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Double Helix Omnibus (Star Trek)

Double Helix Omnibus (Star Trek) [Kindle Edition]

Peter David , Esther Friesner , Diane Carey , Dean Wesley Smith , Kristine Kathryn Rusch , Christie Golden , Michael Jan Friedman , John Gregory Betancourt
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Like a strand of mutating DNA, a deadly conspiracy winds its way through the Alpha Quadrant, even as it stretches across several years of Starfleet history. This special omnibus volume contains the entire bestselling saga-by some of Star Trek's most popular authors:
Book One: Infection
John Gregory Betancourt
Deanna Troi's life is endangered by a mysterious plague that threatens to spread throughout the Federation and beyond!
Book Two: Vectors
Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch
On the Cardassian space station known as Terok Nor, Dr. Katherine Pulaski struggles to heal the planet Bajor!
Book Three: Red Sector
Diane Carey
An elderly Dr. McCoy reunites with Ambassador Spock to save the Romulan royal family-and a new generation!
Book Four: Quarantine
John Vornholt
Lieutenant Tom Riker joins forces with the outlaw Maquis to rescue a world in peril!
Book Five: Double or Nothing
Peter David
Along with Captain Mackenzie Calhoun of the Starship Excalibur, Jean-Luc Picard tracks the deadly contagion to its source!
Book Six: The First Virtue Michael
Jan Friedman & Christie Golden
Years before commanding the U.S.S. Enterprise™, a young Picard must prevent a war -- and witness the secret origin of a diabolical threat that would someday menace all he cares for!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1723 KB
  • Print Length: 1120 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (8 Oct. 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCOT7G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,264 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Star Trek 2 July 2012
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The other reviews have concentrated on the stories and may be about the book version or individual books, I bought the Kindle version. I have been a fan of Star Trek from the very beginning, (oops giving away my age there) and so the idea of an omnibus was exciting and had to be bought, even at £6.99. But it was very disappointing.

I have to say that the Kindle version of this omnibus has an annoying flaw that happens far too often that should be rectified to make reading easier - It jumps from one person/scene to another without any warning or new paragraph so it means sometimes one has to end up re-reading a section from the right perspective to understand what is going on, and, as I said I am somewhat of a Trekkie expert so it must be extremely hard for those new to the series. But once you know it happens it is possible to expect it and laugh.

