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Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance in Exile [Kindle Edition]

David R. George III
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A beautiful green world, rich in fertile soil and temperate climate . . . a textbook Class-M planet that should be teeming with life. Scans show no life-signs, but there are refined metals, including those associated with a space-faring race . . . and a lone city. But where are all of the inhabitants? Captain James T. Kirk leads a landing party from the U.S.S. Enterprise, hoping to get some answers.

The away team discovers a city in ruins, covered by dust, utterly bereft of life. Tricorder readings indicate that this is no ancient metropolis—it has been deserted only for a year. And just beyond the citadel lies what appears to be an ancient spaceport . . . a graveyard of ships that have clearly been sabotaged.

With these ruins too far from either the Klingon or the Romulan Empires, the Enterprise crew can only wonder: Who could have done this? And could this unnamed threat now pose an imminent danger to the Federation?

About the Author

David R. George III is the critically-acclaimed writer of the Star Trek: Voyager episode 'Prime Factors' . His Star Trek books include the DS9 novels The 34th Rule (with Armin Shimerman), Mission Gamma: Twilight and Worlds of Deep Space Nine 3; the original series Crucible books and the Lost Era title Serpents Among the Ruins.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3958 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (29 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0088O127U
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible - waste of money 1 Mar 2013
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This story is set towards the end of the TOS period - before I say anything else, if you are a big Spock fan, forget it, he's barely in it, neither is McCoy.

It is largely about the reaction of Kirk to the end of the Five Year Mission and Sulu to a significant crisis in his life - neither is particularly interesting as a plot-line. The book also features the appearance of a race (no spoilers) that appeared in a later series but they are written so generically they could be any race from anywhere. The main mystery that underpins the book comes absolutely nowhere and just grinds to a stop in a couple of paragraphs - you are let thinking that this was suppose to be book one of two (but that is not the case).

Save your cash.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 6 Feb 2013
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Well put together story.
Good pace.
kept me up to very early in the morning.
a bit pricey for a bunch of electrons though - paper is almost cheaper !!!
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars save your money 30 Jan 2013
By Barbara Mcauliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book, which takes place during 8 months of 4th year of the original 5 year mission, the Enterprise comes upon a destroyed settlement on an otherwise unexplored planet. Several months later it comes upon another destroyed settlement on another unexplored planet which seems to be from the same civilization as the first. Later still, it comes upon living people from that civilization and saves them from the folks who destroyed the first two settlements.

Along the way Sulu falls in love and the book ends with a cliffhanger which will, I assume, be resolved sometime during the DS9 Relaunch--maybe three hundred years (story line time) hence.

I bought this Kindle book without getting the sample because I enjoyed the author's Provenance of Shadows. And while there are no (that I noticed) glaring typos, the writing is...Well here's an example. Right on the second page

"He feared where on the supposedly uninhabited planet the menacing projectile would intersect the surface."

Or, you know, land.

The entire book reads as though it was translated from Federation Standard to Modern English by a non-English speaker with a big fat thesarus:

"...the susurrus of his own breating..."

I know the author was trying to show us Sulu's poetic side, but susurrus?

Plot--uninteresting. They make no observations about the destroyed civilization. And there is no reason to care about them.

There were too many "where is this going" moments. I assume the author wanted to build suspence but they just made the whole book unfocused.

Characterization--non existant. Kirk spends all his time fussing over where he may be assigned after the five year mission and Sulu falls in love.

I've "known" Sulu for a very long time. Any woman he falls for will be special, but I just did not see it here. She and Sulu flew a kite. and it was just....nothing. The author did not show me, or try to show me what what made Sulu love her.

Because of the girlfriend, Sulu has an argument with Kirk. It resolves itself with Sulu realizing that Kirk doesn't take his job lightly. They've been together four years and Sulu hadn't noticed this before?

I know the author needed some sort of conflict but this was just silly.

Action--not much a couple of under powered enemy ships.

