Star Trek Book Challenge 83: Bloodthirst (Star Trek: The Original Series #37)

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Bloodthirst (Star Trek: The Original Series #37) by J.M. Dillard

Dillard is another author that has written a number of Trek novels:

Star Trek Generations

Demons

Mindshadow

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Star Trek TOS: Movie Novelizations, #6)

216905A class one medical emergency summons the “EnterpriseTM to the Federation outpost Tanis. There, a grisly surprise awaits them. Two of the lab’s three researchers are dead, their bodies almost entirely drained of blood. There are no clues, no records of their research, no remnants of their work. There is only the outpost’s sole survivor, Dr. Jeffrey Adams, who holds the secret of what happened at Tanis, and might now happen aboard the Enterprise.

There is more to the list, but I figured I just name a few off so you can get an idea. Bloodthrist was an interesting book. Vampires and Star Trek?!? Doesn’t seem like a good mix up does it? But it work for the most part and found myself liking the novel more than I should have really. The author did really well with the characters and had a good handle of the shows history. Again this was a fast read and kept a good beat with the action and drama. The part really made me laugh out loud was when every time Chekov said vampires he would say “wampires” hahaha. give it a read if you happen to find a copy of this book.

Star Trek Book Challenge 82: Firestorm (Star Trek: The Original Series #68)

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Here is another book by L.A. Graf. He wrote Ice Trap, Death Count and the upcoming novel in this challenge Traitor Winds (Star Trek: The Lost Years, #3). He as written a number of Trek books and so far I’ve rather enjoy his work. Firestorm (Star Trek: The Original Series #68) is a smooth read and goes into more backstory for Sulu, Uhura, and Chekov. Which is nice to see them get some love in the series and not just Kirk and his buddies. L.A. Graf as also shown that he is the go to author for all things Star Trek, with his knowledge of the show and characters. There were times where this novel dragged on and wondered a bit. But this was a good read and would say give it a read is you get the chance.

217593When a covert Elasian mining operation interferes with a Federation geological expedition, Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise are dispatched to mediate between the two parties. The Elasian Dohlman claims that the planet and its dilithium deposits are hers, but the geologists warn that if Rakatan Mons– the galaxy’s largest known stratovolcano– should erupt while the Elasians are mining its flanks, no amount of dilithium will save them. While Uhura and a landing party strive to determine if the Dohlman’s claims are true, Kirk struggles to keep the two sides from each other’s throats, but that delicate standoff is shattered by the arrival of an Elasian armada and the eruption of Rakatan, which could well destroy everyone on both sides.

Star Trek Book Challenge 81: From the Depths (Star Trek: The Original Series #66)

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From the Depths (Star Trek: The Original Series #66) by Victor Milán

1546260Okeanos, a water world settled centuries ago by a group of Federation separatists, is now rocked by a power struggle between the natives and the ex-Federation colony. When the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM is sent beyond the Federation’s boundaries to the planet to act as mediators, they are surprised to find a group of Klingons already serving as the natives’ advisors. The volatile situation rapidly deteriorates when one of Okeanos’s great floating cities is completely destroyed, and Captain Kirk is arrested for sabotage. Now at the center of a deadly civil war, Mr. Spock and the crew must race to free their captain as they face the deadly secret hidden beneath Okeanos’s murky depths.

It’s there… I feel the book does send WAY to much time explaining Star Fleets mission (and we all know this by now). Or it’s on going explaining of the shape and color of the star ships… That was the only down fall to this whole novel really. It was a fun read and basic of Trek plots with Kirks breaking procedure, getting in between Klingon drama and we can’t forgot the romancing that Kirk does so well hahaha. There have been worst novels out there that I have read while doing this challenge. This one was just fun to read and killed time rather well.

Star Trek Book Challenge 80: Windows on a Lost World (Star Trek: The Original Series #65)

Trek BookWindows on a Lost World (Star Trek: The Original Series #65) by V.E. Mitchell….

188258While Kirk, Spock, Chekov and an archaeological team are exploring the ruins of an ancient civilization on the uninhabited planet Careta IV, they discover strange devices that appear to be simple windows. But the windows prove dangerous when Kirk and Chekov enter them, and disappear. Now, while the two struggle to survive, Spock struggles to unravel the mystery while fighting off aliens.

