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The Lost Destroyer PDF, ePub eBook A silver pyramid in space ten thousand years old… The secrets of the mysterious New Men… A war like no other… Starship Victory—Earth’s ancient, alien spacecraft—has won a smashing victory against the New Men, driving them from “C” Quadrant. On their way home, Captain Maddox and his crew run into a vast machine trapped inside an ion storm. Maddox doesn’t know it yet, but th A silver pyramid in space ten thousand years old… The secrets of the mysterious New Men… A war like no other… Starship Victory—Earth’s ancient, alien spacecraft—has won a smashing victory against the New Men, driving them from “C” Quadrant. On their way home, Captain Maddox and his crew run into a vast machine trapped inside an ion storm. Maddox doesn’t know it yet, but the meeting isn’t an accident. There’s a traitor aboard ship, implementing a secret plan, threatening to destroy everything Star Watch has achieved against the New Men. Now begins a deadly race as Captain Maddox, the crew and Galyan are pitted against the masters of a centuries-old conspiracy. Human existence lies in the balance. THE LOST DESTROYER is the third book in the LOST STARSHIP SERIES.

30 review for The Lost Destroyer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Ray

    Wonderfully written!! Each book in this series gets better and better. The author is immensely talented and the storyline brings the fascinating characters to life. I have enjoyed his work so far, and can not wait for the next book in this series. His heroes and villains properly balance between being invincible or pushover. The damsel isn't really helpless, but still needs saving. And the faithful side kick is a perfect compliment to the hero. Wonderfully written!!!!!.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Who is the real enemy? If you like a good sci-fi adventure, this will fill that need. This story is the third book about Captain Maddox and his crew aboard the starship Victory. In this adventure, they witness a planet killer, the Doomsday machine, annihilate whole planet's in the Wahhabi Caliphate system. The Wahhabi Caliphate was founded by a group of Muslims who settled in their own star system. The Doomsday machine is fifty kilometers long, much larger and older than any other starship in exi Who is the real enemy? If you like a good sci-fi adventure, this will fill that need. This story is the third book about Captain Maddox and his crew aboard the starship Victory. In this adventure, they witness a planet killer, the Doomsday machine, annihilate whole planet's in the Wahhabi Caliphate system. The Wahhabi Caliphate was founded by a group of Muslims who settled in their own star system. The Doomsday machine is fifty kilometers long, much larger and older than any other starship in existence. Besides the planet's being destroyed with all the people perishing, the Doomsday machine cut through the system's military ships and destroyed any who got close or engaged the spaceship in battle. The starship Victory got away from that star system in time to be safe. Much later in the story, the crew of Victory meet up with this planet killer, but before that there is much spying, meetings with superiors, assassination, betrayals, nuclear explosions, etc. Through it all many questions come up. Is it only toe New Men who are controlling this destructive ship or are there other forces and people behind it all? You'll have to read it to see for yourself. The meetings are boring but the action sequences make up for it. All in all an enjoyable read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Michael Gallen

