“I WAS THERE UNTIL THE END, MATE.
THE BITTER, BLOODY END.”
Vanguard is under siege. Surrounded by enemies, Admiral Nogura sends the scout ship Sagittarius to find an ancient weapon that might be the Federation’s only hope of stopping the alien threat known as the Shedai.
Qo’noS is wracked by scandal. Councillor Gorkon fights to expose a Romulan plot to corrupt members of the Klingon High Council, only to learn the hard way that crusaders have few allies and even fewer friends.
Tholia teeters on the brink of madness. To prevent Starfleet from wielding the Shedai’s power as its own, the Tholians deploy an armada with one mission: Kill the Shedai — by destroying Vanguard.
THE EPIC SAGA’S
"Conclusions are always a difficult thing to manage. … It is this seeming impossibility to craft a completely satisfying ending that has left me completely in awe of what David Mack has managed to accomplish. In Storming Heaven, we have a story that is the perfect finish to the wonderful ride that Vanguardhas been."
"Amazing, amazing story. David Mack has managed the almost impossible. He has crafted a conclusion to an amazing series that is on par and in some ways even exceeds the quality of the build-up. Highly emotional ending to a series that has brought me great joy to read over the past couple of years."
"Final score for Storming Heaven: 10/10. It doesn't get much better than this."
"Mack has been nicknamed 'the Angel of Death' for his ability to kill off large swaths of his characters…. Here he's perhaps more restrained than some might have expected. Not everyone dies. Not everyone who should die, dies. Some people who deserve better get dealt a bad hand. Others even get what, anywhere else, might be considered a hackneyed happy ending — but in the context of the Vanguard saga is tinged with a sadness of the memories of what has led the characters to this point."
"Utterly fucking brilliant. 10/10"
"Star Trek Vanguard: Storming Heaven is the first Vanguard book I've read, though it's the eighth — and final — installment in the series. As I began reading Storming Heaven, I couldn't help but wonder, Where has this series been all my life?"
"[I]n Vanguard, no one is safe, and your allies will betray you if necessary, especially if the excuse is to maintain the safety of others. … Also, most of the characters are deeply psychologically scarred in ways we're not used to seeing in the Star Trek universe. We're used to heroes who always make the right decisions and take the moral high ground and think their way out of no-win situations, as unrealistic as that is. With Vanguard there isn't a winning solution for everything; sometimes the moral road is the road less traveled, and there are grave consequences for people's actions."
"Vanguard felt to me like the rebooted Battlestar Galactica meets Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which made me think that Vanguard would make an amazing television miniseries. I highly recommend checking out the Star Trek Vanguard novel series."
"[Storming Heaven] unspools at a blistering pace … This was dark, gritty Trekat its best."
"The pace is relentless. … The result is a book that you don't want to put down, because there's no telling what might come next. Even the climax of the series, in the final third of the book, seems to escalate at frightening speed."
"For those who may have been sitting on the fence, waiting to see if it would have a good enough ending to justify giving the series a shot, rest assured: this is one Star Trek saga that does not disappoint."
—John Keegan, Critical Myth-Interpretations
"As the swan song for one of the best Star Trek series ever written, Storming Heaven is both melancholy and triumphant."
—Keith Brown, Reviews for Kicks