Spoilers VAN: Storming Heaven by David Mack Review Thread

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Sho, Mar 19, 2012.


Rate Storming Heaven.

  1. Outstanding

    65 vote(s)
  2. Above Average

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  3. Average

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  1. DEWLine

    DEWLine Commodore Commodore

    Apr 27, 2003
    Ottawa, Canada
    I suspect that there was a lot going on "off-camera" in the characters' lives that we wouldn't mind reading about at some point. But for the moment, I'm personally disinclined to press the issue.
  2. Psi'a Meese

    Psi'a Meese Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 25, 2001
    Cait, Lynx Constellation
    I finally sat down and read Storming Heaven over the weekend. I've owned the book for several months but tend to procrastinate over endings. I do this with television series and computer games as well. I don't want them to end. I've managed to stay away from this thread until now.

    I've been enjoying the series since I first picked up in the middle. Then endeavored to collect the previous novels to get the full effect. And boy did I ever. Not that I haven't already been aware of how much I enjoy the cast of characters, but I hadn't realized how much Zeke meant to me until I read his fate. I almost threw the book across the room I was so angry. But I refrained. :lol:

    Overall, I was satisfied with the series conclusion. I continue to be impressed with how seamless the Vanguard story retroactively fits within context to the original television series. Why hadn't we ever heard of Vanguard station before? Well, the books explain this pretty well.

    Something that I had personally theorized for a few years - but wasn't touched upon by series conclusion - was that the alien described in J.M. Dillard's novelization of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, may have been a weakened Shedai. IMO, this still fits. That great barrier could well have been real enough to have cut it off/protect it from the fate of the other Shedai in the Vanguard novels.
  3. ronny

    ronny Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Mar 21, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    Just finished the last book today. Great stuff. I pre-ordered In Tempests Wake a few minutes ago. I thought it was going to come out in the middle of the month, not tomorrow. Guess I know what I'm reading next.
  4. KimMH

    KimMH Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jan 14, 2009
    The poster formerly known as ORSE
    Not reading entire thread as only halfway through but is it ever a corker! I've avoided the Vanguard books because I was trying to catch up on everything else.

    i've also avoided because of the nostalgia factor. It's hard not to read the "Big Three" and their contemporaries in the TOS era w/out a little pang. Oddly enough, I consider the Typhon Pact books to be "current" and It's a little sad to feel like the TOS era days are "gone."
  5. RPJOB

    RPJOB Commander Red Shirt

    Apr 11, 2012
    Do yourself a favor and read Vanguard. It was, IMHO, the best Trek series that was never filmed. At times it did try a little too hard to tie things into TOS but when it was off doing it's own thing it was amazing. Great characters. Great stories. And some of the best covers by Doug Drexler. as a series I rate it 9/10. Pretty amazing for a run of novels written by more than one author.
  6. Patrick O'Brien

    Patrick O'Brien Captain Captain

    Feb 9, 2012
    Brooklyn NY
    ^Agreed, Vanguard is a must read for any fan of Trek literature:bolian:
  7. Jarvisimo

    Jarvisimo Captain Captain

    Jan 4, 2011
  8. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    I just finished this, and wow that was a great ending to the series. I was very happy with how this ended.
    I was disappointed to see Fisher, and Xiong die, but at least they both died heroic deaths.
    I got a kick out of Marcus and her team being sent to Regula as a set for Wrath of Khan. Things like that, and all of the stuff on Nimbus III did a lot to make the TOS movie and TV series eras feel more connected
    Was the end meant to leave it ambiguous as to whether or not the Shedai were gone? It seemed to me like that was left open for them to possibly pop back up.
    I loved the big battle at the end, it was very dramatic and exciting.
    Definitely gets an outstanding vote from me.
  9. David cgc

    David cgc Vice Admiral Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2002
    Since the thread has come back up, and I was on TBBS sabbatical when the book originally came out, I wanted to ask a question I've always wondered about.

    At the end of SH, when the Enterprise rides in to the rescue, I was struck by how much I resented Kirk in that moment when it switched to his perspective. All these other characters I knew and loved had been suffering and dying, and he's being all cocky about how his hotshot crew can execute this perfect rescue, when he's just been lucky enough to show up after the hard part but before the day is totally lost.

    I've wondered if that was a commentary on how many TOS episodes had the Enterprise showing up after a planet had been destroyed, or another ship's crew had all been killed. If you were to step outside of the perspective of Kirk and his crew and look at the whole sequence of events objectively, the episode was still a total disaster even with the intervention of our heroes. It certainly gave me a new perspective on a lot of stories that only had happy endings thanks to a sort of narrative myopia that asserted that our TV friends were the only people who mattered.

    So I've been curious if that was an intended message, or if I just took something unexpected out of the contrast of the Vanguard crew being routed and the Enterprise hardly even mussing their hair.
  10. Idran

    Idran Commodore Premium Member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Even if that was not intended, I love that reading. I never considered that perspective, but in hindsight it really does fit the situation thematically really well. Thanks for sharing it!
  11. Tuskin38

    Tuskin38 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 24, 2011
    I just read the entire series in a couple weeks, Probably should have done it slower but it was so good, I love it!

    It was actually the Mirror Universe Vanguard segments in other novels, and the
    whole Meta Genome-Andorian Cure
    that got me to read the series, I wanted the back story.

    I only actually started reading Trek novels recently, and kind of have been going "back in time" so to speak. So it is interesting to read about a character or event in a newer book, and then read about it in an older one.