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I.K.S. Gorkon: Good Day to Die Bk. 1 (Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon) [Mass Market Paperback]

Keith R. A. DeCandido
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1 Dec 2003 Star Trek: I.K.S. Gorkon (Book 1)
Newly inducted into the prestigious Order of the Bat'leth, Captain Klag, son of M'Raq, leads the crew of the Gorkon into the unexplored Kavrot Sector in search of new planets on which to plant the Klingon flag. There they discover the Children of San-Tarah, a species with a warrior culture that rivals -- and perhaps exceeds -- their own. Klag could call in Gneeral Talak's fleet to bring the world under Klingon domination -- but the San-Tarah offer a challenge he cannot refuse. The Gorkon crew and the San-Tarah will engage in several martial contests. If the Klingons lose, they will undertake never to trouble the planet again. But if Klag and his men are victorious, the San-Tarah will cede themselves to the Empire, and Klag will have single-handedly conquered an entire world. This is the first tale in a glorious adventure that will be remembered in song and story throughout the Empire...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (1 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743457145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743457149
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith R.A. Decandido is a top genre author whose tie-in novels for Pocket include several Star Trek titles across all series as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer novelizations. He is also known for his Star Trek: The Next Generation comicbook miniseries Perchance to Dream, and is the editor several science-fiction and fantasy anthologies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! 12 Feb 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having been inducted into the honorable and prestigious Order of the Bat'leth, Captain Klag commands one of a number of ships sent into the Kavrot Sector to find new planets to conquer for the Klingon Empire. However, what he finds is a planet populated by the Children of San-Tarah, a species perhaps more dedicated to the warrior ethos than the Klingons themselves. Having proved themselves worthy opponents, the San-Tarah make Klag an offer he can't refuse. The Klingons and the San-Tarah will compete in five contests - if the Klingons win then the world and its people belong to the Empire, but if the San-Tarah win then the Klingons will leave and never return. With such an honorable and glorious tournament it is indeed a good day to die! But, before it's over, Klag will find his ability and his honor tasked to the breaking point.
I must admit that I have not read many Star Trek books lately, but this book was definitely one worth returning for! The author really brings the Klingons alive in this story, giving the reader a real feel for them. I enjoyed the story, the action, the characters and (definitely) the glossary of Klingon terms at the end. This is a great book, one that I highly recommend to all fans of science-fiction!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another story about Klingon honour. 24 Feb 2004
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I bought the book as i had enjoyed the Star Trek Rihannsu series featuring an exploration of Romulan culture. As well exploring the Romulans xenophobic side, it also finds time to examine its social hierarchy as well as going into some depth about Romulan history. In comparison, the IKS Gorkon series is quickly degenerating into yet another story about Klingon honour. Klag is your stereotype Klingon captain who has a nasty honourless plotting brother. Your run of the mill crew who prattle on about their latest conquest (bet you didnt see that one coming!). The problem is that the author doesnt show anything new about Klingons, its all been done to death in the TV series. By the third chapter the book is getting heavily boged down with far too many characters, same old talk about, yes you said it - honour and more small talk about how exploration and conquest will strengthen the mighty empire. By the time you actually get around to the Children of San-Tarah you are so tired from having to force yourself to read this far, that you couldnt give two hoots if they get conquered or not.
I would give this book a miss if i were you, unless your a die hard Klingon fan or have got some serious cash to burn. Otherwise i condemn this book to Gre'thor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, better than I expected for a Klingon Novel 20 Nov 2008
By M. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been trying to read every ST book out there. I have to say I like some more than others, and this book is a worthy read. You will be thinking like a Klingon in no time, and wishing for the blessing of an honorable place in SoVoKor before long.

Honestly, I did not expect to like this book. After about fifty pages I couldn't put it down. It rocks. Read it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, actually. 1 Feb 2009
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not really a fan of Klingons, their culture and such. I'm old-school enough that my preferred alienated-aliens are the vulcans; I much prefer the logical, unemotional folks trying to understand and acclimate to human ways to the over-emotional, violent, hostile jocks with a chip on their shoulders, but this book does a fine job of exploring a setting in which Klingons are the protagonists (and not Anglicized Klingons like Worf or B'elanna, either.) It succeeds in a rather difficult undertaking: making the characters sympathetic without downplaying the fact that they ARE Klingons, from a culture which I despise. Not an easy task, but one that DeCandido accomplishes quite well.

