Top positive review
Deadly beautiful and full of surprises
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2021
Early on in "The Lost Supernova," the 10th installment of the Lost Starship series, author Vaughn Heppner tosses Captain Maddox in a precarious position. He's gone rogue, rebelling against his once-beloved Star Watch to seek personal glory and power. Or at least that's what his enemies want the authorities to believe. Turns out there's a Methuselah woman, a beautiful yet deadly conspirator who appears more deadly and dangerous than her long-living and super-intelligent compatriots Strand and Professor Ludendorff. However, Maddox being Maddox means he discerns the threat and seeks to limit the damage. His crew, the little Adok artificial intelligence Galyan, Keith the crazy pilot, Riker the grizzled sidekick, Meta his wife and Valerie his Star Watch compatriot, provide his support and the reason for his purported luck and continued success. The beginning just sets the scene for battles with androids, discovery of hidden bases and continued difficulties reining in Ludendorff. The threats remain huge, and Earth is threatened. Despite near constant setbacks, Maddox and the alien starship Victory must find ways to overcome challenges and nullify the bad actors. Supernova is classic Heppner. It has all the elements of his swashbuckling style. But he adds some pretty thought-provoking concepts. And the bad guys have multi-layered strategies to undermine Maddox and company. Heppner adds enough twists and turns to keep his fans happy. I'm on a roll. After ignoring Maddox for what must have been several years, I'm back and determined to finish the remaining books by one of my favorite, and very prolific, authors.