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The Lost Colony PDF, ePub eBook We fought the invading New Men to a standstill and defeated the alien Destroyer sent to obliterate Earth. The worst should be over, but it’s not. Perfect android replicas are impersonating high-level officials so trust is failing. Worse, the New Men have found allies with an impenetrable stealth technology. This time, however, Earth is going on the offensive. Admiral Fletc We fought the invading New Men to a standstill and defeated the alien Destroyer sent to obliterate Earth. The worst should be over, but it’s not. Perfect android replicas are impersonating high-level officials so trust is failing. Worse, the New Men have found allies with an impenetrable stealth technology. This time, however, Earth is going on the offensive. Admiral Fletcher is headed to “C” Quadrant with a Grand Fleet. He’s to liberate the captured planets and find the enemy homeworld. What he isn’t supposed to do is die. The only one who can save humanity has been grounded. Captain Maddox is under suspicion because he’s half New Man. But he’s not going to stop. He’s found something unbelievable. Now, he needs Starship Victory—an ancient, alien spacecraft—the AI Galyan, Meta, Sergeant Riker and the others to help him tear the greatest secret of all from the enemy. Maddox and his crew must succeed or humanity will drown in a sea of human extinction. THE LOST COLONY is the fourth book in the LOST STARSHIP SERIES.

30 review for The Lost Colony

  1. 4 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    The Lost Starship series continues to be an entertaining read with this, the fourth, instalment in the series. The “old men” desperately needs to fight back against the New Men but, as the book blurb states, the New Men continues to throw gravel into the machinery. As usual the paranoid and stupid humans react in ways that are not exactly the most efficient ones when it comes to achieving an actual victory. Thus Maddox is left to his own devices in order to save the “old men” even though Admiral The Lost Starship series continues to be an entertaining read with this, the fourth, instalment in the series. The “old men” desperately needs to fight back against the New Men but, as the book blurb states, the New Men continues to throw gravel into the machinery. As usual the paranoid and stupid humans react in ways that are not exactly the most efficient ones when it comes to achieving an actual victory. Thus Maddox is left to his own devices in order to save the “old men” even though Admiral Fletcher does his best to clobber the New Men fleet. It is another fun adventure story in The Lost Starship universe. It is a bit of a roller coaster ride with the usual elements such as Maddox and his friends (including the AI Galyan) being their usual ass-kickers, some fleet action, some ground action and a whole lot of conspiracies, enemy infiltration and such like nastiness by the New Men and their androids which are almost undistinguishable from real humans. Our old acquaintance, Professor Ludendorff, does his best to help keep the confusion going and, as usual, it is difficult to really know which side he is on. Mostly it feels like it is a third one, his own. While various parties are slugging it out in space and on the ground the search for alien artefacts, in particular those from the founders, continues in the hope of getting the upper hand against the New Men. What Maddox & Co finds this time exceeds their wildest dreams and it is not only artefacts that they find. The book ends the current story arc and it is a fairly satisfactory ending which, at the same time, leaves plenty of openings for a continuation of the adventures in this Science Fiction universe. These books are nicely written and easy to read adventure stories. The characters are quite colourful and often likable. I for one hope that the author has plans to create a new story arc which takes off from where this one ended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kent Shuda

    Have to admit - I didn't want to enjoy these - however they won me over. sometimes you just need that Godzilla movie on a Saturday with that Swanson TV dinner hangin out cauze the weathers not good. This is that series, fun read - won't change your mind or lifestyle, you won't be thinking of it years from now, however you will enjoy the 'ride'.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Artha DeRuyter

    Fun read! This was a very entertaining series. You really get to know the characters, it is like reading a James Bond series! Lots of action and drama, it's an easy read and good vacation material. The last book was left open ended enough to allow for another book in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Michael Gallen

