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Thoroughly enjoyable several of the story lines are resolved, and in a satisfying way and the ending is excellent The drama intensifies and as good as this series has been, it seems to be getting even better highly recommended. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Although Precipice was an exiting and easy reading experience, it didn t quite meet my expectations Open Secrets might not have been as fast paced, it was a muchintrospective book which I find I prefer Again, as its predecessor, Precipice is quite neatly divided into a few different plotthreads which only come together at the end So I am going to follow this division in this review T Prynn and PenningtonT Prynn isn t really a likeable character for me Then again, I m not sure whether Although Precipice was an exiting and easy reading experience, it didn t quite meet my expectations Open Secrets might not have been as fast paced, it was a muchintrospective book which I find I prefer Again, as its predecessor, Precipice is quite neatly divided into a few different plotthreads which only come together at the end So I am going to follow this division in this review T Prynn and PenningtonT Prynn isn t really a likeable character for me Then again, I m not sure whether she s even meant to be Her motivations to leave Vulcan and essentially escape a court martial are, as Pennington points out, quite selfish She wants to find evidence that could, if not exonerate her completely, then at least get her back into the good graces of Starfleet Of course, she s great at what she does She has listening devices everywhere, can turn simple ships into well protected advanced observation vessels, reveal information such as that Reyes s alive etc She s a kick ass spy, she s still as driven as before, if perhaps not quite as malevolent and she still moves among those shades of grey that, I guess, define spy work.Right now, I m not sure whether T Prynn has gained something as a character from the loss of her fianc s katra perhaps a bitfocus, perhaps a bit of a restored moral compass, but she lost something as well which was quite nicely portrayed when she found she couldn t play the piano as she did back in Reap the Whirlwind The technique s surely still there, but there sto playing an instrument than the mere mechanics It always has been an outlet to her internal struggle, her emotions and since that s over, the soul of her play is gone, too.Pennington remains quite uninteresting as a character Why does he join T Prynn Curiosity The need for a story which he doesn t write in the end anyway As much as he might have been the slighted character in the beginning of the series, he s just boring now, I m afraid Quinn, Bridy MacFirst of all, I d have loved to have seen Quinn s transition into Starfleet Intelligence Other than that, his background story that got introduced here, was a rather generic tragic hero one His way of thinking out of the box fits in with spy work, I guess, so it wasn t too much of a leap On the other hand turning Quinn from the drunk unfit man into superfit guerilla fighter that s a bit of a stretch, even if we haven t heard from him in a year since he didn t appear in Open Secrets Bridy Mac remained too much in the background how did she get roped into spywork How did she cope with what happened on Jinoteur I think both characters suffer a bit from the time jumps in this book and the last.What happens on the planet, though, with the Klingons, the Shedai, Zett that works really well, is suitably colorful and horrifying, and it advances the story Reyes, diplomacyFirst of all, I became a huge Reyes fan with Open Secrets or rather with his actions in Reap the Whirlwind , so it s always good to see him Second, I enjoyed this first, if ill conceived, attempt of Gorkon s at negotiating a peace between the major powers in the Taurus Reach I wonder, though, how he could perceive that a peace negotiated at gun point could even work Neither Reyes nor the Tholian were there voluntarily, neither of them are capable of making decisions so, how could Gorkon think that this would work At least Gorkon was noble enough to set them free at the end even though Reyes was wanted by the Klingons I d have loved to see how Reyes got on Ganz s ship, though And where did Ganz and or the Klingons get the empty artifact from Also very interesting are the beginnings of the negotiations on Nimbus III I m looking forward to readingabout that since only at the end of Precipice all 3 representatives were finally present I d love to know, though, how Jetanien justified his absence from Vanguard, given that the situation there is rather volatile on VanguardUp until the theft of the artifact this was perhaps the most boring facet of Precipice I liked that Desai was moving on even if Jackson remained quite 2 dimensional, a placeholder if you will and we as readers of course know that Reyes isn t dead Desai s reaction when T Prynn told her that Reyes was