All in all, don't bother. Or if you must, and have a Kindle, read the sample first to see if you can tolerate the style.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring 20 Feb 2013
By Joseph Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read dozens, probably hundreds of Star Trek books over the years and this is one of the most boring and pointless I've encountered. The plot is slow and unfocused, the characters are one dimensional and unbelievable, and the writing style is boring and verbose. Sulu and Kirk are the main focus of this book and they both come across as whiny and clueless. I have read many books that deal with Kirk 's internal demons but this one makes him seem more annoying and neurotic than anything else. Even the surprise plot twist is boring and uninspired. After the exciting Cold Equations trilogy, I was hoping for something better than this. My advice is to save your money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegence in Exile 28 Feb 2013
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek: The Original Series: Allegiance In Exile: by David R. George, III

This is a Kirk and Sulu centric novel set in the last year of the five-year mission aboard The Enterprise based on "The Original Series." This is the twelfth novel penned by the author in various Star Trek genre, most notably among those are "Provenance of Shadows, The Star to Every Wandering, and The Fire and the Rose," all in "The Original Series."

The story unfolds with Kirk thinking about the past 4 years of adventures and contemplating what might happen to him after the last year of exploration has been accomplished. During an exploratory mission to the fringes of Federation Space, Kirk's thinking process is about to change as The Enterprise enters the R-755 system. While exploring this system, a Class-M planet R-755-I, has but one city that has been surprisingly destroyed, with no signs of life. Finding this odd, Kirk sends a landing party to the surface, but the crew members on the surface, as well as those back on The Enterprise are not prepared for what is about to happen. Thus, the adventure begins, again, for The Enterprise and her crew.

This book has action-adventure, intrigue, mystery and some strong character development as the four out five-year mission has brought some of the crew closer, as others find relationships and mature. The Enterprise gets new people when it makes a port-of-call or is in for repairs as we find this to be the case with exploratory missions. On such a crew rotation, an archaeologist, Ensign Trinh fresh out of Starfleet Academy, catches the eye of Sulu. Now, Sulu falls in love with Ensign Trinh.

Now, we have a budding romance, coupled with a dangerous mission, bringing out a plethora of emotions between members of the crew. This makes for an interesting lively read as the whole gambit of emotions are played out.

I could add more details about the mission, Kirk's relationships with Starfleet, Sulu and Trinh, and the resolution of the story, but that would take away from some of the suspense and surprise. I would prefer that you read the book. But what I can reveal, there is tragedy, anger, great loss and some serious soul searching. The author has made a point through this writing that there is more to the primary characters than what you have been exposed to in the past, making these characters more human, suffering human foibles and frailties, not just icons in a story. I must say that I enjoyed reading a book that used the English language in a more descriptive nature.

Although, I have read more interesting Star Trek adventures, this is a good change of pace. The characters of Kirk and Sulu are the most predominate in this story, there is a good sub-plot, added mystery, and enough fill-in development of the ancillary characters and the story itself, to carry this novel. I enjoyed "Allegiance in Exile" as I finished it in one night. The author knows these characters well and the tenor of the book is well-paced, with an intriguing mysterious alien race to finish the book. Making the reader wondering if we are to meet them in a future adventure, a cleaver dove tail to segway into another novel.

PS:

Check these references to The Ascendants: (DS9 novel: "Rising Son"), (DS9 novel: "Worlds of Deep Space Nine: The Dominion: Olympus Descending"), (DS9 novel: "Warpath"), (DS9 novel: "The Soul Key"), (ST - Typhon Pact novel: "Rough Beasts of Empire").

The Ascendants are a long-lived humanoid species native to the Gamma Quadrant. They are a race of religious zealots that are intrinsically linked with the Eav'oq, the Bajorans, and the Prophets of Bajor, on a crusade to join with their gods called "The True". The Ascendants are typically taller than the average humanoid, they have a cool exterior body temperature and an exoskeleton which covers their entire body. Veins run through the exoskeleton and when injured, the damaged parts become discolored. The armor itself is very fluid-looking, and is silver in color, matching the color of Ascendant skin, giving the illusion that it is made of expanding mercury.

The Ascendants at some point in history lost their home-world and became a nomadic species, spending their lives roaming space in their quest to seek the Fortress and purge blasphemers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Until the Last Third 25 Feb 2014
By Michael Hickerson - Published on Amazon.com
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Lately I’ve been revisiting the Star Trek universe via a combination of DVDs, Blu-Rays and streaming video as well as listening to the great Mission Log podcast.

All of that, plus reading a few heavier books (both in terms of content and page count) put me in the mood for a light, fun palate cleanser tie-in novel. And so it was that after a year of languishing on my to-be-read pile, I finally decided it was time to give David R. George III’s Allegiance in Exile a look.

Set in the final year of the original five year mission, the novel finds Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise discovering an apparently deserted planet that holds a deadly cache of self-defense weapons. After the ship and landing party are attacked (including the destruction of a shuttle or two), Kirk and company discover a way to detect and disable the installations.

