VAN: In Tempest's Wake by Dayton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

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  1. Sho

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    Half a year after the well-received Vanguard finale Dayton Ward once more takes a turn of sorts at the saga's wheel to deliver us a coda, the ebook-exclusive novella In Tempest's Wake. This was apparently originally slated to carry the TOS label, reflecting the fact that the crew of the USS Enterprise takes center seat here in a retelling of the events of Storming Heaven from their point of view, but ultimately joins Mr. Mack's work under the same Star Trek sub-brand.

    The Simon & Schuster page still hasn't been updated with the official blurb, but StarTrek.com posted one a while ago. Taken from there:

    Sadly no excerpt either!
     
  2. Defcon

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    Re: VAN: In Tempest's Wake by Daton Ward Review Thread (Spoilers!)

    Well there's Amazon's Look Inside feature, which has the first few pages of the story.

    Downloaded it earlier today. I have to finish Brinkmanship first and have to work on my first USF interview in almost exactly a year, so I probably won't start it before next week or so.
     
  3. Patrick O'Brien

    Patrick O'Brien Captain Captain

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    Nice to see this thread Sho, as I forgot to pre-order this one, oops:alienblush: Anything with a Vanguard connection is a must read:D
     
  4. JoeZhang

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    It's the same price on amazon as for a full novel! - pass.
     
  5. ronny

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    It's $3.99, a novel is $7.99. What are you talking about?
     
  6. ATimson

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    "In Tempest's Wake" wasn't bad (coming from Dayton, I'd have been surprised if it was!). As a coda to Vanguard, it works. There's some nice character bits with Kirk and Nogura.

    But the novella is more an assortment of continuity spackle, rather than a standalone story. I probably would've been more satisfied if this had been part of a greater whole, like another Declassified volume. Alas, it wasn't.

    Some of the flashbacks were honest bits of fleshing out, like the "Tholian Web" flashback. But did Paths of Disharmony really need the retroactive setup here?

    For the curious among you, the book is roughly 30,000 words long.
     
  7. timothy

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    It's $3.99 on the barnes & noble nook color :) I got mine today :) :) :) :)
     
  8. Drago-Kazov

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    Sounds reasonably interesting.
     
  9. MatthiasRussell

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    Wow, how did I miss that there was another Vanguard book!?! It originally being under a TOS header must have fooled me. So glad I came online today. I must read this book immediately.

    It will be cool to see a Ward cap to the series that complements Mack's ending.

    The sad thing is, I have a complete collection of Vanguard books signed by the authors. Now my collection is incomplete and with this being an ebook, it will ALWAYS be incomplete. :(
     
  10. JoeZhang

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    It might blow your mind but not everyone here is American.

    'In tempest's wake' - £3.99 - 99 pages
    The eternal tide - £3.99 - 384 pages
    Brinkmanship - £4.99 - 352 pages
    Cold Equations book 1 - £4.99 - 368 pages

    Indeed, the only review of it on the UK amazon is:

     
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  11. Defcon

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    I love it when people who are obviously to stupid to read give books bad reviews because they have the reading comprehension skills of a rock.

    Amazon had the "print length: 99 pages" info on there for ages (TBH I'm pretty sure it was there from the start.) If people pre-order things without actually reading the information about the product it's their own damn fault.
     
  12. JoeZhang

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    I guess he just went off the price and thought it was a full novel.
     
  13. beamMe

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    Yeah, I'm not American either, but I still only paid the 3,99 $.

    The book is a nice read. It doesn't really give us anything new on the story we know, but the ending might offer... possibilities. :)
     
  14. Dimesdan

    Dimesdan "Down with this sort of thing!" Premium Member

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    Did you get them from Amazon or The Book Depository? I tend to pay around a fiver from the latter, plus they have free postage.

    I guess though, if you say brought the hard-copy versions from Waterstones, WHSmith (if they stocked them) or an Independent bookshop, you'll no doubt pay full price which then makes In Tempests Wake a bargain! But who actually buys books from bricks and mortar shops anymore?
     
  15. Nathan

    Nathan Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    This is sorta off topic, but if you don't have an E-Reader, Nook, etc, and DON"T want to read from a a screen, can you order e-books somewhere and they send it to you already printed out.

    Yep, I know I'm sorta old fashioned and I'm killing trees, but I just like reading books the old fashioned way.

    Haven't really been in a dillemma where the book is e-format only and I want to read the book.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  16. timothy

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    The barnes and noble nook tablet is on sale right for $179.99 :)
     
  17. JoeZhang

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    Those prices are all ebook prices.
     
  18. Defcon

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    But in the "review" she/he specifically demands that "The publisher must tell people who buy the books when it is a short story". The information that it only has the equivalent of 99 pages was there all along, so I don't really now what else she/he expects. A pop-up when she/he pre-orders that says: "Hey dumbass, this story is a novella, are you really sure you want to preorder it for that price?"
     
  19. Dimesdan

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    Ah ok, well in that case, it is taking the piss.
     
  20. Judith Sisko

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    I agree.

    I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Maybe it was because I had just re-read Storming Heaven in anticipation of reading this and all the recaps became tedious to me. Plus, there was no tension or anticipation because I already knew the outcome.

    I enjoyed reading the Enterprise flashbacks more than Nogura's and Kirk's reminiscing. I agree the flashbacks would have been a great story for something like Declassified.

    And I agree with the thoughts and question in ATimson's spoiler. (I must be in an agreeable mood today.)