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Series: Vanguard, No. 1
Author(s): David Mack
Publication information
Published: Paperback - August 2005
Pages: 374
ISBN: ISBN 1416507744
Date: 2265


Introduction (blurb)

Returning from its historic first voyage to the edge of the galaxy, the damaged U.S.S. Enterprise journeys through the Taurus Reach, a vast and little-known region of space in which a new starbase has been unexpectedly established. Puzzled by the Federation's interest in an area so far from its borders and so near the xenophobic Tholian Assembly, Captain James T. Kirk orders the Enterprise to put in for repairs at the new space station: Starbase 47, also known as Vanguard.

As Kirk ponders the mystery of the enormous base, he begins to suspect that there is much more to Vanguard than meets the eye. It's a suspicion shared by the Tholians, the Orions, and the Klingon Empire, each of whom believes that there are less than benign motives behind the Federation's sudden and unexplained desire to explore and colonize the Taurus Reach.

But when a calamity deep within the Reach threatens to compromise Starfleet's continued presence in the region, Kirk, Spock, and several key specialists from the Enterprise must assist Vanguard's crew in investigating the cause of the disaster and containing the damage. In the process, they learn the true purpose behind the creation of Vanguard, and what the outcome of its mission may mean for life throughout that part of the galaxy.


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States and organizations

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  • Book includes a four-page color fold-out with diagrams of Vanguard Station.
  • An appendix provides brief character sketches of several series characters introduced in this novel.
  • The title page lists Stars Landing, Vanguard's civilian and commercial district, as a location of one of Pocket Books' offices.



  • Title: Der Vorbote
  • Publisher: Cross Cult
  • ISBN: ISBN 978-3-936480-91-7
  • Translator: Mike Hillenbrand
  • Published: 2008

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published order
Previous story:
First novel in series
Vanguard novels Next story:
Summon the Thunder
Previous novel:
Small World
Novels by:
David Mack
Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Landing Party
Sulu flashback
Pocket Next Adventure:
My Brother's Keeper
Chapters 1-4, and 21
Previous Adventure:
The Landing Party
Sulu flashback
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
My Brother's Keeper
Chapters 1-4, and 21
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2265.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
The Ashes of Eden
Chapter 35
Next Adventure:
Foundations, Book 1
Chapters 2-7

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