Colony Ship Vanguard

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 30 ratings

Finding the Vanguard Publisher's Summary

The Colony Ship Vanguard was one of seven colony ships launched from a damaged Earth in a desperate plan to carry human settlers to Earth equivalent worlds. The voyages would take generations, and the people on board, as well as the flora and fauna in huge biological habitats had to be stable. But something happened on the way. Now, over one hundred years later, Earth is all but dead. People survive only in Dome 17. Gretchen and Paul are one of the teams who partake in a risky and dangerous mission to try to recover a colony ship. They will be using two unproven technologies: faster-than-light travel and teleportation. Each of those have significant limits. But the missions to the colony ships are humanities one hope for long term survival. What will Gretchen and Paul encounter while they are trying to find the Vanguard?

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  • Book 1

    • Finding the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 1
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The Colony Ship Vanguard was one of seven colony ships launched from a damaged Earth in a desperate plan to carry human settlers to Earth equivalent worlds. The voyages would take generations, and the people on board, as well as the flora and fauna in huge biological habitats had to be stable. But something happened on the way. Now, over one hundred years later, Earth is all but dead. People survive only in Dome 17.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable futuristic, sci-fi book!

    • By Eric Reeves on 08-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • Trapped on the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 2
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Gretchen and Paul, refugees from a dead Earth, have found the old colony ship Vanguard. The ship is on its generation-long journey to another solar system. The ship has suffered a severe epidemic and not everything is functional. The various biological habitats are vast and unexplored by Gretchen and Paul. What will they find as they explore and investigate the old ship? Will they find friends or enemies? Will anyone believe they really have come from Earth? What will their new lives be like, trapped on the Vanguard?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Adventure continues aboard the vanguard

    • By Daphne L Thompson on 06-28-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Danger on the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 3
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Something is happening to the shuttles which fly from habitat to habitat around the Vanguard. In this third book of the Colony Ship Vanguard series, Paul and Gretchen continue to find out more about their surroundings. Brinley, the Free Ranger they saved, helps them as strange dangers happen and mysteries are unraveled.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good solid Sci-Fi

    • By Rayc on 04-05-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Searching the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 4
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Jeannette Howard
    • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    In the fourth book of the Colony Ship Vanguard series, Paul, Gretchen, and Brinley search for a way to reconnect with the artificial intelligence system, Tiffany. Along the way, they encounter many dangers and unknowns. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good solid Sci-Fi

    • By Rayc on 08-13-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5

    • Enemy on the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 5
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Nadia Mori
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    As Gretchen, Paul, and Brinley are trying to find some safe refuge in the vast Colony Ship Vanguard, new troubles arise. Old foes have returned. Strange things have been happening. What is awaiting, and what will be the enemy on the Vanguard

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Adventure Continues

    • By Rayc on 08-18-18

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 6

    • Escaping the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 6
    • By: John Thornton
    • Narrated by: Chase Johnson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2

    Paul and Gretchen have suffered enormous hardships on the colony ship Vanguard. They decide to try to make an escape. Forging ahead with the assistance of the artificial intelligence system Tiffany, they devise a plan that might help them to get away from the death and destruction they have seen. Will they be successful as they make an attempt at escaping the Vanguard

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best in the series

    • By Rayc on 08-18-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    Defending the Vanguard audiobook cover art
    • Defending the Vanguard

    • Colony Ship Vanguard, Book 7
    • By: John Thornton
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  • Book 8

    Fate of the Vanguard audiobook cover art
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