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Der Vorbote

(Star Trek: Vanguard #1)

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Die Enterprise startet zu ihrer ersten Mission bei Cross Cult! Nach der historischen ersten Reise an die äußere Grenze der Galaxis: Die U.S.S. Enterprise durchquert unter Captain Kirk die Taurus-Ausdehnung. Das Gebiet ist weitab der Föderationsgrenzen und ungewöhnlich nah an dem Raum der Tholianischen Gemeinschaft. Für eine fremde Weltraumregion hat sich die dort stationie ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published February 11th 2008 by Cross Cult (first published August 2005)
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Rebecca
Well David Mack, you've got something here, but it isn't a novel. Harbinger reads like a fantastic new Star Trek TV pilot. There's plenty to hook viewers - short, punchy scenes, loads of world-building, promising arcs, explosions! And who cares if the story doesn't really hold together. But for 300 pages of print, there are flat out too many original characters introduced to keep track of, let alone care about who is sleeping with whom. (And, yes, they are ALL having illicit affairs. Did I menti ...more
C.T. Phipps
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
http://booknest.eu/reviews/charles/16...

4.5/5

Well, I've decided to pick up David Mack's VANGUARD series after reading watching the latest season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. I really liked his fusion of both the Original Series era with the 2017 CBS series, having only a few seams showing in the resulting stitching up of the two franchise sections. So, I was intrigued by the possibilities of a series seemingly based on combining the premise of DS9 (a long-range space station on the frontier of Feder
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Alex
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
I have a bit of a fetish for tie-in novels. I don’t know why, I think that they’re the hardest thing to pull of successfully and generally say as much on every review I write of one. Yet I always get suckered in by the prospect of further adventures of … x character from TV show/movie of the moment. I’ve been a Star Trek:TNG and DS9 fan for as long as I can remember and recently added TOS to the list, so colour me suckered again when I read around some good reviews of this ambitious series, set ...more
Noah Soudrette
Dec 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trek fans, Original Series Fans, Those looking for Trek that's more adult
Shelves: star-trek
This is a really great start to what could be cool new series. Set during the original series era and on a starbase next to the Klingon-Tholian border, we follow a colorful cast of characters through the ups and downs of life on the frontier. Highlights include: Vulcan/Klingon lesbian sex, amazing starship combat, adultery, Kirk, etc. Great stuff.
Thom
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
The first book in a series set in a time very early in Kirk's captaincy of the Enterprise. The action is mostly set in a star base near the Klingon and Tholian border, and this is before the Organian treaty. While I enjoyed many aspects, it didn't all hang together.

The description of a major space battle was excellent. There are a lot of characters, and some of them fairly well drawn. It has a broader gender and species mix than a 60s television show. In fact this book reads like a television pi
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Steve
An interesting tale, not centered on the Enterprise as most of the Star Trek fiction of this time, but still involving them. It spins an compelling story, managing to keep much of it hidden until I had a brainwave in the last half of the book as all of the pieces fell into place. There wasn't really a climax, but since this is book one of nine, I wasn't really expecting one. The epilogue sets things up nicely for the next book in the series.
Brad Harmer-Barnes
I wasn't as blown away or instantly hooked by this as I wanted to be, but I am invested enough to try the next in the series. I think this could be because it feels less like a novel and more like a pilot for a TV series. Not much in and of itself, but the potential is definitely there.
M.R. Bowers
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love DS9, it never quite managed to really evoke the feel of what living on a massive space station would really feel like. Mack accomplishes that and much more here, effortlessly spinning an intricate web of characters whose interactions and relationships to one another fall like dominoes in an increasingly satisfying narrative which, while slightly anti-climactic, is nevertheless a magnificent starting chapter for this new miniseries. Highly recommended.
Piper Harris
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: staaar-trekking
great, though mostly for that scene with the Bombay, for Pennington and Quinn
David King
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Harbinger” by David Mack is the first novel in the Vanguard series, a collection of novels set in the Star Trek Universe around the same time period as the Original Series. This series of novels does not utilise Enterprise or its regular crew beyond the odd cameo, instead it uses a whole new cast of characters and is set on Starbase 47 aka Vanguard.

Anyway, the events of this novel take placed just after the TOS Episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and features the Enterprise heading to Starba
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Joe Hempel
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the reviews of this book, I was actually shocked to find myself in the minority of loving it.

I think people are a bit too hard. When I read a Star Trek book, I have images in my head that liken to a TV Show, and because of that, the little mini climaxes that build on each other don't bother me. Nor do the myriad of characters thrown at you. And that's the other thing, people talk about how this would be a good pilot. Well guess what? It is a pilot! It's the first book in a series,
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Aron
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: st-vanguard
This is a great start to what I think will probably be my favorite ST series. It read more like a pilot, establishing people, places & things. I read one review prior to reading this novel that described the Vanguard series as what Star Trek would be like if it were a series airing on HBO. That being said this novel sheds a little more light on the very harsh, very deadly reality of life on the final frontier surrounded by adversity. It's my opinion that David Mack is the best Star Trek writer c ...more
G.K. Hunter
Reading Mack is like sailing down a highway in a sleek limosine, filled to the glass with engaging characters. Then, you hit the potholes. The otherwise energetic writing is littered with cheesy cliches and tired expressions that I found to be distracting from the building tension. The ideas behind the series are creative. I finished the book feeling hungry for more answers and resolution, but its the kick-off to a series and is supposed to end with a stinger that makes you come back. The most i ...more
Brandon Harbeke
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is still great all these years later. Be advised that the ebook does not have the Vanguard diagrams like the paper copy, so if you are choosing between versions, I would pick the paper one.
Iain
Well, I've decided to pick up David Mack's VANGUARD series after reading watching the latest season of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. I really liked his fusion of both the Original Series era with the 2017 CBS series, having only a few seams showing in the resulting stitching up of the two franchise sections. So, I was intrigued by the possibilities of a series seemingly based on combining the premise of DS9 (a long-range space station on the frontier of Federation Space) with the time period of the Orig ...more
A.J. Blanc
I've been looking for a Trek series that doesn't focus on primary TV characters for quite a while. I thought I had found it with New Frontier, which started out good but eventually delved into soap opera-esc drama. I've read the last two Titan books and really enjoyed them, but the previous stories didn't sound as interesting to me. Now we come to Vanguard. Overall the reviews are good, so I decided to give it a shot, but there were a few comments that gave me pause:

