Released in 2007, Reap the Whirlwind is the third installment in the Vanguard series of books, and the second to be written by series co-creator David Mack. A lot of threads set up in Harbinger, Summon the Thunder and Distant Early Warning coil together here, and the fog starts to lift with force from one of the series' central antagonists, the ancient Shedai civilization. It's a powerful ride that has, in Mr. Mack's own words, some of the characters hit rock bottom along the way. Here's the official Simon & Schuster blurb's take on it: And an excerpt from the book: http://books.simonandschuster.com/S...Mack/Star-Trek-Vanguard/9781416560753/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!