I remembered most of it, but since I am trying to read the latest books in the series, I thought I would go back and review some of the earlier books. The Story: Now that the alien super ship has been recovered, the government has been trying to duplicate the alien technology in order to use these new weapons to defeat the New Men, a race of augmented super beings with a well defined sense of self. But with the recent near defeat of Star Watch forces, C I read this book almost exactly a year ago. I remembered most of it, but since I am trying to read the latest books in the series, I thought I would go back and review some of the earlier books. The Story: Now that the alien super ship has been recovered, the government has been trying to duplicate the alien technology in order to use these new weapons to defeat the New Men, a race of augmented super beings with a well defined sense of self. But with the recent near defeat of Star Watch forces, Captain Maddock is brought in to find a missing super scientist to activate the alien weapons and save us all. Any problems with the story? With background from Book 1 it is easier (although not easy) to figure out what is going on. The general feud between Maddock and one of the wealthiest men in the world is ongoing. It still makes very little sense to me. The whole business seems too cute by half. The chances for a successful search for the super scientist is virtually zero, but oh look! There he is! Any modesty issues? Well... sex is implied, but weakly such as "he urged her along to his cabin" or words to that effect. The word "d-mn" is used quite a bit, but nothing worse than that. The next book in the series is The Lost Destroyer. As I recall, that will introduce a larger conspiracy that will continue throughout the series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    This is the 2nd book in the series. I do like the book and the adventure is exciting. Sometimes the lead character is a little too much (over acted). Yet, the idea of a lost ship thousands of years old that was found and is able to aid earth and the commonwealth against a seemingly impossible enemy is great. Every now and then there are places where the dialog seems to jump like a paragraph was edited out. Usually, I just skip over it but it is still annoying. The other characters in this book s This is the 2nd book in the series. I do like the book and the adventure is exciting. Sometimes the lead character is a little too much (over acted). Yet, the idea of a lost ship thousands of years old that was found and is able to aid earth and the commonwealth against a seemingly impossible enemy is great. Every now and then there are places where the dialog seems to jump like a paragraph was edited out. Usually, I just skip over it but it is still annoying. The other characters in this book seem to carry less weight than in the first book. I would like to see the "professor" find solutions to some of the major problems with the ship. To me the author seems to be putting it off so the 'drama' is intensified. I guess I like resolutions instead of a continual set of complications. I am looking forward to reading the third book in the series. My hope is that the old ship's technology can be duplicated and aid the remaining ships in the fleet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mhinternational88

    A step up from the fist book, and a great building block for the rest of the story. The individual characters from book one all get more depth. Rather than the reader only really knowing the motives of the main character we get to know more of the driving force of his team. Personally i think the most interesting aspect of the book are the ancient aliens and the AI and the teases of them will be driving me to finish the series and possibly rage if I learn nothing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    A good sequel This book established a few bits of new information, but more importantly it further fleshed out existing story lines and characters. It didn't suddenly charge off in random directions as some sequels do in hopes of being a "stand-alone" story in case the reader didn't bother to read the first book. No earth shattering surprises, but decent story telling.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Nicely done The continuing adventures of Captain Maddox are just as tense as the first book. The plot was just as engaging as I'd hoped. A little more diversity in the cast would make this the perfect sequel but that being said, I really liked this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    BobP

    Exhausting ... constant tension and action I am really getting into this series now. But the action, tension ramp up from the first book. I sped through this one hoping for some conclusions to be revealed, but the author has used a slow tease , so I guess I am hooked . :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Hart

    Second in a series of space opera books, our hero is attempting to get back to the home planet after defeating the "new men" by recovering an ancient spaceship and winning the love of a very strong female. But the New Men are still on the lose and just as dangerous.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charles T. Haskell III

    Lost Command This book in the series is an excellent follow-up to the initial book in the Lost Starship series. There are numerous twists and character streams that arise and have added new dimension to the storyline. I am starting book 3 as soon as I complete this review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    phillip

