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Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing

Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Martin
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At the start of the twenty-first century, unconditional war swept across the Earth. A war that engulfed the great and the small, the rich and the poor, giving no quarter. Each side strove for unconditional victory, and as battle built upon battle, the living began to envy the dead.

Chastised by the cataclysm that they had unleashed, the governments of Earth came together. Humanity vowed to put an end to war and to strive for the betterment of every living creature. A united Earth created Starfleet, an interstellar agency whose mission was to explore the cosmos, to come in peace for all mankind. It was a naïve wish that was battered by interstellar realities, yet man persists in the belief that peace is the way. Banding together with other powers to form a Coalition of Planets, humanity hopes that the strength each can offer the other will allow for peaceful exploration.

However, the rise of the Coalition strikes dread within the Romulan Star Empire. They feel its growing reach will cut them off from what is rightfully theirs. The Romulans know that the alliance is fragile, that the correct strategy could turn allies into foes. Perfecting a way of remotely controlling Coalition ships and using them as weapons against one another, the Romulans hope to drive a wedge of suspicion and mistrust between these new allies.

One Starfleet captain uncovers this insidious plot: Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise. Determined not to lose what they have gained, outmanned and outgunned, the captains of Starfleet stand tall, vowing to defend every inch of Coalition space until the tide begins to turn.

The Romulans now plan to strike at what they see as the heart of their problem. With nothing left to lose, the Romulan Star Empire engages in all-out war against humanity, determined once and for all to stop the human menace from spreading across the galaxy.

About the Author

Michael A. Martin has written numerous Star Trek books and e-books, including The Romulan War and (with Andy Mangels) the first two bestselling novels in the Titan series, the Enterprise novels The Last Full Measure, The Good That Men Do, and Kobayashi Maru, and the Sy Fy Portal Genre Award-winning Star Trek: The Worlds of Deep Space 9, Vol. Two. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good effort.. little haphazard in places 13 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I recently was gifted a Kindle as a present and thought I would start my Kindle collection with Star Trek books. Being a long time fan of Enterprise, I jumped straight into The Romulan war without purchasing Kobayshi Maru first. Reading this isn't required but would have probably helped as many elements from Kobayshi spill into the opening of this book. A lot of the reviews for this book have focused on the "hap hazard" nature of the writing, personally I like the jumping back and forward as you breeze through chapters as it keeps you on your toes.

Pros - After 4 seasons on Tv, Hoshi and Mayweather get more depth in this book than
they ever did. There is action scenes, which are short and sweet but personally
I think writing about epic space battles will never compare to seeing them on
screen. Archer for once is a little broken and wounded, and not the archetypal
"John Wayne" in Space" that was often portrayed - the character is better for
it. Soval, Trip and T'pol are also well handled.

Cons- Not enough given to the goings on at the Romulan end of things, quick few
pages that give very little away about Valdore, D'derix or the usual plottings
and assassinations. Sags in the middle with the newscaster stories.

All being said it's a good read, a little too much going on for it's own good. But in the end gets to where it needs to be. Faithful to the show and the characters.
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Good story, well written, great use of well known characters, and good rolling action from start to finish. Finishes on a cracking cliff hanger - Netflix, please make this.....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Huge story with lots of scope 30 Dec 2012
By Rory Q
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It's been about two years since I read Kobayashi Maru, so I was worried I'd be totally lost jumping into this. Fortunately, that fear was unfounded as Mr Martin eases you back into the story while dropping in helpful reminders along the way - something I, thankfully, didn't feel clobbered over the head with as I did with Kobayashi Maru.

Some readers may be disappointed that the Enterprise crew have a drastically reduced role in this book - indeed, they only occupy a few chapters. But considering the story is about a war that has embroiled two political powers - and the Coalition is made up of four distinct races anyway - it would have been criminal to just focus on the titular ship and just drop references in to the rest of the major players.

The scope of the book on the whole really did impress me. In a nutshell, Enterprise (and Archer in particular) is still reeling from the loss of the Maru, Mayweather transfers off the ship and becomes an Albatross, Starfleet is trying to temper Earth's media - which is damaging morale on two fronts by criticising Starfleet and advocating xenophobia - as well as trying to find the middle ground between the MACOs, the United Earth Government and even the Coalition Council. Meanwhile, Vulcan has its own problems, leading the Tellarites and Andorians to work more closely together. The Romulans are also given some decent development as we see Valdore trying to lead a successful campaign while dealing with internal dissidents, an insane Praetor, a major push to achieve warp seven and even protecting his own family while the usual Romulan cloak and dagger politics abound. Thrown into all this, you still get perspectives from the Ordinary Joes across the Coalition and Trip's continuing spy mission.
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