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Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature (Star Trek: The Original Series) [Kindle Edition]

David Mack
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An all-new Star Trek series begins!

A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.

A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.

An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves—from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.

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About the Author

David Mack is the author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the USA Today best-seller A Time to Heal and its companion volume, A Time to Kill. Mack's other novels include Star Trek: DS9: Warpath, Star Trek Vanguard: Harbinger, Star Trek: S.C.E.: Wildfire, and numerous eBooks and short stories. Mack also cowrote two episodes of Star Trek: DS9, "Starship Down" and "It's Only a Paper Moon."

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4.0 out of 5 stars ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO TIRE OF QUALITY.... 26 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Book one of a new star trek series by renowned author David Mack is always an exciting time. Having said that, i am yet to read a single volume of the hugely popular vanguard series so i am a little behind in my trek knowledge when it comes to the events described in Star Trek Seekers.

Volume one starts off in a very traumatic and emotional time for both the characters in the story and the reader. Parent / baby separation is always heartbreaking and to see it represented so well in a tome of acclaimed science fiction is hugely refreshing, and also, hugely surprising. Nimur and Kerlo are the unfortunate natives who find themselves in the position of having to give up their baby girl ("Tahna") to allow for the "change" and to also meet the demands of society and tradition.

The starship Sagittarius is investigating the planet Nereus Two and searching for justifiable reasoning behind some interesting scientific discrepancies when they decide to go in for a closer look at the planet's surface, and its population. One wonders, therefore, if they will make contact with any locals, and if one particular local will go by the name of Nimur....

The writing in this book is pure class. The best star trek novels are based on solid, highly entertaining characters that we all know and love and even though this is a new series and i (for one) have not read any of the Vanguard Series, i feel comfortable enough with the characters already that i feel sure to enjoy this book greatly. Indeed, i yearn to find myself on the Sagittarius almost as much as i did the hallowed walkways of the Enterprise, and that is really saying something!
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By StevenJ
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Returning to the side of the Star Trek universe started in http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harbinger-Star-Trek-Vanguard-ebook/dp/B008QYC0WI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407522131&sr=8-1&keywords=star+trek+harbinger this is an interesting turn on a staple of Star Trek, the first contact goes wrong storyline. The new race are an intriguing addition to the universe and its nice to meet characters introduce in the Vanguard series (which I recommend highly). The only major downside is rather than being part one in a series it really feels more like part one of a larger book as the story is not resolved to any satisfaction. Hopefully the soon to be released book 2 will provide a better ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Follow on from the Vanguard series 10 Sep 2014
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Very good great follow on from the Vanguard series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature 18 Aug 2014
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature - by David Mack (Star Trek: The Original Series)

The USS Sagittarius (NCC-1894) was an Archer-class Starfleet scout vessel in service in the 2260s. The ship is named for the Sagittarius constellation. Her crew plays a major role in this story.

◾Commanding Officer: Captain Clark Terrell
◾First Officer: Lieutenant Commander Vanessa Theriault
◾Second officer & Security Chief: Lieutenant Commander Sorak
◾Chief Medical Officer: Doctor Lisa Babitz
◾Medical technician: Ensign Nguyen Tan Bao
◾Chief Engineer: "Master Chief": Mike "Mad Man" Ilucci
◾Navigator and helmsman: Ensign Niszk
◾Science officer: Lieutenant Sengar Hesh
◾Senior Engineer's Mate: Petty Officer First Class Salagho Threx
◾Engineer's Mate: Petty Officer Second Class: Karen Cahow
◾Engineer's Mate: Crewman Specialist Torvin
◾Lead scout: Senior Chief Petty Officer Razka
◾Field scout: Lieutenant Faro Dastin
◾Field scout: Ensign Taryl

Locations: Alpha Quadrant * Taurus Reach * Nereus II (Arethusa) * Suba

Cast of Characters: All of the crew of the Sagittarius * Nimur * Kerlo * Doctor Tormog * Captain Atish Khatami * Captain Kang * Captain Durak

Historian's Note:

This story takes place in August 2269, a couple of months after the Starship Enterprise returns from a rescue mission at Camus II ("Turnabout Intruder") and approximately six months after the destruction of Starbase 47 ("Star Trek; Vanguard: Storming Heaven").

