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Chain of Attack (Star Trek, 32) [Mass Market Paperback]

Gene Deweese
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Edition edition (Jun 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671632698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671632694
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,071,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hurled millions of light years through space into another galaxy, the Enterprise finds itself lost in a graveyard of scorched and lifeless worlds. Caught up in deadly crossfire with the aliens that still exist in this no-man's-land, the Enterprise must escape before crew and ship are obliterated.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Titan start their line of novels based upon the original Star Trek series with Chain Of Attack by Gene DeWeese.
The Enterprise is sent on a mission to the edge of the galaxy to chart a series of gravitational anomalies. When their probes seem to be deposited at random vectors across the area, the anomaly disappears and the ship finds itself hurled light years away into another galaxy.
Trapped there, with no way to find the 'gate' that sent them there, Kirk orders the Enterprise to begin investigating the surrounding area. The space is packed with stars and planets and each system tells the same story, worlds ravaged by orbital bombardment ranging from 6 to 30 thousand years ago.
They encounter strange hexagonal cylinders which appear to be primitive weapons and then, after weeks of searching, they come into contact with a small ship that immediately tries to destroy them. They discover two separate alien species, the Hoshan and the Zeator, both of whom warn them about the Destroyers / World Killers.
The books reads like a well crafted episode of classic Trek and it's a tribute to DeWeese that you can actually hear the characters voices in your head as you read. The pace is rapid, keeping the reader interested and the book itself can be done cover to cover in a few hours. The supporting characters are well drawn, especially the Federation civilian scientist Jason Crandall, whose sparring with Kirk reminds you of similar clashes with the likes of Robert Fox and Commissioner Ferris.
The only criticism is that the ending feels a little rushed, much like the end to any season 3 episode and an epilogue would've given a little closure. However, DeWeese continues the big story ideas from this book in Star Trek #18: The Final Nexus, so check that one out too.
A good start to the series and well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad 4 Dec 2003
i really enjoyed this book,it had everthing,i especailly like the way they cover the side seen from a civillians point of view,the enterprise crew prove yet again that where ther is a will there is a way,my only regret is the ending which im sure back then was new,but since then we have seen the voyager pilot and it becomes a little predictible,however it still is a good read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DeWeese Rules! 14 July 2000
By Eric M. Schmidt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this back when it came out the first time and I loved the story. Gene DeWeese is probably one of the best authors of the novels for the original Enterprise crew. I'm not sure how anyone who enjoys Star Trek novels could think this is boring. I believe that the premise of this book may have had something to do with the development of the TV show Star Trek Voyager. Star Trek novels are rarely of the quality of a good thriller like those of DeMille or Deighton--different target audiences. This book has a sequel entitled The Final Nexus--not quite as exciting, but a good book to read if you enjoy this one.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, ALMOST worth five stars. 31 Jan 2002
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The main plot of this book is Star Trek at its best, giving a very close look at a basic truth: the reason for most aggression is fear. Unfortunately, the subplot involving Dr. Crandall, the civilian observer and general pest, was not up to the standards of the rest of the book; it was neither original nor believable, and was, in fact, pretty well pointless. The concept that the "outsider" from off the Enterprise, whether an Admiral from Starfleet or a civilian scientist, proves to be difficult and troublesome is done so often in Original Series episodes and books that it is trite beyond words, and the concept that someone as utterly worthless as this clown was portrayed throughout the book could have such a sudden change of heart and selflessly risk his life to save the day is completely out of the realm of possibility. If you wanted him to get to that point eventually, he needed to either have been portrayed with SOME redeeming value earlier, or else have been given more time to digest his transforming experience before acting on it. As it was, people just don't work that way. Not even in a gloriously optimistic place like the Star Trek universe. This cost the book a star, but it was still an excellent book, very thought-provoking, and maintaining much of the feel of an Original Series episode.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the finest STAR TREK novel ever written. 5 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This novel is a true masterpiece of science-fiction. It is one of the farthest-reaching STAR TREK stories, with the Enterprise being hurled into another galaxy--so far from home that the ship's sensors cannot even pinpoint the Milky Way anymore. Also intriguing is the concept of alien races relentlessly battling each other in an endless chain of wars which were started by an unknown force (at least, unknown until the sequel, The Final nexus) uncounted years ago. If there is one STAR TREK novel you ever delve into, it should be Chain of Attack.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At it's Best 13 Aug 2011
By Stephen A Fender - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a true 'Trek' adventure at it's best. New worlds, new conflicts, new aliens..

The author has put all of it together into a great story. I was captiveted by this page turner.

Well done!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great pre-voyager book!!! 29 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Gene DeWeese's book is really a great book for people who are voyager fans and have never seen or read about the original series of Star Trek. I liked how the Enterprise came upon a mystery in another part of space. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is because they make peace with two new alien races, something they do in almost every story. Original, though.
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