We fought the invading New Men to a standstill and defeated the alien Destroyer sent to obliterate Earth.
The worst should be over, but it’s not.
Perfect android replicas are impersonating high-level officials so trust is failing. Worse, the New Men have found allies with an impenetrable stealth technology.
This time, however, Earth is going on the offensive. Admiral Fletcher is headed to “C” Quadrant with a Grand Fleet. He’s to liberate the captured planets and find the enemy homeworld. What he isn’t supposed to do is die.
The only one who can save humanity has been grounded. Captain Maddox is under suspicion because he’s half New Man. But he’s not going to stop. He’s found something unbelievable. Now, he needs Starship Victory—an ancient, alien spacecraft—the AI Galyan, Meta, Sergeant Riker and the others to help him tear the greatest secret of all from the enemy.
Maddox and his crew must succeed or humanity will drown in a sea of human extinction.
The Lost Starship series continues to be an entertaining read with this, the fourth, instalment in the series. The “old men” desperately needs to fight back against the New Men but, as the book blurb states, the New Men continues to throw gravel into the machinery. As usual the paranoid and stupid humans react in ways that are not exactly the most efficient ones when it comes to achieving an actual victory.
Thus Maddox is left to his own devices in order to save the “old men” even though Admiral Fletcher does his best to clobber the New Men fleet.
It is another fun adventure story in The Lost Starship universe. It is a bit of a roller coaster ride with the usual elements such as Maddox and his friends (including the AI Galyan) being their usual ass-kickers, some fleet action, some ground action and a whole lot of conspiracies, enemy infiltration and such like nastiness by the New Men and their androids which are almost undistinguishable from real humans. Our old acquaintance, Professor Ludendorff, does his best to help keep the confusion going and, as usual, it is difficult to really know which side he is on. Mostly it feels like it is a third one, his own.
While various parties are slugging it out in space and on the ground the search for alien artefacts, in particular those from the founders, continues in the hope of getting the upper hand against the New Men. What Maddox & Co finds this time exceeds their wildest dreams and it is not only artefacts that they find.
The book ends the current story arc and it is a fairly satisfactory ending which, at the same time, leaves plenty of openings for a continuation of the adventures in this Science Fiction universe. These books are nicely written and easy to read adventure stories. The characters are quite colourful and often likable. I for one hope that the author has plans to create a new story arc which takes off from where this one ended.