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Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come [Kindle Edition]

Dayton Ward , Kevin Dilmore
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Operation Vanguard has risked countless lives and sacrificed entire worlds to unlock the secrets of the Shedai, an extinct alien civilization whose technology can shape the future of the galaxy. Now, Starfleet’s efforts have roused the vengeful Shedai from their aeons of slumber. As the Taurus Reach erupts with violence, hundreds of light-years away, on “The Planet of Galactic Peace,” Ambassador Jetanien and his counterparts from the Klingon and Romulan empires struggle to avert war by any means necessary. But Jetanien discovers their mission may have been designed to fail all along . . . Meanwhile, living in exile on an Orion ship is the one man who can help Starfleet find an ancient weapon that can stop the Shedai: Vanguard’s former commanding officer, Diego Reyes.


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About the Author

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’s first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of dozens of Star Trek novels, many written in collaboration with co-author Kevin Dilmore. He recently penned a tie-in to the cult classic television series The 4400. Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Visit his website at

Still reeling from the knowledge that Star Trek was a live-action series before it was a Saturday-morning cartoon, KEVIN DILMORE is continually grateful for his professional involvement on the fiction and the non-fiction sides of the Star Trek universe for nearly a decade. Since 1997, he has been a contributing writer to Star Trek Communicator, penning news stories and personality profiles for the bimonthly publication of the Official Star Trek Fan Club. He has written for magazines including Amazing Stories, Star Wars Kids and FLIcK. Kevin’s interviews with some of Star Trek’s most popular authors appear in volumes of the Star Trek Signature Editions, published by Pocket Books. On the fictional side of things, his short stories include "The Road to Edos" in the Star Trek: New Frontier anthology No Limits and "Home on the Strange," the first installment of Reality Cops: The Continuing Adventures of Vale and Mist for Phobos Books. With Dayton Ward, he has written the Star Trek: The Next Generation novels A Time to Sow and A Time to Harvest, a story for the anthology Star Trek: Tales of the Dominion War, eight installments of the continuing e-book series Star Trek: S.C.E. and the short story "Enemy Unknown!" for Rocket League—The Thrilling Roleplaying Game by Playus Maximus. Kevin lives in Kansas City, MO.

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  • File Size: 1476 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Original edition (September 27, 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004QWZ5P8
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanguard is like crack. October 12, 2011
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I DEVOURED this book in two sittings in two days.

Things are really coming to a head for the cast of SB47. Ward and Dilmore artfully and seamlessly coax the reader through what could have been a mess of sub-plots. But the book reads as a mental television show and you find yourself grateful there are no commercials which would hold you back from the characters you've grown to love.

I am shattered that there is only one book left in this series. This is one good thing that shouldn't come to an end. :P
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Calm Before the Storm October 4, 2011
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This was definitely a "wrapping it up" story filled with the end of some characters with the endgame of others decidedly marked.

For the most part, the book lacked major epic events with the action sequences on the Omari-Ekron and Lovell the only parts that REALLY got my blood going. Though this wasn't the typical Vanguard thrill ride, What Judgments Come was still filled with excellent story and character interactions that managed to stir my emotions. I've enjoyed how every Vanguard novel raises the bar for the next with an astounding cliffhanger. Though WJC didn't end with one of these jaw-dropping cliffhangers it did thoroughly whet my appetite for the coming series finale.

This book did a great job doing what the episode's leading up to DS9's finale did- giving the series a much needed calm before the storm providing fans valuable insights into key characters and leaving them feeling fulfilled for the time they spent in the series.

Top notch story telling. The Vanguard guys have truly made a trek treasure in this series with Ward and Dilmore contributing a shining jewel with What Judgments Come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Gets Better and Better December 19, 2011
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The only thing bad about the Star Trek:Vanguard is that apparently the series is coming to and end in the very near future (2012). This is a loss both for Trek fans and good science fiction/space opera fans in general because the series has been outstanding. This piece of the story starts the rapid process of combining the various portions of the Vanguard storyline and focusing them in preparation for the final novel to come. The resolution of the fate of former Vanguard commanding officer Diego Reyes was particularly well done.

