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The Brave and the Bold: Bk.1 (Star Trek: All Series) [Mass Market Paperback]

Keith R. A. DeCandido
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6 Jan 2003 Star Trek: All Series (Book 1)
An all-new adventure spanning three generations! In 2250 it is discovered that four deadly artifacts from the Zalkat Union have been scattered in different worlds. An order to inform Command is issued if any should be located. In this first novel, the first and second energy emitting weapons, spreading disease and destruction, have been found years later. Through combined efforts, the only ones who may be able to prevent desease and havoc are the Captains and crews of the Enterprise, Constellation, Odyssey, and Deep Space Nine.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (6 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743419227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743419222
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 839,181 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith R.A. Decandido is the author of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novelization, The Xander Years Volume One, and is known to Star Trek fans as the author of Perchance to Dream, a Star Trek: The Next Generation comicbook miniseries published by Wildstorm. He is the editor of Marvel Comics' tie-in novels and of several science-fiction and fantasy anthologies.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin... 23 May 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Well all in all, it was an OK book. Since it is a two book series, this one is the stronger of the two. It was an interesting way to deal with a story in each series by bringing in captains from other ships that have previously only been touched on, and in many cases they proved to be a lot more entertaining than the conventional series crews from the Original Series and DS9.
The author is aware that he only has a small space to tell each story and as such he doesnt go for elaborate character development, this works to his advantage. The stories are fast paced, and its good to see how each element is linked to those that will be later highlighted in the other stories.
This is the stronger book of the two part series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mix of the old and the new 31 Mar 2003
By David Roy - Published on Amazon.com
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The Brave & the Bold is an interesting concept. It is a series of four novellas contained in two books, each novella involving one of the four Trek television series, with a prologue that involves the fifth. Not only is the concept intriguing, but DeCandido does a wonderful job with the first book. It contains a wonderful mix of the characters we know and the ones that he has created, along with characters who were briefly shown in a television episode whom he has fleshed out to a great degree. The first book is a knockout punch, and I enjoyed it very much.
DeCandido has created a very logical way to bring the five television series together into one set of books. It does feel a bit stretched, as yet again the main cast of each show are involved in the same events, but at least DeCandido involves other ships and people as well, lessening that impact a little bit. DeCandido makes good use of the formerly incidental characters from the television series to flesh out the story. Even better, though, the stories are told completely from their viewpoint, so that all of the familiar characters that we know and love are seen from an outsider's view. I found this very effective, as we got to see our heroes as other see them without delving into their thought processes.
In the first story, DeCandido has created a vibrant crew that is interesting to read about. Decker is the only character from the television series, all other characters being original. Decker matches what little we know about him from the series, and the rest of the crew comes across very well also. Takashewada is Decker's no-nonsense first officer who keeps him in line when he wants to go against the book. She's completely against the imposition of martial law on the planet and is ready to tell Decker in no uncertain terms about it when she gets the chance. Fortunately for Decker, she never does, as the situation is resolved before that can happen. She's very determined but you can also tell that she really likes Decker, and that he finds her a very valuable officer. Dr. Rosenhaus is a bit too much of a Dr. Bashir (from the series Deep Space 9) clone, given that he's a young doctor excited to be out on the frontier. He's arrogant and thinks he can fix anything, as well as thinking that he knows better than some of the old hands. However, the relationship he develops with Dr. McCoy of the Enterprise is wonderful. When they first meet, sparks fly as arrogance clashes with experience and McCoy's crotchetiness. Soon, though, a healthy respect develops, especially after Rosenhaus goes off half-cocked and almost kills an experimental subject. Rosenhaus learns some humility when McCoy doesn't berate him (too much) for what happened. Other crew members do well in the limited parts that DeCandido gives them, and all of them seem to have distinct personalities no matter how little screen time they have.
Much the same can be said for the second story, and the crew of the Odyssey. DeCandido tries to do a couple of things in this story. In the television episode in which the Odyssey appears, there is a healthy dislike between Keogh and Lieutenant Dax. This story gives us the reason why, which helps flesh out Keogh and also provides another dimension to the episode. There aren't as many new characters in this story, but DeCandido does a good job with them as well. Especially effective is Orta, who is a Bajoran terrorist from a Next Generation television episode. DeCandido gives him a lot of background and broadens him a lot. He's a terrorist, not a freedom fighter. He fought Cardassians because he hated them, not because he wanted to free Bajor. DeCandido paints a wonderful picture of a man who's lost in his own insanity. When Orta finally makes his move, his reasoning keeps on changing as Kira and Dax point out the logical holes in each story he tells. Descending deeper and deeper into madness, you almost start feeling pity for him for what he's gone through and what he has finally become.
