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Taking Wing (Star Trek: Titan) [Mass Market Paperback]

Andy Mangels , Michael A. Martin
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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3 May 2005 Star Trek: Titan
After the wholesale assassination of the Romulan senate in the feature film Star Trek: Nemesis, the Romulan Empire is in disarray, with rival factions fighting to pick up the pieces and seize the reins of power. After several factions separately contact the Federation Council -- each laying claim to legitimate political power -- Starfleet Command sends Captain William Riker and the USS Titan to Romulus to set up a forum for power-sharing talks. But even as the factions take their first faltering steps towards building a new Romulus, civil war looms. Meanwhile the remnants of the Romulan intelligence service, the dreaded Tal Shiar, are regrouping behind the scenes, taking advantage of the political vacuum to mobilize ships and soldiers, threatening to touch off a conflict that would tear Romulus apart. With no other help available, Riker and the Titan crew are all that stands between the shattered Star Empire and a bloodbath.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743496272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743496278
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Mangels is the USA Today best-selling author and co-author of over a dozen novels cowritten with Michael A. Martin. He is also the best-selling author of several nonfiction books, including Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 2 Aug 2005
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What a stunning start. Couldn't put the thing down. Would certainly make for a good TV series if Paramount ever decide to bring back Star Trek. The only problem I has with it, is that because such a huge number of the characters are new it is difficult to get a mental image of them with characters that we already recognise. The same could be said for the amount of new species, unfamiliar to even the most seasoned Star Trek watcher. However, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin do a stunning job of describing them in the text, especially the Dinosaur-like doctor. The storyline itself is fascinating, and goes in the direction that most fans are wanting, that of the political developments, throwing in Federation, Romulan, and Klingon interests into the melting pot. A stunning piece of work, that ST: Fan-Fiction writers should also take care to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The new adventure of Captain Riker 26 Jun 2005
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Pocket Books has decided to start a new series of Star Trek books, this one about Captain Riker's new ship, the Titan. As you may remember from the movie Nemesis, William Riker, first officer of the Enterprise, married his long-time love, Deanna Troi, and was all set to take command of the USS Titan before the battle with Shinzon occurred. Now, in Taking Wing, he has taken command, and they are ready to go on their first mission. Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels do a great job of both introducing an almost totally new crew as well as getting the ship off on its maiden voyage. While it does take a bit of time to get started and not all of the characterization is that great, the book is definitely a great read, and I look forward to future Titan books.
Captain Riker has a lot to deal with on his first mission. His choice for first officer has reservations about Riker's wife being on the command staff (Troi is the ship's counselor as well as its Chief Diplomatic Officer). The Titan is the most culturally and biologically diverse ship in Starfleet, so a lot of accommodation has to be given, both physically and socially. Some ship's quarters have to be refit for its crew, such as a low-gravity berth for Lt. Melora Pazlar, from a planet with very low gravity. The new Chief Medical Officer unintentionally frightens some of the crew, or at least makes them uncomfortable. Still, this is his first command, and they are going on a mission of exploration, a great change from all of the military work that Starfleet has been carrying out the last four years since the Dominion War. Unfortunately, that mission is put on hold as the Titan is assigned to escort a relief convoy to the Romulan homeworld as unrest from Shinzon's abortive coup in Nemesis threatens to explode into civil war.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Titan #1 14 Aug 2012
By Martin
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Alot of political intrigue. What little plot there is is predicatable chapters before it happens. Good intial starting point, the assasination of romulan senate but goes slowly down hill from there
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4.0 out of 5 stars I got hooked! 5 May 2012
By Mimyx
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It was the first Star Trek tie-in novel I had given any thought to read, and I really liked it! It's rather long winded when it comes to the underlying moral messages, which are incredibly unsubtle. The set up is rather stretched, introducing so many new characters is hard in any novel, never mind when the whole Star Trek franchise has always been an ensemble cast. The author is imaginative, and seems to stick to the lore as far as I know. I love star Trek but wouldnt class myself as a die hard fan. I can't pick out silly little nuances that refer to 30 year old references, that's for someone far more involved.

The characters are fleshed out, for the most part, i felt myself caring for some, while others I could take or leave. The main cast, especially those from Star Trek series of yesteryear are well represented for the most part. The story, while needlessly long in some areas, still has enough action and character development to keep me interested.

If you like sci fi reads that aren't too taxing, or you are a fan of Star Trek and need your fix, give this book a try. You could do worse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riker finally gets the Captain's chair 15 Aug 2010
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Read this as a follow on to the panned "Nemesis" movie and it's an enjoyable read and a good way to launch the series. Several characters from Nemesis appear to ground the Titan crew in the Star Trek universe, and a diverse collection of non-humanoid Titan-crew members are introduced to be expanded on in future novels. A good effort for the start of the series - not the best book in the Titan-series, but also nowhere near the worst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant from start to the finish 31 July 2013
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A gripping story, it was nice to see the journey begin for Riker and Troi and both new and old faces from a vast trek series, I can only imagine where the story will take us next :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Romulans and lots of continuity 27 Feb 2013
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Riker assumes control of his first command, USS Titan, hoping for an exploratory mission of the Orion arm but ends up dealing with the Romulan political fallout from the film Nemesis.

This book has a lot of Romulan politics and a lot of continuity- pretty much every character has some obscure link to previous star trek episodes or novels. It's somewhat overdone, particularly since most of it has little or no impact on the story being told.

The story takes a while to get going, but the final five chapters ramp up the tension and show that this new series has potential, assuming it can escape the quicksand of over complex continuity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titan
Well that's the first of the star trek titan books read. I wasn't sure to start with but I really enjoyed it
Published 17 months ago by Jamie
2.0 out of 5 stars this should have been so good....oh well
this book should have been a triumph. it's authors have obviously researched the histories of the cannon characters/events featured well. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by the gman
4.0 out of 5 stars The Titan series shows promise....
Taking Wing describes the first mission of the USS Titan commanded by Captain Riker. This story is set a few months after the events of Nemesis (and after TNG Death In Winter). Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by Mr. I. Ogilvie
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing how long it takes until the book is "un-put-downable"!
I agree that this book spends FAR too long on introducing new, unnecessarily exotic characters and the ship's actual mission. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2007 by shuckie
2.0 out of 5 stars Clumsily written and not the Trek I used to know
Taking Wing has a couple of things going for it, including a story that weaves together several strands of Trek history (from the TOS and TNG to Voyager and the latest movie... Read more
Published on 17 April 2007 by Daiho
5.0 out of 5 stars New to the books thing
Hello. I've watched a lot of it (secretly) on tv, since the Next Generation era (and the occasional old school Captain Kirk and his crew show)!

This book is cool! Read more
Published on 18 Jan 2007 by T. Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I'll keep this brief, but just to say its an excellent opener for the series. The authors take the time to introduce the characters, new and familiar before diving into an action... Read more
Published on 21 Sep 2005 by J P Stevens
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