I read the last book in the Star Trek: Vanguard series back in May of 2010. I didn’t start the next book until just recently, since it turns out to be kind of hard to find. But find it I did.
This book continues the story of Starbase 47, under the command of Diego Reyes. Its mission, to defend the interests of the Federation in a mysterious, uninhabited sector of the galaxy called the Taurus Reach. Unfortunately, the Klingons also have their eyes on this prime real estate, and naturally wish it for themselves. Another alien race, the Tholians, want to keep both the Federation and the Klingons out for reasons of their own.
When a Federation scout ship visits a strange star system in the Taurus Reach, these reasons are finally revealed to both the reader and to the Federation. The revelations are not without cost, and so the third act of the book feels rather like a good episode of Deep Space Nine.
Like the other books in the series, it’s set in the age of Kirk, but both he and the Enterprise are nowhere to be seen, with not a scrap of fan service in their direction. Personally, I find this both refreshing and interesting. The galaxy is big enough for more than one crew at a time.
This was a nice, entertaining read, and I hope that the next book in the series delivers more of the same.