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Book Reviews: Declassified + The Eyes of the Dragon

Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified by Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Marco Palmieri, David Mack
The first decent ‘Vanguard’ novel since ‘Reap The Whirlwind’. This is a collection of four short stories set at various times in the Vanguard Saga.

Almost Tomorrow
A prequel to ‘Harbinger’, this sees Vanguard still being built. Reyes and Desai get together and T’Prynn uncovers Anna Sandesjo’s secrets. Also Jetanien does his own thing. This is good.

Hard News
The vile Tim Pennington who the Vanguard writers have always bizarrely set up as the moral centre of Vanguard is nosing around looking for news. He as ever ruins lives and plots another personal vendetta, but that’s just another day in the life of Tim Pennington. This is okay.

The Ruins of Noble Men
Rana Desai and Dr Fisher head to a colony world to discover why they’ve become virulent isolationists. Despite Desai being her usual snippy self, a most unexpected truth emerges. This is good.

The Stars Look Down
Cervantes Quinn who has undergone an utterly implausible transformation from smelly drunk waster loser smuggler with about as much grasp of truth and morality as Alexandra from ‘Dr Phil’ into lean mean Starfleet Intelligence operative is on another SI mission. He and his galpal run around getting secrets, having shootouts with rival spies and uncovering a major find. But events conspire to lead to tragedy. This is good.

The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
High fantasy from the master of horror. In the land of Delain, King Roland is dead and his elder son Peter is accused of murder. Peter is imprisoned at the top of a high tower and his younger brother ascends the throne as the unexpected successor.

All Peter has to sustain him through the terrible days and years to come is the sure and certain knowledge that his father’s magician Flagg is the murderer. Can Peter escape and rid the kingdom of the evil that is Flagg and take back his crown before Delain is destroyed?

This is very good and immensely enjoyable. I assume the villain Flagg is the same one from ‘The Stand’. Flagg is evil, Peter is king-like and his brother Thomas is the wild card. This is an irresistible confection of delight.
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