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The Lost Patrol PDF, ePub eBook We learned a terrible secret last voyage, the Swarm exists. It has a monstrous imperium, expanding, evolving and receiving incredible Builder tech. Captain Maddox heads into the Deep Beyond to find the Swarm Imperium. We must know the worst so we can prepare against the deadliest species in the galaxy. The captain and his crew battle loneliness and the terror of the unknow We learned a terrible secret last voyage, the Swarm exists. It has a monstrous imperium, expanding, evolving and receiving incredible Builder tech. Captain Maddox heads into the Deep Beyond to find the Swarm Imperium. We must know the worst so we can prepare against the deadliest species in the galaxy. The captain and his crew battle loneliness and the terror of the unknown as they hunt through the stellar darkness. They’re thousands of light-years from home, from any help. What they find threatens their sanity and unity. It’s going to take the best Maddox and the ancient AI Galyan has to offer to pull the crew together. They have to save the starship from what waits in the galactic darkness or the human race will die. THE LOST PATROL is the fifth book in the LOST STARSHIP SERIES.

30 review for The Lost Patrol

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    Vaughn Heppner in "The Lost Patrol" continues to move the saga of Captain Maddox into new directions, introducing new characters and enemies. As if our captain didn't have enough trouble already. The fifth volume of the Lost Starship Series begins with Maddox making a free fall into space just for kicks. But this is Maddox, a guy who's half New Man and has saved the earth from certain annihilation. Immediately he's set upon by two separate assassination teams and meets up with the Spacers, a sec Vaughn Heppner in "The Lost Patrol" continues to move the saga of Captain Maddox into new directions, introducing new characters and enemies. As if our captain didn't have enough trouble already. The fifth volume of the Lost Starship Series begins with Maddox making a free fall into space just for kicks. But this is Maddox, a guy who's half New Man and has saved the earth from certain annihilation. Immediately he's set upon by two separate assassination teams and meets up with the Spacers, a secretive and highly technically capable group rumored to have ties to the mysterious Builders. He meets an old woman Spacer, the Visionary, and she dubs him the "di-far," which means something like a playmaker in the universe. Maddox then takes on Shu 15, a Spacer he rescues. She's very thankful for her life and seems devoted, at first. But like all Heppner stories, there's more going on in the background. Allies can turn, and Shu 15 once tried to kill him in a past book in the series. This time Maddox sets out on probably his least favorite assignment with the ancient alien-built ship and its AI Galyan. He must find the dreaded Swarm Imperium. Maddox brings the professor, who hates Shu. Heppner creates all sorts of conflict, and it appears many times that this may be the final voyage of Maddox and crew. The threats and challenges pose a tremendous barrier to the mission's success, and the androids, who tried to kill Maddox early on in this volume, remain a threat. Maddox and company get little aid. What I enjoy most is how this motley crew pull a semblance of success from near impossible odds, and Heppner puts his imagination into overdrive to make Maddox's journey one hell of a ride.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Edgar Guedez

    Maddox sees androids everywhere I chino I think I'm starting to get a little bit tired of Captain Maddox. The plot shows little advancement towards resolving the key issues in the series,that is, the New Men, Mr.Strand, and the mysterious Buiders. In # 5, the author is a bit dishonest with the reader as androids keep appearing and reappearing for plot purposes,even though Maddox takes appropriate actions. The book ends and it's clear a #6 is coming.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Michael Gallen

