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: You can also read an excerpt here: http://books.simonandschuster.ca/St...Mack/Star-Trek-Vanguard/9781416507741/excerpt 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!