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The Lost Artifact PDF, ePub eBook Star Watch defeated the Swarm Invasion Fleet, but at a terrible cost in destroyed star systems, smashed battleships and billions of dead. In the aftermath of the costly victory, chaos threatens as worlds leave the Commonwealth of Planets, face mass starvation or succumb to increased piracy. The war against the Swarm Imperium has just begun. Humanity needs unity or each pla Star Watch defeated the Swarm Invasion Fleet, but at a terrible cost in destroyed star systems, smashed battleships and billions of dead. In the aftermath of the costly victory, chaos threatens as worlds leave the Commonwealth of Planets, face mass starvation or succumb to increased piracy. The war against the Swarm Imperium has just begun. Humanity needs unity or each planet will fall alone. Brigadier O’Hara of Star Watch Intelligence stumbles onto a secret conspiracy. Someone is trying to destroy the Commonwealth from within, and they have an alien artifact of incredible power. O’Hara summons Captain Maddox. Although she fears to lose him, she knows that Maddox and his crew have the best chance of finding the hidden enemy. If the captain fails, the Commonwealth will be powerless to stop its destruction. What O’Hara doesn’t know—it would probably break her heart if she did—is that she has just sent Maddox into the most harrowing battle of his career. THE LOST ARTIFACT is the eighth book in the LOST STARSHIP SERIES.

30 review for The Lost Artifact

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mick Bird

    A great addition to the series, with lots of detail on how Maddox works through some difficult situations he finds himself and crew in. There was nonstop twists and turns in this book. Definitely recommend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Michael Gallen

    The eighth installment of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with the android Yen Cho hunting an assassin, with the Swarm Imperium intending to conquer Earth, as well. An interesting break from other science-fiction stories mentioned early on is that Human Space is ruled by multiple political entities dependent upon culture. The main text following the prologue opens ninety-seven days later at Smade’s Asteroid, where primary protagonist Captain Maddox is held prisoner, with an im The eighth installment of author Vaughn Heppner’s Lost Starship series opens with the android Yen Cho hunting an assassin, with the Swarm Imperium intending to conquer Earth, as well. An interesting break from other science-fiction stories mentioned early on is that Human Space is ruled by multiple political entities dependent upon culture. The main text following the prologue opens ninety-seven days later at Smade’s Asteroid, where primary protagonist Captain Maddox is held prisoner, with an implant having been surgically inputted into his brain, although he attempts escape, a pirate base occupying the mentioned celestial body. Finlay Bow is Maddox’ key to escape from the Asteroid, and in the meantime, a clone of the Methuselah Man Strand awakens and vows vengeance against Maddox. Yen Cho the crew of the Victory ultimately captures, with regular interrogations for intelligence. The ancient Adok starship ultimately comes into the orbit of the planet Gideon II, where they find a Builder robot who also serves as a source for information. Strand has sporadic confrontations with the Victory, at one point sending a virus aboard the ship to weaken its systems, with AI Galyan seeking to retain control, and at some points departing the vessel’s systems in a robotic form. The second half of the story devotes several chapters to Commodore von Helmuth and the Hindenburgers aboard the rogue ship Bismarck, who feel ostracized by the Windsor League and confront the Victory as well. Maddox ultimately has to deal with the clone Strand again, with the novel ending satisfactorily, and sure to please fans of its predecessors, although those new to the series will definitely want to start from the beginning of the franchise. As with a few prior novels, moreover, the twist of duplicate characters plays some role, although this reviewer definitely found the book a bright spot in independent science-fiction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    Describing a Vaughn Heppner book to somebody unfamiliar with the author is next to impossible without a lot of background. There's this ancient spaceship, controlled by an alien construct, the last of his kind and thousands of years old. And Captain Maddox is a brilliant tactician, half man and half new man. His ace pilot is a former drunk but without peer in space. His second in command trusts him but is always ready to counter his random, risk-taking nature. His girlfriend is one of the strong Describing a Vaughn Heppner book to somebody unfamiliar with the author is next to impossible without a lot of background. There's this ancient spaceship, controlled by an alien construct, the last of his kind and thousands of years old. And Captain Maddox is a brilliant tactician, half man and half new man. His ace pilot is a former drunk but without peer in space. His second in command trusts him but is always ready to counter his random, risk-taking nature. His girlfriend is one of the strongest women anywhere and ready to throttle anybody who threatens her man. His best friend is an old soldier with a mechanical arm who never lets him down. And his enemies are many, topped by a so-called Methuselah man named Strand, who always has a contingency plan. "The Lost Artifact," the eighth novel in the Lost Starship series, starts with our hero Maddox about to be exterminated. He misjudged his opponents and let them get the upper hand. Maddox must rely on the help of a relative stranger to get free and the good will of an android, who may or may not be interested in the extermination of the human race. Strand, who is in the custody of the New Men, nonetheless is the antagonist. His plans unfold because he is in custody and they spin so far out of control that Maddox will be hard pressed to even slow them down much less get the problem solved and the bad guys immobilized. I'd been reading a lot of thrillers and mysteries when I plugged myself into Heppner yet again, and it made me realize what a vast and complex imagination this guy has. I mean I offered up some detail but he goes so far beyond that. Maddox is good, but his enemies are far stronger and better equipped. He only succeeds because of his loyal team and their combined wits. Heppner's a master at his craft.

