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Dayton Ward served for eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps before discovering the private sector and the piles of cash to be made there as a software engineer. He got his start in professional writing by placing stories in each of Pocket Books’ first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of dozens of Star Trek novels, many written in collaboration with coauthor Kevin Dilmore. He recently penned a tie-in to the cult classic television series The 4400, and is currently at work on a new Star Trek novel to be released in Fall 2010.


Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Michi, he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Readers interested in contacting Dayton or learning more about his writing, or who simply need proof that their website is cooler and better looking, are encouraged to venture to his Internet cobweb collection at www.daytonward.com.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Original edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416547924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416547921
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're reading this, then chances are you've read one of my books or are considering doing so. Or, maybe you just clicked on a link by mistake while on your way to something more interesting.

Doesn't matter. Welcome!

So...about me. Yeah...well, you see, it's like this: Until recently, I was a software developer and analyst, having become a slave to Corporate America after spending eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Why did I join the military? Pretty simple, really. I'd gotten tired of people telling me what to do all the time, and was looking for a change.


In truth, I joined for a handful of different reasons, from carrying on a family tradition to wanting a challenge unlike anything else I'd faced to that point to simpler stuff like just wanting to see the world. I'm proud of my time spent in uniform. I gave Uncle Sam eleven years, and he gave me a long list of skills and experiences that have continued to serve me to this day. I think I got the better end of that deal by a fairly wide margin.

In September 2014, I said goodbye to my day job and embarked on a bold new journey as a full-time writer.

Though I've written a bunch of short stories and novels on my own, I've written a lot more in collaboration with my friend and fellow author, Kevin Dilmore. What types of stories do I like to write? Pretty much the same kind I like to read: Engaging plots with interesting characters. Whether I actually succeed in crafting stories which meet those criteria is for you to decide.

I write content for magazines and web sites as the opportunities arise. You'll find my stuff in Star Trek Magazine and on sites like Tor.com and StarTrek.com. I'm also a regular contributor to a "writer's blog" called "Novel Spaces," with an eye toward providing insight and advice on various writing topics. There are several contributors to the site, representing a broad spectrum of genres and writing backgrounds. Go give it a look; it's a nice place to hang out.

Though I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, fate and circumstances have seen to it that my family and I now call Kansas City home. My wife spends a great deal of time and effort as a volunteer K-9 handler and search & rescue tech, training along with one of our dogs in order to assist law enforcement when searching for missing persons. As you can imagine, there are a few story ideas to be gleaned from that.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Wood on May 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Vanguard series is a great concept, set in the same time frame as James Kirk and the original Star Trek, it's about a star base in the distant Taurus Reach, and its secret project, searching for the mysterious Shedai who once dominated the region, and trying to understand the unfathomable technology they left behind.

In this the fourth book in the series, the station's commander, Commodore Diego Reyes, stands accused of violating his orders by allowing the secrets of the station and its mission to be leaked to the media. The whole mission grows far more dangerous as Klingons enter the area, hoping to harness Shedai technology as weapons. In the background the nearby Tholians, once slaves to the Shedai, remain hostile, and powerful remnants of the Shedai have awakened.

A parallel story takes us to Vulcan, where there are ancient mysteries in the desert and a tie-in to Spock and an episode of the original Star Trek.

The nice thing about this volume in particular is that it brings in other elements from this time frame in the original series. The prologue and epilogue refer to Kirk's confrontation with Klingons and the peace imposed by the Organians. And one of the main researchers on the station is Dr. Carol Marcus, with her son by Kirk, David, still a child, but grown up in the film "The Wrath of Khan".

On the other hand one of the frustrating elements about placing a series of different adventures in a familiar time frame is the problem of where did it all go? There's very little here that shows up in other Star Trek, which makes sense because those stories were written first.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hobgoblin VINE VOICE on May 6, 2009
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I had doubts this series could produce an adequate follow-up to the cataclysmic events of "Reap the Whirlwind". That book seemingly resolved major threads and left the lives of major characters forever altered. If the series had stopped there it would have made a nice trilogy. How do you keep the momentum going when it seems you've blown the wad? Somehow, Dayton Ward delivers. As the Federation and Klingon Empire hurtle towards war, Diego Reyes stands trial, T'Prynn fights for her life, and the puzzle of the Taurus Reach gets even more complicated. I won't spoil anything, but if you've read the earlier books this one is a must read.

Those who suffered through Ward's last Vanguard outing (Book 2: "Summon the Thunder") likely remember an exciting tale marred by sloppy writing. What a great surprise to find the writing this time out is solid and tight, 100% improvement. There's still a habit of mixing too much exposition with the dialog. But while this was mind numbing in StT, it works a lot better here. It's also worth mentioning that the reams of bad Trekno-quips that littered StT are absent this time. Thanks Dayton.

If you're new to Vanguard I'd recommend starting with the 1st book, David Mack's excellent "Harbinger". There's enough backstory provided in OS that you could jump right in here, but you'll definitely miss out on some of this books emotional impact.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Polk on September 2, 2009
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Dayton Ward ties up the loose ends left over from Reap the Whirlwind in the latest novel in the Vanguard series, Open Secrets. Commodore Reyes was arrested at the end of the previous book for allowing classified information to be disseminated by a reporter, and we get the fallout from that decision here. T'Prynn, intelligence officer who had a mental breakdown, suffers her malady and, of course, eventually recovers. The saga of the Shedai artifacts and the search for information continues as well. But unfortunately, this is about all Ward does.

Rather than recap all the action, I'll just say that if you are interested in Vanguard then this is worth reading. It's not a bad novel; it just doesn't stand on its own at all. What new material there is seems only prelude for David Mack's Precipice, which will continue the series later this year.

One of the interesting aspects of the series is the way that Shedai technology and the meta-genome are precursors to later events with which readers are already familiar. For example, a man is completely healed much like would happen with a dermal regenerator in TNG. Carol Marcus's very appearance lets us know that this will be an avenue to Genesis, at least to some extent. And Ward helps set the stage for not only the Organian intervention into a Federation/Klingon war shown in the episode `Errand of Mercy,' but also the colony of Nimbus III shown in one of the movies, Final Frontier I believe. Yet rather than this sort of thing being secondary to the story, it seems that Open Secrets is an exercise in reconciliation as story.

The novel also suffers from time lapse between its publication and its predecessor's. Frankly, I had a hard time remembering what happened, even with a short primer at the novel's beginning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Haseeb on December 13, 2010
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It has been a while since I last read the previous installment of Vanguard so I had to do some reviewing of who the characters were. It didn't take long for me to come back up to speed on who the characters and players were and the politics given the way the book was written. Much of this installment focuses on the plight of disgraced starbase captain, Diego Reyes. Quite a lot of space in the book was taken up talking about his legal battle. I would have liked for the book to get more into the intrigue of the Taurus Reach, the mysterious artifact and the going ons of outlaw Ganz. I don't quite understand how the so-called "wanderer" fits into the whole scheme of things... it seems like it was pulled out from left field. Maybe I don't quite understand it because of my waning interest in this series and I have to concentrate more heavily, but it does seem out of place.
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