- Taschenbuch: 400 Seiten
- Verlag: Pocket Books/Star Trek (28. Juni 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1451606915
- ISBN-13: 978-1451606911
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,6 x 2,8 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 492.598 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Vanguard: Declassified (Star Trek: The Original Series, Band 6) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Juni 2011
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David Mack is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure, including the Star Trek Destiny and Cold Equations trilogies. His writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, and comic books. He resides in New York City.
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All the stories are quite interesting and give more background or bring the VANGUARD-saga a bit more along. All the writers are old hands at ST and it certainly shows - as it shows, that they coordinated the contents of their stories. Quite satisfying, all in all.
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"Almost Tomorrow" by Dayton Ward tells the story of how T'Prynn found out Sandesjo was a spy. The story is quite boring, and tells us nothing we don't already know. It can probably be skipped in its entirety. (3/5)
"Hard News" by Kevin Dilmore is a first-person novella that tracks Tim Pennington in the wake of his news releases. I was expecting to hate the story, but I came away quite liking it. (5/5)
"The Ruins of Noble Men" by Marco Palmieri is a story about evacuating a settlement on the far-reaches of the Taurus Reach. It flashes back to a story regarding a different evacuation involving then-Captain Reyes. The main storyline is a bit dry, but the flashback is pretty darn interesting. (4/5)
"The Stars Look Down" by David Mack continues the main Vanguard storyline. It is an exceptional story, not to be missed. (5/5)
Dayton Ward's well-written prequel "Almost Tomorrow" does much to not only introduce a new reader into the series and its characters (all of whom he has a wonderful grasp on - especially Commodore Reyes), but also into the station and the secrets it holds, without spoiling any of the intrigue from the first 5 full-length books. Of course, it also didn't hurt that a lot of the story got to focus on the U.S.S. Sagittarius and her incredible crew. Captain Nassir and Commodore Reyes have to fight for my heart I'm afraid!
While another reviewer seemed to have trouble with Kevin Dilmore's effort "Hard News" it is, in my opinion, simply his finest work to date. It is an incredible and at times painful tale of a character that is very, very human and one of which I was never particularly fond. The story is a brilliant bit of "missing piece" story-telling, taking place between two of the books in the timeline. It is also a rare 1st person tale that we don't often get in Trek books for obvious reasons. Dilmore made me love a character that I was put-off of in the first novel and that it no easy task.
My happiest surprise was Marco Palmieri's first and only contribution to the series. "The Ruins of Noble Men" became my favorite of the book and also provided me with my favorite line from the book. It was expertly crafted, and although the chapters bounce between both time and central characters, I never lost my way.
And finally in "The Stars Look Down" David Mack once again shows off why he carries the reputation that he does. He fears almost nothing. The final tale in the book revolves around his favorite character and it shows. Mack gives Cervantes Quinn his Don Quixote soul and never, ever apologizes for it. He's probably the most heart-breaking character in Trek to date.
It's strange - sometimes I think the Trek authors are better at, and I get more out of, the shorter character studies than in full-length novels. Also, it's at times when I read books like this that I wonder whether younger readers would ever really "get" the meat of the author's tales. Several times the books hit me hard emotionally and I had to wonder if it was because I might be a bit "longer in the tooth" than the average Trek reader. I'm not sure. All I know is that I'm okay with that.
All in all, Declassified is a perfect sampling of why the Vanguard series may be the best Trek series ever written and published. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
"Almost Tomorrow" focuses more on Ambassador Jetanien and "behind-the-scenes" diplomacy than anything else ... but touches upon almost every major character in some way, revealing the 'why' of some actions taken.
"Hard News" has Tim Pennington as the central character, with relationships between Cervantes Quinn, Diego Reyes, T'Prynn and the reporter ... and the reporter's editor ... as the central theme.
"The Ruins of Nobel Men" has Diego Reyes in the spotlight, elaborating on the nodes shared with Rana Desai, Ezekiel Fisher and Hallie Gannon, back-tracking to 2259, when it was Captain Diego Reyes.
"The Stars Look Down" is a Bridy Mac and Cervantes Quinn epic, with Ming Xiong largely in the role of an observer. It supports Quinn's actions in the next two novels.