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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (1 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451606915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451606911
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Mack is the author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the USA Today best-seller A Time to Heal and its companion volume, A Time to Kill. Mack's other novels include Star Trek: DS9: Warpath, Star Trek Vanguard: Harbinger, Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wildfire, and numerous eBooks and short stories. Mack also cowrote two episodes of Star Trek: DS9, "Starship Down" and "It's Only a Paper Moon." Dayton Ward is a three-time winner of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds writing contest. Working alongside Kevin Dilmore, their several Star Trek novels include two of the popular Next Generation A Time To... series: A Time to Sow (0743482999) and A Time to Harvest (0743482980) Kevin Dilmore has been a contributor to Star Trek Communicator magazine since 1997. Teaming up with Dayton Ward, their several Star Trek novels include two of the popular Next Generation A Time To... series: A Time to Sow (0743482999) and A Time to Harvest (0743482980)

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By James Goodison on 31 Aug 2013
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Read the book a bit ago but this novel in the vanguard series ties up a lot of loose ends in the book. Such as how many of the characters ended up at vanguard in the first place and other stories that need to be told but can't quite fit in or can't be made long enough to be made into a proper book.
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4 novelettes featuring Vanguards main characters. Very well written by established Star Trek writers and a continuation of Vanguard's timeline and what struck me most was the fluidity of the stories. Very easy reading and rapidly you can get into unwinding tales. This is classic Star Trek.
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I really enjoyed this set of stories in the Vanguard universe. All 4 stories have something to offer a Vanguard fan and I love how their very nature (they're SHORT!) means that there's no time-wasting, you're just straight in there with what's going on and every moment counts. All the authors really do well with telling completely different stories and I really do feel the universe suits this kind of succinct storytelling. There are SO many opportunities for storytelling with Vanguard, and this book demonstrates that perfectly. Particular praise MUST go to Marco Palmieri for his first Vanguard written tale (I think?) which was 2nd favourite for me in this collection, beaten only by David Mack's contribution which was frankly, mind-blowing! Get it!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By andy1701k on 28 July 2011
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I have followed this series since the first edition of Star Trek:Vanguard. I have enjoyed every other book, but this was a real disappointment.

There's something about novellas/short stories that just seems shallow and uninteresting, this book just didn't grip me. I look forward to the next full novel, hope it lives up to the rest of the series.
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Outstanding book by any measure 3 July 2011
By Dayton Lavon Kitchens - Published on Amazon.com
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Vanguard Declassified is an outstanding addition to the Star Trek: Vanguard series. Star Trek: Vanguard might best be summarized as "Star Trek That Matters". In the universe of Star Trek: Vanguard, there is no "reset" button. Decisions have consequences. Mistakes cost peoples careers and lives. People are motivated by petty and insignificant things. Characters find themselves in way over their heads and can only muddle their way through. Heroes have feet of clay and villians sometimes prove useful and even vital.

And best of all in Vanguard, there are rarely any "character building" or "learning experiences" among the characters. The characters are all flawed adults when they are introduced. They are still flawed (mostly the same way) four years later. The same character with a drinking problem in the first novel still has one in Declassified.

Declassified continues this. The best of the four stories are by Dayton Ward and David Mack but the other two are very good as well. Four stories are longer and meatier than the typical short story but short enough they can be easily enjoyed in a single setting.

Finally, though a very powerful story arc is present throughout the Vanguard series, the individual stories and novels are surprisingly easy to follow on their own.

The Star Trek: Vanguard series is the best Star Trek literature has to offer today.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Set Phasers to Mildly Entertaining! 25 July 2011
By Michael Lichter - Published on Amazon.com
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"Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified" is a collection of four mostly uninspired Trek novellas set in the Taurus Reach area of space, spanning a period of several years from just before "Harbinger" (Vanguard #1) to just after "Precipice (Vanguard #4)

"Almost Tomorrow" by Dayton Ward, which takes place prior to "Harbinger", shows how Federation officers on Starbase 47 smoked out Klingon spy Anna Sandesjo. It also chronicles, with mild steaminess, the beginning of Sandesjo's sexual relationship with intelligence officer T'Prynn, and fleshes out the back stories of other core characters before ending rather abruptly. (Rating: 3/5)

"Hard News" by Kevin Dilmore follows journalist Tim Pennington as he assists a young woman whose journalistic aspirations have entangled her in a dangerous web of crime and corruption. The events in "Hard News" take place during or shortly after those recounted in "Reap the Whirlwind" (Vanguard #3). If you're eager to know how Pennington feels about shapely women in sexy outfits, you'll not want to miss this one. (3/5)

