Now Reading: Circuit of Heaven, by Dennis Danvers.
Just Finished: Star Trek Vanguard: Harbinger, by David Mack.
Rebooting a series by introducing new characters is something that we occasionally see in series fiction. Sometimes an author loses interest in his original characters, but has a contractual obligation to grind out a total of ten books. Sometimes the original characters’ story is told and done, and not all of them survived, but the fans cry for more and more. Sometimes it’s easier for an author to build off an established foundation. And sometimes it’s all three.
Vanguard is a Star Trek series set at the beginning of Kirk’s captaincy of the Enterprise, though the familiar captain and ship only make brief appearances. Instead, most of the action focuses on Starbase 47, aka Vanguard Station, which was hastily built on the border of a mysterious and supposedly empty sector of space bordered by the Tholians, the Klingons, and the Federation. Complete with alien ambassadors, smugglers, crime lords, and nosy journalists, the setting was rather reminiscent of Babylon 5, though Vanguard managed to be reminiscent without presenting itself as an obvious knockoff. On the other hand, there was a scene at the end that seemed rather familiar, though I suppose I’d have to read the next book in the series in order to decide whether it was a "borrow" or just a nod and wink.
On the whole, not bad.