Star Trek Book Challenge 37: Imbalance (Star Trek: The Next Generation #22)

Star Trek Book Challenge 37: Imbalance (Star Trek: The Next Generation #22)

Writen by V.E. Mitchell Imbalance (Star Trek: The Next Generation #22) is an interesting book to say the least. Sadly this book was one of those written before the TV took off and a lot of secondary characters were fleshed out. I think that is the danger element for any older TNG novels. Everything the author does in this book doesn’t fit or line up witht he characters we know and love now. Sadly…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 37: Imbalance (Star Trek: The Next Generation #22)

Writen by V.E. Mitchell Imbalance (Star Trek: The Next Generation #22) is an interesting book to say the least. Sadly this book was one of those written before the TV took off and a lot of secondary characters were fleshed out. I think that is the danger element for any older TNG novels. Everything the author does in this book doesn’t fit or line up witht he characters we know and love now. Sadly this causes the book to lose it history and luster rather quickly.

Nothing new was brought to the table with this book and it shows. A lot of the crew in the story are off having their own adventures and every so often interact with each other, and it’s slow and lackluster.. Again nothing new added to the story.. Main story line is Crusher’s and there is one that takes place on the ship.. For 200 pages of a long choose your own adventure that you have no control of haha. What is odd those the whole story was quickly resolved in the last chapter. Almost like the author got bored or ran out of ideas and wanted to end everything.

217878The Jarada are a mysterious race of insectoid beings with an extreme devotion to protocol. When this usually reclusive race offer to open diplomatic relations with the Federation, Captain Picard and the U.S.S. Enterprise are quickly ordered to Jarada to negotiate the exchange of Ambassadors.

When the ship arrives, the Jarada seem uncharacteristically friendly. They invite Picard to send down members of his crew and negotiations proceed both quickly and smoothly. Suddenly, however, the Jarada change. They cut off Commander Riker and his away team from the U.S.S. Enterprise and initiate an unprovoked attack on the ship. Now Picard must unravel the aliens’ mystery before it’s too late for the away team – and the U.S.S. Enterprise.

This is a classic case of someone having a decent idea for a novel and then never really being able to expand it beyond a small novella. It’s a quick, mindless read, but even at that, it’s mostly a waste of time. But if you had Crusher as the main focus of the book, it would have been a lot better..

Star Trek Book Challenge 36: Infiltrator (Star Trek: The Next Generation #42)

217508Centuries ago, followers of the tyrant Khan Noonien Singh left Earth for the planet Hera to continue his experiment in selective breeding. Now, they are finally ready to launch their plan of universal domination– with the U.S.S. Enterprise as their weapon. Captain Picard must enlist the help of Heran expatriate Astrid Kemal to defeat her fellow superbeings. Unless the captain and crew of the Enterprise can stop them, the Heran infiltrators could alter the genetic landscape of the galaxy for generations to come.

Infiltrator (Star Trek: The Next Generation #42) by W.R. Thompson…

The books was intriguing enough and yet rather long-winded at times. Which cause the story to lose my attention and found myself wondering.. We have a race that was made by eugenics and is picking a fight with Federation. Now with this story line it brings your basic Star Trek politics and space battles. With out giving much away, I think it it would have been an interesting TV episode and might have changed the some of the characters around. Especially Riker.. A pretty solid TNG book. Not great, but nothing wrong with it either. It’s one of the few novels that left me going, “Meh”.

Star Trek Book Challenge 35: Crossroad (Star Trek: The Original Series #71)

So today we have Crossroad (Star Trek: The Original Series #71) by Barbara Hambly. This book had a lot of promise to it and for what it was I did rather enjoy reading it. That being said, the only problem for this book is the events that take place.

217599The crew of the Nautilus, a battered Starship of mysterious origin, is beamed aboard the Starship Enterprise. The group claims they are freedom fighters from the future working to save the Federation from the Consilium, a group of corrupt power-seekers. The Nautilus crew members then seize control of the U.S.S. Enterprise, and a Starship from the future arrives to arrest the renegades. Kirk must separate his true allies from those who wish to destroy the Federation.

Kinda a bizarre little story line and the only way for any of the events in this book to work at all in the Star Trek universe is either have it be an alternate or a completely different timeline. At times it feels like she was lost in her own thought process or not to sure on what to do next haha. Almost like a fish out of water really. There are some chapters that you can skip over, because they have nothing going on or no important backstory or actions. I would say this tho, the primary characters are true to form and the secondary characters are dimensional/non-robotic. It’s a good time filler and nothing else, all tho it’s FAR better than some of the other ones I’ve read in the past.

