brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
This was actually my third time reading this book - but the first time I actually felt like writing a review...

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Overall, Harbinger is one hell of a pilot to this new series. It shows a Starfleet that is willing to cross lines in T'Prynn, but also in keeping its operations and findings secret in order to be able to one-up their neighbours, it offers an enemy that's awakened due to the actions of curious scientists, and it shows that actions, however innocently taken, have consequences - on a small scale but also on a broad scale. Quite a colorful and nuanced picture Mack is painting here, perhaps a bit darker than what Star Trek has shown up until now. 9/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
I have to admit that I don't quite understand the necessity of this little e-book - and the cynic within me wonders if the reasons of its existence have any relations to monetary issues...

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4/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
So, this is it. The end of the books-only Trek series Vanguard. Is it a worthy ending to this very ambitious project?

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This has become quite a long review because of the vast amount of plotthreads that come together here - some could have been shortened or even dropped to the benefit of the bigger picture perhaps. And that's perhaps my main point of criticism here and the reason why I'm not 100% thrilled with it. 7/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
As the penultimate book in the Vanguard-series, it falls to What Judgments Come to bring some plotthreads to an end while driving others towards their climax.

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Ultimately, while the characterization is as top-notch as I would expect, I wasn't too happy with Jetanien's part, Starfleet's covert operations and the shortsightedness in experimenting with the Wanderer. But make not mistake: What Judgments Come is still a very good read despite the mentionned downsides. Kudos to the writers and the concept of the whole series... which comes to an end in the next book. 7/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Declassified is an anthology of 4 novellas exploring key moments of the Vanguard story.

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The events in this story are again a game changer. Where will the Vanguard-saga go from here? Overall: 8/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Although Precipice was an exiting and easy reading experience, it didn't quite meet my expectations. Open Secrets might not have been as fast paced, it was a much more introspective book which I find I prefer. Again, as its predecessor, Precipice is quite neatly divided into a few different plotthreads which only come together at the end. So I am going to follow this division in this review.

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Well, Precipice certainly ups the ante again plotwise. Now that (nearly) everyone is back on Vanguard and the various plotthreads once again intertwine I'm looking forward to a complex and exciting series finale... only 2 novels and 1 anthology left to go after all. 7/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
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Great book - definitely the turning point in this to me so far lackluster series. 8/10
brabbel123: (Puss in Boots)
Okay, it appears as though I'm back to reading Star Trek. What's strange is that I read the first part of this book-only series, Harbinger, years ago... and didn't really like it. Then I reread it... I guess, 2 years? ago and was reasonably entertained. I picked up part 2, Summon the Thunder, which again was rather underwhelming. But then, something happened. The first contributing factor is that I can't stand not completing a series. So on with part 3, Reap the Whirlwind, which really picked up the pace and rectified some of the more questionable events that happened in the first parts. So I was hooked and started to read Open Secrets which finally offered a bit of a breathing room and a glimpse into the aftermath of events. This is my review.

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8.5/10
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