It’s Trek books like this make it hard to finish this challenge.. I me wow… Normally they are fun to read and you go into them not really looking for high literary quality. But this was like pulling teeth just to get through. A lot of the characters do not act like they should. Completely out of character, specially Bones and Chekov. It seems the author had no knowledge of the history of the show and/or just didn’t care. That’s how it comes off in this whole novel. The plot drags on and on and quickly goes nowhere.. I think this is the first time the Original Series novels were this bad.. I might be wrong, I’ll have to go back and look. But wow, this one is the worst so far. Black-Man-Stark-Trek-Facepalm-Gif

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Star Trek Book Challenge 79: The Starship Trap (Star Trek: The Original Series #64)

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217588En route to an important diplomatic reception, the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM suddenly is set upon by a Klingon warship. This unprovoked assault, Kirk discovers, is in response to what the Klingon ship’s captain claims are recent Federation attacks on several Klingon vessels which have disappeared. Managing to secure a truce, Captain Kirk reaches the reception only to find out it is not just Klingon ships that are disappearing, but Federation and Romulan vessels, and ships from almost every known race are vanishing without a trace.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the “Starship Enterprise” must determine the fate of the missing ships before the entire known galaxy is drawn into a deadly conflict.

The Starship Trap (Star Trek: The Original Series #64) by Mel Gilden… This novel was so-so.. The whole thing for the most part was from Kirk’s point of view and had one to many plots that went no where.. The science in the book was handled well and the history was well known. It just seemed that the author just lost interest in the whole thing after while. You can kinda see that in halfway through the novel. I liked the villain’s obsession with 19th/20th century American & European history/literature. It’s a basic Trek story plot that really doesn’t go anywhere.. Sadly.. The ideas started out great, just couldn’t get there in the end.

Star Trek Book Challenge 78: Star Trek: The Disinherited (Star Trek: The Original Series #59)

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Here we find ourselves with another Star Trek book written by not 1, not 2. BUT 3 Different authors! In the time that I have done this challenge, I have sound that most team efforts turn the story lackluster or disjointed… Star Trek: The Disinherited (Star Trek: The Original Series #59) by Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger:

217573Gamma Xaridian is a peaceful Federation research colony that becomes the third Federation world to suffer a brutal attack at the hands of a mysterious alien fleet. With Lt. Uhura gone on an important mission of her own, Captain Kirk and the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM are dispatched to investigate the attacks, only to find the planets completely devastated. When another nearby colony is attacked, the U.S.S. “Enterprise” is ready and encounters a fleet of quick, small and deadly ships. Though Kirk and his crew manage to turn the raiders away, the U.S.S. “Enterprise” is severely damaged and the aliens escape.

As Kirk and his crew prepare for their next encounter with the raiders, Mr. Spock makes a startling discovery about the purpose behind the alien attacks, a purpose that, if realized, could have deadly consequences for the Federation and the U.S.S. “Enterprise.”

This book is rather anomaly and in a way a true to form Star Trek novel. Also most wish this was the template for some of the other novel that I have read. Most of the time you run into authors trying to get their ideas on the page and everything becomes a mess. Not the case here! The new characters are well balanced and blend in perfectly with the crew. The history and knowledge of the show was well done. The time line for this story is interesting… I have trouble placing it in fact. I know it happens shortly after Chekov arrives on the Enterprise. It has a nice pace and just the right amount of action. Plus has a nice investigation/crime novel feel to it. I found it rather hard to put down and blasted through the novel in a few hours. So it’s a good time killer as well haha.

Star Trek Book Challenge 77: Faces of Fire (Star Trek: The Original Series #58)

Trek BookWe have number 77 in the Star Trek Book Challenge! Faces of Fire (Star Trek: The Original Series #58) is the current book I just finished.. Written by Michael Jan Friedman, is what I like to call a good “comfort food” novel. The author had a handle on the history of the series and was able to handle 3 or more story plots at once with no effort at all.

217571En route to Alpha Malurian Six to settle a dispute between two religions, the U.S.S. Enterprise first stops to do a routine check on the progress of a terraforming colony on Beta Canzandia Three, a colony whose inhabitants include Carol and David Marcus. Spock is left behind at the terraforming colony to continue his scientific studies and the rest of the crew heads to Alpha Malurian Six to find the dispute has turned to war.

As Kirk, McCoy, and Scotty search for a solution to end the conflict, a ship piloted by a Klingon faction arrives at the terraforming colony to take control of the facility. When colonists are imprisoned, and Spock and David must defeat the Klingons or face certain death.

