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Open Secrets is a Star Trek: Vanguard novel – the fourth book in the series – written by Dayton Ward. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in April 2009.


From the book jacket
The Taurus Reach is in turmoil.
With tensions mounting between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, Ambassador Jetanien works frantically on Starbase Vanguard to halt the escalation toward war. Commodore Diego Reyes, the station's former commander, awaits trial for treason, while the shattered mind of his intelligence officer, T'Prynn, becomes the battlefield in a fight for her very life.
But even as matters deteriorate, the discoveries made in the Taurus Reach have attracted one of the Federation's most promising scientific minds: Dr. Carol Marcus believes she is close to solving a puzzle that will transform her life's work. Meanwhile, an unexpected defection brings a new perspective to the investigation, and Vanguard's Lieutenant Ming Xiong is confronted with an artifact that could be the key to decoding the Taurus Meta-Genome.
But with Operation: Vanguard teetering between its greatest breakthrough and a conflict that could engulf two quadrants, its future may depend on the man Starfleet has selected to replace Reyes as base commander: Admiral Heihachiro Nogura.

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Background information

  • The novel was first announced at the New York Comic-Con in April 2008. Its title and cover art were revealed at the Shore Leave convention on 11 July 2008.
  • This is Dayton Ward's first novel since In the Name of Honor not to be written with Kevin Dilmore. Dilmore collaborated on the outline, but was unable to contribute to the completed manuscript, and requested that he not received front cover credit. He receives story credit with Ward on the inside title page.
  • Memory Alpha receives an acknowledgment from the author.
  • An extract from the novel appeared in Star Trek Magazine issue 144.
  • Cover art by Doug Drexler.
  • The novel was nominated for Best Original Novel (Speculative Fiction) at the 2010 Scribe Awards. [1]

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