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)

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…

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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)

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…

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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)

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…

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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)

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…

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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)

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…

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