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Last voyage, Captain Maddox entered a distant star system with a Swarm fleet. The sheer numbers were staggering, a 100-1 advantage against all human spacecraft. If the highly aggressive, racist insects gained hyper-spatial tube technology - allowing them to cross 1,000 light-years in seconds - it would mean Armageddon for Earth.

Star Watch desperately needs something powerful to offset the annihilating Swarm numbers. As if on cue, Professor Ludendorff declares he has discovered the whereabouts of ancient Builder technology, a tech so potent it could defeat the Swarm.

Star Watch takes the bait, ordering Captain Maddox to find the lost planet holding the ancient technology.

Ludendorff has a plan involving androids to lure his arch rival - Methuselah Man Strand - to his doom.

The crew of Starship Victory knows nothing of this, and thus blindly enters a web of intrigue and danger. The captain will need the AI Galyan, Valerie, and Riker like never before. Humanity's hope against the coming Swarm holocaust rests on the outcome.

The Lost Planet is the sixth book in the Lost Starship series.

©2017 Vaughn Heppner (P)2017 Vaughn Heppner

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Downward Slope

I have very much enjoyed the series thus far, and Boyette continues to excel in this latest installment. The Lost Planet, however, loses some marks this time around. Where the previous books had grand scope and hidden intrigues, this one seemed only contrived as we witnessed - once again - Strand's uncanny ability to read the author's mind.

The Lost Planet also departs from the feeling of an epic space adventure as a large majority of Maddox's time is spent planetside employing gun barrel diplomacy. Although, it is nice to see Valerie finally get her chance to shine. Perhaps that was the author's intent.

The Lost Planet does entertain, for what it's worth. Maddox is his usual brusque, no-nonsense self. We meet a new alien species, and, like usual, things aren't all gumdrops and ice cream.

In the end, this book seems like a bridge. Simply there to connect two more important pieces. Wether that's the case can only be determined in the next release.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Best Captain Maddox story yet

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lost Planet to be better than the print version?

I thoroughly enjoy switching from reading to listening, different experiences but both equally good for Heppner books

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Maddox, although strong and brilliant, and self-confident, he's very much aware of his humanity. Others see his self-confidence as arrogance, but the reader gets to see the self-doubts and fear that he deals with. Heroes are much more interesting than superheroes, and Heppner holds out the constant threat of failure for all of his heroes -- you know that Maddox will pull through, but it is as much because of his values as his strength and intelligence.

Which scene was your favorite?

Near the end when Maddox meets with Darius. Two vastly different men find commonality through the mutual respect that only those dedicated to being warriors can achieve.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The battle for space just went underground.

Any additional comments?

Mark Boyett's narration is awesome.

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The Lost Planet

This was a good listen/read, Maddox and his crew continue to evolve. Can't wait until the next book for the battle against the sworn.

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The lost planet

A very 👍 book.I hope next book is as good . I look forward the movie.

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Creative/Intriguing/Capturing

Great deal and follow through with story line. Narrator speaks the story as if in it.

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  • John N.
  • HENDERSONVILLE, TN, United States
  • 01-07-18

Series Still Has My Attention

Im invested and still enjoy this series. I hope there are twenty more volumes in the works.

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the saga continues

loved this story!!!! I enjoyed following slong with Capt. Maddox and the crew of the Victory.
The performance was great and tbe story was gripping. can't wait for book 7.

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Still going strong

Mark is a great narrator. He is what really sells it here. The story is still good but is getting a bit old. My advice is to not drag it on to much longer. So far though I have been enjoying the story a lot.

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Stargazing

I thoroughly recommend and enjoyed the series intriguing inspiring and most of all space worthy please continue

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great book over all

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it was great over all but I wish thy would bring back gal yens race back to life and I have A really good idea on this matter

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  • D. Marsh
  • 08-13-17

Exciting battles if rather quickly sorted out

A good listen and well narrated, the chacters are still a bit 2d, but you get used to it. As with previous books a need to go somewhere came out of nowhere, but provided a good narrative for many a tricky situation to get out of. It all got sorted out a bit quickly and tidily at the end though. Looking forward to the next and maybe last installment of this series as it doesn't look too good for the humans.

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  • S. Griffiths
  • 06-27-17

the best one for some while.

The series is back on track. This one was fresh and exciting with many new and interesting plot threads to stop the long term story line from get tired.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-28-17

The Lost Planet

I have bought the whole series as soon as they are released I like the plot and love the great mix of characters, I have learnt shouting out to the heroes " don't trust him" just doesn't work :) can't wait for the next audio book and hope it will not be a long wait , Colin from Cardiff, Wales

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  • Poppey
  • 06-03-17

Enough, I think

Although I have enjoyed series (well, most of it), I do think this has reached the end of its journey.

The underhanded dealings of Ludendorff, which we all know will be thwarted by Maddox; the continuing battles with Strand, which we all know, by now, will fail so that they can continue, endlessly; the hysterical Valerie who, no-one with any sense, would allow near a Bridge, let alone control one. Finally, Keith, the Scot who seems to struggle between the Scottish accent and Cockney insofar as no self respecting Scot I know would ever use the terms ‘mate or love’.

I doubt I will get the next book as the series seems to have lost its shine.

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  • Clemens
  • 05-21-17

Now I have to wait for the next installment

I was waiting for this book and it did not disappoint. Mark Boyett is a pleasure to listen to and he has the characters worked out well. The story was good but had a couple of slow spots. Overall however I liked it.