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Maddox takes on a weapon of mass destruction so powerful it can blast a planet to flaming atoms
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015
The best thing about cracking open a Vaughn Heppner book for the adventure reader (and that's what I consider myself) is that it will deliver. I know this because I believe I've read them all. While Captain Maddox isn't my favorite character. To tell the truth, he's a little dull. You know the type, half New Man, half human. Smarter, faster and stronger than the average protagonist. His lone flaw is that he doesn't really know who he is or whether he's more aligned with the enemy or the human race. But that's incidental. Heppner writes like he's got a head full of Hendrix (pardon the Lords of the New Church lyric) and he's just tapping a vein of intense creativity that explodes as the progression builds. It must be working. As I write this, The Lost Destroyer, the third novel in Heppner's Lost Starship series, already has reached more than 400 reviews. Obviously, he's got the fans. He's connecting. Maddox learns more about his crazy ship, and he comes exceedingly close to losing the battle to keep mankind from becoming vapor. Heppner introduces an entirely new threat, the Builders, a race that has left weapons of destruction on a scale a nuclear engineer could only dream of. And he also takes one of his chief antagonists and humanizes him. He leaves this for the climax. Heppner's kind of the Karl Malone of the sci-fi section, the Mailman. He delivers.