    The fourth entry of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with Admiral Fletcher and Lord High Admiral Cook conversing about battles that occurred at the end of the prior book, with the former tasked with fighting the antagonistic New Men. The action then advances seven months later, with the New Men taking advantage of whom they term “sub-men,” with the Methuselah Man Strand and New Man Pa Kur further plotting, the latter leading a Seven, the New Men’s equivalent of a sub-man’s squa The fourth entry of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with Admiral Fletcher and Lord High Admiral Cook conversing about battles that occurred at the end of the prior book, with the former tasked with fighting the antagonistic New Men. The action then advances seven months later, with the New Men taking advantage of whom they term “sub-men,” with the Methuselah Man Strand and New Man Pa Kur further plotting, the latter leading a Seven, the New Men’s equivalent of a sub-man’s squad, and taking over a Commonwealth vessel. The action ultimately moves to Captain Maddox, who is at a casino and confronts whom he at first suspects to be fellow humans, only to discover them to be androids, with this particular plot point prevalent throughout the story, the captain himself suspected to be an android. Maddox receives a holoimage communication from Professor Ludendorff, who tells him to visit the Xerxes System. Sergeant Riker, in the meantime, worries for his friend and superior, with the Adok AI of the starship Victory, Galyan, working on getting clearance to a restricted area Dr. Dana Rich is visiting, as well. Riker too receives a holoimage communication from the professor, with Maddox imprisoned in an underwater prison facility below what used to be Greenland, damaged ecologically by nuclear warfare in the past. His companions plot to break him out and regain control of the Victory, with the protagonists eventually finding themselves far from the Solar System thanks to a wormhole, transported near a Dyson sphere that holds key to the mysteries of the Builders, an ancient civilization. The franchise’s secondary antagonists, the Swarm, also receive some elaboration, the captain eventually meeting the leader of the Builders. An epilogue settles the fates of the characters after the book’s main events, ultimately accounting for a satisfying read with plenty of thrills sure to satisfy most fans of the science-fiction genre. As before, however, there are some parallels to the Star Trek franchise, such as the genetic supermen, and the author could have again named the hereditary superiors something other than “the New Men.” Many of the twists later on in the story also seem somewhat redundant and predictable, although this reviewer definitely enjoyed the fourth installment and would recommend it to readers who liked its precursors.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Excellent continuation of the story arc! This was the best of the books so far! It clarified more details as it skillfully added some new aspects to complicate Captain Maddox and his family/crew. Looking forward to reading the next ones!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Grpunksmile

    In this book I fimd everything, what I like in a SF: Adventure, secrets, exciting, some space battle, some shot. This part of this series convinced me to read the remained part of the this series. Why didn't I put 5 star to this novel ? Well, so, I hold it to very best readings.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dale Rosso

    Can't wait for every entry in the series, another excellent addition.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill Smock

    Not a deep book, but intriguing story - and keeps me interested. Good space opera

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Lewis

    Only book four The series is very entertaining and an easy read. Yet it does captivate and requires your return. Looking forward to the next installment. Cool!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Trefethen

    a page turner once I started this series, I couldn't put it down! I can't write more because I need to start the next book!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rick Nuss

    good read alot of twists and turns for the crew in this book. fun read definately a page turner. I enjoy this series and I can't wait to see what else is in-store.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert Helms

    4.4⭐. 4.4⭐️.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Htb2050

    The emotional stuff was off putting.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Walter B

    Well worth a read! Excellent and engaging series. The characters are well drawn and the storyline holds the readers interest. Sci-fi with humanity! Keep writing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Philip T. Riley

    More of a great series Wonderful imagination! Creates different space tech than I am used to. Really good story! I recommend it highly, non-stop action and suspense!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carol J. Gabel

    Slow paced Not at all in keeping with the previous books in this series. To slow to develop the plot.I was disappointed

  17. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Great book Excellent - great plot twists and suspense. I love the underdog. The characters are part of my life now and I am looking forward to the remaining books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Day

    Fun space adventure Action packed space adventure, complete with aliens, laser beams, and wormholes. Recommend the entire series. Congrats to author, Vaughn Heppner.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    I'm a sucker for Vaughn Heppner books. "The Lost Colony," the fourth in the Lost Starship series, started off a little weaker than many of Heppner's works. And I mean that only in the sense that his others charged out of the first several chapters like buckshot out of a Remington. This is a more thoughtful, a more cerebral series, one that takes in politics of race, body identity and position. Captain Maddox is a half breed. He's better and smarter than most men, but he's looked at with suspicio I'm a sucker for Vaughn Heppner books. "The Lost Colony," the fourth in the Lost Starship series, started off a little weaker than many of Heppner's works. And I mean that only in the sense that his others charged out of the first several chapters like buckshot out of a Remington. This is a more thoughtful, a more cerebral series, one that takes in politics of race, body identity and position. Captain Maddox is a half breed. He's better and smarter than most men, but he's looked at with suspicion. He's attracted a crew of castaways who perform at their best when stressed. And being with Maddox is just a fraction of a second away from getting obliterated in space. Lots of forces want him dead. This novel finds Maddox at odds with his superiors in his intelligence organization. They want him to stay put and not head out into the unknown to rescue a professor few trust. But the new men, Earth's arch enemies, are still out there and want to subjugate the lower forms of humanity for their vile plan. And there are other threats, far greater that await. Only Maddox has the ability to take on the challenge. But he gets put in a prison under the ocean. This just means his crew has to step up. Heppner answers a lot of the questions he's built up in the earlier parts of his series. The best has got to be the unveiling of the Builders. As I recall the events and plot twists in this book, I think this may be the best so far in the series. I read it in two sittings