Vanguard would make a great basis for a Star Trek television series set in the original series era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't add to the series. February 10, 2013
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Story seemed disconnected from the rest of the series to me somehow. I found it very predicable and the whole side story about the Defiant was little more than nostalgic filler for me. I didn't feel that it advanced the story at all.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish this one. March 21, 2012
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I ripped through the series, until I hit this book. I don't know why but for this book the authors decided to simply kill off characters, remove them from the station, etc with only slight references to "oh yeah it's a bummer that person is dead." Eventually I'm sure it's explained but the first 20% of the book are so terrible to slog through you just stop trying. It shouldn't be that hard especially this far into a series, to get to know characters and follow the plot.

The reader is left wondering (as I did) if they missed a book. It was far too jarring, and killed the fun and excitement of the series for me. I had to put the book down (or rather archive it, as it's on my Kindle) and find other things to read.

Maybe someday when I've exhausted my library I'll come back and finish the series, but for me it ended with the previous book.
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I've read all the Vanguard books up to this one. The basic plot of the story is good though not original. Star Fleet is running around looking for ancient alien artifacts in its quest to fight the Klingons and Tholians. If you think it sounds a bit like Stargate SG1 or any other SciFi story where ancient alien artifacts are used then you would not be incorrect. That is pretty much what it is.

Characters development was good in the first 2 books of the series but over time I started to actually dislike the characters. I don't believe that was the authors' intention. Many of them changed and in ways that didn't seem "normal". Starfleet career officers just sort of going off the deep end. Drunken pilots becoming sober and almost heroic only to go back to the bottle over one person dying.

By the end of this book I've started rooting for the Klingons.

However my biggest complaint is that the author(s) tend to spend a great deal of time rehashing over and over what happened in previous books (or previous chapters). I wonder if they get paid by the word for I've had to skip 4-5 pages of just rehashing what I already know. It slows down what has already become a very slow story and they seem to be milking this story line into so many books when 3 solidly written books would have sufficed.

If you decide to read this series read the first 2-3 in the series and then call it a day. All the books afterwards are virtually pointless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues. June 12, 2014
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Almost done with the series, can hardly wait to read the last books. Once again this book series should of been a tv show. Human and alien drama at its best. I still love how they continue honoring the old series, and the movies that followed. If you are not a fan of Star Trek you won't recognize some of the past and future story lines that will be in the original show and at lest five movies. This book series is a great homage to Star Trek and I can hardly wait to finish the Vanguard series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend the Vanguard series
I highly recommend the Vanguard series. If you love Star Trek or enjoy a good space romp, these books are for you.
Published 28 days ago by T.L.
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointing...
Vanguard had easily become my favorite Star Trek series, a ST. For grown-ups, it dealt with adult situations and more mature themes. Read more
Published 6 months ago by P. Scroggins
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
Not as exciting or action packed as other Vanguard books, but it had its moments and answered some important questions.
Now, I need more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mari B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great.
This is the second-to-last book in the series, and it's a pretty good read. I don't much care for the frame story format, but other than that it had very little to be said against... Read more
Published 10 months ago by James Yanni
5.0 out of 5 stars product review
All products selected, functioned as advertised. The only concern I experienced was with the USED paperback novels. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mark Anthony Watt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book in the series
I am the first to admit, I am a Star Trek junkie. Love this series and really enjoyed this book. For fans of the Vanguard Series... enjoy!
Published 18 months ago by B. D. Lupo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast Read!!!
Great storyline and fast paced drama

Highly recommended to all my "Kirk  / Spock / McCoy" era Star Trek fans
Published 22 months ago by Ricki Conley
5.0 out of 5 stars End of Vanguard
What a terrific end to the series. Everything was well thought-out and plotted, and the writing was superb. Hated to see it come to an end, but they did it the right way.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

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:

When I'm not writing, I'm a software developer, 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.


Though I've written a few 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 are for you to decide.

Though I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, fate and circumstances have seen to it that my wife 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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