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By late August, my mandate to "turn off the universe on my way out" was changed to "deliver a trilogy that keeps the story going and sets up a new status quo. My next round of proposals, which were pretty much near-final versions of all three stories, was submitted on October 28, After parsing the notes from the editor and fellow authors, I revised the outlines for books one and two and resubmitted them on November 11, The final version of book three's story outline was turned in on November 29, I got the green light to proceed with book one on December 13, The stories for books two and three were approved on January 18, I delivered the manuscript on February 1, Turned in the manuscript on April 14, Turned in the manuscript on June 30, Nice to see a tie-in to, and continuation of the Vanguard series.
One has to wonder however if the Preserves are the origination of the Shedai, or if they were at war with each other. Hoping that gets addressed in this series. Aug 15, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi-series , science-fiction. I loved the Vanguard series and this is an excellent follow-on. I hope more will be coming in the future, as I see only 4 books have been published! May 19, Stephen rated it really liked it.
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The book's pacing was slow at the start, but the build-up to the confrontation between the Starfleet and Klingon vessels more than made up for it. Jan 24, Adam rated it really liked it.
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Jan 29, Rob rated it really liked it. David Mack doesn't disappoint here. Classic prime directive problem, a race against time and beings capable of great power and destruction. Feb 23, Brian Turner rated it liked it Shelves: sci-fi. The explorer ship Sagittarius lands a team on a planet to investigate odd energy readings and finds itself caught up in events as everrything starts t head south. As usual with any new series, there's a wide group of characters to get used to, but they all come across as you'd expect. The story is good but ends on a cliff hanger, which makes it feel unfinished.
Jul 03, Paul Lunger rated it liked it. When Star Trek: Vanguard ended in with probably the best 2 book finale in a planned spin-off, the Star Trek book universe lost its only series set in the original series era. Never fear though as that series has it's own spin off in Star Trek: Seekers with which David Mack writes it's first installment "Second Nature".
The series set 6 months after the destruction of Starbase 47 follows the adventures of the U. Endeavor as they continue to explore the Taurus Rea When Star Trek: Vanguard ended in with probably the best 2 book finale in a planned spin-off, the Star Trek book universe lost its only series set in the original series era. The initial offering takes us to Nereus II where the Sagittarius is looking at reports of an unusual energy signature on that world that seems to have mysteriously disappeared upon arrival.
The world is inhabited by a race called the Tomol who commit a ritual suicide around the onset of adulthood to prevent "the change" from happening. For an opening book in a series, David Mack tries to do far too much in a plot that is overloaded with just about everything under the sun including references to both the Preservers as well as a new mystery involving the Shedai whose legacy to the worlds of the Taurus Reach continues to expand piece-by-piece.
Also the cliffhanger ending in this case is either a very good plot device or a case of Mack not knowing how to end this opening novel. Overall though while this isn't the strongest opening novels for a new series it has potential which is why this reader will be seeking out the 2nd novel in this series next month just to see what direction this series will go.
A nice little story continuing the adventures of the valiant starship-let Sagittarius known from Vanguard after the big showdown in the Taurus Reach. The good things first. This is kind of "Roleplayer's star trek" in book form.
And that's not meant derigatorily, all but that. You could really imagine a group of geeks sitting around a table and coming up with a story like this as their campaign. I already A nice little story continuing the adventures of the valiant starship-let Sagittarius known from Vanguard after the big showdown in the Taurus Reach. I already liked the quirky crew of the ship during their Vanguard appearances and this just adds on more persons, more characterization, more depth to the already known faces and names.
At times it was slightly TOO much, you can't really keep up with two dozen "new" characters in only pages. That the focus then changed mostly away from the ship to a smaller away team was fortunate in that it allowed a more intimate identification with the protagonists without too many redshirts cluttering everything up. And now for the not so good. Which is not quite the compliment it used to be forty years ago. The native characters stayed pretty pale and insubstantial, the "monstrous" angle was a bit tiresome to read in first person perspective and the culture stayed shallow beyond the "everybody has to die before they turn 18" aspect It could have been nice to explore the whole Preserver angle a bit better, but that was as so much in this novel doomed by the low page count of My only hope is that the other three volumes will be slightly less hurried and make better use of the setting and potential of such a wonderful playing field.
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Second Nature feels just like such a missed chance to do something great all due to the constraints on space and possibly time for the author to write Feb 20, Judith Paterson rated it liked it. New adventures with new - mainly, crew and ships. Fast moving interesting plot. It isn't a stand alone story though so be warned - it ends fairly abruptly and you need to get the 2nd installment to find out what happens. Apr 28, Jimyanni rated it really liked it Shelves: star-trek. This was an extremely well-written book; I've docked it a star for a bit of an incomplete ending, but it was a near thing; I was almost willing to overlook what I consider a serious flaw given how much I enjoyed the rest of the story.
The is a Star Trek story set during the time of the original series, but not centering on the Enterprise but rather on the Sagittarius and the Endeavor, the two ships that had been support for Vanguard before it was destroyed; in fact, this series could be seen as This was an extremely well-written book; I've docked it a star for a bit of an incomplete ending, but it was a near thing; I was almost willing to overlook what I consider a serious flaw given how much I enjoyed the rest of the story.