  4. 4 out of 5

    JLTucker

    I thoroughly enjoy Vaughn Heppner's work and look forward to additions to the Lost Starship series. I agree with some of the reviewers on here - I did feel that this book was maybe rushed to market and was a little disjointed. We did get to see more of the love between Maddox and his wife. I think his wife deserves more of the fleshing out that he did in his earlier books - she's clearly very capable but she's been more sidelined. I like Maddox's brilliant insights but some of his leaps of logic I thoroughly enjoy Vaughn Heppner's work and look forward to additions to the Lost Starship series. I agree with some of the reviewers on here - I did feel that this book was maybe rushed to market and was a little disjointed. We did get to see more of the love between Maddox and his wife. I think his wife deserves more of the fleshing out that he did in his earlier books - she's clearly very capable but she's been more sidelined. I like Maddox's brilliant insights but some of his leaps of logic which are always right are a bit of a stretch but he did start in intelligence I suppose. The plot makes some leaps - like why did the Builder switch to ally after previous behavior (I'm trying not to ruin plot points). I think the Strand clones couldn've been more fleshed out as well as it was an interesting plot point. Perhaps we'll see more of them in another installment. I'm not sure how man are planned for the series. I don't personally like a series that goes indefinitely so hopefully there will be one to possibly two more that tie it all together and bring closure. I know we'll see lots of other awesome sci fi from this writer so will have plenty of other books to jump to after this. All in all, it's a fun read, full of adventure and expanding our views of the universe and I enjoy getting lost after a day's hard work in this fiction. If you haven't already, I'd start at the beginning and go on this adventure with Captain Maddox from the beginning.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Shrugged

    This book is better than the other books of the series. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. It is difficult to talk about the story without giving away too much of the plot. The Commonwealth has been saved from The Swarm, but that was only the first wave. The Commonwealth must unite against this common enemy, but someone wants humanity to die... to be replaced by a race of "New Men" or no one at all. Thus, an ancient artifact is dredged up to be used against the human race. It is Captain Mad This book is better than the other books of the series. I would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could. It is difficult to talk about the story without giving away too much of the plot. The Commonwealth has been saved from The Swarm, but that was only the first wave. The Commonwealth must unite against this common enemy, but someone wants humanity to die... to be replaced by a race of "New Men" or no one at all. Thus, an ancient artifact is dredged up to be used against the human race. It is Captain Maddox's job to find the evil-doer and stop him from using the artifact. Any problems with the story? Not really. It seems that the human race has an abundance of enemies. The narrative also seems smoother than previous books in the series. If you have read this far you have already forgiven the author for any clumsiness in the narrative. This also seems to be a transitional book, moving the story along to get to a position the author wants all the characters to be in. That happens often to authors, especially when the main threat has been defeated... even temporarily. Any modesty issues? There is the occasional use of the word "d-mn". Beyond that? None that I recall. I am on to the next book in the series, "The Lost Star Gate".

  6. 5 out of 5

    Htb2050

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Another stellar entery in the Saga of Captain Maddox. However this book felt really weak compared to the last one. The last one had epic action and had a real interesting story to follow and the stacks were really high for the earth. We also got epic space battles and a lot of great moments for Captain Maddox to shine. However in this book the great parts are only a few it mostly follows the story of Yen Cho and you can gleam exact plot from the first few chapters. The writing was the same for M Another stellar entery in the Saga of Captain Maddox. However this book felt really weak compared to the last one. The last one had epic action and had a real interesting story to follow and the stacks were really high for the earth. We also got epic space battles and a lot of great moments for Captain Maddox to shine. However in this book the great parts are only a few it mostly follows the story of Yen Cho and you can gleam exact plot from the first few chapters. The writing was the same for Meta and O'Hara and Riker. They made only a few appearances just for the sake of it. Even though the plot was weak still nothing beats Captain Maddox and his team.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keith Coleman

    Rushed I was somewhat disappointed. I am a Lost Starship series fan. This book however seemed very disjointed and without the crew camaraderie of the previous books. Lots of alluded to love between Maddox and Meta without any storyline pertinance. Very contrived with quick shallow subplots and it almost seemed like the storyline was truncated in spots. It was like a writing effort that was more outline than polished story. I hope this trend is reversed as I have really enjoyed books 1-7.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madhu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book brought back some of the human alien interactions I missed since the early books, specifically when Maddox took over Victory and his conversations with Galyan. The author is really good at imagining conversations a human will have with AI/Aliens. I am also glad that he didn't try to out do the story from the last time by blowing up a galaxy this time. I hope the retrieved builder artifacts relate to the next book as this story for the most part was a one off in the grand scheme of "Vic This book brought back some of the human alien interactions I missed since the early books, specifically when Maddox took over Victory and his conversations with Galyan. The author is really good at imagining conversations a human will have with AI/Aliens. I am also glad that he didn't try to out do the story from the last time by blowing up a galaxy this time. I hope the retrieved builder artifacts relate to the next book as this story for the most part was a one off in the grand scheme of "Victory saving the commonwealth". Overall, an entertaining read!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    The series continues Perhaps my least favorite of all of the series books so far. I don't know why, but it seems to lack the supporting characters involvement in some way. The main character also seemed more superficial and have less depth than in the beginning of the series. I can't quite put my finger on it but I'm hoping the next one will generate some of the excitement i got from reading most of the other books in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tammi

