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Old March 3 2012, 11:09 AM   #1
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VAN: Harbinger by David Mack Review Thread (Spoilers!)

And here it finally is, the first formal installment of the "retro review thread" project we discussed a little while ago. I promised to post this a little earlier already (having finished Harbinger around mid-February), but got caught up with some other things - sorry about that!

Vanguard: Harbinger is a very special novel, acting as the first installment of an entirely new Star Trek series chronologically set alongside the events depicted in TOS. The series was conceived together by editor Marco Palmieri and author David Mack, with the latter penning this first book. Its principal setting is Vanguard station, a brand new Federation starbase located in a mostly-unexplored region of space called the Taurus Reach. Bordered by the Tholian and Klingon empires and home to an ancient mystery, struggles both political and personal await a new cast of heroes and not so heroic characters.

That was my own babbling. Here's the official blurb from the Simon & Schuster website:

Returning from its historic first voyage to the edge of the galaxy, the damaged U.S.S. Enterprise journeys through the Taurus Reach, a vast and little-known region of space in which a new starbase has been unexpectedly established. Puzzled by the Federation's interest in an area so far from its borders and so near the xenophobic Tholian Assembly, Captain James T. Kirk orders the Enterprise to put in for repairs at the new space station: Starbase 47, also known as Vanguard.

As Kirk ponders the mystery of the enormous base, he begins to suspect that there is much more to Vanguard than meets the eye. It's a suspicion shared by the Tholians, the Orions, and the Klingon Empire, each of whom believes that there are less than benign motives behind the Federation's sudden and unexplained desire to explore and colonize the Taurus Reach.

But when a calamity deep within the Reach threatens to compromise Starfleet's continued presence in the region, Kirk, Spock, and several key specialists from the Enterprise must assist Vanguard's crew in investigating the cause of the disaster and containing the damage. In the process, they learn the true purpose behind the creation of Vanguard, and what the outcome of its mission may mean for life throughout that part of the galaxy.
You can also read an excerpt here:

Finally, a note about spoiler policy: This review thread is for a book that, at the time of posting, is several years old and which has several sequels. While discussing the book's events and merits in hindsight of those sequels is expected to be part of the appeal of the thread, please be mindful of readers who are reading the series for the first time (such as myself ). Refer to facts from later installments obliquely if you can, and consider to surround critical information with spoiler tags. But don't strain yourself too much all the same - beware ye who enter here, of possible spoilers!

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