The is a Star Trek story set during the time of the original series, but not centering on the Enterprise but rather on the Sagittarius and the Endeavor, the two ships that had been support for Vanguard before it was destroyed; in fact, this series could be seen as a sequel to the "Vanguard" series. The basic plotline seems to be a bit of a cross between the Vanguard "Shedai" plots, the original series episode "Miri", in which a planetary population is composed entirely of children who die when the reach maturity, and "Where No Man Has Gone Before" second pilot in which individuals develop godlike powers which are signaled by their eyes beginning to glow.
These "demigods" don't seem to have QUITE the potency of Gary Mitchell in that episode; they don't have the telepathy or the clairvoyance that he demonstrated. But the parallel is close in spite of that; I'm sure that there's some connection that will be revealed later. I would have preferred a more satisfying ending; it's not like I wouldn't have bought the next book in the series without the cliffhanger. But all in all, this is a very well-told story. Feb 02, Aron rated it really liked it Shelves: asap , st-vanguard. This was a pretty fun read. Having read Harbinger I was a little surprised how much different the books felt.
Where i thought Harbinger to be a heavy handed political thiller, Second Nature comes off pretty light hearted, bu This was a pretty fun read. Where i thought Harbinger to be a heavy handed political thiller, Second Nature comes off pretty light hearted, but that being said i still enjoyed it. I didn't really like Theriault's command style which was all over the place or maybe just non existent.
As for Dastin, But I really did like Capt. Terrell which I think is everything he should be. Jan 05, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , kindle , star-trek , reviewed. If you judge the first two Seekers books against the Vanguard series, they suck. But once you step back and evaluate these by normal standards and not Vanguard standards, these are decent books.
These are advertised as classic exploration stories, and in that regard they are enjoyable. This is the beginning of a two-part story.
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Book one follows the Sagittarius , and book two follows the Endeavour. Before you finish book one it will be obvious why that is. I could see where the story was going wel If you judge the first two Seekers books against the Vanguard series, they suck. I could see where the story was going well before the middle of the second book, which is how most non- Vanguard normal books are. One minor complaint - I really need a list of characters in the front or back.
I'm also a little bit weary of paying attention to characters that David Mack writes because he Vanguard spoiler! You can never tell which characters will be important and which ones will be classic redshirts Jan 29, Michael T Bradley rated it did not like it. David Mack used to be one of the rising stars of the Trek universe, along with David R. George III is he still doing anything for them?
I remember reading Vanguard and being really excited because I love the old Trek era, but feel it's a bit too saturated with familiar faces.
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The chapters here switch between the crew of the Sagittarius, and the natives of a planet where people have to give up their ch David Mack used to be one of the rising stars of the Trek universe, along with David R. The chapters here switch between the crew of the Sagittarius, and the natives of a planet where people have to give up their children while they go crazy around the age of The scenes with the natives were dull as hell, with ridiculous sounding names, and a culture that didn't seem sustainable.
The Sagittarius crew scenes were full of people I didn't know, and less description of races and more name dropping of them. All in all, it seems like, if you've read the Vanguard series, probably at least half of this book will read OK, but if you haven't, you're going to be alternately lost and lulled to sleep. Gorgeous cover, though. Sep 25, Joe Pranaitis rated it it was amazing. Seekers: Second Nature is the first book in the continuing voyages of both the scout ship Sagittarius and Endeavour as they continued to explore the area of space known as the Taurus Reach several months following the destruction of the Vanguard station.
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Captain Clark Terrell of the USS Reliant, ST II: The Wrath of Khan sends down a landing party to investigate strange energy readings only to find a species that sacrifice themselves before they turn eighteen years old and turn into telekinetic Seekers: Second Nature is the first book in the continuing voyages of both the scout ship Sagittarius and Endeavour as they continued to explore the area of space known as the Taurus Reach several months following the destruction of the Vanguard station.
Captain Clark Terrell of the USS Reliant, ST II: The Wrath of Khan sends down a landing party to investigate strange energy readings only to find a species that sacrifice themselves before they turn eighteen years old and turn into telekinetic monsters. While this is going on a Klingon captain Kang St: Day of the Dove enters orbit and tries to being one of the changed aboard but they take over a Bird-of-Prey and end up crashing it on their island, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Dec 04, Vin Forte rated it really liked it. Excellent start to this two-part kickoff story of the "Seekers" series of Star Trek books. David Mack remains a consummate gold standard for solid Trek stories and the perfect choice to breathe some fresh life and solid adventure into this line. This book, as well as Book Two, follow the scouting missions of the Starcruisers Sagittarius and Endeavour as they respond to both a foreign race in danger and an old foe looking to get the jump on the Federation.
The next novel arrives at my local books Excellent start to this two-part kickoff story of the "Seekers" series of Star Trek books. The next novel arrives at my local bookstore this week and I am looking forward to reading part two, "Point of Divergence," by the equally reliable team of Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore. A third "Seekers" book by Mack is due out in Spring and I look forward to giving it a chance.
Jul 10, Victor rated it did not like it. Ultimately, this book flops wetly into the "I shouldn't have read this" category. Second Nature is a sloppy lazy mess. Not even fun in a bad way.