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Engines of Destiny (Star Trek: The Next Generation) [Mass Market Paperback]

Gene DeWeese
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4 April 2005 Star Trek: The Next Generation
In the Star Trek feature film GENERATIONS, engineer Montgomery Scott was on board the Enterprise-B when Captain James T. Kirk was lost in the course of a mission to save the lives of dozens of refugees - among them an enigmatic woman called Guinan. One year later Scott is propelled seventy-five years into the future to the Enterprise-D where he once again encounters Guinan, now the bartender on the flagship captained by Jean-Luc Picard. Struggling to adjust to life in the twenty-fourth century, Scott hatches an audacious plan to go back in time and rescue Jim Kirk. But his attempt to save his old friend has disastrous consequences for the timeline and Scott, Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise-D all find themselves in an alternate twenty-third century in which the Federation no longer exists and the Borg have assimilated humanity. The key to restoring the timeline and saving the human race lies with Guinan - the very person who might be responsible for the timeslip in the first place...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671037021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671037024
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Clever idea but.... 27 May 2005
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It can always be a bit worrying when we get another book which tries to tie together Picard and Kirk, as there are already two versions out there - the movie "Generations" and the Reeves-Stevens' excellent "Federation". This one, set in Picard's timeframe but before "Generations", comes with a clever idea of Scotty being so wracked with guilt about Kirk's apparent death that he sets out to go back in time and save him. Unfortunately, this action causes, indirectly, a change in the timeline whereby the Borg attack which we see at the beginning of "First Contact" succeeds and the Borg then go back in time to conquer the Earth of 300 years earlier and the Galaxy becomes a very different place. It's up to Picard and Kirk to put things right and, in the process, ensure that they don't actually come across each other before their movie meeting.
Good idea, clever drawing together of several different themes. But the writing, while competent, is strangely flat and fails to bring out any personality in the characters. Some, like Riker, just don't have much to do, and Kirk is almost unrecognisable. In the hands of the Reeves-Stevens' this would probably have ripped along as a constant adrenalin rush, but here it never quite catches fire. And the ending is so obvious at a very early stage that when it arrives it is more a whimper than a bang.
There is an enjoyable book in here, but not the cracker that it could have been.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scotty lost in another timeline 20 May 2005
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Gene DeWeese plays with Captain Scott's life after he is saved from the Dyson Sphere.
Still under a personal fuge, he changes the timeline saving someone he should not have, getting Enterprise wrapped up in it with him. Undoing that mess whilst avoiding the Borg is the rest of the book.
I'd pass this one by, unless it appears in the discount bin at an airport and your desperate for something to read. Sorry Gene, trying too hard to tie disparate events together. It might have worked, but not this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great concepts 20 Jan 2012
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Much like any Star Trek title, you cannot expect this to be perfect, but simply because of its originality, I had to give this 5 stars.

you have to remember that this was written before most of the alternate and myriad universe titles, so it is of it's time. Nothing like it really existed in the Star Trek novelisations when it came out and because of this, i thought it created its own timeline cleverly when i first read it. The closest genre I would say it could be linked to would be the Myriad Universes books, but this is a whole novel and hence more fulfilling in its length and range of ideas.

I admit that parts are rushed and that it would have done better being longer and creating more depth, but it goes along at a rip-roaring pace in places and as Scotty is the main character in this, you can forgive the failure to create a perfect Kirk. If you are a fan of the scotsman, you'll enjoy his blundering around destroying the timeline just to help out his friend, which is about as Scotty as you can get.

I loved the idea about how the few remaining civilisations in the Alpha Quadrant could survive a full Borg onslaught using a technology already in place in the original pantheon. Moreover, the linking together of many STG concepts really works.

For it's originality alone I give it 5 stars. For writing 3.5 stars. For characterisation, 3.5 stars. But as an overall read, I loved it and this is why the 5.
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