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  • Taschenbuch: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: Original (24. November 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1439130116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439130117
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,2 x 12,5 x 2,3 cm
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David Mack is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Road of Bones, 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. Recent novels include The 4400: Promises Broken, Star Trek Vanguard: Precipice, and an expanded edition of his Mirror Universe tale The Sorrows of Empire. Mack has been to shows in every Rush concert tour since 1982, and he finally met two-thirds of the band in 2007. He currently resides in New York City.

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January 3, 2267

Disruptor pulses thundered against the unshielded hull of the Starfleet transport U.S.S. Nowlan.

On the Nowlan's bridge, Diego Reyes clenched his jaw and winced. The forward bulkhead blasted inward. Reyes ducked behind the command chair as shrapnel flew past and pattered to the deck around him. Fine, metallic dust rained down on his shoulders and into his thinning steel-gray hair.

He looked up from behind the chair and peered through bitter smoke to see the ship's commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Brandon Easton, lying on the deck, his gold uniform tunic torn by jagged bits of metal and stained heavily with blood. The dull, unfixed quality of Easton's stare was one Reyes had seen far too many times: the man was dead.

Reyes looked aft for Lieutenant Ket, the Bolian security officer who had escorted him from the brig to the bridge minutes earlier. To his dismay, Ket was also gone, the victim of a wedge of duranium lodged in his left temple.

At the forward console, two figures stirred.

The first was the female human navigator and helm officer. She had been lying on the floor, apparently stunned rather than dead. Lucky gal, mused Reyes. If she'd been on her feet, she'd have a faceful of shrapnel right now. Sitting up from behind the flickering console, which housed the helm and navigator's station on the left and the sensor controls on the right, was the sensor officer, a human man with crew-cut blond hair.

The two shaken officers, both dressed in black trousers and gold command shirts with lieutenant stripes on their cuffs, looked at Reyes with desperate expressions. "Sir?" said the woman, pushing her curly brown hair from her eyes. "What do we do?"

Years of command experience snapped Reyes into action. He nodded at the two officers. "Take your posts." He brushed the grit from the seat of the command chair, then settled into it. "What're your names, lieutenants?"

"Paul Sniadach."

"Bronwen Hodgkinson."

For a moment, Reyes almost forgot that just five weeks earlier he had been convicted in a Starfleet court-martial, stripped of his rank, and sentenced to ten years in a penal colony. All it had taken was a surprise attack by an unidentified and heavily armed pirate vessel to remind him of who he'd been before being branded a criminal:

A starship captain. A flag officer. A leader.

"Hodgkinson, set an evasion course, full impulse. Sniadach, find that ship, and get the shields back up."

"Course set," Hodgkinson replied. "Engines not responding."

Sniadach coaxed his stuttering, half-shorted-out panel back into service. "Hostile vessel bearing one-three-eight-mark-seventeen, coming about at quarter impulse."

Reyes thumbed a comm switch on the armrest of his chair. "Bridge to engineering! We need aft shields! Respond!"

Static was all he heard over the open audio circuit. Engineering had been one of the first sections hit, and a coolant leak had likely forced a temporary evacuation of the deck while the crew struggled into environment suits.

"The enemy vessel is scanning us," Sniadach said. "Closing to ten thousand kilometers." Swiveling his chair to face Reyes, he added with surprise, "They're powering down their weapons."

"Are they hailing us?"

"No, sir," Sniadach said, checking his console.

"Just like pirates," Reyes said with disdain. "They don't even have the courtesy to tell us we're being boarded." He got up from his chair -- and belatedly remembered it wasn't really his chair. "Prepare to repel boarders," he said, grateful they weren't facing the Klingons, who'd put a price on his head after the Gamma Tauri fiasco. He kneeled beside the slain Lieutenant Ket and took the security officer's phaser from his belt. "Arm yourselves. We're about to have company."

Hodgkinson got up and sprinted to a panel on the port bulkhead. She opened it, revealing four phasers. The brunette took one for herself and lobbed another to Sniadach.

