Star Trek Vanguard: Harbinger
David Mack, 2005
Premise: Plots, espionage and secrets ride just beneath the surface at Starbase 47, aka Vanguard. The plot contains mysterious artifacts, smugglers, gangsters, lovers and the opportune arrival of the Starship Enterprise. Set near the start of The Original Series.
There was a lot of solid character work, spread between intriguing new characters and reliable canon characters. It was just... so many characters got POV time that it held back any momentum from building. There were so many characters, but there wasn't really any one that I connected with. There are eleven different close-third person perspectives by page 63, when the narration finally returns to a character for the first time.
So yes, part of my disappointment could easily be personal taste. Recently I'm really into personal stories, stories that follow one character.
The ideas here are solid. There are interesting threads in a lot of the stories being told, interesting politics, interesting character quirks for the most part. It was a fairly enjoyable read by the end, but I had to struggle through the first hundred pages.
2 Stars – An Okay Book
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