I don’t know what it is about Trek novels..? They are so hit and miss its not even funny, or they are “pay check” books. you’d think there would have been a standard by now for what Trek should be. I know Star Wars as a timeline they need to follow for the most part.. I mean there are a few really bad novel in that field as well, but that’s another story all together.

Star Trek Book Challenge 9: Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39)

Star Trek Book Challenge 9: Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39)

1992159Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39) Written by A.C. Crispin…. You really can’t go wrong with the classic crew of Star Trek!

This book follows a reunited Enterprise crew to save Spock’s son from the past. The crew’s mission to the Gateway to bring back Zar out of the past and also contact the “Guardian of Forever” to civilization.

Now this is a sequel to Yesterday’s Son. So if…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 9: Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39)

Star Trek Book Challenge 9: Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39)

1992159Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39) Written by A.C. Crispin…. You really can’t go wrong with the classic crew of Star Trek!

This book follows a reunited Enterprise crew to save Spock’s son from the past. The crew’s mission to the Gateway to bring back Zar out of the past and also contact the “Guardian of Forever” to civilization.

Now this is a sequel to Yesterday’s Son. So if…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 9: Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39)

1992159Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Original Series #39) Written by A.C. Crispin…. You really can’t go wrong with the classic crew of Star Trek!

This book follows a reunited Enterprise crew to save Spock’s son from the past. The crew’s mission to the Gateway to bring back Zar out of the past and also contact the “Guardian of Forever” to civilization.

Now this is a sequel to Yesterday’s Son. So if you haven’t read that, you should read that first and sstop reading this post do to SPOILERS! The story line and the interactions between Spock, Kirk and McCoy are classes and heart warming. This book really felt like seeing an old family come back together one last time. There are some weak points, especially concerning the structure of the plot. Events seem somewhat erratic at times and the novel goes through multiple disorienting shifts in direction. I would go out read this book if you get the chance. Well read the first one and then read this one haha.

Time in the galaxy has stopped running in its normal course. That can mean only one thing — the Guardian of Forever is malfunctioning. To save the universe, Starfleet Command reunites three of its most legendary figures — Admiral James T. Kirk, Spock of Vulcan, and Dr. Leonard McCoy — and sends them on a desperate mission to contact the Guardian, a journey that ultimately takes them 5,000 years into the past. They must find Spock’s son Zar once again, and bring him back to their time to telepathically communicate with the Guardian.

But Zar is enmeshed in troubles of his own, and soon Kirk, Spock, and McCoy find themselves in a desperate struggle to save both his and their world. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Star Trek Book Challenge 7: The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38)

Star Trek Book Challenge 7: The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38)

For this book challenge I went back with old school Star Trek and read The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38) by Jean Lorrah. Plot:

I.D.I.C — Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. More than just a simple credo, for those of the planet Vulcan it is the cornerstone of their philosophy.

Now, on the Vulcan Science Colony Nisus, that credo of tolerance is being being put to its…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 7: The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38)

Star Trek Book Challenge 7: The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38)

For this book challenge I went back with old school Star Trek and read The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38) by Jean Lorrah. Plot:

I.D.I.C — Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. More than just a simple credo, for those of the planet Vulcan it is the cornerstone of their philosophy.

Now, on the Vulcan Science Colony Nisus, that credo of tolerance is being being put to its…

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Star Trek Book Challenge 7: The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38)

For this book challenge I went back with old school Star Trek and read The IDIC Epidemic (Star Trek: The Original Series #38) by Jean Lorrah. Plot:

I.D.I.C — Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. More than just a simple credo, for those of the planet Vulcan it is the cornerstone of their philosophy.

Now, on the Vulcan Science Colony Nisus, that credo of tolerance is being being put to its sternest test. For here, on a planet where Vulcan, human, Klingon, and countless other races live and work side by side, a deadly plague whose origins has sprung up. A plague whose origins are somehow rooted in the concept of I.D.I.C. itself. A plague that threatens to tear down that centuries-old maxim and replace it with an even older concept.

77302Great story and the story moves right along. Now it’s not an action packed book, so if you came looking for an action pack Star Trek novel. Stay away from this book… Also this book mostly follows the ST:TOS universe and Kirk, Spock, McCoy and  others are just secondary characters here. The main part is mostly focused on ST:TOS guest stars like Corrigan, Sorel or Sarek and Amanda etc… It’s an ‘intergalactic” take on racism, segregation/cooperation of species. It makes for a interesting read from a philosophical standpoint. It’s defiantly what they call, “a thinking man’s book.” This actually took me a few days to read. Where as most of the past Star Trek books take me a 1 or 2 days to wrap up.

I liked the book! But I don’t know if I would recommend it to anyone who isn’t a hardcore fan of the Star Trek universe. Now this novel is a sequel to Jean Lorrah’s previous Trek entry, the Vulcan Academy Murders. Which is another great book by it’s self.