Reyes adjusted the setting of his weapon. "Heavy stun," he said. "Let's not go blowing holes in our own ship."

His order received overlapping replies of "Aye, sir."

An alert tone beeped twice on the sensor console. Sniadach glanced down at the board and confirmed Reyes's suspicion. "Transporter signals," the lieutenant said. "All decks."

"Here they come," Hodgkinson said, readying her phaser. Sniadach did the same as Reyes stepped back between them to form a skirmish line.

A low, eerily musical drone emanated from the aft section of the cramped compartment. A few meters in front of the two Starfleet officers and their prisoner-turned-commander, a compact shape sparkled into view.

It was a fat cylinder about as long as Reyes's hand.

"Down!" shouted Reyes, anticipating the worst.

They ducked behind the forward console. The transporter effect faded, and silence fell upon the bridge.

Then came the soft hiss of gas spewing into the air.

Pale blue mist jetted from one end of the canister and swiftly filled the command deck.

Sprinting toward the emergency equipment, Reyes snapped, "Oxygen masks!"

Hodgkinson and Sniadach were close behind him.

Reyes felt as if he were running on rubber legs. His head spun and his stomach heaved. He pitched forward to the deck. The masks were only a meter away but behind a panel at waist height and out of his reach. He struggled to pull himself forward, but his eyes crossed against his will and left him seeing the world as if through a kaleidoscope.

All his strength ebbed at once, and he collapsed to the deck, rolling onto his back as he fell.

Once more the unearthly siren song of a transporter rang in his ears. Reyes saw several figures dressed in environment suits -- or was it one figure multiplied by his blurred vision? -- materialize on the bridge. No, it was more than one person; they weren't all moving the same way...

One of them checked a scanner and pointed at Reyes.

Another one leveled a disruptor at Sniadach and shot him in the back of the head, bathing the bridge in crimson light. Then he dispatched Hodgkinson with the same cold precision, another ruby flash illuminating an innocent woman's execution.

Two other intruders kneeled beside Reyes. One pressed a hypospray to Reyes's neck.

As his vision dimmed and his hearing dulled, Reyes reflected bitterly that he should have expected something like this. Ten years in prison? I knew I'd never get off that easy.

He gave up his breath and sank into darkness.

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Die Operation Vanguard steht am Abgrund. Sie hat nicht nur mehrere ihrer zentralen Offiziere verloren. Seitdem das Geheimnis um die Taurus-Ausdehnung keines mehr ist, wetteifern Tholianer, vor allem aber Klingonen, unverhohlen aggressiv mit der Föderation um den Raumsektor. Ein regelrechter Expansionsrausch ist ausgebrochen, mit dem Ziel jeder Seite, sich möglichst viele Fragmente des Taurus-Metagenoms einzuverleiben. Exempel sind bereits statuiert worden: Richtig zusammengesetzt, könnte eine unglaublich machtvolle Waffe aus den DNA-Fragmenten geschmiedet werden.

Angesichts der erhitzten Lage, die in absehbarer Zeit zu einem grenzenlosen Mehrfrontenkrieg führen könnte, steht Vanguard-Station unmittelbar vor einer Katastrophe: Vor allem die neuerliche Ausdehnung der Klingonen droht sämtliche Versorgungslinien in die Föderation abzuschneiden. Damit besteht die reelle Gefahr, dass die Sternenflotte schon bald nicht mehr am ,Great Game' um die Taurus-Ausdehnung partizipieren kann und die Situation noch weiter außer Kontrolle gerät.