    Mr. Heppner delivers another amazing story in continuation of his "Lost Starship" series. Just when I think that the scope can't get any bigger, the author proves me wrong! These books are amazing adventures into unknown parts of space and a believable introduction into alien races and technology that is mind boggling, yet realistic. You truly get a feel for how vast and empty the universe can be and yet, it really isn't.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Amirault

    Amazing, spellbinding, can’t put it down! If you like stories that link together, have believable sci fi action and wind you around the authors little finger, start reading this series from the beginning! This series of books are well written and are “can’t put the damn things down” books. My only frustration is that there are only eight books so far. Mr Heppner, put down that cup of coffee and get typing :-)

  12. 4 out of 5

    maxamoud

    For 8 books now the intelligent of SW did nothing to other functions agents. At 100x within one book they make it vectory and fuck shit around... And the AI is playing house and can't seem to do what an AI shop supposed to do, the writer physics aren't that good I had to turn off my engineering side off to enjoy this series, I should hve stopped after book 4.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Norman Lafalam

    The Lost Artifact is another well told entry in the 'Lost Starship series'! Vaughan Heppner continues to weave his magic in The Lost Starship series. Combining his great story telling ability, with truely interesting and complex characters. I highly recommend this and his other works.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Roger Chapman

    Great book Loved the book, the series and your writing style. However I really hate the manner it forces one to make when writing the review. Seems like if you really want to hear what people think, then someone would spend a little time in making this better at accepting my (user) input. Anyhow, this entire series has been awesome and I look forward to many more.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bill Smock

    Early in the series, I wrote a tepid review. Obviously, however, Heppner kept my attention... and I have not read a bunch of my favorite authors whose books I have in my Kindle ready to read. The plots are detailed and intricate and keep having great twists - that are sometimes not expected, but usually make sense. I started #9 and will likely finish within a few days - and will get on with some other reading until #10 is published.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Barb

    Give Yourself At Least A Complete Day To Read This Book Mr. Heppner has written a spellbinding and compelling 8th book in this series. You will start and not want to stop. There are plenty of twists and situations that will leave you wanting more. Captain Maddox and crew do not disappoint.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Steve Blake

    Great series really have enjoyed all the twists and turns I would recommend the series to anyone that enjoys scfi Great characters and stories that bracelet me booked throughout the series so far

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mr C T Selwa

    Twists and turns Another book with a plot that twists and turns. Good loghthearted reading. If you like the othwrs in the seriea you will like this...but there isnt really anything new.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Randy Lemieux

    Another good book in a series. This book continues in the tradition of. The rest of the books in the series with a fast paced compelling story. This leaves me wanting more in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Sparks

    Read all 8 books... I've read all 8 of the books in the series now. Each book can stand alone, but do yourself a favor and start with the first and work forward...you won't be sorry!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barry Hanna

    Return Engagement This was a pleasant return to Heppner’s universe. Once again the twists and turns of his plot have exceeded expectations. While outside the normal science we’re used to I enjoy the “stretch” the author gives to its plausibility.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Fraser

    Patience Virture The best of Captain Madax n his crew. Even in doubt he was able to hold the crew together and defeat so many adversary and succeed! Looking forward to reading the series. Can't wait to see what new adventure the admiral is going to send them on next!

  23. 4 out of 5

    George Rapin

    As usual there is adventure and unknowns. Maddox persevered against all odds There appears to be more macho and less strategy in this book. While a different scenario is developed one becomes overcome with the continual pulling the proverbial rabbit out of the hat.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Riveting Series Well written, superior plot. The entire series is superb! I couldn't put them down until I finished. It would be a shame not to continue this series. It has so many more possibilities.

  25. 5 out of 5

    David Oppenheim

    Just another awesome book by VH. Smart writing, deep characters and a twisting story heading to an epic climax. What more could a reader possibly ask for? Just buy it, read it and like me, impatiently wait for the next Lost installment.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Jo Jackson

    First half interesting Turned into a boring chase scene Tech and alien mystery was fun for half the book The second half was not entertaining or believable When they run out of story they string chase scenes together Maddox was nearly killed three times, boring

  27. 5 out of 5

    Don Taylor

    Overall, pretty good, and enjoyable! Overall, pretty good, and enjoyable! Thanks! However, the first third of Part 1 read like it was written by a teenager. I almost put it away, but plowed on, and was well rewarded.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tony Durham

    Crap. Boring as. The others in the series were a good read but this struggles all the way with the story which is very slow.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey D Morris

    Yea I look forward to another in this series. This was not my favorite of the lost starship series. Very good read

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris Tillisch

    Thrill ride Big ups and downs in this book. I hope the series continues. So many more stories could be told. Still some typos though...

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