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Harbinger by David Mack
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Feb 03, 13

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Harbinger introduces Starbase 47 (known as Vanguard) and the Taurus Reach, a region of space desired by the Federation, the Tholian Assembly, and the Klingon Empire. The story revolves around the Federation trying to quietly execute their secret plan for the Taurus Reach, which proves difficult when unexpected losses occur. Only some of the closely-guarded secrets come to light in the novel. You can tell that there is more hidden that hasn't been disclosed to the reader.

A whole new set of characters is introduced here. The main characters have more varied backgrounds than those in Deep Space Nine. There are a few Starfleet officers, a lawyer, a journalist, and a few people with questionable backgrounds. Some of the main characters face tough circumstances, like grief and the consequences of cheating on your spouse. There are plenty of options for interpersonal stories in the later novels.

Harbinger is well-written, fast-paced and easy to read. In the end, the immediate crisis is resolved, but the much larger picture is still foggy. The conclusion is satisfying enough, but this book was clearly written with sequels in mind.
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