Seems an appropriate place for a quick review of an older work so.... Finished Vanguard. Nice little book with all manner of things going on and a good character mix with various agendas in collision. I also liked the diagrams pull-out, a nice extra. What I enjoyed most, reading this with the perspective that it plays into the events of The Fall a century later, is the way it uses continuity. It starts off using the TV series as a springboard to launch, then spins its own tale atop that, but you don't actually need to have seen the ep as the book recaps what you need to know. The same is true for The Fall, but, seeing all 3 pieces? Makes for a very satisfying optional link-up. It's interesting to note there's only one big battle in the book - USS Bombay versus 4 Tholian cruisers, but it has a real sense of weight and impact, both in the battle and its aftermath, which I thought was exceedingly well-done. So, onto Book 2!