    The third entry of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship science-fiction series opens with the franchise’s eponymous space vessel Victory in an ion storm, in the middle of which someone launches a jumpfighter from the ship. The book tests the loyalties of Professor Ludendorff, with protagonist Captain Maddox inquiring Doctor Dana Rich about her past mutiny against the scientist, who has a fixation on ancient aliens like those who had constructed the Victory. Its crew attempt to return home to Ea The third entry of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship science-fiction series opens with the franchise’s eponymous space vessel Victory in an ion storm, in the middle of which someone launches a jumpfighter from the ship. The book tests the loyalties of Professor Ludendorff, with protagonist Captain Maddox inquiring Doctor Dana Rich about her past mutiny against the scientist, who has a fixation on ancient aliens like those who had constructed the Victory. Its crew attempt to return home to Earth to inform their officers of the victories against the New Men in the Tannish and Markus Systems. In the meantime, aliens are attempting to subdue the Wahhabi Caliphate, the space systems controlled by the Muslim nations of Earth, and the Victory diverts from its earthbound destination, the professor warning about a threat greater than the New Men. Furthermore, New Man agent Kane is undergoing rehabilitation punishment for failing to aid his superiors sufficiently, with another enigmatic group of ancient aliens, the Builders, coming into mention, with their drones attacking the Victory. Kane ultimately frees himself from rehab and plots a commando raid against the Nerva Tower in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Earth. Maddox and his crew continue to explore the nooks and crannies of the Victory and ponder over a silver egg-shaped object the professor procures during the novel’s events, with the vessel’s alien artificial intelligence Galyan helping occasionally. When the Captain and his companions finally return to Earth, they receive warning of a doomsday device headed for the planet. A few twists about the professor, and Octavian Nerva, suspected of espionage against Earth, has his tower stormed by marines. The remainder of the story focuses on the battle against the cataclysmic device and its aftermath. Overall, the third entry of Heppner’s series is on par with its predecessors, which is a good thing as it has plenty of action, mystery, and twists, although again, he could have come up with a more original name for the superhuman antagonists other than “the New Men,” and the various Star Trek television series and movies are an obvious source of inspiration for the science-fiction author. Even so, some of what many consider the highest forms of art are in some cases derivative, so one can definitely excuse the slight unoriginality of the sci-fi series, and those who enjoyed its precursors will definitely find The Lost Destroyer to be an engaging yarn.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    The best book in the series yet! This book holds together without the odd convolutions of the second book. It holds together better as a consistent plot, and kept my interest until the last page. Better still, this book was more satisfying, as it put some of the story fragments together. Of course it didn't answer all of the questions, but as usual in a book with mysterious elements it answered some things while leaving behind many questions and posing a few new ones! 😁

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Hart

    Third in a series of space opera books featuring an ancient alien starship, a bold captain, his faithful sidekick, his sweetheart, and an evil scientist, this book delivers entertainment by the page. The captain is trying to get back to Earth to continue the struggle against the New Men (genetically modified superhumans). The New Men want to annihilate the Old Men with planet busting technology. Will they succeed? Tune in next week!

  6. 4 out of 5

    John B. Fordyce

    Very entertaining series reminds me a little of Anne McCaffrey's brain ship books. The action is well paced and keeps the reader engaged. The author has created enough mystery in regards to the protagonist and the "New Men" to keep me hooked and wanting to find out the secrets. I recommend this book for Sci-Fi enthusiasts who need a break from "epic sagas" and just need a quick fix.

  7. 5 out of 5

    BobP

    Best in the series thus far Some great twists in the tale... definitely sped through this one and there were some great nuggets left throughout the book to indicate direction. Similar to some of the authors other series that I have liked , but still great concepts. On to the next installment:)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mhinternational88

    Another excellent instalment in a series that seems to keep getting better as the series goes deeper into the history of a universe filled with different beings. The reader gets to see the views of characters that we were previously led to dislike, seeing their pov of a war for survival.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lee-sa Day

    Exceptional book First time reading this author. I am in love with this series. I accidentally started the series with book 2 but maybe after I get to the end I will go back and read 1 but too engrossed in getting into book 4 to go back now.

  10. 5 out of 5

    phillip

    Plots within plots and traitors everywhere New men infiltrating earths highest positions, two extinct alien races. But wait, there's more! Another alien race, another alien supership, this one produced a doomsday planet killer. But who controls it??

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Ford

    I loved this book! I absolutely love this series and this book is the best so far. It has a unique and interesting story, and great characters. It made me laugh and it made me cry. If there is a smart movie producer out there, they will turn this into a movie series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Philip T. Riley

    Intense action Fast moving from crisis to crisis. I really enjoy the characters. The adventure continues and I want more of it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charles T. Dixon II

    Good, read but can get very distracted with details.

  14. 5 out of 5

    maxamoud

    So far it good The series is getting better and better by very new installment. The space physics needs a lot bet improvements but hey it's not bad.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Michael Ppeck

    Good book I like Vaughn Heppner. I have read many of his books. Keeps me interested, lots of action. Good book. Tgif

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dale Rosso

    Great story addition to the series, love each entry in the series and hope the author does not end it for a long time to come. Sci-Fi at it's best.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jules J Rothus

    Great Terrific series Maddox is the man or something else entirely. Be prepared for a trip of sci fi wonder works

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Campbell

    Enjoyable! This book kept me on the edge of my seat, I really do like the series. I can’t wait to see more books come out by this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rick Nuss

    exciting and action packed i enjoyed this book, its continued story answers just enough questions to keep the story going and adds just as many more to keep you wanting more.

