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Swearing allegiance to our distant alien overlords wasn't the only requirement for survival. We also had to have something of value to trade, something that neighboring planets would pay their hard-earned credits to buy. As most of the local worlds were too civilized to have a proper army, the only valuable service Earth could provide came in the form of soldiers We had 20 short years of peace. Twenty years to put worlds back together. Twenty years for Captain Vin Husher to convince us the aliens would return.
Warmonger, we called him. Washed up, we called him. But now, the enemy has returned, with high-tech weaponry well beyond anything of which humanity has dreamed. The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves. The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species.
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Jon Ryan was supposed to be dead. He wanted to be dead. But Jon wakes up in the far future with an alien burrowing in his chest for salvage. Someone was going to pay for this. Check that. Lots of people were going to pay for this.
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Jon was the first astronaut to download to an android host to find the population of doomed Earth a new home. But that was so long time ago.
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He is now literally lost in time. The human soldiers stranded on the planet Paradise have been recruited into an alien legion to do the dirty jobs that the high-tech species won't do. Their first mission is to kick the enemy off a backwater planet no one cares about. It's a simple assignment, except everyone has a hidden agenda, and the planet could become a deathtrap.
The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other.
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So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved. Escaping wrongful imprisonment wasn't something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth's first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn't have prepared for. For , colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he's the right man to see that it survives what's coming.
One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet. The Earth died when aliens rained thermonuclear warheads on her cities and sprayed the surface with a bio-terminator.
A deadly poison drifted to every corner of the planet, threatening the last survivors with annihilation. For a soldier like Creed, there is only one way to keep breathing untainted air. He must bury his hatred of the extraterrestrials and join the Jelk Corporation as an assault trooper, leaving the planet for outer space. In return for his and other people's services, the corporation will house the last humans for as long as the assault troopers keep winning. When the Terran Union has a mission that must not fail, it calls upon the Strike Marines.
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They bomb our worlds for target practice. A star cluster in the constellation of Orion rotates once every 1, years. Those who rule there have an ancient tradition: When each cycle ends, they train their fleets by spilling the blood of lesser beings. The enemy fleets are coming again. In response, the Rebel Worlds gather their starships to face the terrifying threat, and this time humanity is asked to stand with them. The last time they considered Earth, Vikings in longboats were raiding English coastlines. Today, we're less primitive. Today, we're a target. Earth is no longer the center of the universe.
After the invention of the faster-than-light jump drive, humanity is rapidly establishing new colonies. But the vast distances of space mean that the old order of protection and interstellar law offered by Earth has ceased to exist. When a nearby world attacks, the new colony of Glenlyon turns to Robert Geary, a young former junior fleet officer, and Mele Darcy, a onetime enlisted marine. Some think we should travel to the distant corners of the galaxy; others oppose the idea, thinking that the harnessed singularity reactors are unnatural.
When a terrorist group attacks the Lunar colony, members of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force are divided as a result of the incursion. When a high-value scientist is taken hostage inside the galaxy's most dangerous prison, Halek Cain is the only man for the job.
The last remaining survivor of the Reaper program, Hal is an unstoppable force of fuel and madness. A veteran amputee-turned-cyborg, he has a history of violence and a talent for killing that is unmatched by any soldier. With the promise of freedom as his only incentive, he'll stop at nothing to earn back his life from the people who made him, imprisoned him, and were too afraid to let him die. Zack Quick has been on the move for 10 years, hacking big corporations and exposing their secrets. Then he stumbles upon one of the biggest discoveries that will forever change the world - and possibly get him killed.
Kaylan Farrow is the pilot for Earth's most advanced spaceship, whose maiden voyage is supposed to take her crew to Titan, but newly released images from a deep space probe threaten to cancel the mission. The scum hiding deep inside the Reach out along galaxy's edge thought they could kill her and not pay the price.
For years these hardened killers have run roughshod over the lawless worlds where Republic justice is never as fast as the blaster in your hand and where double-crosses and death are a part of every deal. They thought this time would be no different. They were wrong. This time, the Guild sent the legendary bounty hunter Tyrus Rechs. As the infamous Rechs pursues the men who murdered his colleague, he's hell-bent on justice.
Commander Joe Pikeman has his share of demons. But after a long deployment, he just wants to enjoy some home leave with his daughter. The galaxy has other plans. As he hunts down those responsible, he runs head-first into some galaxy-shaking questions. Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.
In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth's military. Captain Maddox of Star Watch Intelligence wonders if the ancient legend could be true.
Would such an old starship be able to face the technology of the New Men? On the run from killers, Maddox searches for a group of talented misfits. He seeks Keith Maker, a drunken ex-strikefighter ace, Doctor Dana Rich the clone thief stuck on a prison planet and Lieutenant Valerie Noonan, the only person to have faced the New Men in battle and survived to tell about it.
Maddox has to find a place hidden in the Beyond and bring back a ship no one can enter. If he fails, the New Men will replace the old. If he succeeds, humanity might just have a fighting chance First: Too much explanation. The author telegraphed his main character's angst over his origins in chapter 1.
