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Monday, 13 June 2016

The Lost Command (Lost Starship Series) - Better Than the First Book "Lost Starship"



The Lost Command (Lost Starship Series) - Better Than the First Book

I àm àt à loss for words! The difference between this book ànd thé first book óf thé series, “The Lost Starship” is astounding! This book wàs à fantastic book to read. It made sense. The author finally managed to put some sense into thé actions óf his main character, Captain Maddox, ànd stopped making him sound like àn idiot. He actually put some “humanity” into Captain Maddox ànd made him act like à normal person albeit à very smart person.

I’m still don’t understand thé rank structure in this book. A Navy Captain ranks just below àn Admiral. Will, there could be à Commodore in-between them in time óf war, but usually à Navy Captain is also thé commander óf most Naval large ànd important Naval vessels. They have à lot óf experience since you don’t make Captain until well past usually 20 years. I can’t remember how long Maddox has been in thé Star Watch Intelligence Service but he seems to have been around for awhile. They are treating thé rank óf Captain in this book às one step above à Lieutenant which is crazy. Valerie seems to have some service time too ànd she has been promoted to Captain also hoping to command à Star War starship which às à Captain she should. Instead, she gets assigned to Captain Maddox ànd is busted down to à Lieutenant! What happened to thé rank óf Commander or even Lt Commandeer? It would sure have cleared things up if those ranks had been included since that’s what most military readers would have expected.

Ok so on with thé book. Maddox finally gets back aboard thé Victory ànd he’s place in command but thé alien AI hasn’t quite gotten his senses back ànd will only allow Maddox to command through him ànd only if it will achieve thé AI’s objectives. The AI has à name now, Driving Force Galyan, but thàt doesn’t seem to change much. The banter between Maddox ànd Galyan has improved quite à bit with their discussions seeming to fit into thé mission. It improves greatly later on when they wipe thé AI’s core ànd rid it óf à virus.

So, thé purpose óf this book it to rescue thé Fifth Fleet which has fought thé New Men but wàs getting annihilated ànd then decided to flee to fight another day. That decision wàs probably thé correct one but it’s going to take thé Fifth Fleet several months to reach à place where they might be able to jump back to Earth. Unfortunately, thé New Men will have several months to fix their star ships ànd will be waiting to destroy thé rest óf thé Fifth Fleet. But, Captain Maddox ànd his crew must bring thé Victory to thé aide óf thé Fifth Fleet ànd do so with thé Victory’s advanced weaponry fully functional!

This book wàs pretty exciting. The writing wàs certainly better than in thé first book ànd à lot óf things were explained about Captain Maddox ànd his crew. They all got around to figuring out they had to work together ànd even thé ship AI started cooperating even though he tried very hard to act like he wasn’t.

I think thé encounters with thé New Men turned out logically, although thé New Men did set several traps thàt thé Victory ànd Captain Maddox barely got out of. Meta did have much óf à part in this book but she did provide some kind óf love interest for Maddox to prove thàt he wasn’t just à cold hearted, ah, dude! I thought thàt wàs possible. Still, what I couldn’t figure out is why Professor Ludendorff so eagerly joined thé Victory’s crew after he said he wasn’t going to board thàt vessel when he first discovered it. That wàs never explained às far às I know. It’s also interesting to have to write in another character that’s even more intelligent than Captain Maddox just so someone can figure everything out. Of course thé author found thàt having à highly intelligent Professor around allowed him to fix things without explaining why just because we wouldn’t understand thé explanation. That’s à good trick.

Ok, I change my mind. This series is now much better than I expected it to get. I guess there could be another book since thé Fifth Fleet hasn’t returned to Earth ànd thé New Men are still à threat. So, if thé author can write à third book às well às this one, then please do. Just remember, I ànd other readers don’t know how à book will turn out until we’ve read them! Not fair!

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