While Kirk struggles with what the future could hold and the next step in his career (he’s not ready to leave the bridge of the Enterprise just yet), Sulu meets and falls for a member of the crew, who was part of the landing party with him. Of course, this can only mean one thing — the crew member in question’s life span is reduced to about twenty or so minute (or in this case about 100 pages).

Before you know it, the crew stumbles across another planet with a similar weapon system in place and Kirk decides to beam down a landing party, including Sulu’s new squeeze. The landing party is attacked and the only person injured is, of course, Sulu’s new main squeeze. Sulu’s reaction to this is one of anger at Kirk, including throwing a hissy fit in the turbolift and requesting a transfer because Kirk was the one who made the fateful decision, after being counseling by Dr. McCoy that maybe beaming down isn’t such a hot idea.

This might be interesting if the romance between Sulu and his fellow female crewman felt in any way authentic and if it just didn’t all feel like an excuse to try and insert some off-screen conflict among the original series crew as well as show Sulu that making command decisions somethings has unintended consequences.

All of that would be bad enough, but for some reason George uses the final third of the novel to tie events here into the larger Trek canon. I won’t give away exactly what the big-time revelation is, but I can say it had my rolling my eyes and muttering, “You’ve got to be kidding” under my breath.

This is exactly the kind of novel I didn’t expect from George. He’s written some enjoyable, novels that tie together various continuity threads from the TV series and other novels. But it felt like he was trying too hard to bridge too many gaps and, unfortunately, things come up a bit short. He does a solid job of recreating most of the original series characters on the printed page, but his supporting cast is a bit lacking at times.

I also got the feeling that for a stand alone novel, this one was meant to tie-into other classic series novels as well. For example, Kirk meets the assistant of Admiral Komack and the two have a couple of flirtatious conversations and then it goes absolutely nowhere. I’m going to assume that George is attempting to make us understand why Kirk might accept getting to know her better as a perk of accepting his promotion and leaving the bridge of the Enterprise, but honestly it feels more like a dangling plot thread for another novel than anything else.

All of it adds up to a less than satisfying overall experience for Allegiance in Exile. I’m tempted to say I’ve outgrown tie-in novels, but then I’ll come across one that really pushes all the right buttons like Doctor Who: The Harvest of Time or any Trek tie-in novel by Peter David and see that they can be both a welcome change of pace and a well done, entertaining story. I don’t expect great literature, but I do expect not to want to fling the novel at the wall in frustration when I’m done reading it (or at several points as I did here).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Bland, Tedious Adventures of Mary Sue 18 Jan 2014
By Christopher T. Sutor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This isn't the worst book I've ever read. It just very not good.

In fact, it's not very good in a way in which no other TREK novels that I've recently read have been. Because, I think the thing that annoys me the most about it, is that it reads like a piece bad internet fan fiction.

For example, There are established characters acting out of character purely as a plot convenience.

The prose is needlessly flowery, and is peppered with ten-dollar-words in a manner which suggests, somewhere, the existence of a much abused word-a-day calendar.

And then, you get to the chapter that introduces the spunky, can-do ensign who is oh so clever, pretty, and smart, and you watch her fall into a budding romance with one of the main cast, and at this point you feel the need to check the cover to make sure that's actually a man's name above the title, because what you're reading feels less like the work of a professional author, and more something randomly plucked from a thirteen year old schoolgirl's slashfic website.

I'm assuming of course, that there are no thirteen year old girls named David.

It's mopey, it's dreary, it's long-winded and self-satisfied, and it goes on way too long. When you finally work your way to the last page, you discover there isn't actually an ending, and you find yourself with nothing to show for all the effort you put in, but unanswered questions.

Questions like: is this a cliffhanger, or did the author just get fed up with it, as well?

I have to admit, I've never actually read anything by this particular author before, so I've no idea if this is the standard quality of his output. I actually picked the book up, because unlike some other Star Trek novels of recent years which I could name (I'm looking at you, "The Shocks Of Adversity") it appeared that some thought had actually gone into the design for the cover art.

So, to whomever created the cover art design for this novel, congratulations on a job well done. Pat yourself on the back. Have a drink. Have two. You've earned it. It is quite nice, indeed.

Your cover design is the best thing about this book. They should pay you more.

It's just a shame about the thing it's attached to.
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