The Progenitors--ancient, powerful rulers of an empire spanning a thousand suns--vanished before mankind discovered the Americas, leaving the Elders to rule as Regents of the empire. Three thousand years later, the Regency set their sights on the Terran Republic.
When the vast Regency fleet attacks, the fate of humanity falls on a pair of young shoulders. Elise, a scholar's daughter who has never been on her own. Glen, the slave of an alien master, who doesn't know how to be human.
Against the vast empire, Glen and Elise have nothing to oppose the aliens but their wits, a spaceship, and a handful of allies--an ethereally beautiful alien artist, her equally handsome brother, and a quadruped mob boss protecting her teenage daughter.
Together, they must steal a sacred text out from under the Regency's very noses, rescue Elise's father, and hope he can solve the mystery of the Progenitors' whereabouts. If he can, they must pray humanity's salvation can be found on...
The Lost Planet.
The shades of Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson, James Schmitz and Andre Norton, Christopher Anvil and Keith Laumer must all be looking down approvingly on Henry Vogel's THE LOST PLANET. Its two bright, engaging and surprisingly tough protagonists, Glen and Elise, rollick across a palpably real galactic milieu stuffed with exotic aliens, nicely rendered worlds, and a suspenseful set of wartime maneuvers. Toss in a lighthearted love story and some cosmic mysteries regarding the forerunner race known as the Progenitors, and you have a space opera that will enchant, excite and delight!