    Capt Maddox thought retrieving the list starship would solve earth problems A great victory retrieving the lost alien starship. Surely this would give the earth fleets a great advantage, or would it?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rick Nuss

    a good sci-fi series the continuing story of Maddox and crew, with some questions answered, some issues resolved and new characters added. It's a good fast paced read. I'm glad I started reading this series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    John Mchale

    Slow starting and a lot of revisiting the previous book to remind you what happened so took a lot of will to keep going but the second half of the book got things moving again. Left it good for the next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jbg

    Excellent book. Book 2 of a very interesting series. Plot has unexpected twists making the book hard to put down. Looking forward to Book 3.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rick Frady

    Good continuation of the Lost Starship series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Htb2050

    This is what Mass Effect was before they made it all political and ruined it!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Helms

    4.75⭐. 4.75⭐️.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Judy Chapman

    Great 2nd in the series 5 🌟 for continuity in storyline and character development. Again Maddox and crew defeat and hold off the New Men.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rajeshwari

    I enjoyed reading this part of the series. I was able to get the plot without reading the first part. It was nice reading Maddox's origin and the skeptical acceptance.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mike Reynolds

    An interesting story with a lot of twists and turns. The characters are a little too super hero but still a fun read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rick Posey

    Good read Nice plot twist. Just enough suspense to keep the frustration going. The characters are fleshed out in this instalment of the story. Looking forward to the next.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dale Rosso

    Great followup to the first book for die hard scifi fans, as always I could not put it down or stop listening to the audio version.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I am at a loss for words! The difference between this book and the first book of the series, “The Lost Starship” is astounding! This book was a fantastic book to read. It made sense. The author finally managed to put some sense into the actions of his main character, Captain Maddox, and stopped making him sound like an idiot. He actually put some “humanity” into Captain Maddox and made him act like a normal person albeit a very smart person. I’m still don’t understand the rank structure in this I am at a loss for words! The difference between this book and the first book of the series, “The Lost Starship” is astounding! This book was a fantastic book to read. It made sense. The author finally managed to put some sense into the actions of his main character, Captain Maddox, and stopped making him sound like an idiot. He actually put some “humanity” into Captain Maddox and made him act like a normal person albeit a very smart person. I’m still don’t understand the rank structure in this book. A Navy Captain ranks just below an Admiral. Will, there could be a Commodore in-between them in time of war, but usually a Navy Captain is also the commander of most Naval large and important Naval vessels. They have a lot of experience since you don’t make Captain until well past usually 20 years. I can’t remember how long Maddox has been in the Star Watch Intelligence Service but he seems to have been around for awhile. They are treating the rank of Captain in this book as one step above a Lieutenant which is crazy. Valerie seems to have some service time too and she has been promoted to Captain also hoping to command a Star War starship which as a Captain she should. Instead, she gets assigned to Captain Maddox and is busted down to a Lieutenant! What happened to the rank of Commander or even Lt Commandeer? It would sure have cleared things up if those ranks had been included since that’s what most military readers would have expected. Ok so on with the book. Maddox finally gets back aboard the Victory and he’s place in command but the alien AI hasn’t quite gotten his senses back and will only allow Maddox to command through him and only if it will achieve the AI’s objectives. The AI has a name now, Driving Force Galyan, but that doesn’t seem to change much. The banter between Maddox and Galyan has improved quite a bit with their discussions seeming to fit into the mission. It improves greatly later on when they wipe the AI’s core and rid it of a virus. So, the purpose of this book it to rescue the Fifth Fleet which has fought the New Men but was getting annihilated and then decided to flee to fight another day. That decision was probably the correct one but it’s going to take the Fifth Fleet several months to reach a place where they might be able to jump back to Earth. Unfortunately, the New Men will have several months to fix their star ships and will be waiting to destroy the rest of the Fifth Fleet. But, Captain Maddox and his crew must bring the Victory to the aide of the Fifth Fleet and do so with the Victory’s advanced weaponry fully functional! This book was pretty exciting. The writing was certainly better than in the first book and a lot of things were explained about Captain Maddox and his crew. They all got around to figuring out they had to work together and even the ship AI started cooperating even though he tried very hard to act like he wasn’t. I think the encounters with the New Men turned out logically, although the New Men did set several traps that the Victory and Captain Maddox barely got out of. Meta did have much of a part in this book but she did provide some kind of love interest for Maddox to prove that he wasn’t just a cold hearted, ah, dude! I thought that was possible. Still, what I couldn’t figure out is why Professor Ludendorff so eagerly joined the Victory’s crew after he said he wasn’t going to board that vessel when he first discovered it. That was never explained as far as I know. It’s also interesting to have to write in another character that’s even more intelligent than Captain Maddox just so someone can figure everything out. Of course the author found that having a highly intelligent Professor around allowed him to fix things without explaining why just because we wouldn’t understand the explanation. That’s a good trick. Ok, I change my mind. This series is now much better than I expected it to get. I guess there could be another book since the Fifth Fleet hasn’t returned to Earth and the New Men are still a threat. So, if the author can write a third book as well as this one, then please do. Just remember, I and other readers don’t know how a book will turn out until we’ve read them! Not fair!

