Star Trek Book Challenge 52: Shell Game (Star Trek: The Original Series #63)

217586While on a routine mission to retrieve a research drone for recycling, the “U.S.S. Enterprise” TM encounters a Romulan space station adrift within Federation borders. Exploring the lifeless station, the crew finds ghostly apparitions flitting at the edges of sight. Soon the “U.S.S. Enterprise” is also inexplicably without power. Captain Kirk and his crew must now solve the mystery of the strange apparitions before the Starship suffers the station’s fate.

The situation becomes desperate when a Romulan warship arrives looking for the station, and the Romulan Commander accuses the Federation of treachery. Before Captain Kirk can save the Starship “Enterprise” from complete destruction, he must avoid becoming drawn into a deadly shell game, a game that will leave no winners and no survivors.

Written by Melissa Crandall, the novel is half bad. it does a good job at balancing the history and over all atmosphere of the book. The plot moves along nicely and keeps your attention throughout. There are some parts that rather meh.. Typical Trek cookie cutter story plot and at times causes the story to drag a bit. But over all I liked it and say give it a read if you get a chance.

Wish I had more to post about this book.. But it just there and yeah hahaha. It’s not bad, at the same time it’s not great.

Star Trek Book Challenge 51: Grounded (Star Trek: The Next Generation #25)

Star Trek Book Challenge 51: Grounded (Star Trek: The Next Generation #25)

216864While answering a distress call from a scientific station in a remote part of the galaxy, the U.S.S. Enterprise becomes infected with a mysterious alien life form which feeds on and transforms inorganic materials. The Starship begins to gradually disintegrate, and Starfleet is forced to order its evacuation and destruction to prevent the dangerous infection from spreading throughout the galaxy.…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 51: Grounded (Star Trek: The Next Generation #25)

216864While answering a distress call from a scientific station in a remote part of the galaxy, the U.S.S. Enterprise becomes infected with a mysterious alien life form which feeds on and transforms inorganic materials. The Starship begins to gradually disintegrate, and Starfleet is forced to order its evacuation and destruction to prevent the dangerous infection from spreading throughout the galaxy. It’s the end of an era for Captain Picard and his crew, who are scheduled for transfers that will split them up among different Starfleet vessels.
But even as the end draws near for the Starship Enterprise, Captain Picard begins to formulate a desperate plan to save his ship and preserve his crew—a plan that will force him to defy Starfleet orders and lead him to a confrontation with a malevolent alien force which has the power to destroy the entire Federation.

Grounded (Star Trek: The Next Generation #25) by David Bishoff….. Hmmmmm, where to begin with this book. First off, I’m going to flat out say I don’t like it at all.. First lines of dialog written here reminds me of another point I meant to raise – one of grammar. I know that many of us struggle with the terms “to”, “too” and “two”. English is positively machiavellian in that way sometimes. But when an author, an editor, a publisher, and whoever else vets a work before it goes on mass production allows no less than 2 blatantly incorrect uses of the word “to” to go unchecked, a few eyebrows cannot but help be raised. I’m no demigod of the english language (I daren’t count my mistakes). But then if I were publishing this review and expecting to make money out of it then I’d be sure to attempt to conform to the linguistic guidelines of my chosen medium. To cap this rant off, louvois’ line was “Don’t gloat, Picard. It’s almost more irritating then when you’re being self-righteous”. I’d point out precisely where the error sits – but you’re not blind. even if you are, you can see it.

8TpFpD4I’m not going to tell you not to read this book. Deadly danger to the Enterprise, interesting new characters, a little light profanity (not even from Riker) and following the early TV format wherein the last fifth of the thing finishes the threat, with little previously accumulated data to help. I quite liked the proposed theories on autism, though… What else? data was quite central, and that worked well. Worf might as well have been on vacation, for all the useful input he had.
This novel was badly written , I just stopped caring half way through the book. Just after a few chapters you can get an idea on what the plot was or lack there of. The history for the characters were not there or butchered beyond belief, for example:
(From Riker)
“Let’s get a move on, then, folks. There are doubtless lives out there to be saved.”
What? That’s not how people talk and that’s not how Riker talks at all! You have all the TNG characters here, but not one of them are who they are. It’s hard to explain the bewilderment that is caused by this book… Just over look this novel and find something better. Save yourself the time and headache..

Star Trek Book Challenge !!50!!: The Rift (Star Trek: The Original Series #57)

Star Trek Book Challenge !!50!!: The Rift (Star Trek: The Original Series #57)

217570Every thirty-three years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away — much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise™are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time…

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Star Trek Book Challenge !!50!!: The Rift (Star Trek: The Original Series #57)

217570Every thirty-three years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away — much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise™ are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time that the rift will be open.

Mr. Spock leads the Federation party as they travel by shuttle through the rift just as a group of the aliens arrive in Federation space. The meetings go smoothly until the Calligar take Spock’s party hostage and Kirk discovers that the aliens are keeping a deadly secret. With angry Tellarite and Andorain fleets ready to attack the Calligar, Kirk must save Spock and the others before war breaks out and the rift closes for another fifty years.