At times it almost felt rather “Star Trek cookie cutter” story plot. But I personally don’t mind it in this story line. It might be a little slow at times for some people, but it’s all part of the build up and everything has a purpose in the story at the end of everything. It’s a classic tale with the original crew and how can you go wrong? If you find a copy, read it!

Star Trek Book Challenge 76: Legacy (Star Trek: The Original Series #56)

Trek BookA rather well written book and shockingly pleased with the outcome of the story line. Legacy (Star Trek: The Original Series #56) by Michael Jan Friedman:

217561A routine survey of the planet Alpha Octavius Four turns disastrous as Spock is attacked and poisoned by a huge creature and Kirk’s landing party is trapped underground by a violent earthquake. As Spock fights for his life in sickbay, Scotty organizes a search for Kirk and his men. However, rescue efforts must cease when the U.S.S. Enterprise™ is called away to the Beta Cabrini system where a mining colony is under heavy attack.

At Beta Cabrini, the U.S.S. Enterprise™ faces off against a Marauder named Dreen — a man that Spock had watched his former captain Christopher Pike defeat years before. Fighting the effects of the poison, Spock struggles to his feet and takes command of the ship. Soon, Spock and Dreen are locked into a deadly game of cat and mouse — a game driven by mad revenge that can have only one survivor!

This novel is centered around Spock and Kirk and their problems they are having. It also goes into Pike a little bit. Well maybe to much, it became repetitive after awhile. Yes Pike is happy where he is at, lets move on… Please? NO? Oh he is happy on Talos IV? No backstory or character improvement for Pike? What? Oh Pike is happy again…. Yeah that story line was the only fail in the novel really. Over all it a light and fast read and some humor throughout.

Star Trek Book Challenge 75: Renegade (Star Trek: The Original Series #55)

Trek BookWe have Renegade (Star Trek: The Original Series #55) by Gene DeWeese. This an “WTF” book at first haha. Right off the bat McCoy and Spock are supposedly dead and Kirk is not able to find them on this planet. Plus with the threat level on the raise Kirk is made to do drastic things. With all this build up and not knowing whats going to happen! It just stops… Things slow down and becomes rather mediocre and boring. I found myself skipping a few chapters because it was going no where and it seemed that the author became lost in the novel. There were a few good moments and it was nice to see Sulu have an heroic role to play. That was the only upside throughout this book.

217556For nearly a hundred years, the planet Chrellkan IV has enjoyed a peaceful relationship with the colony on the third planet of its star system. However, relations between the two worlds take a deadly turn as rebel colonists take over Chrellkan III and turn against their mother world. To prevent the conflict from escalating into full-scale war, Starfleet orders Captain Kirk and the Enterprise to moderate the dispute. On arrival, Kirk sends Spock and McCoy to investigate the rebel’s claims. But seconds after beaming down, the two officers are taken hostage and then– according to sensors– killed. Devastated by his loss, Kirk must try to learn the truth behind the mysterious rebellion that has claimed the lives of his two closest friends.

Kirk’s investigation leads him to uncover a dangerous plot against the Federation– a plot driven by revenge that may make the Federation’s highest law, the Prime Directive, an instrument of violence and destruction.

If you happen to find a copy of this book. Give it a read and who knows. Maybe you might like it more than I did.tumblr_o5olgdnhpU1tpri36o1_400

Star Trek Book Challenge 74: Ghost-Walker (Star Trek: The Original Series #53)

Trek BookThis book was.. Meh… I mean it was interesting at points, it just fell flat sadly throughout most of it. Ghost-Walker (Star Trek: The Original Series #53) by Barbara Hambly deals with a rape at the beginning of the book and throughout the rest of the book these actions affect the characters.

1398425371Elcidar Beta Three — a tranquil, undisturbed planet strategically located between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Home to the Midgwins, a race of people who throughout all time have lived in peace with their planet, and themselves. But now, times are changing. Unwilling to embrace any form of technology, the Midgwins have exhausted their world’s natural resources, and stand on the brink of global famine. When Captain Kirk and the “Enterprise” arrive to aid the Midgwins, they find themselves caught up in that race’s struggle for survival…a struggle whose climactic battle pits them against a creature of darkness and shadow — an entity who roams the “Enterprise” corridors as if it owned them — an enemy who will not hesitate to kill to achieve its ultimate goal…

You’d think with that kinda beginning this would be good drama/action novel. Sadly no.. It’s rather light and slows down do too much descriptions. The plot idea is there and it’s a good one, just wasn’t handled to well. In the end it becomes a typical Trek story line with a few funny moments. It’s a good time killer book.