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Offene Geheimnisse

(Star Trek: Vanguard #4)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Auf Sternenbasis 47 übernimmt ein neuer Kommandant die Führung – während sich sein Vorgänger vor Gericht verantworten muss. Unterdessen kämpft die Geheimdienstoffizierin der Station um ihr Leben und ihren Verstand, während die Spannungen mit den Klingonen zu einem offenen Krieg eskalieren.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 22nd 2009 by Cross Cult (first published May 2009)
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Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I enjoy most about this miniseries of Star Trek books is that they go beyond our favorite starship crews to explore life in the Trek universe from new viewpoints. 3.5 stars
C.T. Phipps
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

VANGUARD: OPEN SECRETS is a decent enough follow up to the blockbuster events of REAP THE WHIRLWIND. My favorite protagonists Commodore Reyes and T'Prynn have both suffered tremendous personal setbacks due to the harsh nature of their pasts intersecting with their both their mission and moral duty. Reyes is now on trial for crimes against the Federation and T'Prynn has entered a coma that exists as nothing more than an extended battle against the ghost of her dead lover.

I enjoyed the book but
I've mentioned in my reviews of the Vanguard series how Mack is the visibly better writer than his collaborators. I've offered no examples to illustrate my contention, which is poor form. Partly, that's because this is my brain-candy reading and I'm not picking over it like a grad student studying Horace's use of adverbs.* But I've also recently finished volume five of the 13-volume Chekhov short-story collection, which featured some of his best stories so far (IMO), and it got me to wondering w ...more
M.R. Bowers
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Jonathan Koan
Each installment of the Vanguard series has either been mediocre or worse. "Harbinger" was an interesting start, but didn't have enough interesting characters for me to feel interested at the time. "Summon the Thunder" was, in my opinion, a very boring book. "Reap the Whirlwind" was certainly exciting at moments, yet I still was not hooked on the story. This book is definitely the best paced and has the best character development. And yet, it still suffers overall from a sense of being "mediocre ...more
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John Mosman
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Vanguard adventures continues - Commodore Reyes is convicted, the Klingons are closing in, there is a diplomatic opening with Romulans and the Federation is closer to deciphering the alien technologies. Good stuff for Star Trek Fans with a series that does not concentrate on the TV series characters or stories.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.2 Stars. Another excellent installment of the Vanguard series. I'm only just starting book 5 of this 8 book (+ one novella) series, but I think this series might be the most interesting & entertaining story in the entire Star Trek universe, 3 for sure. Anyway, this book advances the story quite a bit, & stands very well on its own. I'm looking forward to book #5 with great enthusiasm! ...more
John R. Goyer
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The series continues well with this volume - lots of intrigue and adventures, some storylines closing, while other new surprises give us more to look forward to. All in all, a very satisfying book which makes me look forward to the next and further revelations.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy this series, but Ward simply isn't as engaging or compelling an author as David Mack. ...more
A transitional book in this series

I find Ward's prose style off putting, but the story introduced interesting elements. I will continue reading to find out what happens.
Tony Pope
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's pretty much a given...if it's a Star Trek novel...I'll like it... ...more
Bob Rivera
Sep 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol Marcus and Admiral Nagura make initial appearances in this book.
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An improvement

The series grinds on...but this installment was a little better than previous volumes. I will continue with the series, just for completing reasons.
Mike Grady
Apr 24, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020s
Continuation of the Vanguard series. One definitely needs to have read the series in order or they would be very lost.
David King
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Open Secrets” by Dayton Ward is the 4th novel in the Star Trek Vanguard series which continues the various plotlines kicked off in the previous novels. A prime focus of the narrative in this book is the investigation and trial of the station’s commander, Commodore Reyes who was arrested at the end of the previous book for allowing classified information to be published by a reporter. In addition, the reader gets to the follow the further deterioration of relations with the Klingon and Tholian E ...more
Wes O'Dell
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
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May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished book 4 of the Star Trek Vanguard series, Open Secrets, and I was really pleased. The book is a jumping off point for the second part of the Vanguard story. At the end of the last book the Federation learned of the terrible threat posed by the alien Shedai after several members of Starfleet, and one down-on-his-luck reporter, witnessed the destruction of the Jinoteur system.