alive was interesting on quite a few levels shock, disbelief one can t help but wonder if it s because of the fact that he s alive or that T Prynn is the one who found out, a certain kind of guilt well, she was in bed with someone else when she heard etc What I don t get, though, is how anyone can think that Reyes would collude with the enemy even Desai wasn t sure Hello It s one thing to reveal a huge coverup, it s a quite different thing to work with a known enemy It shouldn t have needed a second thought that Reyes was not voluntarily staying with the Klingons and was somehow threatened into revealing security details of the Vault.The Shedai mystery comes to the forefront in the last pages again That was some seriously good stuff, using the second artifact, the attack by the Wanderer etc That s where Mack excels action, surprising twists and turns He knows how to advance a plot and to shock his readers But he isn t a master of the quiet times, of introspection and these are what Precipice, and especially the parts on Vanguard, is lacking.Sidenotes allusions to previous novels such as The Vulcan Academy Murders , Big Bang Theory, Star Wars the Skylla etc There were some mistakes with the set dates in the book for example right at the beginning One day the Tholian gets captured, and while the title says only 1 days passed, Reyes said a week passed since Ezthrene was introduced The same applies to the too short timeframe the Myrdoniae artifact was investigated on Vanguard a bit off putting I thought If you use exact dates, then use them correctly.Well, Precipice certainly ups the ante again plotwise Now that nearly everyone is back on Vanguard and the various plotthreads once again intertwine I m looking forward to a complex and exciting series finale only 2 novels and 1 anthology left to go after all PRECIPICE is a book I picked up immediately after finishing OPEN SECRETS because I was fascinated by the idea of T Prynn on the run and Diego Reyes having been captured by the Klingons This book manages to resolve both of those plotlines but I was really muchinterested in the story about Cervantes Quinn s guerilla war against the Klingons on a post apocalyptic world I really liked the revelation of his surprisingly dark and troubled past as well It turns out mercenaries exist in the Fed PRECIPICE is a book I picked up immediately after finishing OPEN SECRETS because I was fascinated by the idea of T Prynn on the run and Diego Reyes having been captured by the Klingons This book manages to resolve both of those plotlines but I was really muchinterested in the story about Cervantes Quinn s guerilla war against the Klingons on a post apocalyptic world I really liked the revelation of his surprisingly dark and troubled past as well It turns out mercenaries exist in the Federation Who knew David Mack manages to insert some social commentary on the dangers of man made climate change while also doing an Indiana Jones style search for a Shedai relic Chancellor Gorkon makes an appearance and that is a welcome expansion on a character I very much enjoyed He s not a particularly nice man, threatening to murder Diego s girlfriend at one point, but he s after peace and that makes him our friend.I kind of like the homages to the PRIVATE LITTLE WAR but I was a bit confused by the fact that Gorkon is so concerned about making a peace treaty now since the Organians have effectively enforced one already There s time enough to let the ink dry on that because there s no way to actually wage war at present which actually makes me wonder when the Organians backed off before The Undiscovered Country If not, Chang s planned invasion of the Federation would have just been embarrassing.Pennington and T Prynn s bonding was an interesting part of the novel It s interesting how Pennington really is kind of a disgusting pig and that attitude lasts until the 23rd century rather than being something that is evolved past His wife was probably right to divorce him and that s kind of sad but fits therealistic element of Vanguard s humans Kudos, also, for T Prynn suffering some real consequences I ve felt that heroes get off with slaps on the wrist in Star Trek way too often as, honestly, everyone but Wesley should have been expelled and probably him too in The First Duty.I was impressed with the tie in to theinteresting concepts of THE FINAL FRONTIER Unlike virtually every other Star Trek fan, I actually enjoyed the concepts of that movie I think Sybok is a fascinating character who should have at least a book or two mentioned about him He doesn t make an appearance but Nimbus III does I love Nimbus III as the whole idea of Fallout planet is something that I really enjoyed in Star Trek Online Seeing how it gets created in this book is a lotexciting than I think some people would have felt.All in all, a solid piece of entertainment if not quite as good as REAP THE WHIRLWIND 4 5 Precipice is Mack s third entry in the Vanguard series and it s a pretty good one but I fear that the