    The fifth installment of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with the oldest Methuselah Man, Strand, on the run from humans, leading a group of New Men. Two months later, Captain Maddox wants to visit the Beyond, against the wishes of the starship Victory’s AI Galyan to deter the threat of the New Men. Androids continue to play part in some of the book’s early plot twists akin to the previous installment, with an entity known as the Visionary having a role, as well. There is also The fifth installment of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with the oldest Methuselah Man, Strand, on the run from humans, leading a group of New Men. Two months later, Captain Maddox wants to visit the Beyond, against the wishes of the starship Victory’s AI Galyan to deter the threat of the New Men. Androids continue to play part in some of the book’s early plot twists akin to the previous installment, with an entity known as the Visionary having a role, as well. There is also a minor love triangle among Maddox, Meta, and the Spacer Shu, although this quickly falls out of favor. Maddox ultimately receives his independent command, and has a spat with giant men in the streets of Paris while on a date with Meta, with Lieutenant Keith Maker having lust in the romance game, which receives occasional repeated reference. Many androids that attempted a takeover of Earth are still at large, although who was behind the takeover is still somewhat an enigma, with the androids further being found aboard the Victory. Shu also antagonizes the professor since he dislikes Spacers, with the feeling being mutual, and Keith making a few passes at Shu. Maddox and his companions eventually visit the pyramidal Nexus that holds key to quick travel across space, although several events occur that necessitate finding a replacement. Backstory on the “lost” humans that become the spacers the professor eventually tells, with Shu herself making a pass at the ethereal AI Galyan in an effort to reprogram him. Another alien race that the Victory encounters, the Chitins, has a role as well, and is in conflict with the Swarm Imperium, the Swarm themselves holding ten percent of the galaxy, their damage seen in a red giant star system. A marine going by the name Yen Cho plays part in the latter chapters of the book, which ends with Commander Thrax Ti Ix anticipating the Time of the Great Migration and the Great Extinction, accounting for another satisfying entry in the series with plentiful action, background, and occasional romance. There are some times when the quantity of the chapters, numbering in the seventies, places itself over the quality of the subsections themselves, and the author as with before could have come up with better names other than “the New Men,” but those who enjoyed prior entries will enjoy this one.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kieran Walsh

    Formulaic, But Fun This is probably not going to win any awards, but is a good bit of fun. Captain Maddox, the lead character, is probably a little too good, a little to perfect, to be truly enjoyable (sometimes you need character flaws and some angst). However, in the same way you enjoy a little comfort food, this is a fun comfort read. A little bit of action and adventure. This series is a great way to enjoy a nice, peaceful, fun read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Franklin Hummel

    This series is passability written and the main character is unlikeable and shallow -- but of course all the Good Guys admire or love him and all the Bad Guys obsessive hate him. The only reason I read this series is because I find the overall story to be very interesting. Now reading part 6 with part 7 after that.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sammie Bibb

    Fun and exciting I read the first book because I had nothing to do one day. I was hooked. Each book has captured my imagination from page one and never let go. Outstanding story telling. Fat paced, and fun. Master Gunnery Sergeant, Sammie A. Bibb United States Marine Corps, Retired

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robert Moore

    Actually better than the ones before it This one seemed more edge-of-your-seat than the preceding novels in the series. I nearly abandoned the series after the one just prior, but this one has piqued my interest, again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    3 in a couple of weeks I do not read nearly as much as I used too. Yet, the past three weeks I have read three of the Lost books. I had forgotten how simply delightful they are... the crew, the story, the bright hope in a dark universe. Great stuff.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Enjoyable continuation of the story some confusing bits where the story suddenly pulls lots of threads together at once but leaves the questions unanswered. But still a good read if you have read the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rick Nuss

    good story with plenty of action I enjoy this series it is full of great characters many twists and turns. I love the mystery and all the questions and intrigue. there are plenty of questions answered and plenty more raised.

  11. 5 out of 5

    William Cutter

    Excellent read... Can't wait to start the adventure with Captain Maddox....! The Swarm will meet their match with Trix hopefully getting crushed by the Captain and his crew... Better hope so humanity depends on it... Oh this is going to be good...!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Another fast paced page-turner! The author has again continued with what I hope is now the standard, of giving us more bits and pieces of actual plus future mysteries. It still holds together logically while having plenty of action!