  20. 5 out of 5

    TnEnder

    Solid story A good continuation of the story. If you are invested in the series it’s worth a read. Wi j I

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Harvey

    Excellent Some plotlines ended. Some plotlines invented. Some new questions raised. I could not put it down. Ready for book 4

  22. 5 out of 5

    Randy Bradakis

    Cheesy "classic" SciFi - and by classic, I mean a bit misogynistic and still kind of fun.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth Legnon

    It was a good read but not great. I am going to read the rest of the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Don Carner

    Maddox Wins the Day! Excellent. A very detailed account of mankind's attempts to defend itself from alien destroyers and modified human beings! Read it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    Meh. Getting a little stagnant and predictable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca J Pool

    Best in series so far. I his book is the best so far. Heppner is becoming a better writer as he continues this exciting series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    I was so excited to see that the third Lost Starship book, The Lost Destroyer, was out and available for Kindle Owners/Prime thingamabob. No. 4 was available, too, when I looked, so that's for March. The Lost Destroyer continues the story of Captain Maddox and crew nearly single-handedly taking on the New Men, a genetically superior offshoot of the human race intent on culling the "cattle" (regular humans). Aboard the Starship Victory with AI Galyan, Professor Luddendorf has taken control and kep I was so excited to see that the third Lost Starship book, The Lost Destroyer, was out and available for Kindle Owners/Prime thingamabob. No. 4 was available, too, when I looked, so that's for March. The Lost Destroyer continues the story of Captain Maddox and crew nearly single-handedly taking on the New Men, a genetically superior offshoot of the human race intent on culling the "cattle" (regular humans). Aboard the Starship Victory with AI Galyan, Professor Luddendorf has taken control and kept his motivations secret, a sure plan to success and winning people over. There is a machine capable of destroying planets, aka the planet killer, and it's headed to earth. I wonder what the plan is with that? In the mean time, chaos reigns on earth. What is going on!??! Can Captain Maddox really be the guy the reports are claiming him to be? And what about the Professor, what is his plan? The book is exciting to read and full of strong characters/characterizations, and the brain-twisting conundrums of what can be and are done makes for a challenge, too. The overall war is leading to a fevered pitch, one in which the regular humans are clearly outclassed physically and mentally. Is there any hope for success? Faint hope is better than none. I look forward to the next installment with great anticipation. This series really spurs my imagination with the best of the classic sci-fi authors. There is the reality of traveling in space not being completely instantaneous, and weapons use occurring real time (heating up, cooling down, charging power supplies between major discharges, etc.). There are definite threats that loom large and real. My only complaint is that I found many typos, more toward the end as though rushed to publish without doing a simple proofreading. All the words are spelled correctly, of course. They're just not all the correct words. Some words fail to make an appearance, too. Despite this, though, I highly recommend this book, but please read in order. Things make much more sense that way.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    This is yet another good adventure in The Lost Starship series. It is fun although fairly light reading. But then, to me, a good adventure story should be fast flowing and not too deep. The book blurb is somewhat of an exaggeration though. A smashing victory? They won by a very thin thread in the last book as far as I remember. Anyway, the victors start the journey home and, of course, another calamity befalls the crew of Starship Victory. The enemy, by the help of some nasty surprises left by th This is yet another good adventure in The Lost Starship series. It is fun although fairly light reading. But then, to me, a good adventure story should be fast flowing and not too deep. The book blurb is somewhat of an exaggeration though. A smashing victory? They won by a very thin thread in the last book as far as I remember. Anyway, the victors start the journey home and, of course, another calamity befalls the crew of Starship Victory. The enemy, by the help of some nasty surprises left by the mysterious professor Ludendorff manages to divert the ship straight into a electrical storm and inside this storm lurks something very big and very very bad. The humans thought the New Men and their star cruisers were bad. Little did they know what was to fall upon them. In this book the author unravels quite a lot of the story behind the New Men, the conspiracy and plotting that led to the creation of these nefarious evolved humans and the current situation. Naturally