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Trainor

    It's kind of appropriate that I was reading the latest installment in Heppner's "Lost Starship" series at the same time as Marko Kloos' Chains of Command, since they both feature a lot of the same plot elements - Earth (and humanity) in peril, a desperate struggle against an implacable foe with superior technology...but Heppner's Captain Maddox has a lot more resemblance to Dominic Flandry than either does to Kloos' Andrew Grayson, and that's only one of the many differences between the books. In It's kind of appropriate that I was reading the latest installment in Heppner's "Lost Starship" series at the same time as Marko Kloos' Chains of Command, since they both feature a lot of the same plot elements - Earth (and humanity) in peril, a desperate struggle against an implacable foe with superior technology...but Heppner's Captain Maddox has a lot more resemblance to Dominic Flandry than either does to Kloos' Andrew Grayson, and that's only one of the many differences between the books. In this latest installment, Maddox wants to seek out the missing Professor Ludendorff, who may hold the key to victory against the New Men - but he's held in check by his superiors at Star Watch Intelligence, who feel that the Professor is just the bait in a trap meant to lure Maddox and the alien superdreadnought Victory into destruction. After some misadventures, Maddox and his crew succeed in busting loose and following the trail, but what they find at the end is worse than Intelligence feared - and yet, it proves to be the key to victory against both the New Men and a far worse threat. In summary, this is okay brain candy. Nothing I'd nominate for the Dragon Award, or the Hugo back when it actually meant something, but a good read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bluecobras09

    It has been months since Captain Maddox and his ship and crew defeated the destroyer. Captain Maddox is on an intelligence gathering mission to determine who has been following him around when he is drugged and kidnapped. He manages to get himself free of the kidnappers but finds there are some very advanced androids have been brought into play on Earth but the extent of the androids on Earth is unknown, as well as how they got there. Captain Maddox is contacted by a hologram of Professor Ludendo It has been months since Captain Maddox and his ship and crew defeated the destroyer. Captain Maddox is on an intelligence gathering mission to determine who has been following him around when he is drugged and kidnapped. He manages to get himself free of the kidnappers but finds there are some very advanced androids have been brought into play on Earth but the extent of the androids on Earth is unknown, as well as how they got there. Captain Maddox is contacted by a hologram of Professor Ludendorff who insists that he return to the Xerxes System to free him from his captivity, which turns out to be something that Star Watch does not want him doing. He ends up leaving in Victory against the wishes of his superiors. And after reaching the Xerxes system, Victory is transported 1000 light years from Earth to find a dyson sphere that circles a star out to 1 AU, and that he was not contacted by the professor but the last remaining builder and the the Swarm still exists. And Captain Maddox and his crew must survive and find a way home, over 1000 light years away, if they are to warn anyone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    So...yeah. Lowest rating so far on this series. I was displeased with the ending of the last book in the series. I had real concerns about where things were going. This latest book in the series actually started off really well. Things took a turn when Vaughn Heppner decided to throw in (view spoiler)[Egyptian aliens a la STARGATE, a Dyson sphere from the last episode of Star Trek with James Doohan, the "it's time for humanity to be purged" plot from THE WATCHMEN, and cybernetically enhanced Zerg So...yeah. Lowest rating so far on this series. I was displeased with the ending of the last book in the series. I had real concerns about where things were going. This latest book in the series actually started off really well. Things took a turn when Vaughn Heppner decided to throw in (view spoiler)[Egyptian aliens a la STARGATE, a Dyson sphere from the last episode of Star Trek with James Doohan, the "it's time for humanity to be purged" plot from THE WATCHMEN, and cybernetically enhanced Zerg from STARCRAFT, and the breeding problems from JURASSIC PARK. (hide spoiler)] I really wish something more had come from the whole missing (view spoiler)[Ludendorff (hide spoiler)] plot line, but it just seemed a little thrown together. The (view spoiler)[last Builder in this part of the galaxy (hide spoiler)] plot line just fell flat with what read like a 10 minute conversation and then a "let's save the universe" montage. There's plenty of fodder for a 5th book in the series, but if Heppner keeps going off the deep end with his storylines, I'll have to bow out.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    This the fourth book in the The Lost Starship Series brings the story to a close, though not necessarily an explicit ending. Captain Maddox has been contacted by Professor Ludendorff and decides he must rescue the professor. Except he's been detained and is confined to a cell. Who are the mysterious Builders, and were they really as non-interventionist as described? And what do the New Men have to do with all of this? I found the whole series quite exciting and enjoyable to read. This last book, w This the fourth book in the The Lost Starship Series brings the story to a close, though not necessarily an explicit ending. Captain Maddox has been contacted by Professor Ludendorff and decides he must rescue the professor. Except he's been detained and is confined to a cell. Who are the mysterious Builders, and were they really as non-interventionist as described? And what do the New Men have to do with all of this? I found the whole series quite exciting and enjoyable to read. This last book, while just as good in its own way, was rather different in its approach from the previous entries. There was less the sense of urgency, and a more deliberate pace. The stakes are ultimately as high, but on a much grander scale than just a battle or three hundred can manager. (view spoiler)[My big problem with this book, though, is the easy abandonment by the New Men of the war against the primitives. In their haughtiness, I do not believe they would forgo so easy a victory. (hide spoiler)] Overall, this is an excellent series, highly recommended.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    Religion is king There is a lot of action and some subplots are temporarily completed. There is one big section involving the hero distracting an advanced being with an argument about god. The plot makes no sense and the whole point of the story seems to be to act as a platform to argue for his deism. There isn't really a plot. Saying the characters are two dimensional is too generous for most of them. Women get no respect throughout the story. Since the writer doesn't handle cultural or racial d Religion is king There is a lot of action and some subplots are temporarily completed. There is one big section involving the hero distracting an advanced being with an argument about god. The plot makes no sense and the whole point of the story seems to be to act as a platform to argue for his deism. There isn't really a plot. Saying the characters are two dimensional is too generous for most of them. Women get no respect throughout the story. Since the writer doesn't handle cultural or racial diversity at all, it's no surprise that aliens are even flatter than the humans. You can imagine how bizarre the dialogue is. The final straw is that the writing is pretty bad. This story doesn't warrant the long criticism that I considered writing. He's just too bad a writer. He wrote another book, The "Lost Planet". I could not finish it because of the racist comments he worked into the first third of the book. I wish I'd remembered that before I wasted my time with this one.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert Moore

