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Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures (Star Trek: Enterprise series Book 15) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher L. Bennett
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An original novel set in the universe of Star Trek: Enterprise!

A new nation has arisen from the ashes of the Romulan War: the United Federation of Planets, an unprecedented union of diverse species cooperating for the good of all. Admiral Jonathan Archer—the former captain of the Earth starship Enterprise, whose efforts made this union possible—envisions a vibrant Fed­eration promoting galactic peace and a multispecies Starfleet dedicated to exploring strange new worlds. Archer’s former crewmates, including Captain T’Pol of the U.S.S. Endeavour and Captain Malcolm Reed of the U.S.S. Pioneer, work with him to secure that bright future. Yet others within the Federation see its purpose as chiefly military, a united defense against a dangerous galaxy, while some of its neighbors view that military might with suspicion and fear. And getting the member nations, their space fleets, and even their technologies to work together as a unified whole is an ongoing challenge.

When a new threat emerges from a force so alien and hostile that negotiation seems impossible, a group of unaligned worlds asks Starfleet to come to its defense, and the Federation’s leaders seize the opportunity to build their reputation as an interstellar power. But Archer fears the conflict is building toward an unnec­essary war, potentially taking the young nation down a path it was never meant to follow. Archer and his allies strive to find a better solution...but old foes are working secretly to sabotage their efforts and ensure that the great experiment called the Federation comes to a quick and bloody end.

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Christopher L. Bennett lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attended University for a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. with high honours in History. Prior to his X-Men endeavours, Bennett focused his love for science fiction into Star Trek novelizations for Simon & Schuster, including Star Trek: Ex Machina and Star Trek S.C.E Aftermath.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Star Trek novel! 13 July 2013
By Killie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"A Choice of Futures" by Christopher L. Bennett was a welcome return to Star Trek's Enterprise era. I had been looking forward to reading this from the moment I heard about it as I have enjoyed most of the previous books from this era and I was one of those rare people who actually seemed to enjoy the TV series. I am happy to say this it didn't disappoint and I really enjoyed seeing some of the early development of the Federation.

The story itself follows the former crew of the Enterprise who have moved on to other roles after the Enterprise was decommissioned following the Romulan War. The Federation has recently formed following that war and the politicians and Starfleet are still trying to understand and agree to what they want to be. So when a strange race of beings begins to attack ships seemingly at random, Admiral Archer and his former crew must try and walk the fine line between war and diplomacy and ensure the newly birthed Federation does not collapse at its first real challenge.

Whilst the synopsis above seems rather simple, there is actually a huge amount going on throughout the novel as the former Enterprise crew and other new characters are spread across various ships and locations. However, Bennett does a great juggling act which keeps the story engaging and well-paced. I didn't find myself getting confused at all and I was impressed with the way in which this multi-threaded story allowed all the characters a chance to shine which is something that at times was missing from the TV show and other novels.

One element of the novel I was particularly impressed with were the characters themselves who Bennett has captured perfectly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A promising re-launch (kind of)... 27 Aug. 2013
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Let me start by stating that I am one of that strange minority that enjoyed “Enterprise” on TV and was genuinely sad when it was cut off in its prime. The subsequent novels have been of mixed quality, but have at least served to tidy up the unholy mess left by the last of the TV episodes and then move the storyline on, up to and including the events of the Romulan War. This particular duology started promisingly but then got it all wrong (see my review of “To Brave the Storm”) and left me feeling disappointed for the second time, as it seemed to me that the storyline was being wound up (again) and that, as they say, was going to be that.
However I am pleased to report that a change of author and a slight jump forward in the timeline has injected fresh life into the story arc, so much so that it almost feels like a re-launch. New (and old) characters have been introduced and there are several references back to events from the TV series which help to tie things together. All the main characters have moved on, been promoted or otherwise taken on a new role, only Enterprise itself is missing from the main action (having been honourably retired from active service after the war), though a couple of key scenes do happen on board, so it’s not gone completely! The crew have new postings, having been split (roughly) in half and are now aboard new ships, so this means that we get two concurrent storylines, although only one of these really deals with the circumstances requiring a decision to be made regarding the future nature of the Federation. The other storyline is a more traditional “ship in crisis” scenario involving wormholes, gas giants and… no, I won’t spoil it for you. It does however introduce a couple of names that resonate into the future, which is a nice touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Promises a lot, and delivers!! 4 July 2013
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Helps the reader to realise that the Federation wasn't formed overnight. Goes into great detail about the turmoils of a military or exploration led Federation.

Interesting read, and can't wait for the next installment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent re-relaunch 6 July 2013
By Jim J-R
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Christopher L Bennett kicks off the re-relaunch of Star Trek: Enterprise following on from the novels by Michael A Martin, and manages to do a much more entertaining job

Rise of the Federation follows the adventures of the former Enterprise crew, and guest cast, some fifteen years after the TV series was set and shortly after the foundation of the Federation. Admiral Archer is one of the new combined Starfleet's top brass and the others are littered throughout the fleet.

The plot, while spread over quite a period of time, feels unified in a way that previous Enterprise novels have not, and certainly shows that Pocket have chosen the right author to shepherd these characters on. I think I've engaged more with this set of characters here than possibly ever before.

As is typical of Bennett's writing, there is a vast array of references back to various previous episodes in the series and some surprising appearances from the future. His love and detailed knowledge of the series shine through, and this attention to detail go along with his well-paced plot to make this an excellent new adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 3 Aug. 2013
By jim
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I liked how closely the characters were to the tv series. The author did a great job with it. I also liked the time period the book was set in because it is new and interesting. I would recommend Star Trek fans who enjoyed Star Trek enterprise to read this book. I gave the rated the book 4/5 because of how well written and how close tHe characters are to the tv series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Star Trek at it's best
Published 2 months ago by livaboard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read and part of a great series
Published 5 months ago by David McCormack
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
I really did Love this book, seeing the early federation being formed, following on where the tv shows left off. I hope there are many more in this series.
Published 15 months ago by Jonny C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a very interesting book. I enjoyed the book all the way through. Highly recommend it to Star Trek fans
Published 17 months ago by Francis J.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read
would I recommend this book well that depends on how you view trip Tucker being alive still and working for section 31. the sorry was ok but a bit slow for my taste.
Published 19 months ago by m.j.towsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I have always been a Star Trek fan, and I especially like everything to do with the Enterprise series. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ekmover
2.0 out of 5 stars Marginally better than "To Brave the Storm"...
*** This review will contain spoilers ***

While a minor improvement over the rather meagre conclusion to The Romulan War, I must admit this book left me a cold for a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rory Q
4.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
The first Star Trek book I've read. Great read and can't wait for the next in the series. Great characters and good to see the crew develop. Highly recommended to any Trekie
Published 22 months ago by DC
5.0 out of 5 stars Filling in the gaps!
A crowd pleaser for Trekies. This helps fill in gaps of information about the origins of the Federation. Possible ideas for another Star Trek Enterprise series???
Published 23 months ago by sharonus40
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyable read
I enjoyed going back and researching the various characters who appear in this novel. The way they woven together with the plot makes for the beginning of an interesting new... Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. Draycott
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