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Star Trek Enterprise: By the Book

Star Trek Enterprise: By the Book

By the Book is the first paperback spinning out of Star Trek: Enterprise, if you don’t count Broken Bow, which was simple a novelization of the 2 part show opener.  Which I don’t.  I have to say I was surprised by this book.  It is far from the best Star Trek title I have read, but it does have one on the most unique angles I have seen so far. The book is split into two parts; the first part is a first contact with an alien species that goes sideways.  The second, and seemingly more important part to the authors, is a role playing game played between five of the crewman that in minor ways affect the first contact plotline. I have to applaud the authors for trying this.  It is a really fresh take on a Star Trek novel.  By the time this book came out there were… Read more »

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The Eugenics War Vol. 2 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

The Eugenics War Vol. 2 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

The Eugenics War 2 follows the events surrounding Khan’s ascent to power and his clashes with Gary Seven and company.  While this book is a pretty good read and gives a lot of backstory for the Star Trek universe it doesn’t quite hold up to the promise laid down in the first part of the series. The big thing that works for this book is Khan himself and the relationship between Khan and Seven.  Cox does an admirable job in translating the Montobon version of Khan into book form and then working that back into a younger version of the man for the early parts of the book.  The growth of the relationship between Khan and Seven and their estrangement was also really well done.  You can feel the tension between the two men and the pull of their past friendship.  Overall the entire cast of characters, down to some… Read more »

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The Eugenics War Vol. 1 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

The Eugenics War Vol. 1 – The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Singh

This book takes a look at how the most iconic villain in Star Trek, Khan Noonien Singh, came to be.  The first in what eventually became a three part series The Eugenics War Vol 1: The Rise and Fall of Khan Noonien Sing specifically focus on how Singh and his genetically engineered siblings came to be. Cox manages to really blend classic Star Trek lore with real historical events and his own added dramatizations and changes to create a pretty compelling story.  While the book itself is sandwich between a fairly banal story about Kirk visiting a planet known for practicing genetic modifications that really is more of a way to offer framework.  The real meat of the book that takes a look at Trek history is really engaging. One of the problems the Trek universe is events dreamed up in the 60s TV show clash with how history really… Read more »

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Star Trek TOS: From History’s Shadow

Star Trek TOS: From History’s Shadow

From History’s Shadow follows the stories developed during the original series show Assignment: Earth and the Deep Space Nine episode Little Green Men, along with a dash of the Enterprise episode Carbon Creek.  All of these episodes dealt with the clash between 20th century earth and more advanced civilizations.  The book picks up the treads of those episodes and explores how the US government handled these incursions and along the way brings in many of the characters original introduced in those earlier books. It is important to note that this book is not aimed at readers unfamiliar with the shows the book is based on.  While it does give some exposition briefly outlining the events carried over from Assignment: Earth, the connection between the episodes Little Green Men and Carbon Creek is left up to the reader to work out.  For fans of the show familiar with the originating episodes… Read more »

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