Most of the new plots in this book were introduced at the end of the previous volume, what I had described a
Sean Park
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fourth book in the Vanguard series, Open Secrets is a wonderful edition to the original series universe. This book follows multiple characters throughout the Taurus Reach as the conflicts in the region begin to heat up. While more light has been shone on the Shedai, the ancient race that controlled the Taurus Reach before the federation, these aliens still remain somewhat of a mystery. Similarly, the goals of the Klingons, Tholians, and Romulans are not entirely known either. The book leaves ...more
Jonne Steen Redeker
The secret is out! and it was released by Commodore Diego Reyes himself! He will have to face a court-martial for possible treason.

As Reyes trial goes on,. everything changes on Starbase Vanguard. There's a new man in charge, the mystery of the Shadai while no longer as life threatening is only deepening, and the Intelligence officer is in coma she might newer recover from. War with the Klingons seems inevitable bar any semi omnipotent interventions.

Another great entry, the court drama was hand
Bryan Williams
Open Secrets takes an "off day" from the Vanguard series, but again, it is important to read this book to move the story arc along. I wish the publisher insisted that David Mack be the only author of this series. I don't see why they insisted on asking other authors to join the fray. Also, these Vanguard books are hard to find. They must have had one run at the publisher, because I have had to buy used copies, or very expensive trade paperback versions from Amazon - they aren't available to orde ...more
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
This book was a good read, an interesting continuation of the over "Vanguard" story as told in the previous three books. If you've read them and enjoyed them, you'll certainly want to read this one, particularly if you intend to read the next offering in the series. If you haven't read the previous three, however, this book will not stand on its own; it has no real plot of its own, but is simply a continuation of the various subplots already established. Some of those subplots are quite interest ...more
While "Reap the Whirlwind" was always going to be a hard act to follow, Ward manages to advance Ming Xiong's storyline quite nicely with the welcome presence of a rogue Klingon commander and his scientist wife. The introduction of Nogura also works well, and there are some nice nods to continuity - especially the shout outs to the Gorn (TOS: "Arena") and Nimbus III (Star Trek V).

Unfortunately, this volume loses a lot of momentum being bogged down in the Reyes court-martial saga and T'Prynn's eve
A very good ST book. One complaint: it's been WELL over a year since the LAST book in this series was released. It was really hard for me to get back into it after that long. There was a cast list at the front of this book, but a more thorough synopsis of what has happened in the previous three books would have been much better. As it was, I found myself have to go back to the last book and read some sections of it to remember more details about what had come before.

Looking forward to the next b
C.D. Reimer
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the previous book in this series several years ago. When I started reading this one, I jumped right back in as if it was only yesterday. (The glossary of major events and characters in the front helped a bit.) Although set in the ST:TOS universe, this series isn't about Captain Kirk and crew but all the people who are present in the background. The political intrigue of all the great empires (i.e., Federation, Klingon, Romulan, etc.) scouring a remote region of deep space for technology l ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
More like 2.5 stars.

I don't envy the authors of these books. Swapping off writing duties while maintaining a unified voice can't be easy. Until now, the Vanguard series has played it pretty straight. Some twists here and there, usually pretty entertaining. Open Secrets ended with a twist that I cannot condone.

That being said, I will continue to read the series out of a sort of grim curiosity. David Mack is easily the better of the authors who've contributed work so far, so I'm eager to see what
Luke Sims-Jenkins
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Loved it! I didn't think Open Secrets could top Reap the Whirlwind, but it did. As I have mentioned before, if you haven't read the previous three novels then this will be very confusing, but if you had oh boy you are in for a treat! I cannot say too much, because I wouldn't like to spoil anything, but theres a trial in the great Trek tradition, action and intrigue and many twists and turns. Some very surprising cameos too which left a big smile on my face.

I'll say it right now..... Vanguard is
Benjamin Plume
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, sci-fi
This was a transition novel in the Vanguard series. Everything is in flux. Like many such novels, this transitory state forced it to scale back a bit on the action to make room for character moments and exposition. Either despite this or because of this (I'm honestly not sure which) this was my favorite of the Vanguard novels so far. Now that I'm familiar with the characters, seeing them tested in new and somewhat surprising ways was enjoyable. ...more
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I feel like now Is a good time to say that this series is one of the best, or at least the most enjoyable that I've read as far as Star Trek is concerned. I'll be really sad when I've finished the last one as the entire universe that's been created in these books is amazing, and one that potentially would have been a more interesting television series than DS9 or Voyager. ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Open Secrets doesn't quite match the quality of the previous novel, I enjoyed it thoroughly. I give Open Secrets 8/10. It made me happy at times, sad at other times, and occasionally shocked and awed me. Just like a good Star Trek novel should.

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