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View all posts by Dayton Ward. Holy shit, already?! Time flies. I think those books are due for a reread. Many thanks once more to you, Kevin, David, and Marco for such a thrilling series. I still recommend Vanguard to fans and nonfans alike. Like Like. Like Liked by 1 person. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

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Shelves: sf-fantasy , star-trek. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This second volume in the Vanguard series is not written by David Mack, and Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore aren't quite as good authors. It's not a night-and-day difference in style or execution but Harbinger Star Trek Vanguard 1 is the better book.

They have no problems bombarding planets with photon torpedoes but the Federation's attempt to This second volume in the Vanguard series is not written by David Mack, and Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore aren't quite as good authors. They have no problems bombarding planets with photon torpedoes but the Federation's attempt to understand what's happening reaps greater rewards in the end. I noticed this during my Star Wars novel phase - Every book had to include every character from the original films, no matter how much of a stretch required.

Here, we get a Romulan ship investigating the Reach. When did this happen? And from a narrative point of view, there's absolutely no tension anymore about Sandesjo's role in the Federaton embassy or the threat of discovery. Mack is the author of the third book - Reap the Whirlwind Star Trek Vanguard 3 - and that's in the mail and I have the last two books out from the library so my desires should be fulfilled relatively soon. View 2 comments. Nov 01, C. Phipps rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek , space-opera. I enjoyed it but I can't say I quite got the meal I was looking for out of this volume.

The characters, however amusing Quinn and Pennington kidnapping a mob accountant may be, didn't seem to progress much in the story. It says something I was more interested in the relationship of a Romulan commander and her subordinate than I was in the explosion of a planet midway through the book. Really, the best part of the book was the Romulan and Ambassadorial sections that seemed the most removed from the main cast.

We get some information about the Tholians, the big threat, and some more but it does seem to be not as much happened character wise as I'd hoped. Still, I'm not turned off the series either. Mar 02, Alex rated it liked it Shelves: star-trek , science-fiction.


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Dayton Ward does his best David Mack impression and the results are entertaining and enjoyable. The humour and variety don't quite hit the spot quite as well but we get plenty of setup here and the Vanguard series wheels keep spinning along quite nicely. I'm continuing to enjoy the vast range of characters, the overt liberalness that tinges this particular Star Trek, the classic warmongering and the Romulans make their entrance in a sneaky fashion this time around and the pure - albeit generic Dayton Ward does his best David Mack impression and the results are entertaining and enjoyable.

I'm continuing to enjoy the vast range of characters, the overt liberalness that tinges this particular Star Trek, the classic warmongering and the Romulans make their entrance in a sneaky fashion this time around and the pure - albeit generic - space operaness of it all. It's a lot of fun, though perhaps difficult to recommend beyond the pure entertainment value. I did, also, enjoy the little nod to the lack of Klingon makeup in TOS explaining it away as a bastard race, lacking the honour of the classic klingon - indeed, the Klingons on the show are particularly masochistic. Not a whiff of Kirk makes me sad, though.

If you enjoyed Harbinger, there's no reason you wouldn't enjoy this continuation since the quality doesn't dip. Be aware that it's a little thin on the ground story-wise though, I think David Mack probably wanted to keep the big moments in the series for himself.

Jan 28, Aron rated it liked it Shelves: st-vanguard , asap. Even though it took me over a month to read it, it wasn't due lack if quality, I just couldn't find the time. But I thought it was a great follow to Harbinger, not as good as Harbinger but still a solid entry. Loving this V Even though it took me over a month to read it, it wasn't due lack if quality, I just couldn't find the time.

Loving this Vanguard series!

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Jul 19, G. Hunter rated it liked it. What Ward and Dayton do best is move an intricate plot forward with continuous interpersonal conflicts in an unfolding mystery about a newly discovered alien race.

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Its what I like most about Star Trek; the discovery of new life forms and civilizations. But I have a problem with this story. I don't care enough about any of the characters that Mack in the first book and Ward in this book have crafted to feel much of anything when they die or lose someone they care about. The authors hop around What Ward and Dayton do best is move an intricate plot forward with continuous interpersonal conflicts in an unfolding mystery about a newly discovered alien race. The authors hop around a lot, creating quirky characters that gradually push a lumbering series of side stories, yet I never really get to know them.

Now that I've finished books 1 and 2 of the series, I am asking myself the following: Where the heck did Spock and Kirk go? Will I read the next book in this Vanguard series? Even in Game of Thrones, which has a massive amount of characters, I feel something for Tyrion, Arya, John Snow, and the Mother of Dragons, even though I struggle to keep track of all the extra characters and sub-plots.

With the first 2 books in the Vanguard series, the characters are a little wooden to me and the jokes are predictable. They seem more like vehicles to push along the interests of their species rather than breathing, bleeding beings.

