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The Lost Era: The Sundered (Star Trek) [Mass Market Paperback]

Andy Mangels , Michael A. Martin
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1 Sep 2003 Star Trek (Book 1)
The hidden history of the Star Trek universe is revealed in this new series charting the seventy years between Captain Kirk's disappearance and the beginning of The Next Generation. Nearly a decade after Captain Kirk vanished, his protege, Captain Hiraku Sulu of the USS Excelsior, leads a dangerous mission into uncharted political waters. Unprecedented peace talks with the violently xenophobic Tholian Assembly trigger a deadly confrontation aboard the Excelsior. Now Sulu and his crew - including Chekov, Rand, Chapel, Tuvok, and Akaar - are thrust into an unexpected conflict between the Tholians and a mysterious new enemy, the Neyel...whose origins, if revealed, could lead to war with Earth itself. As the Tholians weave a web of vengeance, the Excelsior is flung beyond the galaxy and the crew discovers the hidden truth about the alien Neyel, forcing Sulu to question where his responsibilities lie - with the fragile peace he must preserve, or with the victims of his own world's tragic past.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (1 Sep 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074346401X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743464017
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin are the bestselling authors of the SECTION 31 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel ROGUE -- one of the fastest-selling Star Trek novels in years.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sundered- The Lost Era Star Trek. 24 Sep 2003
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I expected good things from this book as the authors have written some of the best Star Trek novels around. I was not disapointed. The voyage of Captain Sulu aboard The Excelsior into Tholian space is far more than a simple space opera. Martin and Mangels cover the start of warp drive on Earth, through an accidental explosion which........Well, you'll just have to read the book.
The Sundered is first class science fiction regardless that it's Star Trek. For me that's the icing on the cake. Some of the original characters are with Captain Sulu. Chekov, Rand, Chapel, and a young Tuvok. This is truly an involving story and I gave it five stars without reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Parallel evolution at its best 12 Nov 2003
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The first book in the Lost Era series, The Sundered features Captain Hikaru Sulu and the starship Excelsior. Most of you will remember that Sulu was shown to be in command of the ship in Star Trek VI, and I've always been interested in seeing what an adventure with him and his crew would be like. In The Sundered, we see that he has a few familiar faces along with some crew members we haven't seen as well. For me, part of the "coolness factor" of this novel is the fact that we get to see Captain Sulu in action. Unfortunately, some weird pacing and jumping back and forth in history bring the book to a screeching halt every time it gets going. Add a "trial by combat" cliché, and the book turns out ok rather then great.
First, it was good to see old friends again in new situations. Sulu has assembled a number of known Trek characters to fill out his crew complement. Janice Rand is now the communications officer, Christine Chapel is the ship's doctor, and Pavel Chekov is Sulu's first officer. Also, as established in the Star Trek: Voyager television series, Tuvok is a member of the crew. Not only was it great to see these faces, but Martin & Mangels capture them perfectly. They are the characters we all know and love, but they have matured. Chekov is no longer the impulsive hot-head he was in the original series, but he can still remember that time. When it comes time to discipline one of the crew, he remembers back to when he was a raw ensign, and it affects how he does it. It's like the kids have grown up and are running the store. Given the fact that these characters were small roles in the original series, there is no larger-than-life character that has to be given the hero's position.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Era - The Sundered - Worth A Read 16 Jan 2004
By Rich
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This book ain't at all bad. It fits the structure of story telling common in a lot of Star Trek literature, with two alternating plots which eventually resolve themselves and meet in the same place. Also common is that one plot is set in the 'present' and one plot set in the past, setting a context for the more current proceedings. About a 3rd of the way through you understand what the secondary plot has to do with the main story, and its around then that pages start turning more rapidly.
In terms of filling us in on the lost era, I can't really say that beyond exploration of Tuvok's problems with serving in Starfleet, you don't learn anything substantive. And we already knew about Tuvok's problems with being around emotional beings, so although it was nice to read into that a little more, there was really nothing else which I personally felt qualified this as answering questions about a 'lost era'. It would have been nice to know something more about Chekov, whether he intended to command his own ship, as suggested in William Shatner's 'The Return'. Filling us in on an era, to me, should consist of books that cover more than a few weeks in 2298.
