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Introduction (blurb)Edit

The mystery of the Taurus Reach is about to be revealed.

Ancient secrets lie on the fourth planet of the Jinoteur system, and three great rivals are fighting to control it. The Federation and the Klingon Empire want to wield its power; the Tholian Assembly wants to bury it.

But the threat stirring on that distant world is more dangerous than they realize. The Shedai, who ruled the Taurus Reach aeons ago, have risen from their ages of deathlike slumber -- to gather, marshal their strength, and take their revenge.

To keep Jinoteur from falling into enemy hands, the crews of Starbase Vanguard and the U.S.S. Sagittarius must risk everything: friends...loved ones...their own lives. But the sacrifices they make may prove too terrible for them to bear.

SummaryEdit

Reap the Whirlwind takes place in 2266, six weeks after the conclusion of Summon the Thunder.

The Shedai Wanderer returns to the Shedai first world- the fourth planet of the Jinoteur system- after being defeated on Erilon and begins reaching through the Conduits to awaken more Shedai. Among them are the Maker, the Herald, the Avenger, the Sage, the Adjudicator, the Warden, and the Apostate who resists her calls. To reach them, she takes over the minds of a Tholian (or Kollotaan as the Shedai call them) ship, killing those who resist. The Tholians are captured and tied into the Shedai communication network to expand its abilities which is a tortuous experience for the enslaved Tholians. Later it is revealed that the Tholians were engineered from an inferior species to function as telepathic communication nodes by the Shedai.

On Vanguard, Commodore Diego Reyes dispatches the USS Sagittarius with Ming Xiong aboard to Jinoteur, source of a carrier-wave signal that controls the Shedai technology . A Klingon fleet was recently destroyed at Jinoteur and a derelict Tholian ship orbits Jinoteur's fourth planet. Reyes ex-wife, Jeanne Vinueza, also comes aboard on her way to Gamma Tauri IV, a planet in the Taurus Reach where she is to be president of the New Boulder colony. Their marriage collapsed because Vinueza couldn't handle Reyes putting Starfleet secrets ahead of their relationship. The USS Lovell with its S.C.E. crew is currently at Gamma Tauri IV helping to establish the colony as cover for their true mission digging up more Shedai artifacts.

Vinueza tells Reyes and the JAG office that her colony formerly rejects Federation protectorate status in hopes Klingons in the sector will leave the colony alone if they have no political alliance. Though warned that Starfleet will not defend the colony militarily if the action is taken, Vinueza refuses to back down and leaves Vanguard station with Reyes worried for the safety of his former wife who he still has feelings for.

T'Prynn's behavior and health becomes erratic as Sten's katra steps up attacks against her psyche. Spy Anna Sandesjo's reliability is called into question by her Klingon controllers as her reports become less frequent and lack critical information. She is thrown into emotional turmoil balancing her Klingon honor and feelings for T'Prynn. Though in love with Sandesjo, T'Prynn deliberately feeds her false information about events in the Jinoteur system to protect the Sagittarius. When the Klingons discover the lie, they know Sandesjo's cover has been blown and seek to kill her.

When the Sagittarius arrives at Jinoteur, it is shot down by Shedai defenses and crashes in a river. Though intact, all antimatter is lost in the attack so the crew is stranded and must avoid being hunted down by the Shedai until fuel can be delivered. The Shedai find out the Apostate prevented the complete destruction of the Sagittarius and excommunicate him from their kind for his respect and defense of what they consider lesser life forms (or Telinaruul as they call them).

Quinn and Pennington are contracted to deliver fuel to the Sagittarius while Orion merchant Ganz is contracted to delay a Klingon battlecruiser from reaching the Jinoteur system before the fuel can be delivered. After Quinn and Pennington arrive at Jinoteur and deliver the fuel to the Sagittarius, they are asked to rescue some crewmen who have been separated from the ship while erecting a damping field to protect the vessel from the Shedai.

The Klingons land on Gamma Tauri IV to stake a claim and the USS Endeavour is dispatched to back-up the Lovell. Before the Endeavor arrives, the Klingons on the planet are destroyed by a horde of Shedai. Starfleet tries to evacuate the New Boulder colonists but are not permitted to make them aware of the Shedai threat and so the colonists refuse to move. Once the Shedai attack begins on New Boulder, Venueza calls Reyes to ask/blame him for what's happening. Her last words are "Damn you, Diego! Why didn't you tell us the truth? Why didn't you tell me?" Then the Shedai rip her apart as Reyes watches. Reyes invokes General Order 24 and has his ships orbitally bombard the planet with the Klingons joining in. The surface of the planet is reduced to ash and glass, killing all the Shedai pawns (called the Nameless) involved in the attack.

On Jinoteur, the Apostate takes a Sagittarius crewman named Theriault whom he rescued to the capitol city and central computer for the Shedai where he is soon attacked by his fellows. As the Apostate defends himself and protects Theriault, Pennington arrives to rescue her. The two find the central computer where the captured Tholians are being tortured to harness their telepathic powers for the Shedai Conduits. Theriault and Pennington ask the Apostate to free the Tholians despite them being enemies as they cannot bear to see any creature being enslaved and tortured. The Apostate returns the Tholians to their ship in orbit which collapses the Conduits. As the two humans escape, the Shedai attack the Apostate. He warns them that he has begun an irreversible process to remove the entire Jinoteur system from space-time and gives them a chance to flee before the Conduits collapse. The Shedai escape to worlds where their technology was planted millennia ago but when the Conduits collapse, they become stranded on those worlds.