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I do see Ward and Mack as talented writers who had a hand in shaping the greater story arc of Vanguard greater emphasis on Mack as he oversaw nearly all of the series. I also understand the desire of an author to craft their own characters and the thrill to be the ones to expand the Star Trek universe. But I think the story could have been more engaging to me if either Spock or Kirk were given significant parts in this space opera since none of the new characters seemed to grab me. Kirk lacked action in the first book, but he could have livened up the slow parts with some gutsy Kirk-ness in this second book.

This might have given more runway to the other characters to deepen in their development. The story line was interesting enough for me to wish that these things could have happened. Too many great series out there in the Sci Fi and Fantasy realms. If anyone has read book 3, please comment your thoughts below. Pick up this book if you are a Trekkie that is not attached to seeing established characters from the Trek backbone and just want an intriguing mystery about different species on the edge of war.

Mar 03, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: star-trek. This is the second book in the Vanguard series. The series is set in the Taurus Reach, with the Federation trying to examine clues to a discovered meta genome, while also navigating Tholian and Klingon activity, which happens to border this region of space. It does a good job moving the story along. To me, this book felt it could have been a solid stand-alone Star Trek episode.

Compared to the first entry, this one could feel a little slow at times. I think it was down to the writing style of th This is the second book in the Vanguard series. I think it was down to the writing style of the authors David Mack wrote the first entry.

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It was good to see the Endeavor in action, a Constitution class ship that was only mentioned in the previous novel. The characters there are compelling and I cannot wait to follow up with them in future installments. I like how the story also carries on with Pennington, the reporter, and Quinn, a universal drunk. Their adventure helps shed light on the universe outside of the Federation.

I did not find that their story arcs clashed with the Federation counterparts. I'm looking forward to see how their story threads intertwine in future installments. The story does a good job answering a few questions from the first book.

The problem is that one answer always brings up more questions. A major problem with the book is the ending, which seemed to go on and on. All of this was to set up for the third installment. So while this was necessary, I cannot help but feel that there could have been ways to shorten it, or to make it a bit more entertaining.


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The surprise turns at this point seemed a little predictable. Overall, a good book for the series, which is starting off strong! Jun 06, Gustavo rated it liked it. While continuing the main story and doing good development on it. I think this books centers too much on overexposition and lessens the mistery. It also has some deep incursions into repetitive instances of inner thoughts, and while the repetition works to a certain extent, it could have been done with far less instances with the same or greater effect.

It also leaves suggested but unresolved what is perhaps one of the perhaps more pivotal points in star trek. This might be the place where the k While continuing the main story and doing good development on it. This might be the place where the klingons get romulan technology, or it might not be. But it's completely unresolved. And while there are better clifhangers open, some things you just don't play with.

I guess slow burn would be the best way to descripbe this book series.

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The writing is good, you don't really feel the change of author and the multiple story arcs are evolving nicely. I'm still having problem with the lack of action in the series so far , but I think Star Trek as always been mre about human drama then action. The multiple strories are all interesting and the main mystery is well presented and preserve.

When I'm in the right mood to read a slow moving novel, I go to this serie I guess slow burn would be the best way to descripbe this book series. When I'm in the right mood to read a slow moving novel, I go to this series and enjoy the familiar Star Trek setting and great plot. Apr 02, John R. Goyer rated it really liked it. The second volume is as enjoyable and well written as the first. I'm enjoying the journey of this story very much, I'm just hoping that by the end, the secret of Taurus Reach will be worthy. Great characters and storyline so far.

Jul 21, Richard Harrison rated it really liked it. Took me a bit of time to get into this one after a very large gap since reading Harbinger but really got caught up in it towards the end. Hope I can get around to book three a lot quicker. Jul 22, M. Mar 10, David King rated it really liked it. With the main characters already established, the two authors have been able to write a story which concentrates on trying to unlock some of the mysteries of the Taurus Reach alongside further development of the characters.

Basically, following the destruction of a colony and starship the federation has uncovered another alien complex on a frozen world and is beginning a new investigation. Unfortunately they appear to activate an ancient defence system is which almost results in the destruction of another Starfleet vessel. The book is quite action driven, with a pretty high body count which provides a real sense of danger. But the authors still managed to mix in elements of political subterfuge, espionage, moral choices and scientific research to give the book a feeling that is reminiscent of the original series which loved to throw in action and multiple redshirt deaths between the scientific discussions, diplomatic conundrums and moral dilemmas.

I think the authors managed to create a decent blend here and I did enjoy all elements of the story. Due to the large amount of characters present the book does jump around a lot but as I already knew who the characters were I found it easy enough to follow. In addition, the further development introduced in this novel enabled me to get a better understanding of all the characters and appreciate their various individual perks and nuances.

An advantage I did note in regards to the reader already knowing the characters is that it enabled the author to spend more time really exploring the Taurus reach, with us getting a chance to see things from a Klingon, Romulan and Shedai perspective. It gave the book a much wider perspective and I think it benefits hugely from this. This book is all about continuing the main story arc without giving the readon something they can appreciate on its own merits.

The characters in particular really come into their own and there is some good exposure given to the other species such as the Klingons which is useful as it offsets the lack of a definitive standalone plot within the novel. Apr 22, Victor rated it liked it.