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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Printing edition (4 Feb 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743439961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743439961
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 27 Feb 2002
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For the last few years Startrek has been running on almost empty as far as I was concerned. I did not like the way concepts were spun out through "sequels" and the writing seemed thin and formulaic. But I felt this one was back to the traditions of fresh ideas and strong writing. Different writers for the different sections seemed to maintain the flow and yet there was consistency and development of the characters and their situations. I did not get that awful sinking feeling that technique was showing.
The idea of a small team roving around gives the story writers a lot of flexibility to introduce new situations and there are a few interesting characters to develop. They are enough non humans on the bridge to add extra interest. Thankfully we are not always plunged in yawn-making repetitive fighting with hostile aliens so there is an opportunity to develop the curiosity factor about the unknown and fantastic, not just wargaming. These stories are fresher and more like the very best fanzine/New Worlds in longer development. I am looking forward to more.
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this - I'd somehow got it into my head that because the stories were shorter and being about engineers, that it was more like a comic book or intended for young readers.

However, what I found was the stories still have the same level of maturity as other Trek lit, but with a lot more pace, without sacrificing character development.

Also, with this series not being tied to any particular TV series, there isn't reset button at the end of the story, characters can and do die, and will have a lasting effect through the rest of the books.

The one downside to this book was the opening story - I'm not fond of Dean Wesley Smith's writing (particularly his seeming obsession with the word "hunch"), and the story itself - what was happening, and why - didn't really make much sense overall. Apart from this it set down some pretty good foundations for what promises to be a great series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
My Kind Of Reading. 17 Feb 2002
By Diane Bellomo - Published on Amazon.com
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Can't say enough about what a good idea was the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Heck, since the beginning - since *before* the beginning - even *I've* loved the engineers, and my life is so far removed from engineering as to be laughable, nevermind the fact that I couldn't write technobabble if you paid me.
But I'll tell you what, the adventures they find themselves in make for highly entertaining reading. And the beautiful thing about it is, there really could be no *end* to the adventures. Certainly, there's going to be an S.C.E., and even more certainly, there's always going to be a situation or two where they will be sorely needed.
In this, the first of the eBooks in print, we get four very different stories from five different authors, including three of my all-time favorites: Christie Golden, Keith R.A. DeCandido, and Dean Wesley Smith. We are introduced to the flagship of the S.C.E., the *da Vinci,* and its intrepid crew, which includes, in a wonderful nod to continuity, Sonya Gomez, the painfully-green ensign from The Next Generation, who unceremoniously spilled hot chocolate all over Captain Picard in the teaser of the episode, "Q Who."
In the ensuing decade or so, Ensign Gomez did, of course, mature into Commander Gomez, first officer aboard the *da Vinci.* As such, she does her job very, very well. This, however, makes little difference to those around her, who still tease her at every opportunity about what has come to be known as "the incident." The fact that this is carried over at all is one of the reasons the S.C.E. is so believable. You already feel as though you *know* these people - that the S.C.E. has simply always been there.
I'll leave it to other reviewers to tell you about the rest of the crew or describe the specific adventures if they so desire. As for me, I'll just say I'm LOVING these stories. I've already bought Book 2 and look forward to future editions.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rousing Good Star Trek 14 Jan 2002
By K. Havis - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a fun Star Trek book. I enjoyed reading it very much. Good character building, interesting plot. It was a very enjoyable read. After several book series that have left me cold (and yearning for new S.T. books), it's refreshing to read something decent. I'm really looking forward to the next book in the series. It wasn't deep, it wasn't revolutionary, but it was enjoyable.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
And we were doing so well! 17 Jun 2003
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book of a new series of Star Trek books, focusing on the "Starfleet Corps of Engineers", basically a group of troubleshooters who go in whenever there's a mechanical or alien technology problem that either can't be handled by a regular starship, or (more rarely) that COULD possibly have been handled by the regular starship, but there's actually enough time to call for specialists (usually, these things are sufficient crises that if the regular ship CAN handle them, they have to.)
This book was composed of four mid-length stories (longer than "short stories", but not novel-length) each written by a different author, which together follow a continuous time-line and thus more or less make up one book's worth of story. The writing is surprisingly even, given the different authors; the handoffs from each author to the next are seamless, and the writing itself is quite good. The characters are well-developed, a good mix of minor characters from various episodes on TV and new characters (although the first book begins with the Enterprise-E and crew for an introduction, and Geordi LaForge continues through the first three stories.) The plots, while not the MOST original I've ever seen, are good, workmanlike concepts, and the basic SCE concept is in many ways a marvellous return to early science fiction concepts, where there may be action and combat, but the ADVENTURE is in the discovery and the science.
So why is the rating only four stars, given how much good I have to say about the book? (And in fact, I thought harder about whether to knock it down to three than I did about granting it five.) Because the "ending" ISN'T one; they cut the last story off in mid-action in order to make a "tune in next week" cliffhanger to attempt to manipulate the reader into continuing to buy the following books of the series. I will do so, because I enjoyed the book as a whole, NOT because they left me hanging. I consider that a sufficiently cheesy scam to be worth the loss of AT LEAST one star, and demonstrates that they had no confidence in the quality of the series themselves (or they wouldn't have needed to use such a cheap scam.)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Likely the best Trek short stories written. 2 Jan 2002
By Jonathan Burgoine - Published on Amazon.com
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As is probably obvious from my previous Trek book reviews, I'm a fan of the Trek universe and the stories therein. The various "New Worlds" short story collections I've enjoyed, but this was the collection I've enjoyed the most. For one, the characters are sharp: this is no strange melange of aliens we've never seen before, one of the weaknesses of the "New Frontier."

As usual, there are the cameos: Geordi LaForge beams aboard for the first three short stories, and then departs - almost a "bridge" to the new group. Sonya Gomez (of "spilling Hot Cocoa on Picard" fame), and Dr. Elizabeth Lense are two other names that are familiar from previous shows and are aboard. The rest of the group include only one unique previously-unseen alien, a Bynar pair, and an otherwise wonderful cast of very well-written characters. Included in this list is something we see far too rarely in Trek writing: a gay crewman handled plausibly and intelligently. First "The Best and the Brightest," then "Rogue," and now "Have Tech, Will Travel." Thank you, Pocket Books!

The flaws are few: now and then there's some writing word-choices that made me cringe ("stunningly spectacular" for one), or some passages that confused me. If I could, I'd "4.5" star this one, but those little errors are enough to knock it down from a perfect score. But only just.

One of the stories, "Hard Crash," was actually moving: passages were very impactful, and I was quite stunned to have that occur with a Trek book. This is fine emotionally coherent, intelligent writing, folks. Don't hesitate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great idea, bad implementation 21 July 2002
By Richard Frantz Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the idea of a book about the Starfleet Corps of Engineers from the start. But I didn't find the stories engaging. Written as an anthology with a continuing cast and a common history there is a nice try at developing characters as the stories go along, but I didn't find the characters paricularly striking or original.
What really irritated me was that when I finally started to get into a story, the last one, 'Interphase', about attempting to recover the Defiant from the TOS episode the Tholian Web it suddenly stopped (with a cliff hanger) and says it will be continued in the NEXT volume. I'd like to see how it turns out but I wasn't impressed enough by the other stories in this volume to buy another.
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