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Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice by [Mack, David]
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About the Author

David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty-five novels, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. He co-developed the acclaimed Star Trek Vanguard series and its sequel, Star Trek: Seekers. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, comic books, computer games, and live theater. He currently resides in New York City.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4135 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (November 19, 2009)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2009
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002PMVQ9K
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,872 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Malcolm on December 1, 2009
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If you have read the first four Vanguard books, you've clearly already ordered this and are loving it, so I'm going to assume you saw this and clicked on it out of idle curiosity because you don't know what Vanguard is.

Well, you're about to be really happy you found this, because you're about to discover the best Trek books made these days... and I don't mean that lightly; Trek novels are the best they've ever been right now. But this series is clearly the cream of the crop.

The series is:

Harbinger (David Mack)
Summon The Thunder (Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore)
Reap The Whirlwind (David Mack)
Open Secrets (Dayton Ward)

and this book here.

This is Trek without rules; Trek that will kill people, fire people, demote people, deeply change people... destroy whole ships or planets or solar systems... surprise you with every twist and turn. It's a Trek that features notable characters completely outside the Trek paradigm (archaeology officers, intelligence operatives, crews of ships that only hold 20 people, mercenaries, reporters, gangsters, you name it). And it's all encompassed in a story that wraps around the TOS mythology, providing alternate perspectives that blend the whole original series together and make the union substantially stronger as a result.

It's awesome. It's like if HBO re-imagined the original Star Trek.

Should you start with this book, though? No. Go buy Harbinger, and experience this ride from the beginning. You'll be glad you did.
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This book starts off great, and gets better. You need to read the first books to appreciate the charaters and story, but all in all, this book is better than the JJ abrams movie that jarred the ST timeline and added a dark chapter earlier this year. Had they let David Mack write and direct the series, Paramount may have salvaged what is left of a very good reputation.

Action, suspence, logic, intrigue...this novel has it all. The best ST book in a long time. Too bad Paramount has so mismanaged this franchise. This is an excellent story and book.
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This is David's best Star Trek book to date and that is saying something because he is an excellent author whos stories never disappoint. Precipice is the latest chapter in the Vanguard series. It is one of those books when you start reading it you dont want to put it down. The plot is excellent and the characterizations are excellent. The book changes from scene to scene with ease and the action is expertly balanced with character development. Much of the book takes place off station. Im being vague because I dont want to give anything away. Its a must read for Star Trek fans. This book is on my top 20 list of favorite Star Trek books. I always know David's books will be a good read & I have never been disappointed. I dont think the average person realizes the time & effort it takes for an author to create a good story. I love to read & I appreciate... all the hard work and long hours authors put in for my enjoyment.
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To date, the Vanguard series has been marked by a vast archaeological and scientific mystery, but as its matured, the implications of the Taurus Reach discoveries have been taking precedent. We saw this in Open Secrets, where the political situation between the Federation and Klingon empires deteriorated to the point of war, and it continues here. Although the setting is the Vanguard series, most of the action takes place off-station following various characters from the series as they work to prevent future catastrophes. Concerned that the Klingons are looking to weaponize the remnants of the Shedai technology, Starfleet is attempting to undermine their efforts through clandestine means. Meanwhile, the disgraced T'Pyrnn has fled Starfleet custody and is hoping to redeem herself by discovering the means with which the Klingons are carrying out their own cloak-and-dagger enterprises against Vanguard. Multiple plotlines converge to great success.

This is a series carried by its strong characters, and that trend continues here -- magnificently. I've been fascinated by the interplay between former intelligent officer T'Pyrnn and her journalistic adversary-turned-ally, Timothy Pennington, and it's done no better than here, where the two cooperate to spy on gangsters and Kingons in hopes to saving Vanguard. Perhaps the finest contributions of this book were the appearance of Gorkon -- a Klingon official whose political views will lead to the greatest peace in the galaxy and his own assassination -- and the reappearance of a Vanguard character thought dead. I'd hoped for for this character's return, and am eagerly looking forward to what becomes of the Vanguard crew in future books.
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I could not quite give this Vanguard installment 5 stars, even though it's written by one of my favorite Star Trek authors. For some inexplicable reason Mack indulged in too much retelling of established Vanguard plot points and character descriptions. Anyone reading this series certainly does not need to have this all rehashed.

That being said, it was still a very good move forward. Some lingering minor plot lines were resolved, and they needed to be. I really like how Quinn's character has been developed as well as Pennington. It truly was difficult to put down this book despite some of the nagging annoyances of the story telling. It's definitely worth a Trek fan's time.
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