that's a valid point, of course, but IMHO the very existence of this e-book just underscores the involvement of Marketing in the creative process.
I've seen the VAN series called "lightning in a bottle" for many reasons, among them the fact that it had a defined beginning, middle and end - Mack, Ward, Dilmore and Palmieri developed the series, told their story/ies to the fullest and left on the highest note possible.
I don't recall any real dangling threads left by the finale, and having a look "from another angle" at events we've seen told / explored already plus labeling as part of the already-completed series, seems to me like a disservice to readers.
As I already posted, I would much rather have a new TOS novel by Ward, which would incorporate the events of ITW..
Granted, In Tempest's Wake
doesn't add much to the Vanguard story, but it certainly doesn't take anything away from it.
That it is very well written and integrates Vanguard even more into the old continuity and actually opens up the story for a future re-visitation makes it everything but a "disservice".
Perhaps "disservice" is too strong a word. I'm not taking anything away from the story or from Ward, and would probably feel different about it if it would have been labeled as TOS as planned originally.
However, having a VAN story flat out starring Kirk is not how I would have liked the series "last entry" to be. To me, VAN ended the way it should have with Storming Heaven
The ending still stands. Most of In Tempest's Wake
's framing story plays before the framing story of What Judgments Come
and Storming Heaven
. And the last chapter features one of Vanguards main characters with Kirk "only" tagging along because he's needed.