We learnt plenty about a human off-shoot race, which was the creation entirely of Martin and Mangels, but little about the characters we want to know about. But don't let my dismissive words fool you, though this book may not be entitled to be a 'Lost Era' book, it certainly stands alongside, say, Peter David's 'The Captain's Daughter', as a post-kirk's-death TOS novel. It does get pretty exciting and fast paced, always a bonus, and yes the molecular-blade fight between Sulu and Tholian Admiral Yilskene is CHEESE, but well enough written cheese. So much so that when the battle ended prematurely, I was pretty angry.
In a nutshell, you won't learn about a lost era, but you'll enjoy a worthwhile read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ST: The Lost Era 2298 The Sundered 24 Jan 2004
By Joe Zika - Published on Amazon.com
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Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 The Sundered written by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels is a character driven action-adventure novel. This is the third book written by this pair of authors and is the best yet in this genre.
As stated in the book, this story is set in the year 2298, five years after the presumed death of Captain James T. Kirk aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations, and sixty-six years before the launch of the Enterprise-D in "Encounter at Farpoint." Now, we get to see what happens after Kirk and prior to Picard as Captain Hikaru Sulu takes command of U.S.S. Excelsior in an action character driven book that keeps the readers interest piqued.
The book is divided into ten sections giving the reader background to the characters within the story and it further carries the reader through the whole of the book. Making for an easy transition. There are space battles as the Tholians weave a web of vengence against the Neyel that have been approacing Tholian space via an interspacial rift, a tear in the fabric of space that allows great distances to be traveled in relatively short periods of times. This is the same rift in space that has trapped the Defiant from ST: TOS and later recovered by the ST Corps of Engineers.
We read about some of our favorites from the older Trek novelizations including Chekov, Janice Rand, Christine Chapel, Tuvok and Akaar as they interact with the story. Interlaced within the pages of this book are flashbacks to scenes of past adventures spicing up the story and jogging the reader's memory. The Tholians and the Neyel are the featured aliens in this novel.
The Tholians are a mineral based life that use musical tones to communicate and the Neyel have a past that leads back to Earth and look completely different from their original stock. Both lifeforms think the other is nonsentient, a leap of faith that you'll have to get over, as they are both spacefaring cultures where communication is a must. This is the crux of the problem, communication, where neither side has adquate universal translation skills and only the Excelsior and her crew can make communication possible.
The book is a very fast read for its 384 pages as I found that I read 150 pages in one short sitting as the action mounts and the situations get resloved. The command of writting and style keeps the reader engrossed within the story and you'll finish the story in short order.
This book is a solid 4 stars and is the third book that I've read from this duo of authors and it is the best so far. Captivating the reader and wanting to know what comes next are used with very powerful outcome, making for a delightful read.
This series "The Lost Years" fills the trek reader in on what happens in the universe between Kirk and Picard. I only hope that the other 5 books in this 6 book series are as well-written as this opening foray.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful 24 July 2003
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Sundered by Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin is an incredible story in so many different ways. Whatever way you add it up it still comes out the same way-this is one great novel. The first of the much-touted Lost Era novels, this book does more than live up to its promise, it surpasses it.
The Sundered is an amazing and compelling book, one that should have great appeal, on a number of levels for a wide variety of readers. Utilizing both familiar and unique characters, the authors paint a picture with their prose of three distinct societies: the Federation of that era, the Tholian Assembly and the Neyel Hegemony. The authors take the time to introduce the characters. Instead of rushing the plot, they patiently allow the characters to become `real'.
Martin and Mangels depiction of the Excelsior crew is of a group of individuals who have developed deep and lasting relationships over a long period. There is a real comfort level in the way they interact. The Tholian society portrayed in The Sundered may not meet every reader's preconceived notions of that alien species, but I thought the author's depiction of the Tholians was incredible. Building on what little is known about the physical appearance of the non-humanoid Tholians, Martin and Mangels skillfully illuminate an intricate and fascinating species and provide our first real look at their unique civilization. The Tholian characters are as fully realized as any of the other characters in this story.
The plot makes use of the classic story within a story framework. As the scenes shift from the current events to the past, we are gradually able to understand how the Neyel became who they are. How all they had gone through shaped their beliefs and how those beliefs shaped their actions. They went from being creepy to sympathetic by the end and it would be wonderful to find out some day if their hopes and dreams come true.
One of the great things about The Sundered was how the story would often raise questions in your mind, you would begin to wonder about something and then within a chapter or two all was made clear. It was actually more satisfying than if it had all been laid out to begin with. Additionally, the way the authors were able to cleverly explain previous inconsistencies while at the same time adhering to established continuity was very impressive.