What I found most effective about these stories, at least to me as a Trek fan, is the sense of tragedy that is evoked. Both the Constellation and the Odyssey were destroyed with all hands in the television episodes where they appear. Both of these stories take place shortly before that. We are getting to know these characters, getting to like them, and then we realize that they are not going to survive much longer. I liked that, and it's a tribute to DeCandido's characterization that we wish we had more time with them. Also, the fact that most of the crew is created by DeCandido gives us the possibility that not all of the characters will survive the story, which provides a nice bit of extra tension.
There isn't a whole lot to say about the plot. The stories are interesting, but nothing that special. I found the characters much more interesting than the plot, which is just as well. The plots are almost Trek-by-numbers, which isn't always a bad thing, especially in a franchise series of books. They do their job well, and don't get in the way of the characters. I liked that. We don't get a lot of information about the Zalkat Union, which makes the artifacts little more than McGuffins, though they are at least used in each story. It's the characters that make this book worth reading, and any Trek fan will enjoy it because of that. If you like Star Trek, I think you will like this book. I just hope the second book in this series is as good as the first.
David Roy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold, Book #1 4 Dec 2002
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek: The Brave and the Bold, Book One written by Keith R.A. DeCandido is the first book in a so far two book series that will encumpus all of the Star Trek genre.
This first book starts out with with Captain Jonathan Archer and the crew of the Starship Enterprise NX-01. This portion of the story takes place shortly before the "Enterprise" first-season episode "Breaking the Ice." This adventure spans three generations of TREK as we will eventually fine out.
This whole story starts to unfold as Archer and his crew find evidence about what will be known as the Malkus Artifacts... four very deadly machines that wielded absolute power to the person who controlled them. One was capable of controlling the weather, one imparted a fatal virus, one served as an immensely powerful energy weapon, and the final device could be used to channel telepathy.
Archer decides to issue an all out alert warning to other vessels that the Federation needs to find these machines before they fall into the hands of those who would do ill with them... you see these machines emmit an energy signal that is unique to these machines, when they're active.
Now, the book carries us to the ST-TOS timeframe. This portion of the story takes place shortly before the STAR TREK first-season episode "Balance of Terror." This is where the artifacts are now being found. You see they were scattered throughout the Alpha Quadrant to keep others from getting total control of the awesome power when combined.
This book starts at 2151 in the Trek Universe, next 2266, and then 2370. So, we get a good sprinkling of the characters in these time frames. Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise and Commodore Matt Decker of the U.S.S. Constellation come across the first artifact on the colony world of Alpha Proxima II. This colony is plagued by disease... a mysterious plague that has the Federation has to stop. Order on Proxima is getting to a fever pitch where a cure needs to be found or all will be lost, the location of the artifact is paramount to the solution.
Now, around a hundred years later, Commander Benjamin Sisko of Deep Space Nine, it's good to see his character in this book series again, is trying to start a farming colony on Bajor's second moon with the help of Captain Declan Keogh of the U.S.S. odyssey. You, guessed it the second artifact has been discovered and now a massive scales destruction threatens this operation. Bajoran terrorists, headed by Orta, are at the heart of this uprising.
This book is a very fast read and the action-adventure flows well as the Federation's best and brightest try to solve this very ancient mystery. I hope book two of this series is as good as this first one was, until then... I will report soon on the second book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbent Fiction 17 Dec 2002
By Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek The Brave and the Bold is a great book for thos who want a light read. The plot spans three decades, three Enterprises. They aren't short stories but they sort of reads like short stories. They each have a connection to each other. The first "story" i set in the time of the television show "Enterprise. It basically introduces you about what the Malkus artifacts are. It's only a couple pages long. The second "story" is set one hundred years later in the time of the show "Star Trek". The two star ships U.S.S. Constalation, and U.S.S. Enterprise(both Federation starships) are investigating a plague on the planet "Alpha Proxima". The next "story" is set another hundred years in the twenty third century. The two starships Oddysey and Deep Space 9(DS9) are working together to build a farming colony on "Bajors" second moon. But when a Bajoran terrorist named Orta who disguised himself as a farmer plans to hijack the Oddysey they see his what he truly wants.
The Brave and the Bold is a good light read. It reads like a Star Trek episode and might be a good read especially for Trekkies.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey I just liked the book 2 Nov 2003
By David A. Finnerty - Published on Amazon.com
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I just enjoyed the book and wanted to say so.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.A. DeCandido captures the feel of the TV show in this book 1 Dec 2002
By Picardfan007 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit the best Star Trek books capture the feel of the TV show as if you were watching the episode. The best stories are the ones that have some reference to past shows. This one does a good job with the Decker character Kirk meets in the episode "Doomsday Machine". I wish there was more about Decker's rise to the captain's chair. He came up from the security department and has a much different view of the world than Kirk. Perhaps we can see prequel or short story in the future about the crusty Captain Decker.
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