  27. 5 out of 5

    John L

    Up front, I have enjoyed the series so far. But there are a couple of things that bother me. First, what's with "Captain Maddox" all the time? Even a commanding officer still has a first name, which would bring him closer to the reader, if nothing else. As a former company commander, my commanding officer still used my first name on a normal basis. Second, and this is the one that is Sooo telling about civilians who write about military stories as though they have walked the walk, and........... Up front, I have enjoyed the series so far. But there are a couple of things that bother me. First, what's with "Captain Maddox" all the time? Even a commanding officer still has a first name, which would bring him closer to the reader, if nothing else. As a former company commander, my commanding officer still used my first name on a normal basis. Second, and this is the one that is Sooo telling about civilians who write about military stories as though they have walked the walk, and................. Civilians always seem to forget that a commissioned officer, whether they be army, navy, marines, etc, they are ALL officially gentleman. It doesn't matter whether by act of congress, or act of parliament. They are gentlemen and should be treated as such. Here's what I mean. The only time a superior officer would address a second lieutenant as "second lieutenant", or a lieutenant commander as "lieutenant commander" is when there is a formal ceremony, or when that person is being put in his/her place. All other times they are addressed as simply "lieutenant" or "commander", or by their first name. Their junior status is not rubbed in their faces, because they are gentleman, and to be treated as such. For some reason, no matter how much civilians immerse themselves in military tradition, this is the one thing that always gives them away as just ignorant civilians. I had this same thing out with Ryk Brown, over at Amazon. And I watched this same mistake on my favorite Sci Fi program, Babylon 5. The point is that one NEVER, EVER, makes a point in rubbing their subordinate rank in other gentlemen's faces. They are to be treated with the respect they deserve. I don't understand why people have so much trouble understanding this. A second lieutenant is still a lieutenant, regardless. And a lieutenant commander is still a commander, regardless. What part about that is so hard to understand? This is Common Sense 101. And it drives me nuts to see such ignorance on display for all to see, while attempting to be professional. And Vaughn Heppner does this is spades in this series. It takes away from his credibility. Oh, one other thing. The rank structure here is totally dysfunctional. The rank of captain, and the differences between services, is not understood by the writer. Its as though he doesn't know the difference between an army/marine captain(O3), and the lofty title of captain(O6) in the navy. I wonder if he really knows the difference. And the excuse of "Well things have changed in the future, and ranks have been encorporated" doesn't fly. The military is perhaps the most traditionally oriented organization in the world. And they hold those traditions dear, so they will not change this. Civilians really need to make a point in understanding these time honored traditions.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    This book, not surprisingly, continues the story, roughly, from where the pervious book ended. The book is pretty much the same simple but entertaining adventure story as the first book. I have to say right away that the book starts of in a fairly illogical manner. Not that the individual actions on the various pages are very illogical but the entire set up is, at least as far as I am concerned. Why do I say this? Well, we are talking about the legendary star ship, the container of technology tha This book, not surprisingly, continues the story, roughly, from where the pervious book ended. The book is pretty much the same simple but entertaining adventure story as the first book. I have to say right away that the book starts of in a fairly illogical manner. Not that the individual actions on the various pages are very illogical but the entire set up is, at least as far as I am concerned. Why do I say this? Well, we are talking about the legendary star ship, the container of technology that could prevent the extinction of the human race, at least the part of it that still has a somewhat human thought pattern, and they just let the people that managed to acquire it wonder off more or less individually. I am not really a advocate of heavy handed government actions but several of these people where still on the government payroll and yet they where just allowed to wonder off. Anyway, ignore those issues and you end up with a quite decent little adventure. Maddox is back and so is Meta. There are a bunch of other people that are back as well of course but those are my two favourites. Unfortunately Meta has a few bumps along the road but I hope that she is back in the fold so to say. I just hate that infiltration/conspiracy stuff but then, that is just me. Maddox is a enjoyable as ever and as “macho” as ever. There is plenty of action, both on the ground as well as in space. I quite like the action. It is perhaps not as complex as some of the books that I have read but it is still quite good. Definitely above average. One the whole this is an enjoyable, light, read, I read it quite quickly. Still I quite enjoyed it. It is not “just another” cheap novel. This one is definitely above average and, equally definitely, worth reading.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammi

    In this sequel to The Lost Starship, the team that was tasked with finding the alien starship Victory is reunited to reboard the starship in order to retrieve the scientist who just might know how to unlock the starship's secrets and to also rescue the Fifth Fleet. This book has excellent pacing...there were a couple of nights I stayed up late just because I wanted to see what happened next! I like that the crew represent real people with real problems. They are perfectly imperfect...even the cap In this sequel to The Lost Starship, the team that was tasked with finding the alien starship Victory is reunited to reboard the starship in order to retrieve the scientist who just might know how to unlock the starship's secrets and to also rescue the Fifth Fleet. This book has excellent pacing...there were a couple of nights I stayed up late just because I wanted to see what happened next! I like that the crew represent real people with real problems. They are perfectly imperfect...even the captain...who doesn't really want to be their captain. I liked that there were so many twists and turns in the story and that some things are not fully explained because as you find out, they are part of the bigger picture. I also liked that the time delays in space were not glossed over. It took days to maneuver the ships and months for the Fifth Fleet to cross the void. And the space battles, though still exciting, I thought were strategically well thought out and realistically inclined...not the glitz and glamorous type you might see in a Star Trek movie. Not much to complain about really, I totally enjoyed this book! I guess if I had to find one thing, it would be that I don't feel like Riker got enough pages. He's a fascinating character who played a pivotal role in the first book...but seemed to have taken a backseat in this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruairí Ducantlin

    I enjoy being entertained. Lost Starship Series Books One & Two The Lost Starship series is the first Vaughn Heppner I have read. I read the Lost Starship and the Lost Command and both entertained and pleased. Mr. Heppner’s style is fast paced (mostly) and flows easily. Most of the characters are easily identifiable and relatable. Although I would have preferred Meta’s physical and mental description during the prison sequence to be more on point. Heppner’s sociological undertones are easy-goin I enjoy being entertained. Lost Starship Series Books One & Two The Lost Starship series is the first Vaughn Heppner I have read. I read the Lost Starship and the Lost Command and both entertained and pleased. Mr. Heppner’s style is fast paced (mostly) and flows easily. Most of the characters are easily identifiable and relatable. Although I would have preferred Meta’s physical and mental description during the prison sequence to be more on point. Heppner’s sociological undertones are easy-going and understated. Maddox, the main character, rises above typical “casting” for the genre. Just about any reader can identify with someone in the ensemble Heppner created to surround around Maddox. Technologically iffy, I found I did not care. The story entertained. Isn’t this the best thing an author of fiction can hear: “I was entertained.”? Ruairí My Site

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