I loved the first stories, familiar, friendly characters and some lovely additions and extra background information to add to the actual episodes, but towards the end working out who was what was very hard as it got more complicated and confusing, in fact I am still not that sure who the final culprit was.
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These books are well written and featured a lot of action and intrigue. There was some continuity between the first five books but I couldn't see the link for the sixth book. There appeared to be no outbreak of disease of Double Helix in the sixth story. However, all the books were original and composed well. They proved to be very entertaining and I enjoyed myself immensely.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Omnibus for a great series! 30 Oct. 2002
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"Infection" by John Gregory Betancourt
The Enterprise is called to Archaria III, a planet jointly colonized by humans and Peladians. A new disease has cropped up and is only treatable (the double helix), in a temporary fashion. The Enterprise supposed to deliver the drug, quarantine the planet and see what help they might render. What follows is an excellent story, primarily using Dr. Crusher in her quest to find the cure. The author set everything up very well and wrapped up his portion beautifully.
"Vectors" by Dean Wesley Smith & Kristin Kathryn Rusch
Finally we have a story using Dr. Pulaski, who was unceremoniously dumped from the show. Not that she was anywhere near a replacement for Dr. Crusher. It is particularly interesting to see "Terok Nor" during the occupation and have the interaction with Gul Dukat. I felt the character development was very good and the Ferengi portions were written very well. The only true complaint is that the author's seemed to have done a poor job of closing out Kira's story.
"Red Sector" by Diane Carey
Red Sector is a fantastic story. It's very refreshing having a book that concentrates almost primarily on a non main character in John Eric Stiles. The character is extremely well thought out and written. The author nailed Spock and a hundred and thirty something Dr. McCoy perfectly. I'm dying to find out who the voice is at this point. Hopefully the next three in the Double Helix series will be as good as this one and the other two were.
"Quarantine" by John Vornholt
John Vornholt kicks out another fantastic story. Quarantine gives us a good idea of how "Tom Riker" ends up joining the Maquis. As is par for the course with John Vornholt, he goes into great detail describing a beautiful planet and all of its surroundings. Not a lot of Trek authors do that. I thought Torres seemed a little soft, considering her personality, but that can be explained away.
"Double or Nothing" By Peter David
This is another great installment to the New Frontier and the Double Helix series. Not having read the last of the Double Helix books yet, it seems that this one pretty much finishes the Double Helix storyline???? A favorite quote from the book, Riker - "I've got to get off this ship." Peter David did an excellent job of integrating Picard and Riker into the New Frontier. It's really interesting and well done how he brought Riker and Shelby together again. That portion was done very well and even better than I'd expected in another meeting of those two.
"The First Virtue" by Michael Jan Friedman & Christie Golden
The First Virtue is an excellent conclusion. It pretty much wraps up the reasoning to everything we learned in "Double or Nothing." In the First Virtue, we learn why Gerrid Thul wanted to create the Double Helix virus and why he wanted so much revenge for the loss of his only child. Both authors did a great job with their portions. The plot is well thought out, especially the portions of the book with Commander Jack Crusher and Lieutenant Tuvok. I felt that they captured Tuvok's personality quite well and gave a precursor to some of the decisions and general personality we saw on screen in Voyager.
Overall, I would recommend this Omnibus to any fan of good Star Trek fiction.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great set inside a great series!! 27 Dec. 2002
By Kelly - Published on
This is one of those sets where you read the second book, and are curious about the second. When I bought them, I bought them individually and then I wanted the next and the next. I had a hard time finding one, and went nuts. The other good thing is you don't necessarily have had to read the one before to understand if you come in late. I like it when that happens. I recommend reading them all, and now you can buy them all together. Happy reading!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Ok Series 24 July 2003
By Ronald B. Turner - Published on
This is the omnibus for the Star Trek: Double Helix series about a mysterious villain who has been releasing biological agents across the Alpha Quadrant over a period of years.
Book One reads the most as a medical thriller, as one of the Enterprise-D�s first missions is to stop a plague killing people of mixed descent on a Federation colony troubled with racial tensions. Book Two has Dr. Pulaski, of TNG�s season two fame, travel to Trek Nor to stop a plague killing Bajorans and their Cardassian overseers alike. Book Three is supposed to be about Spock and McCoy taking care of a virus assassinating the Romulan royal family, but it�s actually about a young Starfleet officer coming to terms with his past as a POW and insecurity about not measuring up to his ancestors and old heroes such as Kirk. Book Four has Tom Riker team up with Chakotay�s Maquis crew to fight a plague on a world populated by people of interspecies descent. Book Five concludes the series with Captain Mackenzie and the crew of the �Excalibur� teaming up with Picard and Riker to stop the villain from destroying the Federation in one blow. Book Six is a prequel that sets up the series by showing how Picard, then captain of the Stargazer, drove the villain to plot his diabolical plan to destroy the Federation.
There�s a little bit of something for everybody here: New Frontier and Stargazer adventures, cameos galore, and details on how Dr. Pulaski left the Enterprise and how Tom Riker joined the Maquis. By themselves, the books are pretty good. However, overall as a series it�s a bit of a dud. The medical thriller aspect which is supposed to be the basis of the entire series is not used much, and in some books is totally absent. The mysterious villain started off with promise but by the end of the series became nothing more than your typical madman. And the prequel did nothing to explain just how the villain turned to biological weapons, let alone became so powerful. Other than that, it�s ok.
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfaction. 8 May 2014
By Carla S. Underwood - Published on
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Not only was this a great story told from many points of view, but it was more than enough to sink your teeth into. None of the frustration of waiting for the next book in a series to come out or possibly missing one. You get to read an entire story from beginning to end.
This is a series of stories that all this together the take off a madman. One bent on revenge no matter what it takes or how many have to die. Interestingly enough, it begins and ends with the same people. Anyway, the writers did an outstanding job of tying all of the books together so that they blend seamlessly together. Bravo!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 28 Mar. 2013
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This was a great series of six books! Even though it is a TNG series, each book takes place at a different time and features different characters. Book 2 involves Dr Pulaski and Terok Nor pre DS9. One book features Tom Riker, Chakotay, B'Elanna & Tuvok pre Voyager. It was nice seeing familiar characters interacting with people we know from other Star Trek situations. My favorite was book 3 "Red Sector" by Diane Carey. It involves Ensign Stiles (a descendant of Stiles in TOS) who is sent on a mission to extract Ambassador Spock from a planet.
Having all 6 books together was very nice and convenient.
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