- Taschenbuch: 432 Seiten
- Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek; Auflage: Pocket Books Pbk. Ed (27. Juni 2006)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1416524002
- ISBN-13: 978-1416524007
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 535.919 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Star Trek: Vanguard #2: Summon the Thunder (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Juni 2006
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The Taurus Reach: a remote interstellar expanse that holds a very old and potentially cataclysmic secret, the truth of which is feared by the Tholians, coveted by the Klingons, and dubiously guarded by the Federation. At the centre of this intrigue is Vanguard, a Federation starbase populated by an eclectic mix of Starfleet officers and civilians whose lives are forever altered as they explore the layers of mystery surrounding the Reach and steadily peel them away...But deep within the Taurus Reach, an ancient and powerful alien mind has awakened prematurely from aeons of hibernation, alerted to the upstart civilisations now daring to encroach upon the worlds in her care. With the stakes for all sides escalating rapidly, the alien lashes out with deadly force against the interlopers, propelling the Vanguard crew on a desperate race to understand the nature of the attacker and to prevent the Taurus Reach from becoming a war zone.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
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’ first three Star Trek: Strange New Worlds anthologies. He is the author of dozens of Star Trek novels, many written in collaboration with coauthor Kevin Dilmore. He recently penned a tie-in to the cult classic television series The 4400, and is currently at work on a new Star Trek novel to be released in Fall 2010.
Though he currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Michi, he is a Florida native and still maintains a torrid long-distance romance with his beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Readers interested in contacting Dayton or learning more about his writing, or who simply need proof that their website is cooler and better looking, are encouraged to venture to his Internet cobweb collection at www.daytonward.com.
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.
Und so fliegen immer wieder Raumschiffe der Klingonen und der Föderation neue Planeten an, auf denen sich zum Teil überaus seltsame und sehr alte Einrichtungen befinden. Beide Seiten sind daran interessiert, heraus zu bekommen, was es mit diesen Einrichtungen auf sich hat und auf einer föderalen Kolonie führt dies zum Verlust einiger Mannschaftsmitglieder eines Raumschiffs und fast aller Kolonisten. Den Klingonen gelingt es, sich ein besser zu wehren, was zwar ihr Schiff rettet, dafür aber den fraglichen Planeten als Trümmerhaufen hinterlässt.
Neben der Raumfahrtshandlungen gibt es an Bord der Vanguard-Station immer wieder wichtige diplomatische und politische Auseinandersetzungen, wobei sich die Klingonen zum Teil von einer eher überraschenden Seite zeigen.
Und es begegnen uns Quinn und sein neuer Reporterfreund wieder, die als Doppelagenten der Orioner und des Geheimdiensts StarFleets auftreten müssen.
Sehr spannend und unterhaltsam.
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There's nothing galaxy-shattering here in terms of plot, characterization, or anything else, but THUNDER is still a satisfying read and a solid follow-up to HARBINGER.
Plotwise, THUNDER deepens the mystery of the "meta-genome" introduced in HARBINGER. What is the purpose of this big hunk of genetic material, and where did it come from? We learned in HARBINGER that some of the worlds in the Taurus Reach were populated with the enigmatic ruins of alien machines, that when activated those machines had a strange effect on Tholians, and that the alien race that created those machines is not entirely extinct. In THUNDER, the Shedai Wanderer (as she is called) begins to make her presence felt, going so far as to destroy a planet. Her efforts to protect the Shedai legacy, however, inadvertently help the Federation in its quest to understand the "meta-genome" and the artifacts they've left. At the same time, a sole Romulan warbird has, without really trying, managed to bring the Tholians and Klingons to the brink of war. In other words, things are heating up in the Taurus Reach.
All of the characters introduced in HARBINGER continue to play important roles in THUNDER, from the happy-go-lucky drunk Cervantes Quinn, to the diplomatically challenged super-nerd Ming Xiong, the self-important Rigellian Ambassador Jetanian, the tragically conflicted Vulcan security officer T'Prynn, the duplicitous Klingon spy Anna Sandesjo, and the quick-tempered commanding office Commodore Reyes.
If only the third volume in the series, REAP THE WHIRLWIND, wasn't out of stock and selling for $70 used! (You can buy electronic copies for around $10, however, e.g., for Kindle.)
After averting certain war with the Tholian Assembly, for their actions which destroyed both a Star Fleet starship and colony/base, the Federation continues to try to figure out the mysteries within the Taurus Reach. Having found another alien complex on another planet, Lt. Ming Xoing inadvertently re-activates an ancient defense with disastrous consequences. The Tholians seem to know something, but refuse to let the Federation or the Klingons know what is happening. A new player has started to look into the happenings within the Taurus Reach.
This book is a very good sequel to `Summon the Thunder' by David Mack. Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore are able to balance and track multiple sub-plots. The beginning of the book moves slowly, but the pace speeds up as the threads come together. More questions are posed that answered, which makes the reader thirsty for the next installment within the `Star Trek: Vanguard' series. The only negative I had while reading was the large number of clarifications--which seem to have been added in unneeded places--within the narrative. There may be several within a single paragraph, which would interrupt the flow.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the other books of the `Star Trek: Vanguard' series, as well as readers of the `Star Trek' setting and other shared Science Fiction settings. I would also recommend this book to readers of general Science Fiction, looking for a new view on Science Fiction story telling.
The `Star Trek: Vanguard' series is an excellent place for a reader to begin their journey into the `Star Trek' setting, since the stories take place in a localized area and do not require pre-knowledge about the `Star Trek' setting to enjoy.
A Note to Readers new to Star Trek: Like most shared settings, especially those stemming from gaming or other media types, the `Star Trek' books are written with the assumption that the reader has some familiarity with the `Star Trek' setting. Since Star Trek has been around and part of the world culture for over 40 years, most readers interested in a book set within the `Star Trek' universe will have some familiarity with the setting. It is important to note that the books set within the `Star Trek' universe do tend to be a bit grittier then the TV series or movies. As a reader reads more books in the `Star Trek' setting, they will become more familiar with the world and its inhabitants, making the experience more pleasant.