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The Lost Artifact

Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: The Lost Starship, Book 8
Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Summary

Star Watch defeated the Swarm Invasion Fleet, but at a terrible cost in destroyed star systems, smashed battleships and billions of dead. In the aftermath of the costly victory, chaos threatens as worlds leave the Commonwealth of Planets, face mass starvation or succumb to increased piracy. The war against the Swarm Imperium has just begun. Humanity needs unity or each planet will fall alone. Brigadier O'Hara of Star Watch Intelligence stumbles onto a secret conspiracy. Someone is trying to destroy the Commonwealth from within, and they have an alien artifact of incredible power. O'Hara summons Captain Maddox. Although she fears to lose him, she knows that Maddox and his crew have the best chance of finding the hidden enemy. If the captain fails, the Commonwealth will be powerless to stop its destruction. What O'Hara doesn't know--it would probably break her heart if she did--is that she has just sent Maddox into the most harrowing battle of his career. THE LOST ARTIFACT is the eighth book in the LOST STARSHIP SERIES.

©2018 Vaughn Heppner (P)2018 Vaughn Heppner

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Lost steam for this series

I really liked this series of books, until this one. Mark Boyett's voice work is as good as ever, but the story was lacking for me with this one. I didn't finish due to it being hard to keep interested for long, as it dragged on so slowly with meandering multiple main plot lines looping around each other, as opposed to the previous books that had more of a single main story with small side plots.

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  • Ken
  • Devon,UK
  • 20-11-18

a bit messy

the story overall is fairly good but it is a bit all over the place, his previous books have all been beter in my opinion

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No Shortage of Action

A little slow to start, but once it got going all hell seemed to break loose and it was rollercoaster all the way.

Love this series, but perhaps the next book could be a little quicker coming, please.

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Non stop interest, not deep but good

More of the same, but with more character development, so getting better still.
The concentration on the core ship and characters worked well. Almost two endings, wanted more of the first, than the more rushed second and final one. All good though looking forward to more.

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  • 5th Finger of Death
  • 05-07-18

Fantastic Adventure Again

The author does not disappoint. Add in the luscious reading and voice acting of Mark Boyette, and you have perfect entertainment!

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  • Shane
  • 26-06-18

Pages of Useless Information

I loved these books up until, 'The Lost Artifact'. There are so many pages of useless dialogue and introspection that causes the book to drone on and on - he thought about tying his shoes with his left hand, then remember he shouldn't use his left hand because he had a right hand... sort of none sense.

It's items like this that extend the number of pages in the book but have little to no impact on the story.

Overall, Vaughn Heppner is very talented author. Many of Vaughn's other books have this same introspection (most story's do), but they are kept to a minimum and they do actually impact that particular story - my hope is this is just a anomaly..

Mark Boytte is a great narrator, so no issue there...

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  • Mark
  • 09-06-18

Disappointing… poorly written.

No where near as good as the series started. Story was forced did not employ any of the cleverness as the starting books did.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-18

Poorly Written

This book has more plot holes than a block of Swiss cheese. It's frustrating to read. the premise is interesting, but the execution is awful. The characters are contradictory and make no sense, even after you know their personality. Captain Madox is the worst. He is everything a captain should not be.

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  • Remo
  • 16-09-19

Worst in series

Throw away the first 2/3 of this story then maybe one more star. Bad timeline cheap character dialogue. I had given 4-5 stars to the previous books in this line but this one is just really bad...

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  • Ignacio
  • 20-05-19

Builder Tech recovery

Maddox and Crew captures Yon Chen the Android and BUILDER. CUBE with thier help figbts the Ska and prevents Thousands of Destroyers from entering the human Galaxy and continuing their Genocide rampage. once again Maddox,Gaylon and the crew of Victory saves Hymanity again, snd Learnong more about themselves and the Mathulah man Stran, another clone defeated and killed how many more are waking up from stasis?

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  • CFV
  • 11-05-19

The list series is my favorite listen.

I wait patiently for the next book. The narrator IS Maddox. For me the narrator is as important as the story. This is a perfect match

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  • K. Dorsey
  • 01-03-19

Excellent tale

The story leaves the opening for a continuation and I’m looking forward to the next part of the series.
Well written and performed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-02-19

Audio was not as smooth as expected

Mark at times changes like he is not in studio. This not terribly bad just not up to par.

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  • Robert
  • 03-01-19

Another home run!

Awesome story with a believable characters that want to make you both hate and love them.