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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ATRIA BOOKS (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476749655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476749655
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Mariotte is the award-winning author of more than 40 published novels, several nonfiction books, and more than 130 comic books and graphic novels. His output includes original thriller The Devil's Bait, supernatural thrillers such as Missing White Girl, River Runs Red, and Cold Black Hearts, horror epic The Slab, and teen horror novels Dark Vengeance (a four-book series, collected in two volumes) and Carnival Summer. Work in licensed publishing includes novels set in the universes of CSI and CSI: Miami, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Conan, Spider-Man, Superman, Supernatural, and more. Among his best known comics are the long-running horror/Western series Desperadoes, Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography, Garrison, and Fade to Black.

Since 1980, he has worked in the worlds of books, comics, writing, editing and publishing, in nearly every occupation: bookseller and bookstore owner, vice-president of marketing, senior editor, editor-in-chief, freelance writer, technical editor, and occasionally freelance editor.

He's recently joined the digital book revolution, self-publishing the original e-books The Devil's Bait and Carnival Summer, and a new digital reprint of The Slab.

He lives far away from everything and everyone, on the Flying M Ranch in the rural American southwest, and he likes it that way.

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Jeff Mariotte is Senior Editor at D.C. Comics and creator of the cult comics Desperadoes and Countdown. An experienced tie-in author, he has written novels for Angel, Star Trek and CSI. Before he became a writer he was a partner in a speciality bookstore, Mysterious Galaxies, which his wife still runs.

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The planet Neural is the focus of this intriguing, entertaining and highly original star trek novel from Jeff Mariotte. Kirk is Chief Operations Officer for Starfleet now but his hands and feet have never been itchier. When the Klingons are discovered breaching the neutral zone more times than a sane person can count, the perfect opportunity arises for Kirk to scratch the itch, pick a fight with the Klingons and perhaps most significantly, right some past wrongs.

It turns out that Kirk has visited Neural in the past, and each visit was accompanied by an associated breach in the Prime Directive. This time, Kirk goes it alone without his Enterprise pals to back him up. This time, he has two security pals and an underling to look after and protect.

Or is that the other way around? (*grins*)

Anyway, this book is a fun and easy read. The writing is crisp and clean, not bogged down with history or scene creating back data. It starts out with an example of famous Kirk wit ( " ... I'm glad you asked ..." ) and before you know it, you have just beamed down to the planet surface starting a brand new adventure with one of the greatest heroes ever created in science fiction. What damage have the Klingons done to the pre-warp culture found on Neural? Has Jim's intervention from his second visit tipped the balance in favour of the Natives? Are the Klingons the victims in a civil war brought on by Starfleet's own?

Of course you will have to read this book to discover the answers but at this stage i am happy to award this delightful new release four stars.

BFN Greggorio!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Pass on this one 17 May 2014
By Clay James - Published on
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Story was weak, disjointed, and very predictable. The writing style was not up to par with some of the better Star Trek books I have read. Is there anyway to get your money back from kindle purchase?
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Not one of the better ones 17 May 2014
By RobK - Published on
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A Starfleet admiral going on a "sanctioned" covert op with his administrative aide and 2 security guards using civilian transport? I really doubt that. Oh, they didn't want it to LOOK like a Starfleet op in case they got caught? They why make the civilian transport ship A RETIRED STARFLEET VESSEL?!?! Good thing they brought the communicators and phasers which they promptly buried at the beginning of the trip and were never seen again except in the "…if we only had those phasers" dialog that comes back time and again.

Without giving up any spoilers the ending is just plain ridiculous. The Klingons would just NEVER behave that way or allow that. It's like the author looked up at the clock and said "CRAP, it's 4:56 and I'm supposed to be off at 5. Oh, I'll just do 'whatever' and wrap this thing up."

It had its moments and I usually read ALL Trek novels as they're released anyway. I always enjoy reading them but that's me.

I'm not even sure why Uhura, Scotty and Chekov were even in this book… they didn't DO ANYTHING but take up pages. Oh and I think you left those phasers and communicators buried on Neural…
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Star Trek: The Original Series: Serpents in the Garden 18 May 2014
By Joe Zika - Published on
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Star Trek: The Original Series: Serpents in the Garden - by Jeff Mariotte

The events in this novel take place in 2273, only months prior to Earth being threatened by the massive machine life-form known as V'Ger in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."

This is not the best of TREK and close to the worst that I've read. The premise is a stretch to begin with and the storyline is something out of character for Kirk. With possible violations to the Treaty of Organia, Kirk is wondering about what has happened to Neural a place he visited early on in his first five-year mission as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Now, with reports coming in that there is Klingon activity in that sector, Kirk needs to find out if he made the correct decision to maintain the balance of power on the planet. James T. Kirk is now a Rear Admiral in Starfleet and is behind a desk in Starfleet Headquarters as he concocts a plan to revisit Neural.

The storyline is believable to a point as Kirk goes on a covert mission with his administrative aide and two Starfleet security officers in a retired refitted Starfleet vessel that is now up for hire. Like I said earlier, this is not the best of TREK. The narrative moves along as Kirk is reunited with friends on Neural and brings up some painful memories as well.

Neural has now degenerated into two warring city-states that were once peaceful. Now, Kirk has to find out what is causing this upheaval in the peace on this once halcyon planet. Of course, the Klingon activity isn't far from his mind as Kirk investigates this new turbulent state of affairs.

It is out of character the way the Klingons are portrayed in this novel. They are more benevolent, though cruel, as they bleed the planet of its natural resource Leutrinium. The Klingons use this for power generation for big plants on Qo'noS and in smaller power plants on their starships.

Kirk has to unite the warring factions on the planet to effectively get the Klingon out of the picture or feel the wrath of either the Federation or the all-powerful Organians who are responsible for the peace in this sector of space. You would think the Organians would be aware of this breach by the Klingons and take control of these matters themselves. This is where things just aren't the caliber of Star Trek novels in the past.

This novel was a fast read, even with the pitfalls in logic and storyline. The narrative was close to the Kirk character of the past, but missed. The fill-in characters played their parts as there are strong and weak personalities and amorous interests between different factions. Then there are some really dumb things that were completely hard to believe.

I wouldn't go out of my way to buy this book unless you want to complete a collection of novels in this TREK genre. This novel fell flat from the start. Those phasers and communicators will remain buried on Neural next to a tree and a dome shaped rock, just off the path to the Freeholder's village. A theme that comes up several times in the book. I wonder what will happen when someone finds them in the plastic bag that keeps the dirt out? There are cameo appearances of Scotty, Uhura and Chekov, but they have been added mainly because this is a Star Trek: TOS novel which is Kirk centric.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Yet another episode sequel 18 Jun. 2014
By J. Holt - Published on
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A well written, but kind of dull novel. The original episode was a commentary about the escalating Vietnam war, and has held up well as we continue to keep arming one faction or another in every hotspot in the world. This sequel gives a feel good subplot that does not address the original theme at all. Otherwise, a fun little Star Trek story.

At this point, I believe the novel series has sequelized every episode except Catspaw and Spock's Brain. What are you waiting on? I gotta know what happened to the Imorg!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One that you should not waste time reading 26 Aug. 2014
By Hal H - Published on
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This book is one of the poorest Star Trek I have read. It would appear to be written by a 5 year old and the style of writing is more or a pre-kindergartener. The story is so juvenile and unbelievable that I suffered through the final 100 pages in order to see what the conclusion was and that was so hokey and unreal that I almost put the book down and leave it as is. One that you should not waste time reading.
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