And it's even well-written in terms of technical merit, too.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginnings Of New Klingon Glory 28 Dec 2006
By K. Fontenot - Published on Amazon.com
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"A Good Day to Die" is a wonderful beginning to a new Klingon saga. No need to worry with Kirk, Spock, Picard, or even Janeway, nope, this book is all about the Klingon Empire. Suffering a great blow during the Dominion war, the Klingons send out their ships in search of new planets. Unlike the Federation, though, they have no intention of making nice with anyone. Their plan is to overtake the natives, enslave them, and use them to harvest whatever minerals the Klingon Empire needs. In this particular story (part one of a trilogy), Keith R.A. DeCandido takes us on a conquest with the I.K.S. Gorkon, headed up by Captain Klag. The Gorkon's crew feel as if they should be fighting someone instead of "exploring," but they get the chance to fight soon enough when they stumble upon the Children of San-Tarah, a violent, almost simien-like race who values the honor of a good fight just as much or more than the Klingons. Their weapons are primitive, but their planet's atmosphere (explained in the book) prevents the use of "technology." What this essentially means is that the disruptors have to stay onboard the Gorkon and the Klingons have to count on their hand-to-hand combat skills and their traditional bladed weapons such as the much-heralded bat'leth in a series of contests devised by the Children of San-Tarah's leader, Me-Larr. If the Klingons win the most contests, then the tribes will submit to them without a fight, but if the primitives are victorious, the Klingons must leave and never return. All of this is tied up nicely at the end by a message from General Talak, who literally sets the stage for book two.

Klag's inner demons are what drive the story, but it's the actions of his crew, from Goren to Voq to Leskit and all in between, that make this such a fun read. It's space opera at its best, told from the viewpoint of an alien race that seems to be bred for both violence and rather comedic interactions between each other.

This was the first "Trek" book that I've ever read. I picked it up primarily due to the fact that it's about the Klingons, and not about the typical "Trek" characters such as Data, Picard, McCoy, etc. Not that I have anything against these characters (I actually love McCoy), it's just nice to see that the entire "Trek" universe doesn't revolve around the Enterprise. The tale is a fun, briskly paced read, and I have the full intention to finish the trilogy. DeCandido has done well with this book.

Highly recommended.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars kai kassai KRAD! 30 Dec 2003
By Chapulina R - Published on Amazon.com
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Keith R. A. DeCandido is a writer of excellent pro-novels and wonderful fan-fiction. His new Star Trek series "IKS Gorkon" should be a huge hit with the klinfandom. Here is epic Klingon adventure written in the fanfic tradition. I say this with the sincerest praise for his work. DeCandido "gets it". He knows the Klingon heart. His writing perfectly captures the archetypal appeal of this alien race for the legions of Trek fans who identify with it. You know this author has true Klingon spirit when you read his dedication to Gene L. Coon, John Colicos, and John M. Ford. Qapla' KRAD! Populating the warcruiser IKS Gorkon are Klingons we met in episodes of TNG and DS9, developed far beyond their one-shot supporting roles. We catch up with Kornan, Leskit, Kurak, and Toq, who have somehow all ended up on Klag's crew. And as good as these characters are, DeCandido's own creations, such as Dr. B'Oraq and Leader Wol, are even better! KRAD realizes that there are male and female Klingons, just as there are fans of both genders. And he writes characters interchangeably, without stereotypes. There's plenty of action and violence and even a little sex for a klinfan's passion. In "A Good Day to Die", the first novel of the series, the Empire is searching for new inhabited worlds to conquer. The crew discovers a lupine species, the Children of San-Tarah, whose pure warrior culture earns its respect and admiration. A battle to the death seems inevitable, as these fierce canids will never surrender to the Empire. So Klag and his San-Tarah counterpart conceive of an honorable alternative: a sequence of contests will determine the planet's fate. The story continues in Book Two of the series, "Honor Bound". Order both together, and hope for more books to come in this exciting series!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 19 April 2013
By Jeff Wells - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was so good i could not put it down. I only wish there were more books in the series.
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