Quinn's ship, the Rocinante, and the Sagittarius escape the planet and come under attack by the Klingon battlecruiser delayed by Ganz. The 2 small ships are quickly overwhelmed by the Klingon vessel. The Tholian ship enters the fray, fires upon the Klingons, and allows the 2 ships to escape due to an indebtedness to the two humans who gained release for their people. All 4 ships jump to warp before the Jinoteur system collapses and disappears.

When the Sagittarius and Rocinante return to Vanguard, Quinn and Pennington are hailed as heroes by Starfleet personnel. Meanwhile Sandesjo is being secretly secluded away in a cargo ship to take her into hiding. T'Prynn meets Quinn in the station's docking bay, making peace with him and freeing him of his debts to Starfleet and Ganz. As she is speaking, she sees the ship holding Sandesjo explode in the docking bay. Overcome by her emotional burdens, T'Prynn collapses to the deck as Quinn and Pennington helplessly watch. Overcome by his guilt and the blood he feels to be on his hands, Reyes asks Pennington to write the story of the destructions of Gamma Tauri IV and Jinoteur along with everything the reporter has uncovered about the Shedai then Reyes has the story leaked past security screeners.

Xiong meets with the new scientist assigned to study the meta-genome, Dr. Carol Marcus, about the recent discovery that the Jinoteur carrier-wave signal produced an energy waveform that controlled the meta genome and Shedai technology. The waveform had medical/biological applications but with the disappearance of Jinoteur, the waveform is gone and Shedai technology disabled.

Pennington is redeemed professionally as a journalist. Reyes is arrested by his girlfriend and JAG officer Rana Desai. Ganz has a strange piece of Shedai technology delivered to the Klingons. T'Prynn remains comatose while locked in ceaseless battle with Sten's katra and his continual cries of, "Submit!"

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

RegularsEdit

Rana DesaiEzekiel FisherGanzJetanienTim PenningtonCervantes QuinnDiego ReyesAnna Sandesjo (Lurqal) • T'PrynnMing Xiong

ShedaiEdit

Shedai AdjudicatorShedai ApostateShedai AvengerShedai HeraldShedai MakerShedai MyrmidonShedai SageShedai ThaumaturgeShedai WandererShedai Warden

OthersEdit

Donovan AdamsJeffrey AndersonLisa BabitzBelHoQBohicaBroonKaren CahowCofellJane FisherChristopher GabbertVarech jav GekToby GreenfieldMike "Mad Man" IlucciJamesKattanMahmud al-KhaledKreqKromLugokManónCarol MarcusMelanie MartinezJabilo M'BengaAdelard NassirNdufeNeilsh'NerothSherivan sh'NessBrian O'HalloranOhqQahlQlarGonzalo RoblesCharles RockeyMatt RomanoBlaise SelbySethRoger ShearSteinbergStenSturkaKalen TarcohClark TerrellVanessa TheriaultThorsenTonarTuragUrgozJeanne VinuezaXavZett Nilric
Referenced only 
Gene HarrisPaul Tillotson

StarshipsEdit

FederationEdit

USS Belleau WoodUSS DauntlessUSS EndeavourUSS HeliosKeplerUSS LovellUSS MalaccaSS Terra CourserSS Centauri StarArcher-class (USS ArcherUSS ArjunaUSS ArtemisUSS BowmanUSS KyudoUSS LocksleyUSS LongbowUSS Sagittarius)

OtherEdit

ChR Bloodied Talon (Romulan bird of prey) • IcarionLanz't Tholis (Tholian battlecruiser) • IKS Che'lethIKS Zin'za

LocationsEdit

Borzha IIGamma Tauri IV (Cardalian MountainsNew Boulder) • Jinoteur IVJinoteur systemSector Tango-4119Taurus ReachTholiaVanguard (Café Romanothe hubManón'sStars LandingTom Walker'sVanguard HospitalVault)
Referenced only 
ArinexCygnet XIVJinoteurMars (Cydonia) • Nejev III

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBorzhanBrassicaCaitianChelonDeltanDenobulanHumanKlingonOrionRomulanSaurianShedaiTellariteTholianTiburonianVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Federation CouncilKlingon EmpireShedai ColloquiumTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of PlanetsStarfleetStarfleet IntelligenceSerrataal

Other referencesEdit

Age of Grim AwarenessArgelian fluasinolyathinBiobedBregit lungBrunello wineCamiglianoDocking baykatrakelviniumRokeg blood pieSaylokShedai conduitShedai carrier wavewarnogzilm'kach

InformationEdit

  • An excerpt from this novel was published in issue 132 of the Star Trek Magazine.
  • Beginning in Chapter 2, on page 27, readers are introduced to the characters of Ensign Brian O'Halloran and Ensign Jeff Anderson, engaging in a chat that seems strangely reminiscent of the cult movie Clerks, including lines about "I'm not even supposed to be here today" (O'Halloran) and ditching work for a hockey game (Anderson). Interestingly, Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson are the names of the actors who played, respectively, Dante Hicks and Randal Graves in Clerks and Clerks II.
  • Agents Verheiden and Cofell, as well as Captain Rymer, are references to the Battlestar Galactica staff members Mark Verheiden, Anne Cofell Saunders and Michael Rymer.
  • The book features a Vanguard minipedia after the actual story.
  • In the novel's inner title page, the 5th city listed under Pocket Books is Jinoteur, the planet where much of the book progresses.

TranslationsEdit

German:

  • Title: Ernte den Sturm
  • Publisher: Cross Cult
  • ISBN: 978-3-936480-93-1
  • Translator: Markus Rohde
  • Published: 2008

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ConnectionsEdit

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
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