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Vanguard: Storming Heaven (Star Trek: Vanguard Book 8) Kindle Edition
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I have given up on following the Trek books with the TV characters in them. The characters can't live or die or go through major career or life changes any more. They have to be static and consistent to sell action figures and toys. Vanguard has a distinct, beginning, middle and end.
That's something your not going to have in Star Trek fiction.
David Mack brought a new dimension to this series that he can't with the franchise based characters. If you want something very different, read this book ! You won't find Kirk, Spock or McCoy going through the profound changes these characters experience.
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.