  13. 5 out of 5

    rnagy

    Excellent Book 5 Exciting and enjoyable 5th installment of the Lost Starship. More plot details revealed about The Builders, The Spacers, and The Androids, and a few other surprises. Starting Book 6 today!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Sparks

    A great read! I love these characters and their struggles. There is quite a few different types of alien lifeforms to keep up with but I have read all of the series to this point and have enjoyed all five.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leland D Fielder

    Fun read Interesting twists and turns as usual a fun read, the captain and his crew are amazing as always helping mankind

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ian Whittle

    This book is another great read in this series I can’t wait to read the next book. They just keep getting better and better. If you haven’t started reading this series your in for a treat.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Stanley

    Good Read The plot sparks with tension and keeps you wondering how our heroes are going to break through each dilemma as it presents itself.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dragan Gaić

    To be honest, I forgot what was this book about, however, I was eating this book series one after another and I can vouch it's great.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ernie

    A great series that holds me over.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Corrado

    Pretty clearly written by an incel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joe Shaw

    Great book by a master storyteller. I have yet to be disappointed by a Vaughn Heppner book or series!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Paul Ellis

    Great read! Story moved at a steady pace and kept the action going throughout. Storyline progressed nicely with a good spot for the next book to pick up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Good read I dislike giving 5 stars even when it should this book is receive it I will recommend this to others very interesting for the fifth book in the series

  24. 4 out of 5

    Philip T. Riley

    What a story This series continues to amaze me with the excitement and super adventure of Captain Maddox and his crew. I just want more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Grpunksmile

    I can not find deep thoughts in this series, but I only read it, and I can not stop readindg. I enjoy it. Thank you for the writing !

  26. 5 out of 5

    Per Gunnar

    I have to say that I felt this book to be the weakest in the series so far. Captain Maddox and his friends are back and the good Captain is mostly as enjoyable as usual. Unfortunately it takes some time for the story to get going and the internal monologues of the sex starved pilot Keith was downright embarrassing. The book starts off with a bang. During a rather wild roller coaster ride Captain Maddox is submitted to one assassination attempt after another and ends up on a Spacer airship where t I have to say that I felt this book to be the weakest in the series so far. Captain Maddox and his friends are back and the good Captain is mostly as enjoyable as usual. Unfortunately it takes some time for the story to get going and the internal monologues of the sex starved pilot Keith was downright embarrassing. The book starts off with a bang. During a rather wild roller coaster ride Captain Maddox is submitted to one assassination attempt after another and ends up on a Spacer airship where the starting point of the story in this book is more or less established. After that the book slows down a wee bit and there is a lot of posturing etc. The professor is brought back in and I rather dislike that character. The Spacer that accompanies Maddox after his involuntary visit on the Spacer airship is also less than trustworthy to say the least. In this first half of the book we are also forced to endure the infantile monologues of the previously mentioned pilot. I’m not sure if he was meant to be funny or not but he was certainly not funny to me. Penible as they say in French. It also seems that there are androids everywhere. For crying out load, do they not check up on personnel that they let board the most important starship in Earth’s navy? A simply ancient airport scanner should have revealed the androids. In the second half of the book the story starts to pick itself up and the real action, discoveries etc. starts. Maddox starts to take a grip of the situation again in his usual “I’m in command” kind of way. We learn some sad truths about the builders and there is of course ample opportunities to use Galyan’s weaponry. The second half or at least the last third of the book is quite enjoyable but it does not really make up for the first half. Thus I feel obliged to give this installment in the series a mere average rating.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Failure to launch This volume continues with not very well thought out mysteries and became a lot more predictable. Not completely but more. The writing seems a little sloppier but maybe he gets more or less back on track in the next volume. I don't expect high literature but a fun read doesn't have to be a comic book. With the plot slowing down and the twistiness of same, it's harder to overlook the flaws. The males barely recognize the sentience of females, the females despite their roles and ac Failure to launch This volume continues with not very well thought out mysteries and became a lot more predictable. Not completely but more. The writing seems a little sloppier but maybe he gets more or less back on track in the next volume. I don't expect high literature but a fun read doesn't have to be a comic book. With the plot slowing down and the twistiness of same, it's harder to overlook the flaws. The males barely recognize the sentience of females, the females despite their roles and accomplishments exist only to admire or adore the nearest male. The dialogue gets sillier without well thought out conflict driven action. To add more silliness, the hero gets involved with another alien who accepts what feels a lot like Baptist description of the Christian god, really? He doesn't obsess as much about his genetic heritage thankfully but it does raise questions about the author's views on race and culture. His non star commonwealth polities are conveniently grouped into southeast Asian, British commonwealth, and the "new men". The more than fifty percent of humanity that includes Chinese and Indian populations have miniscule holdings. All things Muslim were previously placed in sandbox planets. To define the planet's billion Muslims by the Arab subgroup is either lazy or scary. Racially stereotype a character lately? It's his habit and his world. These are not newly discovered failings but were what previously made this a guilty pleasure for me. Now it just makes me guilty. The writer has another book, "Lost Planet" . I couldn't finish it because of the racist comments that peppered The first third of the book. The writer has a serious leaning towards fascism and drips misogyny in every book. Not the person for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bako Oganyan