Seekers is the start of an exciting new series in the genre of Star Trek. Two Ships. Two crews. One new saga. Star Trek: Seekers will follow the exploits of two starships: The Constitution-class U.S.S. Endeavour (NCC - 1895) and the Archer-class U.S.S. Sagittarius (NCC - 1894).

Star Trek: Seekers is a sequel series to Star Trek: Vanguard. It features characters from the Vanguard saga and chronicles their ongoing mission of exploration in the Taurus Reach. This book forms a two-part story with "Point of Divergence."

The U.S.S. Sagittarius (NCC - 1894) is sent to the Taurus Reach, specifically Nereus II where a probe sent, several years ago, reported back some interesting data about some high energy activity. Now as the Sagittarius crew investigates, they can't find those signals. So they go in for a closer look. Once the conquered realm of a powerful alien species, (Shedai), this region remains largely shrouded in mystery even as it brims with potential for exploration and colonization.

The Federation has sent in two of its finest starships on a quest to uncover the secrets it may yet hold. The Tomol are a primitive civilization living a bucolic existence occupying a lone island (Suba) on a remote world (Nereus II). Their culture is an enigma, centered on every member's commitment to a painful, fiery self-sacrifice upon reaching puberty. But one of their clan (Nimur) has shunned this obligation, triggering a transformation into a new, powerful life form. Therein lies the tale, the premise for the first book in this series.

The Klingons, ever aware of improving the Empire's lot, have sent a scouting party to bring back one of the Tomol getting ready to "Change." The Klingon's think that this race can hold the key to an interesting psionic weapon, a weapon of value, a new very powerful weapon added to their arsenal to serve the Empire's ever expanding rule.

Unknown to the Sagittarius and her crew, the Klingons are also planet side and observing the ritual called the "Cleansing," ever mindful of the "Prime Directive," a scouting (landing) party is dispatched to see why there are no longer any high frequency energy signals. As the Sagittarius crew approach the Tomol, the populace is in a ritual called the "Cleansing." This ritual is being performed next to an active natural gas vent that is burning a blue light.

After being forced to give up her newborn child, Nimur is getting very close to the "Change" and has to participate in the "Cleansing." The Tomol when they reach puberty go through a "Cleansing," this ritual has been ongoing for millennia. If they don't go through with the "Cleansing," they become all powerful beings and the telltale signs are a burning flame in their eyes. The "Cleansing" is a suicide ritual to preserve the way of life on the island of Suba.

With the Klingons added to this story, with their paranoia and distrust of everything Federation, makes for a very interesting story. Battles ensue, Klingon v Tomol, Tomol v Tomol, Starfleet v Klingon, and Tomol against everyone.

The Tomol are not an indiginous species to this planet. The Tomol DNA has been altered. The Shedai and the Preservers long ago at odds have left the Tomol in almost total isolation. It seems the Shedai have done some genetic alterations to the Tomol and the Preservers have left another of their iconic machines to watch over the Tomol. Much like in a previous episode involving Kirk and the Enterprise crew in the original five year mission.

David Mack has done a marvelous job of capturing the mystery, suspense, action-adventure throughout this story. The writing style is easy to read and makes sense as the story unfolds before the reader. There are some real, pulse-pounding scenes and Mack's writing ability shows. The prose is descriptive and at times graphic, but not to a point of obscene.

Mack has added another dimension to the genre of the Trek Universe. It is easy to see why he is a New York Times bestselling author. There are harrowing scenes, scenes with total destruction, and scenes that are tender in nature. All wrapped into this story. Mystery, intrigue, action-adventure are solid and Mack's storytelling ability makes the story "Second Nature" a perfect lead-off for the next installment, "Point of Divergence." That novel will be written by Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore and will be available for September's reading list.