series may be running out of steam or that Mack is getting lazy.My primary piece of evidence for this assertion is the unbelievable change in the Cervantes Quinn character Quinn began literary life as a 50 , overweight, slovenly, perpetually soused ne er do well along the lines of a Cyrano Jones The Trouble with Tribbles or Harry Mudd Mudd s Women, I, Mudd He was never comic relief a Precipice is Mack s third entry in the Vanguard series and it s a pretty good one but I fear that the series may be running out of steam or that Mack is getting lazy.My primary piece of evidence for this assertion is the unbelievable change in the Cervantes Quinn character Quinn began literary life as a 50 , overweight, slovenly, perpetually soused ne er do well along the lines of a Cyrano Jones The Trouble with Tribbles or Harry Mudd Mudd s Women, I, Mudd He was never comic relief and there is a series of events that make him change his ways and begin to actresponsibly but in Precipice that change has passed from believable to fantasy He is now working for Starfleet Intelligence, he leads a guerilla war against the Klingons, and in a battle with a Shedai displays a physical prowess that rivals Orlando Bloom s Legolas in Peter Jackson s Lord of the Rings another example of lazy story telling.I hope the next volume pares back on the super heroics If I wanted wuxia, I d rent a Jet Li movie.But it s still good brain candy and I still want to know the final resolution so I ll keep an eye out for book 6 While the Reports of Commodore Reyes death turn out to have been greatly exaggerated, he is still in deep trouble, as are the rest of the Vanguard Crew Reyes is alive, but in the hands of a rather unusual Klingon by the name of Gorkon, a man who will go down in history, but not quite yet While he seems to expect the impossible from Reyes, the Vanguard crew continues their respective investigations, and two seperate groups of rather special operatives work to find information on the Shadaai, a While the Reports of Commodore Reyes death turn out to have been greatly exaggerated, he is still in deep trouble, as are the rest of the Vanguard Crew Reyes is alive, but in the hands of a rather unusual Klingon by the name of Gorkon, a man who will go down in history, but not quite yet While he seems to expect the impossible from Reyes, the Vanguard crew continues their respective investigations, and two seperate groups of rather special operatives work to find information on the Shadaai, and protect the Taurus Reach.Just another great read The vanguard series continues to add known characters from star trek history, and it is awesome to see a glimpse of what brought Gorkon to ask for federation help as the post praxis klingon chancellorIf you have not read this series and are reading these reviews please stop, and pick it up In typical David Mack fashion, the story in Precipice builds slowly in a chronological sequence of events But after a while, the dates don t seem to matter much at least to me Like Deep Space Nine, this book courses through multiple story arcs and a couple of interludes But unlike his counterpart, Mack managed to keep things running at a pace that wouldn t bore you to bits and gradually tie everything together Many of the scenes especially towards the end seemed tailor made for the big s In typical David Mack fashion, the story in Precipice builds slowly in a chronological sequence of events But after a while, the dates don t seem to matter much at least to me Like Deep Space Nine, this book courses through multiple story arcs and a couple of interludes But unlike his counterpart, Mack managed to keep things running at a pace that wouldn t bore you to bits and gradually tie everything together Many of the scenes especially towards the end seemed tailor made for the big screen The story of the Vanguard space station continues The peace in the Taurus Reach is still on a razors edge The finding of and understand the Shedai technology goes on Plots are moved forward, characters evolve and another fun Star Trek novel is finished OK, I do love Star Trek While I understood the need to move certain aspects of the plot along across a long stretch of time without getting bogged down into the weeds, it actually served to slow down the plot Then again it puts lots of pieces into motion for the last half of the series. Not bad as far as Star Trek novels go I suppose The plotline was well thought out and executed Decent care was spent on the details of the characters Sadly I am not a devoted Trekkie, so I am letting this book go Only one note of worth, it held its own in the Star Trek universe without one of the headline characters from the Enterprise That alone might snare any reader to pick up other books by this author. `DOWNLOAD KINDLE ⇻ Precipice ↠ On a post apocalyptic world in the Taurus Reach, undercover Starfleet Intelligence agent Cervantes Quinn finds an ancient Shedai conduit Unfortunately, the Klingons have found it first and have sent an army to claim it