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The Assassination Game (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy) [Kindle Edition]

Alan Gratz
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When a terrorist attack rocks Starfleet Academy, it’s clear someone has a very serious—and very deadly—secret agenda.

The rules are simple: Draw a target. Track him down and “kill” him with a spork. Take your victim’s target for your own. Oh, and make sure the player with your name doesn’t get to you first. No safe zones. No time-outs. The game ends when only one player remains.
     James T. Kirk is playing for fun. Leonard “Bones” McCoy is playing to get closer to a girl. But when a series of terrorist attacks rock the usually placid Starfleet Academy campus, it becomes clear that somebody is playing the game for real. Is it one of the visiting Varkolak, on Earth to attend an intergalactic medical conference? Or could it be a member of a super-secret society at the Academy dedicated to taking care of threats to the Federation, no matter what rules they have to break to do it? Find out in The Assassination Game, the fourth installment in Spotlight’s exciting series for teens.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2488 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00AZQJWH6
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (26 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007JLVS4A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Young Adult Star Trek Novel 17 Mar. 2013
By Killie
"The Assassination Game" by Alan Gratz is the fourth book in the Young Adult Starfleet Academy series set in the continuity of the JJ Abrams Star Trek movie. The novel's title is a reference to a game played by some of the cadets in which they try and "assassinate" various other cadets via the use of Starfleet sporks. However, the game soon takes a backseat when someone attempts to assassinate various dignitaries for real during a medical conference. All evidence points to a hated alien species known as the Varkolak but Kirk who is acting as an escort to the leader of the Varkolak delegation doesn't believe it and begins to investigate himself.

As with the other books in the series the story is rather predictable and I worked out who the "bad guy" was very quickly. This is made even worse due to the fact that out of the four books released so far in the series, some of the people involved in the various troubles that occur during the novels have been women that either Kirk or McCoy are interested in. Despite this I still found myself entertained as the story is fast paced, action packed and at times quite funny.

What I really do appreciate in this series is that they do try and provide some type of continuation between them. It is nice to see some of the various minor characters popping up here and there to show at least a little bit of linkage between the novels in the series. In addition, Gratz has continued the good work seen in the previous novels in regards to the characters. They are all well-written and I could once again easily envision these characters being the same ones as seen in the Abrams movie.

One aspect to the story that made me either smile or groan was in regards to the various homages to other aspects of the Trek universe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series 18 July 2012
By Jim J-R
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The fourth Starfleet Academy book based on the 2009 Star Trek film, The Assassination Game is the best yet. It follows the antics of all six of the main characters based at the academy as an unfriendly alien group visits Earth for a medical conference.

Alan Gratz shows himself off to be well versed in Trek lore, dropping in loads of references to the different television series while making them feel a completely natural part of the plot. As a long time fan this made reading all the more fun.

Although branded as a 'young adult' novel, the book deals with its characters far more as adults, and this makes them and the setting far more realistic. There is nothing in the book to alienate an older reader and I really respect the author's ability to write this way.

There are a couple of plot elements that have been used before, but the way the different strands are weaved together makes this an enjoyable story nonetheless. I've loved reading this entry in the series and look forward to Grazt being given more opportunities to write for Star Trek.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 12 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Loved it ! This focused more on Bones which was great because he needs to be written about more. Do read it you will not regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but Complex 1 Aug. 2012
By SciFiChick - Published on
Jim Kirk has convinced Bones to play the Assassination Game simply because Bones has a crush on the game's leader. Each person draws a name and has to hunt down and "kill" their target with a metal spork. Meanwhile, Starfleet Academy is on edge with its latest visitors the Varkolak, a violent dog-like race. And Cadet Uhura has been invited to join a secret society at the Academy with an unclear agenda. When a bomb explodes, almost killing the President, clues lead to the Varkolak. But Kirk has reason to believe they are being set up.

The Assassination Game is the fourth installment in the Starfleet Academy series marketed for teens and based on the most recent Star Trek film. And this may be my favorite installment yet. Certain parts of the mystery are a bit predictable to those who read closely and pay attention to details. But the plot is so complex; there are still plenty of fun twists and surprises along the way. Kirk, Bones, and Uhura get the most "face time" in this story. But there are some great cameos by Sulu, Chekov, and Spock as well.

Fans of the original series and latest film will want to check out this exciting and highly entertaining story. With plenty of adventure, intrigue, and humor - this latest installment is captivating. Each of the Starfleet Academy series are stand alone, without any overlying arc, so they don't need to be read in any order. This series has become just as much as a must-read for me as the rest of the Star Trek novels, if not moreso.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Friends 6 Sept. 2012
By Frederick - Published on
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Familiar characters with some of their back story. Enjoyably written with good pace and wit. Characters are from the recent reboot, but repeated echos of the original series can be spotted by the fans of the original series. Definitely written for the young adult crowd, still fun for the older fan in withdrawal waiting for the second movie. Given the constraints of the series (if you don't realize the author can't kill Spock or Kirk you probably can't read at this level any way), the pace and side stories distract you from the obvious solution to the mystery. All the clues are given, so if you are one who likes to feel good about themselves for solving the mystery before the characters this should be a gimme. Otherwise, enjoy it for what it is-- a fun few hours with friends. If you liked the new movie, you'll enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modernized and Updated Starfleet 22 Sept. 2012
By Delaine in North Carollina - Published on
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I wasn't a huge fan of Star Trek, but you don't have to know too much to follow the characters in this updated, exciting story with lots of mystery, suspense and sporks. You never know what to expect! I'm aware this is a kid's book and I'm way beyond that age -- but some stories are just plain fun, and this is one of them!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Fan Forever 1 April 2014
By Mary Horne - Published on
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This was another one of my favorite books because not only was the story line great. But I just love the bill-up of the Spock, Uhura relationship this is one of best relationship ever because they are two different people from two different planets but able to make this relationship work mainly because of the special person that Uhura is even though they almost broke up in the end. I hope there is another book on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of the Starfleet Academy novels! 12 Dec. 2012
By Mishi Mo - Published on
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I've really got a kick out of reading this series based off of the 2009 reboot timeline with the TOS characters. Kirk is naturally Kirky with all sorts of charm oozing out to help him still out of trouble ( well...what he can charm his way out of) and really popular with the ladies. Bones' friendship with Jim is bright to light as they're roommates and just starting to figure out one another. Uhura is a brainy broad that Spock is certainly taking notice of and the reader gets to see a bit of their relationship evolve into 'something more than' as well. Sulu comes into the picture but not much and Chevok is even worse. In fact I'm not even sure if Scotty gets a shout out. Oh well get read for the those looking for something to enjoy during a plane ride or a couple of leisurely eaten lunches.
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