Nothing left for him to do for the next hours, except action. Like the space battles, 2D. Second: You can't change the laws of physics. You can create new laws, worm holes, FTL drives, whatever, but if you're communicating by radio, you're limited to light speed. Telling us that you see no sign of the enemy from that distance is bogus. Third: The author wasted a perfectly good character, the alien AI. Granted, he'll probably be back in the sequel.
I won't. Let me say first that I disagree with the one-star ratings. Although this story wasn't amazing, I was still entertained and thought that it deserved the three stars I gave it. I loved the overall concept of the story, I just didn't care for a lot of the "filler" leading up to the actual "lost starship" and thought that a few of the characters were a little unrealistic.
The summary given by audible is pretty good. The story focuses around a gifted intelligence officer who is given the mission of finding a potential new weapon to save the human race from a new and powerful enemy. The "new men" have recently attacked several planets and every ship and task force sent against them has been completely destroyed with no losses on the side of the enemy. The main character must rely on the notes of a missing professor and the cooperation of his assistant to find an ancient, but powerful, alien starship in a system long ago destroyed by war.
With the new men having infiltrated seemingly every branch of the government and military, the enemy is on their tale the entire book, and sometimes even a step ahead of them. Much of the story that I didn't quite care for consisted of the main character having to rescue the missing professor's assistant from a supposedly escape-proof prison planet. Later, I found this character to be completely unrealistic and annoying as she takes every opportunity to sabotage the mission for seemingly no real reason The main character also believes that he may actually be a new man-human hybrid, explaining his considerable physical and mental abilities abilities that seem to closely match those of the new men.
The Lost Starship – Quite enjoyable easy to read military sci-fi adventure story. – PG's Ramblings
This plays into the story quite a bit as well. As I said, I did still enjoy this book and will purchase the next in the series if it is ever released on audible. It is worth the credit and the listen. I'd love to say great things about this book, but all I can come up with is "meh". The simplistic, straight-line, single character focused writing is reminiscent of classic 50's's scifi, which was fine for Heinlein half a decade ago, but this is supposed to be a contemporary book.
Heppner seemed to borrow too much from older scifi, and at times this novel reads more like Star Trek fan fiction than an original piece. While there's nothing wrong with fanfic, I was expecting something a little more unique in theme and modern in complexity. As for the narrator, who was at best dull and at worst awkward, I am very happy to see that the next books in the series use a different one.
The breathy voice he used for the female characters was laughable. The odd pronunciations e. The supposedly "Scottish" accent sounded more like a cartoon character than a serious one. There were also times when it was clear the narrator forgot who he was speaking for, and used the wrong voice or changed it midway through.
All in all, it didn't work.
No, the writing is amateur. They redundantly use the same phrases redundantly see what I did there thought the book. And honestly, the characters are like something out of a Sarurday cartoon rather than a real person with depth. The deepest character the doctor is pretty one dimensional, and I almost vomitted when when she "took the oath" What was your reaction to the ending? No spoilers please! It was just a teaser for the next book. And the very last part was quite literally the icing on the cheeseball cartoon writing cake. Every female sounded like some kind of smoky bar pick up line.
Seriously - "Capitan, the battle cruiser is almost in firing range" shouldn't sound like she's trying to seduce someone. And the guys, other than the line dude with an accent sounded like something from G. Joe - all rough and gruff Except they're all the same action figure. What reaction did this book spark in you?
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Anger, sadness, disappointment? Any additional comments? The story, at its core wasn't bad. Sadly the science was no where to be found this science fiction, it was more "science magic". Disconnects like jump lag shutting down all systems, well except for the shields of course - and mostly because about halfway through the book we realized we needed those shields right after jump to get past another zainy obstical The filler in the middle was boring. I did like the adventure on the prison planet. This is a long set up for the gathering of a crew and the finding an ancient derelict from an unknown super race, in order to beat THE NEW MEN, who are far superior to us and who feel we are like ants.
Heppner writes in a old time serious manner, so don't expect any laughs. His writing reminds me a little of pulp science fiction. The narrator was a little slow and I put him on 1. The story was OK but not great. A major detractor from the immersion was the awful narration. The narrator takes some getting used to but it seems like no preproduction was done during recording. There were multiple times that the narrator used the wrong voice and would try to transition from one voice to another over the course of a sentence.
I don't know what techniques are used so that a narrator knows who is speaking a certain line but this could have been done much much better. If you can get over this it is a fun jaunt. I really enjoyed the story; however it was very difficult to keep interested due to the poor performance of the voice actor. The main character is a total and complete asshole who would, in reality, never be allowed to be in command of anything. The author should have done at least a little bit of research on space, space travel, space communication and basically everything else in this book.
The narrator completely ruined the listening experience. The book's story was decent, but had many flaws. The narration made it seem far worse than it was. I'm not sure I could recommend it to anyone. This was my first Vaughn Heppner book. It came very close to being my last. Not really. It was bad. He made the characters seem brain dead. At first I thought it was the writing, but then I heard an excerpt from book 2 book of the series and I realized it was the narrator that was dragging the material down.
Way down. What character would you cut from The Lost Starship? She was superfluous, and the the Captain's attachment to her led to some of the worst writing in the whole book.