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Star Trek: The Original Series: The Weight of Worlds

Star Trek: The Original Series: The Weight of Worlds [Kindle Edition]

Greg Cox

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The Ephrata Institute is an intellectual think tank at the outer fringes of the final frontier. Dedicated to the arts and sciences, the Institute seems an unlikely target for an invasion, but it proves easy pickings when the Crusade comes from beyond, determined to impose its harsh, unbending Truth on all the worlds of the Federation. Armed with weaponized gravity, the alien Crusaders will stop at nothing to rescue the universe from its myriad beliefs . . . even if it means warping the mind and soul of every sentient being they encounter.

Responding to an urgent distress signal, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise soon find themselves in conflict with the Crusade, and facing individual challenges. When Kirk and Spock are transported to the Crusade’s distant homeland to confront the source of the invasion, Sulu finds himself trapped behind enemy lines, while Lieutenant Uhura is faced with possibly the most difficult decisions of her career.

As the Crusade sets its sights beyond Ephrata IV, it is up to the Enterprise and its besieged crew to keep freedom of thought from being crushed beneath the weight of worlds!

About the Author

Greg Cox is the author of several Star Trek novels including the bestselling Next Generation Q Continuum trilogy: Q-SPACE, Q-ZONE and Q-STRIKE. He has also written several novels featuring characters such as the Avengers, the X-Men and Iron Man. He has co-edited two science fiction horror stories with T.K.F. Weiskopf. Cox works as a Consulting Editor for Tor Books, based in New York.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1476702837
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (26 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008O4WXJK
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Read like it could have been a plot to an episode of the Cartoon series 11 April 2013
By SatchmoDan - Published on
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This wasn't good or bad...just passable. Like somebody pointed out, the idea that this alien race from another dimension would speak Federation standard was ludicrous. The zero-g one-on-one basketball game that Kirk had to go through with the "God-king" was ridiculous. There was no character development except for Sulu getting a new girl friend (Oh My!) There was a big missed opportunity in that we finally see Uhuru in the Captain's chair, and it goes no where. This was a very fast paced and superficial Trek story. It really could have been an episode of the old animated series.
While I love Star Trek, I have to admit that I've never been a big fan of the novels written by Greg Cox. They're still worth reading, as they are Trek, but I always feel that there is something left wanting in his books. I just wish Peter David would write more novels that weren't of the "New Frontier" variety. He is by far my favorite Trek author.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars kindle copy leaves much to be desired 3 May 2013
By TWalker - Published on
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While I'm a big Star Trek fan, having all the novels ever written, this is actually the first one I bought on my Kindle. While the story is good, I have issues with the Kindle edition. Some of the content is missing, such as sentences or words, and some of the pages repeat. Other than this, though, the story is a good read, and i as usual enjoyed it as a Star Trek fan.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars They must want to kill this series 28 Mar 2013
By Barbara Mcauliffe - Published on
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The Enterprise receives a distress call and responds to find the planet taken over by an alien race from another universe. Sulu, Kirk and Spock are in mortal peril and the Enterprise herself my plunge into the atmosphere killing all. There are the usual shenanigans and all ends well.

There are so many things wrong with this book (I wasn't aware that aliens from another universe would speak Federation Standard, but it seems they do!!) that I will only mention one: Characterization.

Uhura is in charge of the ship and has to face off against the belligerent alien leader. Yes!!! I thought. Uhura is going to bat her lovely brown eyes at this guy, charm him and before he knows what hit him the Enterprise will win the day. Well, no. She says "No dice" "Save your breath mister" and "I have your number." I've always considered Uhura a true lady with a spine of steel, not a 50's tough guy. None of this sounds like her. And at this point, although the aliens have not been friendly, it could all be a big misunderstanding. Why would she risk antagonizing these folks? The "true" Uhura only breaks through a few times and never when the things are rough.

She has to save the Enterprise, Kirk, Spock and Sulu. The outcome is foreordained. Success is inevitable; we know the future history of these people. One way to make this story work would have been to introduce another character, take the time to make us care and put that character into jeopardy. The way I would have liked the story to go would have been to make the outcome dependant on forcing Uhura to compromise her values or to have her fail--turn the ship over to whoever is next in line. Her character could have grown by accepting sometimes you have to do what you have to or understanding what she can't do. To grow you have to face challenges and risk failure. In this book, there is no risk of failure; the challenges will be overcome no matter what Uhura does. There is no growth.

In the Trek novelverse, Uhura never gets a command as far as I can recall. Why not? (This cannot be because of sexism or racism, this author is clear that such things do not exist in the Federation.) There's a story to be told there, and this book could have contributed to that story. But the author chose to take the easy, boring route.

This is written competently. No grammar or spelling issues I noticed. I assume it's set in the 4th or 5th year of the mission.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Should be renamed The Weight of Words 5 Jun 2014
By Frank N. Stein - Published on
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As in very verbose, and not very unique, for someone I had come to respect from his previous ST:TOS work. The concept of a new race wanting to impose its will and philosophies on everyone else has been done to death, and it probably does not bode well for my ever reading any new stories by Mr. Cox. I think he's plain out of new ideas and is leaning too heavily on things that have been done. Hey, that's it - let's call this series Star Trek: Where Everyone Has Gone Before!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting adventure 24 Jan 2014
By ERIC R GOERLITZ - Published on
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This Ephrata Institute is a new name to me, maybe related to the Cochrane Institute? The new aliens' gravitational technology goes far beyond any previously written of in the ST canon, but is ubiquitous, even mundane, in their society. The ending suggests that we may not have seen the last of them, but not necessarily as enemies, either, in true Star Trek fashion.
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