In "The Ruins of Noble Men", when the Federation decides it has overextended itself in the Taurus Reach, two Vanguard officers must persuade the stubborn inhabitants of a scientific colony that they must evacuate. A decade earlier, some members of Vanguard's original crew faced a similar dilemma at an endangered colony. In the novella's sunny denouement, Palmieri pays homage to Gene Roddenberry's optimistic view that with reason, understanding, and a bit of courage you can solve virtually any problem. "Ruins" takes place shortly after "Precipice". "Ruins" is easily the best of the contributions and the one with the deepest ties to classic Trek. (4/5)

David Mack wrote "Precipice", so it's not surprising that his contribution, "The Stars Look Down", feels like a continuation of that novel. Adventurer Cervantes Quinn and Starfleet Intelligence officer Bridy Mac embark on a dangerous mission to capture a new cache of Shedai technology and prevent the Klingons from gaining access to it. Silly banter and tense action ensue, as does tragedy. Of the novellas collected here, "Stars" is the one most likely to have an impact on the forthcoming novel "What Judgments Come" (Vanguard #5). (3.5/5.0)

None of these novellas are bad, but, on the whole, they're not terribly deep, exciting, or revelatory. Dedicated Vanguard fans will appreciate having something to tide them over; everybody else can safely skip this one. None of the novellas (except perhaps "Ruins") stand well on their own; there's no point in reading "Declassified" before completing the first four Vanguard novels. (Average rating: 3.4/5.0)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Introduction to the Series 19 July 2011
By TerilynnS - Published on Amazon.com
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Declassified is a single book with four short tales that revolve around Starbase 47 - Vanguard. As I am a recent new reader of the Vanguard series, I am confident in saying this book would be a perfect introduction to the anyone who might be toying with the idea of delving into the series.

Dayton Ward's well-written prequel "Almost Tomorrow" does much to not only introduce a new reader into the series and its characters (all of whom he has a wonderful grasp on - especially Commodore Reyes), but also into the station and the secrets it holds, without spoiling any of the intrigue from the first 5 full-length books. Of course, it also didn't hurt that a lot of the story got to focus on the U.S.S. Sagittarius and her incredible crew. Captain Nassir and Commodore Reyes have to fight for my heart I'm afraid!

While another reviewer seemed to have trouble with Kevin Dilmore's effort "Hard News" it is, in my opinion, simply his finest work to date. It is an incredible and at times painful tale of a character that is very, very human and one of which I was never particularly fond. The story is a brilliant bit of "missing piece" story-telling, taking place between two of the books in the timeline. It is also a rare 1st person tale that we don't often get in Trek books for obvious reasons. Dilmore made me love a character that I was put-off of in the first novel and that it no easy task.

My happiest surprise was Marco Palmieri's first and only contribution to the series. "The Ruins of Noble Men" became my favorite of the book and also provided me with my favorite line from the book. It was expertly crafted, and although the chapters bounce between both time and central characters, I never lost my way.

And finally in "The Stars Look Down" David Mack once again shows off why he carries the reputation that he does. He fears almost nothing. The final tale in the book revolves around his favorite character and it shows. Mack gives Cervantes Quinn his Don Quixote soul and never, ever apologizes for it. He's probably the most heart-breaking character in Trek to date.

It's strange - sometimes I think the Trek authors are better at, and I get more out of, the shorter character studies than in full-length novels. Also, it's at times when I read books like this that I wonder whether younger readers would ever really "get" the meat of the author's tales. Several times the books hit me hard emotionally and I had to wonder if it was because I might be a bit "longer in the tooth" than the average Trek reader. I'm not sure. All I know is that I'm okay with that.

All in all, Declassified is a perfect sampling of why the Vanguard series may be the best Trek series ever written and published. I couldn't recommend it highly enough.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
four excellent stories 2 July 2012
By Andrew C. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the sixth installment in the outstanding Vanguard series. If you haven't read the first five books in this series (Harbinger through Precipice), stop now and read them. This book contains four short stories, two of which are set after Precipice.

"Almost Tomorrow" by Dayton Ward shows us the beginning of several key relationships on Vanguard. "Hard News" by Kevin Dilmore is a funny first-person account of Tim Pennington's days after his stories led to Reyes' arrest. "The Ruins of Noble Men" by Marco Palmieri puts Desai and Fisher in a trouble spot, with flashbacks to Reyes' days as a captain. Finally, "The Stars Look Down" by David Mack gives us another adventure with Quinn and Bridy Mac. There are some significant developments in these last two stories.

All of the stories in this book are engaging. The only down side is that three out of the four stories ended on a depressing note. I don't know if that was intentional, but the book certainly left me with some mixed emotions. Even so, I am eager to start the next book in the series (Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm so glad they continued this series 26 Aug 2011
By Gregory O'brien - Published on Amazon.com
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A very necessary addendum to the vanguard series. My only problem with the Vanguard series is the length of time between releases (*ahem ahem, Mr. Ward and Mr. Mack). All talented writers, and always enjoyable reads. So much so I've forayed into their non-Trek books, which are equally as entertaining.
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