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Here we are!! At book 50 of the Star Trek Book Challenge!! That means there are only 37 more to go!  Sweet baby Jesus haha, definitely a bit much to take on for a random challenge. But I’m glad I did tho. It’s been interesting to say the least.

tumblr_inline_mka99g1wPJ1qz4rgp-200x249The Rift (Star Trek: The Original Series #57) by Peter David as some good foreshadowing and use of nuances. Very good contrasting/comparison of Kirk and Pike, and explanation of changes in the enterprise from Pike’s era to the first series. Not a long portion, but a decent inclusion of Pike as a character. It was nice to see Kirk get some comeuppances. I also liked the societal comparisons/contrasts with the Prime Directive. As much as I have enjoyed many other books in the original series, this one ranks a bit out ahead of the others. It’s over all it’s a well written story and a classic Trek adventure :). The history for the characters was well done and the humor was perfect for this story. If you have a chances to read this book, I’d say go for it.

 

Star Trek Book Challenge 49: Spartacus (Star Trek: The Next Generation #20)

Star Trek Book Challenge 49: Spartacus (Star Trek: The Next Generation #20)

Spartacus (Star Trek: The Next Generation #20) by Terry Mancour

This is mainly a Data story, the rest of the crew are around. The Enterprise help a disabled ship and get involved in a dispute about people as property. It is not as straight forward as it sounds though, and there are a few twists in the story. The Spartacus title does give away the plot a bit but its a decent read. Till the middle…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 49: Spartacus (Star Trek: The Next Generation #20)

Spartacus (Star Trek: The Next Generation #20) by Terry Mancour

This is mainly a Data story, the rest of the crew are around. The Enterprise help a disabled ship and get involved in a dispute about people as property. It is not as straight forward as it sounds though, and there are a few twists in the story. The Spartacus title does give away the plot a bit but its a decent read. Till the middle of the book things start to go downhill. It’s almost like the author didn’t know what half of the tech was called or races for that matter.

217876Answering a distress call, the U.S.S. Enterprise� finds a damaged alien vessel — the Freedom — crewed by a race known as the Vemlans. Their captain, Jared asks for assistance in repairing his ship — assistance Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are only too happy to provide. But once begun, their relief efforts are interrupted by the arrival of an entire fleet from Vemla, who claim that Jared and his crew are escaped slaves — and their property!

As Jared and his people plea for protection and the right to be free, Captain Picard is caught between the demands of his conscience and the dictates of the Prime Directive. And when the Vemlan fleet threatens to fight if the U.S.S. Enterprise doesn’t stand aside, Picard must choose between the safety of his ship…and the annihilation of an entire race.

Meh… That’s all I really have to say about this novel.. Is just Meh… I’d over look this book if you can.

 

Star Trek Book Challenge 48: Chains of Command (Star Trek: The Next Generation #21)

Star Trek Book Challenge 48: Chains of Command (Star Trek: The Next Generation #21)

We have Chains of Command (Star Trek: The Next Generation #21) by Bill McCay & E.L. Flood…. I have to say I really didn’t like this book. Not that the story was badly written or the histories were messed up OT a pay check book. It was just rather lackluster for the most part. You’d think for having a kidnap Picard would make for more of a action driven novel. Nope.

217877While exploring a group of…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 48: Chains of Command (Star Trek: The Next Generation #21)

We have Chains of Command (Star Trek: The Next Generation #21) by Bill McCay & E.L. Flood…. I have to say I really didn’t like this book. Not that the story was badly written or the histories were messed up OT a pay check book. It was just rather lackluster for the most part. You’d think for having a kidnap Picard would make for more of a action driven novel. Nope.

217877While exploring a group of devastated class-M planets in a remote sector of space, the crew of the U.S.S. “Enterprise (TM) ” is shocked to discover a group of human slaves on a forbidding, glacial world. When the slaves revolt against their human overseers, Captain Picard and his crew sympathize with the slaves plight but cannot interfere in the conflict. After the revolt is a success, Captain Picard learns that both the slaves and the overseers were controlled by a mysterious bird-like race called the Tseetsk, who are coming to reclaim their property. With the time running out, the rebels kidnap Captain Picard and Counsellor Troi — drawing the U.S.S. “Enterprise” into the middle of their deadly plan of vengeance.

Mediocore.. Is the word I would use for this book. LOTS of potential, but missed the mark. It seems like the authors couldn’t agree on anything or didn’t know what the other one was writing about. Kinda jumpy and yet used the same crappy Trek formula for story lines. Nothing really original here sadly.

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Star Trek Book Challenge 47: Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation #18)

Star Trek Book Challenge 47: Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation #18)

What is a Q?
It’s a letter of the alphabet, as far as I know.
– Worf and Tasha Yar, 2364 (“All Good Things…“)
Oh Q… He has to be one of my favorite characters from TNG. For those who don’t know who Q is: Q is a highly powerful entity from a race called omnipotent, godlike beings also known as The Q.

star-trek-enterprise-animated-gif-21The Qwere a seemingly omnipotent and immortal species who inhabited the Q Continuum,…

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