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Star Trek: The Original Series: The Folded World

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Folded World [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Mariotte
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En route to a diplomatic mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise receives a distress call from the U.S.S. McRaven. As the Enterprise approaches the area where the McRaven appears to be, Captain James T. Kirk and his crew encounter an anomaly unlike anything they’ve ever experienced. Space itself seems inconsistent here . . . warping, changing appearance. But during the brief periods of calm, the McRaven is located along with other ships of various origins—all dead in space and devoid of any life forms, all tightly surrounding and being held in place by an enormous unidentified vessel that appears to have been drifting for a millennium. As incredible and impossible as it seems, this anomaly is something that can only be described as a dimensional fold, a place where the various dimensions that science has identified—and the ones it cannot yet name—have folded in on one another, and the normal rules of time and space no longer apply. . . .

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4243 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00BNFDC56
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (30 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O4TNY8
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #206,650 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Real Waste 26 Jun 2013
By Relayer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't really enjoy the TOS era novels as much as the 24th century books. The era just doesn't hold as much interest for me, but I do keep up with them as they come out. Thankfully, some are pretty good stories but that said, Allegiance in Exile, Devils Bargain, Weight of Worlds, The Shocks of Adversity and now The Folded World have come together and have proved to be a bit gruelling.

Having recently read The Folded World I have to say it is the worst of the bunch. Allegiance in Exile was superior, Devils Bargain an unexpectedly pleasant revisit with the Horta, The Weight of Worlds a real romp and The Shocks of Adversity was great !

The Folded World was a hugely missed opportunity. The cover grabbed me - I expected to explore an interesting spacial anomaly, resolve a mystery, some alien ships, another Constitution class and (most tempting) an older Starfleet ship.

The anomaly remained an unexplained plot device, the fate of the crews likewise and the ships entirely unexplored. The story itself was O.K. - it would have been an average TOS episode. The author had only a basic grasp of the characters and the dialogue didn't always feel quite right. It was a struggle to get through...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Needed more of a plot 12 Jun 2013
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In this book a landing party go onto some ships which are trapped in a fold in space. Once in the fold then weird things happen, some apparently manifestations of the unconscious minds of one (or more) of the crew. The problem with this sort of story is that you can (and in this case do) end up with an unsatisfactory jumble of events which fill pages but don't have any depth. Alhtough a link is made between some events and a crewman's past this is really just stated in passing and seems more like a way finish things off. Although there is a link to the situation outside the fold, this is, again, not well developed. Overall there is little real plot and poor character development.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another bad Trek through the Stars 16 July 2013
By SatchmoDan - Published on
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I have to admit, I only got 3/4's of the way through this tedious novel. The whole story line was just plain dull. The effect that the spatial anomaly had was stupid. The characterizations of the original characters didn't ring true and the introduced characters were not likable. While I love Star Trek and get every book, lately there have been a lot of turds being released. If you are on a limited budget and don't collect the books like I do, skip this one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not horrible--if you've never seen or read Trek... 2 July 2013
By Adam Bernard - Published on
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Sorry, but with dialogue like Kirk's "Dammit, we're Starfleet!" and Uhura saying "Roger", I had a hard time slogging through this. As a devoted (but not obsessive) fan of the series, movies, and books, I've read plenty of stories that combined a fascinating plot and a keen grasp of characters. The plot was somewhat interesting (but not resolved clearly) but this would have been a better novel had it been set somewhere other than the Trek universe.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious read 7 May 2013
By New Englander - Published on
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If you need a sleep aid, this novel will do nicely. There were far too many plot lines vying for your attention. There was also an overabundance of introspection on the part of the characters. If they were truly thinking about all the things the author had them reflecting, especially in the crisis situations, they would all be dead very quickly. And using the word "big" to describe something of extraordinary size: the big ship, the big room, the big door, etc., is fine for 5th graders, not for a novel geared towards adults. Sorry, but this was simply a very disappointing book.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Poor 1 Jun 2013
By Paul O. - Published on
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To any hard core Star Trek fan this book will grind at your nerves. From the beginning the landing party is referred to as 'the away team' (ST:TNG terminology) on many occasions, other characterisations and termniolgy just doesn't seem to fit and makes for hard reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good book but far from a great one 23 Aug 2013
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on
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Once again, the Starship Enterprise is on a diplomatic mission, carrying a delegation towards Ixtolde, a world about the join the Federation. But, when they run into a weird special anomaly, one filled with old and decaying spaceships, including the Starship McRaven, which Kirk didn't know was lost, it becomes necessary to get to the bottom of things. There's a strange mystery here, and Kirk is determined to get to the bottom of it. But, it might just cost him more than he ever expected.

This is a pretty good Star Trek: TOS book. The characters all act completely in characters, which is not something you can take for granted with some books! It also has a lot of good action and adventure.

On the other hand, the weaknesses of the book keep it from being any more than pretty good. The whole "ghosts" angle is pretty poorly handled, seeming rather unscientific. Also, while one mystery is solved, so many others are simply left hanging. And would the Federation indeed punish a people for crimes committed by their ancestors? It seems so unlikely.

So, yeah, while this book does have its good points, it also has its bad ones. It's a pretty good book, but far from a great one.
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