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Howard Weinstein
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May 1987 Star Trek
A routine diplomatic visit to the water-world of Akkalla becomes a nightmarish search for Spock and Chekov, a search that plunges Captain Kirk headlong into a corrupt government's desperate struggle to retain power.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; 2 paperback / softback edition (May 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907610862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907610861
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's a totally new lifeform!" 3 Jan 2008
Titan continue their line of novels based upon the original Star Trek series with #2 Deep Domain by Howard Weinstein.
In the foreward the author mentions that this was one of the ideas discussed with Leonard Nimoy when proposing ideas for Star Trek IV so you can see where certain parallels come from. This novel sits in the chronology though between The Motion Picture and The Wrath Of Khan, nicely tying in events in the last third of the book which explain certain characters motivations at the beginning of the second movie.
The Enterprise is sent to Akkalla, a virtually water covered planet, to make an evaluation on a Federation science outpost there. When a disaster strikes another world the Enterprise is diverted and Spock and Chekov proceed in advance in the aquashuttle Cousteau. However, they become involved with a conflict between Akkallan ships and what appears to be an invading fleet of ships from the next planet Chorymi.
By the time the Enterprise arrives, Spock and Chekov are missing, the planetary leader Ffaridor and his adjutant Vvox seem to be evasive in their help and news from the science team shows a world in turmoil and on the verge of civil war.
The characters are all quite broadly drawn but Weinstein paints a great picture of this alien world and immerses you in its culture, politics and beliefs. He also introduces us to a couple of new Enterprise crew who are quite entertaining, especially the lupine Lieutenant Maybri. It's also nice to see Dr. McCoy getting his share of the action as his character is sometimes overlooked except as a foil for Kirk and Spock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, if not great. 5 Feb 2002
By James Yanni - Published on
There are a few quibbles that I have with this book, most notably that it's difficult to place it on the Star Trek timeline. The intro by the author says that it is a story that arose out of the same brainstorming sessions that produced the movie "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", which would suggest a similar time-frame. But that concept clearly doesn't work, as the events in the second and particularly the third Star Trek movies have obviously not happened (notably, the death and return of Spock and the destruction of the Enterprise). Thus, given those facts and a few hints toward the end of the book, it seems likely that it takes place between movie #1 (Star Trek: The Motion Picture") and movie #2 (Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan"). It would have helped if that had been made a little clearer a little earlier, but truly, this is a minor quibble.
The problem is, the book itself isn't really good enough to cause one to be willing to overlook minor quibbles. It isn't terrible; the writing is fairly good, the characters recognizable as themselves, the dialogue plausible, the minor characters from the Enterprise and the missing science team interesting enough. But the characters that the Enterprise crew must interact with range from vanilla personalities with no real spark to stock villains with no real spark. And the plot itself, while not without promise, never fulfills that promise. There was never really any sense of drama, never any sense of compelling interest. It was, quite honestly, mediocre.
If you're a Trek fan with a real need for a fix, there's no reason not to read this one; it's a perfectly acceptable read. But if you aren't desperate for a Trek story, there's no particularly driving reason TO read it, either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A note to other reviewers about Admiral Kirk's teaching job 30 Jan 2000
By Judah Warshaw - Published on
A just wanted to add a note to all of those who say No Way about Kirk's teaching. I hate to tell you, but, what do you think he was doing at the Acadamy at the begining of The Wrath of Khan? One of the things this book did well is bridge some of the history leading up to the second movie, which finds Kirk, Spock and McCoy working at the Acadamy, while Chekov is first officer under Capt. Terril. This is all Star Trek canon, and this book does an excellent job bringing us up to that point.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, better paced middle, fannish finish 10 Feb 2002
By John S. Drew - Published on
I believe this was Weinstein's first foray in Trek novel writing. He had previosuly written an episode of the Trek animated series. The problem with this book is that while it is a very good story, it takes a while to build up any interest in it with some very plodding prose that does pick up in pace as it goes along. The problem is that the pace gets too fast that one is left with a very quickly resolved ending. It almost seems like an episode of The Next Generation series. Give us some buildup and then finish it fast to hit the right page count. And the tacked on ending of Kirk and company parting ways seems so contrieved.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story and flow 9 Mar 2014
By Appolas - Published on
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Good story I think. Whether it was really going to be Star Trek III or not. Moves along well and keeps your interest.
3.0 out of 5 stars Spock and whales in an alien ocean 18 April 2008
By Jeanne Tassotto - Published on
DEEP DOMAIN takes place on Akkalla, a planet that is over 90% ocean that has entered into a trade agreement with a neighboring world, one that commits Akkalla to the ravaging of it's marine life in exchange for an energy source. Not everyone on Akkalla is convinced that this is a wise arrangement though and an opposition movement has formed. As the Enterprise crew soon discovers the Akkallan government is determined to silence the opposition at all costs. Spock and Checkov find themselves caught between the two factions and in grave danger. In the end though, the Enterprise crew manage to sort out the various problems, rescue the missing crew members and restore peace to all concerned.

This volume was written about the same time as STAR TREK IV and shares the same ecological theme as that film. DEEP DOMAIN has some good moments, some of the plot twists will probably take the reader by surprise but, for the most part, it is a fairly predictable tie-in novel. The author has focused much of the action on new characters, a couple of which are interesting but most are just cardboard figures used to move the story along. Also the regular Enterprise crew are not handled particularly well, Sulu and Chekhov in particular are not rendered particularly well.

If this is all that is available it will do, but there are much better choices in the tie-in series.
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