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. Enterpriseā„¢ is called away to the Beta Cabrini system where a mining colony is under heavy attack.

At Beta Cabrini, the U.S.S. Enterpriseā„¢ 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.

Star Trek Book Challenge 73: A Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation #10)

Trek BookGetting closer to the end!! This is the last novel for the TNG series!! Personally I could believe my eyes and had to go back and double check all the books haha. A Rock and a Hard Place (Star Trek: The Next Generation #10) by Peter David who also wrote Vendetta, Q-In-Law, Strike Zone, The Rift, The Siege just to name a few. I’ve read a number of his books in this challenge, as well as some of the his comic books. I think the only one so far I didn’t really like was Strike Zone.. But you can read about that in my Star Trek Book Challenge section. Anywho! Back to the novel and the plot line:

star_trek_novel_rock_hard_place Under the best circumstances, terraforming is a tough, dangerous task that pits the hardiest of pioneers against an unforgiving environment. When the terraformers on the planet Paradise fall behind schedule, commander Riker is given temporary leave from the U.S.S. Enterprise and sent to assist.

Riker’s replacement on the Starship Enterprise is a volatile officer named Stone whose behavior soon raises questions about his ability and his judgment. Meanwhile, Commander Riker has become enmeshed in a life and struggle with Paradise’s brutal landscape. However, he soon learns that not all of the planet’s dangers are natural in origin — as he comes face to face with Paradise’s greatest danger and most hideous secret.

I rather enjoyed this book and it was a nice way to wrap things up with TNG novels. There have been some bad one in the past and I was a little worried about this one. Stone was an interesting character to say the least. He was made to be Riker’s replacement, while Riker was went to a terraforma planet. An odd part of Stone’s backstory was he was able to beat the Kobayashi Maru program with out cheating…? It didn’t really go into that much and I would like to know how he did it with out cheating. Plus Stone is a little off his rocker insane.. That’s putting it lightly really. Over all the novel was great and a the characters were spot on! Peter David has and for the most part been writer with a good knowledge of the Star Trek history and characters. Great humor throughout the story and rather intriguing at times. If you happen to find a copy of this book, grab it and read it!!index

Star Trek Book Challenge 72: A Call to Darkness (Star Trek: The Next Generation #9)

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This is an interesting installment to the Star Trek TNG saga. It wasn’t half bad and easy to read, story plot moves along really fast. Also makes really good use of Worf and Dr. Pulaski (remember her?) and as well Geordi.

422975The “Enterprise discovers a lifeless Federation research vessel, orbiting a planet hidden behind a mysterious energy shield. Over the strong objections of his senior officers, Captain Picard and an away team beam over in search of the missing crew — And vanish.

But soon his captain’s disappearance is not the only problem facing Commander Riker. For a mysterious disease has begun ravaging the “Enterprise crew. Now Riker must uravel the secrets of the planet below in order to rescue Picard — and prevent the starship’s destruction.

It did take WAY to long to get to the main story plot. It wasn’t till about chapter 3 or 4 where things start to pick up. But in the end it was your basic Trek story line, at least it was handled nicely.

Star Trek Book Challenge 71: Masks (Star Trek: The Next Generation #7)

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“I do not understand” – Data

Oh Star Trek… You say things!!! Ever just read something and go what the hell? Yeah.. That’s what I got out of this book.

217858The U.S.S. EnterpriseTM journeys to Lorca, a beautiful world with a feudal culture where the inhabitants wear masks to show their rank and station. Captain Picard and an away team don masks of their own to begin a quest for the planet’s ruler and the great Wisdom Mask that the leader traditionally wears. Their mission is to establish diplomatic relations.

But shortly after transporting, Picard and his party lose contact with the ship, and Commander Riker leads a search party down to the planet to find them.

Both men, are unaware that their searches, indeed, the ship’s entire mission are part of the plan of a madman, a madman who is setting the stage for a trap that will ensnare both U.S.S. Enterprise landing parties, and leave him to seize control of the awesome Wisdom Mask as well as the planet Lorca itself.

The entire premise for this novel falls apart upon the mildest of scrutiny. A short story wouldn’t stand up founded on such an idea and rather ridiculous to think it would for a whole novel with this concept. Data making mistakes over and over again and the rest of the crew were so out of character it was mind blowing.. I think this novel fell victim to the lack of history and was written at a time when the second season was around. I just don’t know what else I can say about this novel.. Just skip it if you happen to find it.

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