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Storming Heaven

(Star Trek: Vanguard #8)

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4.25  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  33 reviews
“I WAS THERE UNTIL THE END, MATE. THE BITTER, BLOODY END.”

Vanguard is under siege. Surrounded by enemies, Admiral Nogura sends the scout ship Sagittarius to find an ancient weapon that might be the Federation’s only hope of stopping the alien threat known as the Shedai . . . Qo’noS is wracked by scandal. Councillor Gorkon fights to expose a Romulan plot to corrupt members

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Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published (first published April 2012)
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Terence
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ST novel fans; Mack fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy, star-trek
Storming Heaven is a reasonably satisfactory conclusion to the “Star Trek: Vanguard” series, and – as usual – it’s largely due to Mack’s skill as a writer and his ability to weave a skein of disparate threads into a solid piece of cloth. Not another Bayeux tapestry, perhaps, but definitely a well stitched T-shirt that won’t fall apart after a few rounds in the washing machine.

I do have two problems with how the series worked out. One is the relegation of Diego Reyes to a passive observer of even
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John Keegan
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is the final volume of the Star Trek: Vanguard miniseries, which has taken quite some time to see its conclusion. It's hard to believe that there were only eight main titles in the series, and that the story as a whole managed to remain relatively tight and self-contained. There's no doubt that this is the definitive ending to the saga, and it unspools at a blistering pace.

I look back fondly on the Deep Space Nine: Season 8 series of books, and when it was clear that the momentum of "Season
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Robert Greenberger
A seven year saga comes to an explosive end. While Dave is known for his pyrotechnics and earns his nickname as the Angel of Death, there are many lovely, quiet moments here that can be overshadowed. T'Prynn with Spock and T'Prynn with Cervantes Quinn are two such moments and they give the book heart. The Enterprise scenes could have been somewhat better integrated and I don't entirely buy how they managed to entrap such powerful beings as the Shedai but those are quibbles compared with the scal ...more
Victor
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Vanguard concluded in exactly the way I wished it hadn't but expected it would. It features a star-studded deus ex machina, the most blatantly foreshadowed death in the history of the world, and a contrived excuse for none of this showing up in any other Star Trek series.

That being said, I kind of liked this book. It had some good character beats and certainly wrapped up all the disparate plot points. But that's pretty much all it did. The prose is some of the best in the series, but sometimes c
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Dan
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, amazing story. David Mack has managed the almost-impossible. He has crafted a conclusion to an amazing series that is on-par and in some ways even exceeds the quality of the build-up. Highly emotional ending to a series that has brought me great joy to read over the past couple of years.

Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2012/04/s...
Tim Clarke Jr
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: startrek
A tour-de-force planet-killing one of a kind opus like no other. VANGUARD ends as it began: a breakneck pace, twists no one could predict, with characters that epitomize the finest Trek literature has to offer. We are in David Mack's debt for bringing VANGUARD into our world. Kudos to Mack and fellow scribes Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore and their co-conspirator Marco Palmieri for their triumph.
Devario
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride! I've enjoyed Vanguard every step of the way, from the beginning to the bitter, bloody end. Kudos to David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore and Marco Palmieri for this epic Star Trek literary saga. It makes me look at the original series in a whole new light.
Mark
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
An exciting finish to a fascinating series. Oh wait! Is there an epilogue of some kind on the way?
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John Mosman
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the last book in the Star Trek: Vanguard series. This book along with the entire series is well crafted and a great story. What i appreciate is a Star Trek series that had its own characters and not based on the other Star Trek books. Yes, Kirk, his crew and the Enterprise make a few appearances in the series, but mostly the story "off the books" of the regular Star Trek stuff. I wish there was more but the series ends in a convincing manner, no loose ends. Star Trek fans, read the Vangu ...more
Mark Van Rheenen
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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John R. Goyer
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This series just never regained momentum after the 5th or was it the 4th book. Not bad, and I liked it, but I expected so much more - and to have the "surprise" rescue at the end of the book was almost comic...
Brad Harmer-Barnes
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wasn’t expecting much from the Star Trek novels, but this series was absolutely brilliant.
Adam
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A stirring conclusion to one of the best Star Trek series ever written.

Seriously - if you like Star Trek, but have never read any of the novels, I heartily recommend the entire Vanguard series.
Adam
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
I can't recall devouring a Star Trek novel quite so enthusiastically in a long time! I'm still reeling from the last two chapters, my oh my David Mack doesn't pull his punches.

