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Series: Vanguard
Author(s): Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore
Publication information
Published: Paperback - June 2006
Pages: 432
ISBN: ISBN 1416524002


Introduction (blurb)

The Taurus Reach: a remote interstellar expanse that holds a very old and potentially cataclysmic secret, the truth of which is feared by the Tholians, coveted by the Klingons, and dubiously guarded by the Federation. At the center of this intrigue is Vanguard, a Federation starbase populated by an eclectic mix of Starfleet officers and civilians, whose lives are forever altered as they explore the layers of mystery surrounding the Reach and steadily peel them after another.

In the aftermath of Harbinger, Commodore Diego Reyes commands Vanguard while waging an intensely personal struggle, tasked to uncover the true significance of the Taurus Reach while simultaneously concealing that mission from his fellow officers -- and even his closest friends. As the Daedalus-class USS Lovell brings some of Starfleet's keenest technical minds to help, the USS Endeavour makes a find that could shed further light on the enigmatic meta-genome that has captured the Federation's interest -- if its crew survives the discovery....

Deep within the Taurus Reach, an ancient and powerful alien mind has awakened prematurely from aeons of hibernation, alerted to the upstart civilizations now daring to encroach upon the worlds in her care. With the stakes for all sides escalating rapidly, the alien lashes out with deadly force against the interlopers, propelling the Vanguard crew on a desperate race to understand the nature of the attacker, and to prevent the Taurus Reach from becoming a war zone.


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Mahmud al-Khaled • Anitra • Sakud Armnoj • Beyer • Bohanon • Broon • Catera • Donovan Collig • Colleen Cook • Rana DesaiEzekiel FisherGanz • Hirskene • JetanienTim PenningtonCervantes QuinnDiego ReyesAnna Sandesjo (Lurqal) • Sarith • Shedai wanderer • T'PrynnMing Xiong • Yeskene

Starships and vehicles

Aen'q TholisUSS LovellOmari-Ekon • IRW Bloodied TalonIKS Zin'zaUSS Endeavour


Boam II • ErilonPalgrenaxTaurus ReachTholiaVanguardYerad III

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Colloquium • Klingon Empire • Leadership Conclave • Political Castemoot • Romulan SenateRomulan Star EmpireRuling ConclaveStarfleetTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets


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  • Title: Rufe den Donner
  • Publisher: Cross Cult
  • ISBN: 978-3-936480-92-4
  • Translator: Claudia Kern
  • Published: 2008


  • In the novel's inner title page, the 5th city listed under Pocket Books is Erilon, the planet the away team visits during the book.

Related stories

Star Trek: Vanguard novels
HarbingerSummon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen SecretsPrecipice
Stories featuring the USS Lovell
FoundationsWhere Time Stands StillDistant Early WarningSummon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen Secrets


  • Summon the Thunder begins approximately one month after the end of Harbinger, in 2265.
published order
Previous novel:
Vanguard novels Next novel:
Reap the Whirlwind
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
War Dragons
Chapters 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Better Man
Chapter 7

External link

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