Several reviewers mentioned h
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Nicky2910
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Sharon
Harbinger is the initial story in the Vanguard series. James Kirk is the new Captain of the Enterprise and the ship has docked at a new Space Station. The mystery in the story is why does Starfleet have a starbase this big on the edge of nowhere? Well, not exactly the edge of nowhere. It borders on Tholian and Klingon space and who naturally want to know what's going on and why are the Tholians experiencing weird species-wide interruptions in their telepathic link? Does it have to do with the st ...more
Éric Kasprak
My first Star Trek novel, since it was a new crew - not base on any TV series - I decided to make the jump. I've watch some Star Trek episodes in the past and loved the recent movie series, but I'm not a trekky. I like this first story of Vanguard and the ensemble cast of characters are interesting and well written. The book feels like a TV episode with all the different POV and intertwined storylines. The writting is very, very good and the pacing is a bit slow but that might be more because th ...more
Elliot Weeks
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an intriguing start to the Vanguard series. This has been on my list for a while, so I’m excited to start as I’ve heard quite a bit of praise about this series. I like the characters and star base set-up. Feels a little bit like DS9 set in the TOS era—the characters are complex and a good deal of them are deeply flawed. Also a good deal of them aren’t in Starfleet.

As always, I appreciate David Mack’s style and skill. He tackled a huge job—setting up the plot, introducing brand new char
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Jonne Steen Redeker
A brand new starbase set brand new captain James T Kirk on edge. WHy is it out here? How did they build it so quick, and why i sthe federation extending so many resources for what it claims is a simple colonization effort, and why did it need to be on the Klingon and Tholian's proverbial doorstep?

Meet Vanguard and crew, a station far from the federation core systems, that harbours quite a secret indeed. From a federation diplomatic attache who is secretly a klingon, to mold with a genome far too
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Alex
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek-book
Obviously, this is David Mack's greatest "Star Trek" novel series so far.

There's a mystery behind how Starbase 47, "Vanguard" was constructed so quickly in the distant "Taurus Reach" between the Federation, Klingon and Tholian borders. The first novel keeps you guessing and amazed at the visuals of the facility and sights around it and the plot mystery behind the cover ups makes this book a page turner. None of it is entirely revealed, even after reading its epilogue, but I will be gleeful to r
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Alice
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my quest to read my star trek novels, this was definitely one of the best, plot and character wise, but it just wasn't a Star Trek book. It was a very good sci-fi with some cameos from the Enterprise. Not that I'm complaining, I'm a sucker for space operas and flawed characters like the many we see in Harbinger, but the tone, much darker than the original series, was somewhat harsh when remembering Kirk once fought a lizard in a tarzan costume.
Nevertheless, this is probably one of the most a
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Gustavo
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite colorful characters for an entertaining novel where you get to understand what is happening while several of the characters don't get it at all.

I also love that while this features the Enterprise and it's crew members, the main combat that happens and is really central to the plot happens in another crew who get to shine.

And of course, the main protagonist is the space station, Vanguard, and it's powerful and almost ready status.

This novel is a part of a series, and while it closes most
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Bookreader1972
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, & the whole Vanguard series. None are rated less then 3 stars by me, some like this one I chose 4 stars, however their are two that I would have liked to give 3.5 stars but like other sites with rating systems I can't do that. I currently own the 8th book Storming Heaven, looking forward to reading it & the 9th one which is a short e-book.

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Cathy
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just like watching an original television episode of Star Trek. GREAT!!

I wasn't too sure how this book was going to be; some other series just weren't good enough. The main characters were very well portrayed; especially Spock and I liked the tidbit about the colored uniforms and the miniskirts. There is an ongoing mystery in this series and I plan on buying more of them.
Jason Zibart
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first read of a star trek book

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. The characters were fascinating as was the story. There was a magnificent space battle that had me frantically turning pages to see the outcome. I am starting book two now!
Steve
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is maybe best described as Hill Street Blues in space. Or at least that's how I'm describing it. There's naturally a dash of Deep Space Nine in there since it takes place on a space station. David Mack as usual crafts interesting characters. I'm going to look forward to reading more stories from Vangard.
Terence
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ST fans
Shelves: sf-fantasy, star-trek
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John R. Goyer
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable - lots of characters and lots of potential plot lines. It's fun to see Kirk and the gang on adventures I haven't seen from the tv show - and this series sounds like it's going to be a good one. I hope so. I'm ready to start on book 2 and see how the drama unfolds.
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