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David Mack is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy—Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. His first original novel, the supernatural thriller The Calling, debuted in July 2009 to critical acclaim. In addition to novels, Mack's diverse writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He currently resides in New York City.

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  • Series: Star Trek: Vanguard
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650709
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVID MACK is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels of science-fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the STAR TREK DESTINY and COLD EQUATIONS trilogies. He developed the STAR TREK VANGUARD series with editor Marco Palmieri. His first fantasy novel was the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller THE CALLING.

Beyond novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for produced episodes of STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE), film, and comic books.

Mack's next scheduled works include the STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES 50th-anniversary novel LEGACIES, Book II: BEST DEFENSE, and the short stories "Our Possible Pasts," in the anthology 2113: STORIES INSPIRED BY THE MUSIC OF RUSH (edited by Kevin J. Anderson), and "Midnight Rider," in the horror-fantasy anthology OUT OF TUNE, Vol. 2 (edited by Jonathan Maberry).

Coming in 2017 from Tor Books will be DARK ARTS, Mack's trilogy of magic-fueled secret-history novels, starting with THE MIDNIGHT FRONT, a World War II-era epic fantasy.

Visit his official website, and follow him on Twitter @DavidAlanMack.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthias Russell on March 29, 2012
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I spent the last several months longing for this book and I was not disappointed in the least. Storming Heaven was the epic conclusion that such an epic series deserved. Vanguard hasn't merely been good Star Trek, it has been good science fiction; beyond even being a work of science fiction, it has been a wonderful story about consequences and redemption that kept me reading for the characters as much as the story itself.

I think what I enjoyed most about this conclusion is that although most characters got what they deserved, some of the wonderfully developed good guys met undeserved tragic ends. I've read many books where authors won't kill off beloved characters out of what I imagine to be emotional attachment or a desire to use them again. However, in Storming Heaven I was grateful for the realism of heroic characters dying while doing heroic things with one in particular dying alongside those he was attempting to save thus making a worthless sacrifice. As saddened as I was by that particular loss, I was struck by the realism of soldiers who sometimes die knowing their nobility was in vain. In fact, I was shocked that more key characters didn't die.

Another highlight about Storming Heaven was the moral conundrum between Dr Marcus, Ming Xiong and their Vault colleagues. I was struck, not only by how well the issues about enslavement, incarceration without trial, and weapons of mass destruction were executed, but also how relevant these topics are to readers. David Mack made me think about my stance in regards to these issues, especially with Carol Marcus' statement, "Inside every cynic is a disappointed idealist."

David Mack's action sequences didn't disappoint, as usual.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Wood on April 12, 2012
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"Vanguard: Storming Heaven" is the eighth and final book (seven novels and a collection of short stories) set in the period of the original Star Trek about a Federation space station in the mysterious Taurus Reach far beyond the Federation's boundaries. The series has been fascinating, and has suffered only because of the lengthy period between publication (on the average about a year between books, in one case almost two years).

This has had the drawback of making it difficult to remember the story arc when a new book arrives. Fortunately the concluding novel fills in a lot of information right at the start, easing that problem.

Another difficulty is anachronism, if the Taurus Reach is so important, why no mentions of it in other Star Trek offerings? This book also mitigates that unavoidable weakness. A handful of previous Star Trek characters have been in the series, and more are in the final book. Carol Marcus, former lover of Captain James Kirk, and whose research plays a pivotable role in the film "The Wrath of Khan", is not only in both of the final two books, we learn exactly how she ended up on the research station where Khan tried to steal her work. There's even an explanation for why the planet Khan was stranded on by Kirk in the original series episode "Space Seed" suffered a disaster.

Best of all, Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise play small but important roles in the final days of the Vanguard station.

It's sad this series couldn't just continue forever, but if it had to end, "Storming Heaven" is a good ending.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amish Dude on April 4, 2012
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Let me start out by saying this is my first ever review on amazon. This is the first time I have felt the need to do so. I picked up Harbinger when it was first released, hoping for a descent TOS story featuring the crew of the Enterprise. I enjoy the it immensely, as it felt like a breath of fresh air that Trek literature tremendously needed. My initial disappointment in the fairly small role the Enterprise crew played in the first novel was fleeting as I began to feel a connection to the characters in the story that I rarely felt in other ST literature. I have enjoyed every Star Trek Vanguard release, and while some were stronger than others, I felt it was, and still is the best Star Trek literature on the market (along with various other David Mack novels/series). That being said - the ending to this book, this series, was one of the most pulse pounding, moving, and satisfying conclusions to any series I have ever read or watched. Maybe my opinion of it is so high to to my abject disappoint over the conclusion of the sci-fi video game franchise Mass Effect. Whether that is a factor in my utter adoration of this finale or not, I cannot recommend this series highly enough to any Star Trek fan or individual interested in an epic, character driven space opera with its fair share of everything that makes science fiction great. Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and David Mack, and Marco Palmieri have outdone themselves. Thank you, gentlemen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Keegan on May 25, 2012
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This is the final volume of the Star Trek: Vanguard miniseries, which has taken quite some time to see its conclusion. It's hard to believe that there were only eight main titles in the series, and that the story as a whole managed to remain relatively tight and self-contained. There's no doubt that this is the definitive ending to the saga, and it unspools at a blistering pace.

I look back fondly on the Deep Space Nine: Season 8 series of books, and when it was clear that the momentum of "Season 9" was never going to be maintained, leaving a ton of unresolved plot threads, I was wary of any future long-form plans from the Star Trek novel line. Even New Frontier could end up being incomplete, at this rate. So the notion of Vanguard as a concept was very intriguing. That it was, tonally, "Deep Space Nine in the time period of the Original Series" only made it better. This was dark, gritty Trek at its best.

Because most of the characters were specific to this setting, and events took place on the periphery of the Federation, the writers were able to take chances with the main characters and change up the status quo in realistic ways. Few characters were safe on any level, physical or otherwise, so there was never a sense that everything would simply work itself out. That made this final novel all the more thrilling; choices had ever-escalating consequences, and there was no reason to think the author would be pulling punches. I was genuinely shocked over the fate of some of the characters I had grown to love.

I also enjoyed how well this series fed into the existing continuity.
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