Inmitten dieses Unheils ist Diego Reyes nicht mehr länger Teil des Vanguard-Projekts. Wurde er im letzten Band, Open Secrets, angesichts seiner fragwürdigen Entscheidungen in Reap the Whirlwind vor ein Militärtribunal gestellt und verurteilt, befindet er sich nun auf dem Weg zur Erde, um dort eine lebenslange Haftstrafe zu verbüßen. Doch das kleine Schiff, das ihn in die Föderation zurückbringt, bekommt, bevor es die Taurus-Ausdehnung überhaupt verlassen kann, unerwartete Gesellschaft. Orionische Piraten greifen an und machen kurzen Prozess mit der Korvette. Nur Reyes wird verschont und von den Unbekannten entführt.
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The plot thickens in the quadrant as Quinn Cervantes becomes a StarFleet-Intelligence operative, Commodore Reyes is sentenced to prison camp and abducted in transit and T'Prynn goes AWOL on Vulcan before StarFleet can ask her some important questions.
At the same time Dr. carol Marcus works on VANGUARD-station on a new Shedai-artefact and finds it to be far more dangerous than anybody had suspected.
A fast story told on several plot-lines that at the end has an INDIANA-JONES-like showdown. I was highly entertained and am quite curious how it will go on.
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Vanguard is the best Trek out there, in book form 2. Dezember 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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Wow. The best ST Novel in a long time 25. November 2009
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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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Best Vanguard Book Yet 9. Dezember 2009
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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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Better than its predecessor 5. Dezember 2009
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In David Mack's STAR TREK: VANGUARD: PRECIPICE, the struggle between the Federation, Klingons, Tholians, and Shedai for dominance over the mysterious Taurus Reach continues. The action is carried mainly by two unlikely couples: The first pair is skeezy trader Cervantes Quinn and former Sagittarius crew member Bridy Mac (Bridget McClellan), who have been tasked by Starfleet Intelligence to conduct a low-key search for Shedai artifacts. Quinn surprises everyone with an unexpected transformation from Cyrano Jones to Lawrence of Arabia, as he and Bridy Mac help a world resist Klingon occupation. The second pair is journalist Tim Pennington and AWOL security officer T'Prynn, who join together to resurrect T'Prynn's Starfleet career by sneaking off Vulcan and performing Good Works.

PRECIPICE has other surprises in store, including the not-dead-yet status of a character previously thought lost in space. It also features several secondary stories, including a determined effort by Councillor Gorkon--who we've seen on screen in "Star Trek VI" as Chancellor Gorkon--to find a path to peace; a new Ming Xiong discovery about artifacts associated with the Shedai; a dogged Starfleet criminal investigation that reveals ties between the Orions and the Klingons; and a new romance for JAG lawyer Rana Desai.

Nothing really grand happens in PRECIPICE, but that's OK. The novel is filled with enough action, intrigue, humor, and unexpected twists to make it an enjoyable read and a definite improvement on its tedious predecessor, OPEN SECRETS. It advances the Operation Vanguard story arc just a little, meaning that there are likely to be several more novels in the series, but few readers who've read this far into the series will be disappointed.

P.S. The VANGUARD authors have been dropping hints about the advent of the Organian Peace Treaty, which was forced on the Federation and the Klingons on Stardate 3198.4, shortly before the conclusion of PRECIPICE. While it's nice that the Trek gods thought to incorporate this important event into the VANGUARD story, they really don't do anything much with it, which is disappointing.
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Mack reenergizes Vanguard 28. November 2009
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The last Vanguard book, "Open Secrets", left some characters in seemingly irresolvable situations. New characters were even introduced to replace them. Was the series moving on? Could the lives of the players we grew to love in the early books be salvaged from the inextricable boxes they'd been written into? I won't ruin anything with an answer, but only say it was handled much better than I thought it would be. Even the potentially disastrous wild pass Ward threw at the end of OS gets pulled in for a 60-yard gain by David Mack.

The story is fast paced with plenty of action, stylistically hearkening to "Reap the Whirlwind". At 330 pages it's also the shortest Vanguard book, making a pretty quick read. For a series that felt spent after book 3, book 5 makes everything feel fresh.

If you love the Trek universe and don't need Kirk, Picard or other onscreen personages to carry you, this is the series to be reading. Although it's always best to start with the first book in a series, I'd say it's ok to start here if you wanted to. This one's engaging with much that's new or easy to pick up on, and any info needed from prior books is effortlessly woven into the story.
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