The characterization are spot-on, the ability to keep the story interesting as it moves along, and coupling with a unique writing style, all make for a nice vacation read. The hook at the end of the story is very interesting and warrants another episode in this adventure.

Genres: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Suspense, Adventure

For the reader some interesting related Star Trek novels:

Star Trek: Vanguard #1: Harbinger: Harbinger (Star Trek: The Original Series)
Star Trek: Vanguard #2: Summon the Thunder (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard #3: Reap the Whirlwind (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard #4: Open Secrets (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: Precipice (Star Trek: Vanguard (Unnumbered)) (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: What Judgments Come (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: Storming Heaven (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: Declassified (paperback)
Star Trek: Vanguard: In Tempest's Wake (Kindle Edition)
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO TIRE OF QUALITY..... 26 July 2014
By Greggorio! - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Book one of a new star trek series by renowned author David Mack is always an exciting time. Having said that, i am yet to read a single volume of the hugely popular vanguard series so i am a little behind in my trek knowledge when it comes to the events described in Star Trek Seekers.

Volume one starts off in a very traumatic and emotional time for both the characters in the story and the reader. Parent / baby separation is always heartbreaking and to see it represented so well in a tome of acclaimed science fiction is hugely refreshing, and also, hugely surprising. Nimur and Kerlo are the unfortunate natives who find themselves in the position of having to give up their baby girl ("Tahna") to allow for the "change" and to also meet the demands of society and tradition.

The starship Sagittarius is investigating the planet Nereus Two and searching for justifiable reasoning behind some interesting scientific discrepancies when they decide to go in for a closer look at the planet's surface, and its population. One wonders, therefore, if they will make contact with any locals, and if one particular local will go by the name of Nimur....

The writing in this book is pure class. The best star trek novels are based on solid, highly entertaining characters that we all know and love and even though this is a new series and i (for one) have not read any of the Vanguard Series, i feel comfortable enough with the characters already that i feel sure to enjoy this book greatly. Indeed, i yearn to find myself on the Sagittarius almost as much as i did the hallowed walkways of the Enterprise, and that is really saying something! The plotting and pacing is already at a good pace and as you progress through the book you will find yourself completely immersed in the book's glorious universe (pun intended). One feels compassion and understanding for the native mother who only wants to explore, witness and participate in her own child's growth into maturity so we all know who we are rooting for in the early parts of the book.

With Star Trek Seekers Volume 1, David Mack has proven himself yet again to be one of the wonders of the star trek universe, so i hereby award this book a conservative four stars. Hugely recommended.

BFN Greggorio!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!! 14 Sep 2014
By Gary Aubry - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great read from David Mack (as always!). This is one that will keep you up late at night. It's fun to visit old characters that were too brief in Star Trek lore and to meet knew ones along the way. A fantastic new series I hope will continue for a long time!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid old school adventure for fans of the Original Series era. 16 Aug 2014
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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The first story in the follow up to the Vanguard miniseries. Seekers Second Nature is set in the era of the Original Series. While Kirk and the Enterprise are off having their TV adventures the crew of the USS Sagittarius is having an adventure of their own.

Seekers does a good job of capturing the adventurous tone and feel of the Original Series, avoiding a lot of the melodrama that plagues the TNG era. Coming out of Vanguard this story has a much lighter feel to it. Where Vanguard was about intrigue and fate of the galaxy type stuff, this adventure is much more down to earth.

Overall the story is solid and feels very much like what you would expect to read as a novelized episode of the TV show. Some might be turned off by its original cast, but I personally feel that is a strength as the author can develop them how he wishes rather than being constrained by canon events.

The story itself is rather straight forward, but never seems to drag. Events keep moving at a brisk pace transitioning to the perspective of other characters periodically. My only issue is that the story ends rather abruptly with a "To be continued."

Overall if you enjoy the original series and its adventurous space cowboy feel then you will probably enjoy Seeker: Second Nature.
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this series 11 Sep 2014
By D. Ewart - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this series. I thought because the regular characters were not in this book that I wouldn't care for it BUT I LOVED IT. It gets moving right from the start. If you like Star Trek you will like these.
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