Harbinger is the first Star Trek: Vanguard novel, written by David Mack. Harbinger was published by Pocket Books in 2005 and centers around the introduction of Operation Vanguard and its characters.

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Returning from its historic first voyage to the edge of the galaxy, the damaged USS 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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In the year 2263, while exploring the Taurus Reach, Matthew Decker and the USS Constellation discover a mysterious meta-genome on Ravanar IV, an unexplored planet. Realizing the genetic structure is too complex to study with a starship's resources, the data is submitted to Starfleet Command for a more thorough analysis.

Two years later, after the confrontation with Gary Mitchell on Delta Vega, James T. Kirk is looking for a port to obtain repairs for the Enterprise. The most accessible location found is Starbase 47, also known as Vanguard, a Watchtower-class space station recently completed in the Taurus Reach. Kirk and Spock discuss how strange it is that this giant starbase was built in a remote location so quickly and seems to have facilities beyond what would be useful in the sector due to the Federation's limited interest in the frontier between Tholian and Klingon territories.

Meanwhile on Ravanar IV, Cervantes Quinn, a middle aged alcoholic courier is seeking to steal a sensor screen generator from a mining camp there for his debtor, an Orion merchant-prince named Ganz. He is discovered by the miners and escapes, damaging the generator in the process. The mining colony turns out to be a front for a Starfleet base doing covert research on the planet.

On Vanguard, journalist Timothy Pennington is having an affair with Starfleet officer Oriana D'Amato, helmsman for the Miranda-class USS Bombay. Pennington's wife is arriving at the station soon, as is D'Amato's husband who is an officer aboard the Enterprise. The Bombay is soon called away to deliver a replacement sensor screen generator to Ravanar IV, leaving Pennington and Oriana's husband mourning her earlier departure. When the Bombay arrives, it is attacked and disabled by several Tholian vessels who then begin bombarding the base below. Realizing the supply run has become a suicide mission, the Bombay attacks to defend the base, destroying a few Tholian vessels before self destructing to destroy another ship. To protect the secrecy of the base, Commodore Diego Reyes of Vanguard covers up that it was destroyed by Tholian vessels.

Grieving, yet trying to cover up his affair, Pennington gathers everything of D'Amato's in his quarters and goes to the base's storage facility to remove anything of his from D'Amato's storage unit. While there, he overhears intelligence officer T'Prynn confront Quinn for destroying the sensor screen generator and causing the destruction of the base and the Bombay. Wanting the truth of his lover's death to be known, Pennington leaks the information to the Federation News Service and the story goes viral.

Following the destruction of the Bombay, Reyes dispatches the Enterprise to Ravanar IV with Ming Xiong to recover anything left of the base. All that is left of the site is a crater but Xiong and the Enterprise crew are able to uncover some information that helps them begin unlocking the secrets of the Taurus Reach meta-genome.

Pennington's story is soon publicly debunked due to false evidence T'Prynn had Quinn plant to undermine Pennington's credibility. Due to the scandal, FNS fires Pennington. Next, his wife discovers his infidelity and leaves him. Feeling guilty for his role in destroying Pennington's life, Quinn offers the journalist a job working on his small freighter.

T'Prynn reveals that many years earlier while engaged in kal-if-fee with her psychotic fiancé, he implanted his katra into her mind while he was dying. Since then, he continually tries to cripple her psyche with mental attacks and cries of "Submit!". Meanwhile, when T'Prynn is in search of relief, she visits her lover Anna Sandesjo, an attaché in the station's diplomatic office who is actually a Klingon agent named Lurqal.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Vanguard personnel and residents[edit | edit source]

al-JazaarRaymond CannellaCharlesJon CooperRana DesaiJudy DunbarIsaiah FarberSuzie FinneranEzekiel FisherGellerToby GreenfieldHaniff JacksonJetanienAkeylah KaruméKulorElizabeth LangloisPeter LiverakosLugokJabilo M'BengaManónMcKeeK. MalikIsrael MedinaGom glasch MoarHolly MoyerTim PenningtonPozreneZharran sh'RassaDiego ReyesAnna Sandesjo (aka Lurqal) • SesreneSihanoukSovikSozlokAdam StotskyT'PrynnTashreneThelexTuragIvan VumelkoWallingfordMing Xiongunnamed Vanguard personnel
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Jake CooperJen CooperRoderigo MedeiraRory MeekerDietrich Meyerzh'Shalas

USS Enterprise personnel[edit | edit source]