    An honest critique of the 5th addition Vaughn is an excellent author that give life to his characters and does so gently but still thoroughly. My outlook comes from someone who has rad the previous 4 books in the series ravenously. Here is how I believe the 5th book adds up. (Some spoilers) Critical thoughts: 1. We get to see more Meta, but not enough. Her relationship with Maddox also doesn't really improve...so a lot is still left wanting here. 2. We don't really get to find out what kind of andro An honest critique of the 5th addition Vaughn is an excellent author that give life to his characters and does so gently but still thoroughly. My outlook comes from someone who has rad the previous 4 books in the series ravenously. Here is how I believe the 5th book adds up. (Some spoilers) Critical thoughts: 1. We get to see more Meta, but not enough. Her relationship with Maddox also doesn't really improve...so a lot is still left wanting here. 2. We don't really get to find out what kind of android Yen Cho and why he is special. 3. No mention of Chitin particle beam once team returns to Earth. 4. Female Builder droid dies, but does the crew know she died? Does her other half end up on the Victory? 5. The author leaves out a lot of visually descriptive detail that could help the reader enjoy the story more! Positive thoughts: Loved the plot with the interesting twist! Got to see a slightly newer side of Captain!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ceri Sambrook

    There is a sort of immaturity to Heppner's writing that often makes me wonder if am reading books for young adults rather than a standard military sci-fi. However, the story is engaging and the characters interesting, if a little one dimensional. Heppner also writes in short chapters which for me is a big plus- I hate meandering, longwinded prose full of unneccesary imagery. Things chug along at a nice pace with *something* happening often enough to keep me interested. Whilst there are some inte There is a sort of immaturity to Heppner's writing that often makes me wonder if am reading books for young adults rather than a standard military sci-fi. However, the story is engaging and the characters interesting, if a little one dimensional. Heppner also writes in short chapters which for me is a big plus- I hate meandering, longwinded prose full of unneccesary imagery. Things chug along at a nice pace with *something* happening often enough to keep me interested. Whilst there are some interesting developments and 'reveals' about some factions (Spacers, Builders and Methusaleh Men) critisms about allowing the initial antagonists (New Men) to unsatisfactorily wither on the vine in lieu of 'bigger threats' are valid and need addressing. Still, all in all an enjoyable romp, easy to read action filled story- and that's no bad thing!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kurt

    A frustrating addition to a frustrating series. Overall, I saw enough promise in the story and world that Heppner created that I wanted to see it through the end. Ultimately, I was curious what would happen to the protagonist and how Heppner would bring closure to some of the items raised in the previous four books. Turns out, he didn't wrap anything up. In fact, in the fifth and final installment to the series, he further opened things up, introducing a new faction and even an entirely new spec A frustrating addition to a frustrating series. Overall, I saw enough promise in the story and world that Heppner created that I wanted to see it through the end. Ultimately, I was curious what would happen to the protagonist and how Heppner would bring closure to some of the items raised in the previous four books. Turns out, he didn't wrap anything up. In fact, in the fifth and final installment to the series, he further opened things up, introducing a new faction and even an entirely new species, while answering nothing about the major plot points in the previous four books. I was looking for a series that had a beginning, middle and, most importantly end. With the fifth installment to the book, I don't see any of that on the horizon. I don't plan to continue.

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