This is science fiction/drama on an epic scale: a clever, well-though out combination of interstellar conflict, less-than-perfect characters, ethics, morality and personal demons. Mack's task certainly wasn't enviable; with such a large cast of primary and supporting characters along with their associated storyarcs, wrappi
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Chris
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
What can I say? I haven't read published Trek licensed fiction since I was a teenager -- for good reason. Most of it is absolutely terrible.

However, Vanguard blows all of that away. It may not be high literature, but for what it is (basically professional fanfic), it is absolutely amazing. The four principle authors of this series have managed to craft deep, evolving original characters that you actually find yourself caring about, which is a feat in a genre dominated by Kirk/Spock slash fiction
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Paul Lunger
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Never before in the history of the Star Trek fiction has a series been given an actual ending & never before has a series gotten quite the attention of the spin off series Star Trek: Vanguard. In "Storming Heaven", David Mack wraps up the story of Vanguard & finishes the concluding chapters of last year's "What Judgements Come". This time we finish the story being told around a visit by Tim Pennington to Diego Reyes & learn exactly how Vanguard ends & the consequences of those ac ...more
Andrew
This is the bitter, bloody end (as Tim Pennington described it at the end of What Judgments Come). All hell breaks loose in the conclusion to the outstanding Vanguard series. As you can see from the cover, Kirk's Enterprise gets thrown into the fray during the long-anticipated Tholian attack.

David Mack wraps things up well. Reyes, T'Prynn, Pennington, Quinn, Xiong, Fisher, and Carol Marcus all receive enough time here. That doesn't mean that everyone survives though...

Was reading all eight books
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Jimyanni
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This was, for the most part, a well-written book with good pacing, characterizations, and plot. I dock it one star for a HUGE hole in the plot: if activating the array temporarily incapacitated the Tholians, and that's why they attacked the station, and that attack was so overwhelmingly overpoweing that there was no way to defend against it successfully, nor even to escape it without tremendous loss of life on both sides, why not just activate the array once the Tholians were within easy range, ...more
Amelia
That's now the end of the series. And it finished with a bang. In an interview with David Mack I read that someone told him, that Vanguard is for the Original Series like the new Battlestar Galactica was for the old Battlestar Galactica. Both (TOS and the old BSG) are not as serious as the topic could be, from the view of early 21st century. But the new BSG and also Vanguard brought to the same time and events something real deep.
Vanguard placed to the time where the Klingons are still one of th
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Tom Pintong
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
More like 3 1/2 stars. I really liked the series at the start, but over the course of 8 years, I lost touch with it, and only got the chance to read the last few books in the series now, and I feel like i missed 1-2 others besides. I do like how it tied in really well with episodes in ST:TOS, and I did like the characters of Vanguard. Maybe I will take the time to reread through one day and be able to give a better opinion of the book and the overall series.
Nathan
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overall, I really loved this series. It's a new take on the Original Star Trek, in a sector of space where the happy-go-lucky feel of the Original Series is contrasted with the darker and harder perils of space travel, and in this case, the management of a sector of space like in Deep Space 9. We finally get some more in-depth dealings with the Tholians, who I love as a theory. And one of the other benefits of this series is that they're not afraid to kill of characters.
Glenn Crouch
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This was a worthy conclusion to the Vanguard series - and whilst not really a surprising conclusion, I did appreciate learning more about Gorkon and Chang (from Star Trek VI), and really like how issues from Wrath of Khan were addressed. I've always like continuity and cohesive Universes :)

I think the Enterprise and its well-known characters were used quite appropriately.

So good work by all Authors involved in series :)
Philip McClimon
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Epic!

Others have said this is the most enjoyable set of characters since you he original series. I agree. At first, I was concerned that there was not much focus on Kirk and the others, but as the series progressed I really got in tune with the characters. This final book in this series capped everything off nicely and I was sad to say goodbye to the characters and the story. Epic space opera and awesome story. I could see rereading the whole series again at some point.
Janne
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reluctantly giving this four stars for competent writing, though I do detest books that try to turn the utopian federation into some corrupt dystopia. Let me have my one bright vision for the future, there's plenty of grimdark and evil elsewhere.
Jonathan
Apr 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good ending to the series. All wrapped up, excellent way using the flashbacks. Carol... came off as an idiot. Let me be honest there.
Tom
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was only so-so. All story lines ended rather neatly. No unexpected twists or turns. The most anti-climatic ending I've seen in a long time. A big letdown. Series not recommended.
Takiyah Dudley
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great ending to an interesting series...
Arlomisty
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this whole series... great ending!
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  • Open Secrets (Star Trek: Vanguard, #4)
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