Robert D'AmatoScott DanesJames T. KirkLeslieVarsha MahtaniLuke PattersonMark PiperMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluNyota Uhura
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Daniel AldenElizabeth DehnerLee KelsoGary MitchellLisa PawlikowskiChristopher Pike

USS Bombay personnel[edit | edit source]

Brett AndersonDaniel BerryTory CastellanoOriana D'AmatoDonna FordHallie GannonStewart GreismanJean GuerinImelioKevin JudgeSteve KashukHua Sun LeeNem chim LoakMcCarthyVondas MilonakisSusan NaveDonna RobertsonShalVanderhoven
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USS Sagittarius personnel[edit | edit source]

Mike IlucciAdelard NassirClark TerrellVanessa Theriault
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Lisa Babitz

USS Endeavour personnel[edit | edit source]

Atish KhatamiSteven John KlisiewiczJeanne La SalaAnthony LeoneBonnie MalmatPaul McGibbonBersh glov MogZhao Sheng
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Walter Stutzman

USS Constellation personnel[edit | edit source]

Matthew DeckerGuthrieGuillermo MasadaPonorHiromi Takeshewada
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Ravanar IV Outpost personnel[edit | edit source]

John OttDean SingerT'HanaMiguel Velez

Omari-Ekon personnel[edit | edit source]

BroonGanzMorikmolQoheelaRekeZett NilricZulo

Tholian Ruling Conclave[edit | edit source]


Klingon High Council personnel[edit | edit source]


Others[edit | edit source]

Lora BrummerLarskeneCervantes Quinn
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Hannah FisherNoah FisherStephen Garrovick (I)Amanda GraysonL'NelArchibald MacLeishLeonard McCoyAmy QuinnDenise QuinnMolly QuinnSarekFriedl SegfrunsdóttirSivokStenTantalusTolreneUnezJeanne VinuezaArlys Warfield

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

USS Bombay (Miranda-class) • SS Chichén ItzáUSS Constellation (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Discovery-classDY-500USS Endeavour (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Kil'j TholisMeridenNov'k TholisOmari-EkonRocinante (Mancharan starhopper) • USS Sagittarius (Archer-class) • Sek't TholisTas'v TholisTik'r TholisVel'j Tholis
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USS Dauntless (Pyotr Velikiy-class) • EpimetheusUSS Exeter (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Farragut (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Yorktown (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)

Locations[edit | edit source]

AnzaroshBaroliaErilonGariman sectorGetheonJemononKalandra sectorKessik IVKilosaRavanar IVTalagos PrimeTamaros IIITaurus ReachTrinay IIIVanguardVulcana Regar
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Beta LankalCaitDeep Space Station K-7Delta VegaGallonik IIIHall of Ancient ThoughtKorinarMartian ColoniesMount SeleyaNew BerlinNew JerseyTycho IV

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]


States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Federation News ServiceFirst AssemblyKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilPolitical CastemootRuling ConclaveStarfleetStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet Research and DevelopmentTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets

Other references[edit | edit source]

Battle of Ravanar IVBrieCafé RomanochomcigarcoffeeConduitcredit chipDenevan dogwooddilithiumd'k tahgduraniumeresh'thaFeinbergerFontana MeadowGallonikan civil warghewpu'tIngravitic calipersgreen teathe hubjasminejiQkataKaferian applekatrakeesa beetlekoon-ut-kal-if-feelog buoymandisaManón'sMeenok's diseaseOccam's RazorpeppermintpianoPon farrReelkotrugbyscrambled eggssensor screensodiumsodium lampsonic screwdriverStarfleet Code of JusticeStars Landingsultritiumtandoori chickenTaurus meta-genometequilathraciumthrogTom Walker'stricerontuQloSultritiumval'rethV'Shanwhiskeyyosa bladeThe Young Dead Soldiers

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Related media[edit | edit source]

Stories featuring Starbase Vanguard
Star Trek: Vanguard novels HarbingerSummon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen SecretsPrecipiceWhat Judgments ComeStorming Heaven
Short stories and novellas Distant Early WarningThe Black FlagDeclassified (Almost TomorrowHard NewsThe Ruins of Noble MenThe Stars Look Down) • In Tempest's Wake

Background[edit | edit source]

  • The German translation of the novel was released by Cross Cult in 2008. It was translated by Mark Hillenbrand.
  • 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.

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

The novel's main part is set in November 2265.

published order
Previous story:
(first in the 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
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Enterprise Chapters 1–4, and 21
My Brother's Keeper
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 One
Chapters 2-7

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