    Much better in this book. Much better in this book. There is more satisfaction, but plenty of hooks for future books in the series. Maddox is both more human and more New Man than he knew. The Builder was as much of douche as I thought he would be and whinging as well. Ludendorf was too clever for his own good, but mostly decent. Strand is definitely a character that is as evil as we expected him to be. It's a good read. I'm glad I stuck with the series despite the weakness of the first volume.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Forrest Dee Jeffcoat

    I read books not scripts. Fdj Wordwrights must choose. Write either a book, or some awkward mess somewhere between a script and a scenario. This one stuffs his story with verbose loquacious descriptions . As though earning the recompense at so much a word. I call this stuffing. It not only boarse me it wastes my time and turns me off not on, as he must believe. Prurient phraseology is carp. I'M out of here. FDJeffcoat

  27. 4 out of 5

    unknown

    Continues to capture my attention I have become a fan of Vaughn Heppner. He continues to expand my thinking and capture my imagination with great characters and a well thought out plot. The only reason I don't give him a five star is because these books are not landmark science-fiction like Dune, More in God's Eye, stranger in a Strange Land, as an example. These are doggone good books he is writing and he leaves me wanting more. I can't wait for the next one !

  28. 5 out of 5

    janice moore

    Review PLOT was obvious through out, However lots of typos and words left out or the wrong word was used.. Normally and for good reason second lieutenants do not have important jobs because they are too immature and inexperienced to make good decisions. in addition lower ranking officers rarely if ever react to a superior officers orders informally. Nor do they disobey or say are you sure captain.

  29. 4 out of 5

    barry serebnick

    A fitting finale! This was a great book and a spectacular end to the series that began three novels ago. Many questions were answered, if not all. The seeds for another book or series of books is clearly sewn. I hope that if/when the series continues we keep the same characters. I like them all, even the bad guys. I hope to read about further adventures of Capt. Maddox, Driving Force Gaylan, and their family, sooner rather than later.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J. M. Ochetti

    Great addition to the series This was a page turner and found it difficult to put down because of non stop action. It seems that we sub humans have our work cut out for us. The new men may not be the dominant problem with the emerging menace of the ancient enemy, The Swarm. I look forward to the next installment in this developing space opera.

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