Maddox and his friends are forced through one hair raising adventure after another to combat the new threat. Starship Victory does indeed, eventually, get back to Earth just in time for Maddox to face a number of assassination attempts not to mention the possible destruction of the planet Earth. Naturally the arrogant and hugely annoying professor Ludendorff makes his best. even then, to twist events to fit into his own agenda. As I wrote, it is a good book. Plenty of adventure, twists and revelations. Galyan, Victory’s computer AI, is developing by quite a few orders of magnitude I would say. They also get the weapons in working order although, sadly, they do not really get to use them much. There are some hints thrown around about how much more capable Galyan and consequently Victory have become though. In the end a battle is won but certainly not the war. I have to say that I would not mind seeing another book in this series being published.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This was a very good story. I’ve been following the exploits of Captain Maddox, Star Watch Intelligence, since the very first book. He’s a very strange character. In this book, I finally figured out who he reminds me of, and that is none other than, Sherlock Holmes! Yes, that is exactly how Captain Maddox strikes me in his conversations, especially with Sergeant Riker (Dr. Watson). Captain Maddox is always trying to figure things out. He discusses his thoughts with Sgt. Riker the same way Sherloc This was a very good story. I’ve been following the exploits of Captain Maddox, Star Watch Intelligence, since the very first book. He’s a very strange character. In this book, I finally figured out who he reminds me of, and that is none other than, Sherlock Holmes! Yes, that is exactly how Captain Maddox strikes me in his conversations, especially with Sergeant Riker (Dr. Watson). Captain Maddox is always trying to figure things out. He discusses his thoughts with Sgt. Riker the same way Sherlock Holmes did in his books even recognizing Sgt. Riker when he makes a unknowingly brilliant statement. I like the banter and I’m now used to Captain Maddox and his mannerisms. At first I was kind of put-off by his arrogance, but I’ve come to see it as part of his character and the reflection that he is part New Man. All New Men are arrogant or at least I get that idea from the authors writing about them. This book is about saving Earth. There is something out there coming to Earth that is worse than the New Men. Captain Maddox and his crew aboard the Victory must get back to Earth before this new enemy attacks. Warning Earth might not be enough. As it stands, there is no way Earth can survive this new threat. Even if they do, Earth forces would be so decimated that any additional attacks by the New Men would certainly mean the end of Earth. So, will Captain Maddox once again become a hero? What about this New Man that wants to become the King of all New Men. Will the Starship Victory ever become whole knowing that parts of it have been shut down throughout its six thousand year existence. If you have any liking for the old Sherlock Holmes mysteries, I think you’re going to really like Mr. Holmes in space.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    The best thing about cracking open a Vaughn Heppner book for the adventure reader (and that's what I consider myself) is that it will deliver. I know this because I believe I've read them all. While Captain Maddox isn't my favorite character. To tell the truth, he's a little dull. You know the type, half New Man, half human. Smarter, faster and stronger than the average protagonist. His lone flaw is that he doesn't really know who he is or whether he's more aligned with the enemy or the human ra The best thing about cracking open a Vaughn Heppner book for the adventure reader (and that's what I consider myself) is that it will deliver. I know this because I believe I've read them all. While Captain Maddox isn't my favorite character. To tell the truth, he's a little dull. You know the type, half New Man, half human. Smarter, faster and stronger than the average protagonist. His lone flaw is that he doesn't really know who he is or whether he's more aligned with the enemy or the human race. But that's incidental. Heppner writes like he's got a head full of Hendrix (pardon the Lords of the New Church lyric) and he's just tapping a vein of intense creativity that explodes as the progression builds. It must be working. As I write this, The Lost Destroyer, the third novel in Heppner's Lost Starship series, already has reached more than 400 reviews. Obviously, he's got the fans. He's connecting. Maddox learns more about his crazy ship, and he comes exceedingly close to losing the battle to keep mankind from becoming vapor. Heppner introduces an entirely new threat, the Builders, a race that has left weapons of destruction on a scale a nuclear engineer could only dream of. And he also takes one of his chief antagonists and humanizes him. He leaves this for the climax. Heppner's kind of the Karl Malone of the sci-fi section, the Mailman. He delivers.

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