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Star Trek: The Belly of the Beast (Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers)

Star Trek: The Belly of the Beast (Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Wesley Smith

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When ancient alien technology is found on a colony world, when robot soldiers from an eons-old interstellar battle restart their war in a highly populated sector, when a global computer system starts to break down or take over, in goes the Starfleet Corps of Engineers. Overseen by Captain Montgomery Scott from his office at Starfleet Headquarters, the S.C.E. can build, rebuild, program, reprogram, assemble, reassemble, or just figure out everything from alien replicators to to doomsday machines. Just don't expect them to perform miracles -- unless they have to.
The U.S.S. Enterpriseè has defeated a gigantic marauding starship from parts unknown. Now that the immediate threat has been neutralized, the S.C.E. has been called in to probe the vanquished hulk in search of both new technology and the secret of its origin. Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge has temporarily transferred from the Enterprise to assist Captain David Gold and the crew of the S.C.E. ship, the U.S.S. da Vinci, on this fascinating mission. La Forge works with Gold and his top-of-the-line group of technical specialists to unravel the high-tech mysteries of the supposedly dead alien vessel, only to discover that the real danger has just begun!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (8 Aug 2000)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCP9XO
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STSCE #1 The Belly of the Beast - A great lead off story! 21 Nov 2003
By K. Wyatt - Published on
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I'd been looking forward to getting to the first of the SCE books for quite some time now and after having read this lead off title, I see that my anticipation for it was greatly warranted. As is usual with a Dean Wesley Smith title, the plot and the writing were both well thought out and paced perfectly.
One thing that I and most likely most every other Star Trek reader has become accustomed to and find highly enjoyable is the manner in which a new series is launched, with having familiar characters leading the way. The Star Trek Starfleet Corps of Engineers series is no different, having Scotty and Geordi LaForge engrained in the story. Also of great interest is the plethora of characters that will be, from what I gather, the main cast of characters for SCE, most of which were gleaned from the various series and their respective guest roles.
The cover art for this e-book is fairly decent, giving the readers a good deal of information as to who and what they can expect within the pages and I especially like that they put the image of a Saber class starship on the cover, giving the readers the best information possible about the Da Vinci.
The premise:
Captain Picard and the crew of Enterprise find themselves in a protracted battle with a behemoth of a ship which had been attacking a colony. After a considerable amount of time and effort, they defeat the "beast" and call in the Starfleet Corps of Engineers to survey the ship. As luck would have it, Captain Picard soon finds that Captain Montgomery Scott is in charge of the SCE and is sending the Da Vinci to their position.
Geordi decides that he'd like to stay with the SCE team and the survey and soon finds that Sonya Gomez is now Commander Sonya Gomez and that she'll be leading the survey missions. What follows from there is a highly intriguing first tale in the Star Trek SCE series that harkens the reader back to the movie Aliens.
I highly recommend this first novel in the Star Trek SCE series and can only hope that the stories that followed this one will match it in its quality. {ssintrepid}
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average beginning of an interesting series 22 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on
The idea of Star Trek: S.C.E. is in interesting one, but Dean Wesley Smith doesn't really do that great a job. I didn't like the last book he wrote without Kristine Kathryn Rusch either (Star Trek: New Earth #2 - Belle Terre). But I have enjoyed the books they have collaborated on together. Maybe it's just his choice of words in this book, but it just didn't seem too good, almost sort of cheesy. The story is interesting, but it's just the way he wrote it that's bad. But I've read the next two S.C.E. books and they get better (of course they are by different authors) than this. S.C.E. #2 is better than #1, and #3 is better than #1 & #2. So like any series it will get better, but I still recommend getting this book, there is a continuing storyline, so reading this book first will help you to understand the references in the next books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 22 Dec 2001
By Justin J. Larkin - Published on
This was a very decent Star Trek Review albet a little bit short.
It is interesting to see the Behind the scenes team at work. The team that goes and makes use of everthing that is discovered in the show. This book was a very quick read and it was alot more shotting then I expected but I still enjoyed it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Collected in a later edition 25 Oct 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Check the kindle ebook or hardcopy book "Have Tech will Travel" before purchasing this item. I believe you will agree the price is much better for the collected edition.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but lacking 10 Dec 2000
By J. Straub - Published on
In general, SCE 1 is a decent book. I like the SCE concept, however it seems more like a "shoot-um-up" type book than a Star Trek book. They get on the ship, look around and blow it up. Really disapointing, I would expect a more creative solution from a group like SCE is supposed to be.
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