Whatever way you look at it, Star Trek novels don't get much better than The Sundered. It is a true science fiction tale that amply demonstrates that the Star Trek universe is still a wonderful place to explore the human condition.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Character driven Trek novel 7 Aug 2003
By Michael Hickerson - Published on Amazon.com
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The best Trek fiction these days isn't coming from within the established series themselves, but instead in novels set outside of the events we see on TV. One only has to witness the brilliance of Peter David's New Frontier series or the on-going continuation of the DS9 story to see this.
And this month, Pocket books attempts to expand the series of original Trek fiction even further--this time by answering the questions of what happened between the death of James T. Kirk in Generations and the first time we saw the Enterprise in Encounter at Farpoint. It's an intriguing idea, if not necessarily an original one (TOS did it with the underrated Lost Years saga) and its really the type of thing the Trek fiction should be doing.
The first entry is the Sundered, written by the phenomenal writing team of Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels. The story is one of Captain Sulu and his time aboard the Excelsoir, negotiated a peace treaty with the Tholians. But along comes a new race of aliens who hold a secret that just may unravel the delicate peace process and drag not only the Excelsoir but the entire Federation into war. Along the way there is a murder, some space battles and some guest appareances by Trek characters we've all heard of before.
Martin and Mangalis take a page from the DS9 re-launch and allow the story to be character driven as well as dependent on the plot to move forward. We get moments to enjoy gettting to know the crew of the Excelsoir--both old and new friends--and we also get some exploration of the societies of the Tholians and the new aliens. It's the character moments that make the story a real page turner and help it rise to the level of quality that has been achieved by the DS9 relaunch.
That said, the story does fall prey to some rather heavy-handed foreshadowing. There are flashbacks that take place within the story to certain events that will impact the plot later. Unfortunately, by doing this, I was able to guess the plot twist that was coming about fifty or so pages before if happened. Also, the authors suffer from something that a lot of modern Trek writers are falling prey to these days--novelizing scenes from classic Trek episodes. While it's not nearly as bad as the Michael Jan Friedman trilogy "My Brother's Keeper" it's still annoying enough to take you out of the novel for the few pages its include (also, thankfully they don't fall into Friedman's trap of novelizing the entire episode for us).
But the good points far out weight the nitpicky points in this novel. This is one of the more enjoyable Trek novels I've read in a while and it's got my interest up not only for the next book but the entire Lost Era series. It also makes me wonder if a series featuring Sulu and his Excelsoir crew wouldn't be welcome. I know there are already a lot of on-going Trek fiction series out there, but if the stories for Sulu and company are going to be this good, I think I could make a bit more space on the bookshelf for more such stories.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Sundered' sets the stage for super sequels! 5 Sep 2003
By "wilsonfrontier" - Published on Amazon.com
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Dictionary.com defines 'Sundered' as... To break or wrench apart; sever. To break into parts. A division or separation. I think this is appropriate do to the fact that 'The Sundered' truly does separate, break into parts, and sever itself from the previous lot of Excelsior & Sulu centric Star Trek novels. For the first time, an Excelsior novel has been done right, and likewise for the first time the prospect of a full-blown Excelsior series is on the horizon -- something some fans even tried to have done for television! I have it on good authority that 'at least' one further Sulu/Excelsior novel is to be penned by Michael A.Martin and Andy Mangels, with the prospects bright for a full line of Excelsior novels.
Martin & Mangels have done it again. Though I've only read one other work by the duo - Deep Space 9: Mission Gamma, Book 3 - 'Cathedral' - I was equally impressed with that novel as I have been with 'The Sundered' by M&M's ability to create a truly science-fiction like atmosphere within Star Trek - something that has been lacking in many peoples opinions for quite some time. The non-humanoid Tholians where a brilliant choice to be the 'villian' of sorts in this story, as we for the first time got a truly decent look at the Tholian culture, race, species, government, and individuals. It's amazing to find a truly alien culture in science fiction anymore, when every 'new' race is simply a mock-up of another.
The interconnection between 'The Sundered' and the DS9 Relaunch novels was also brilliant. By having the Excelsior Chief of Security be a younger Lieutenant L.J. Akaar -- later Fleet Admiral during the relaunch -- the generations have truly begun to bridge for the first time. It also says something on behalf of the editors at Pocket Books, who have in recent years gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the literature aspect of the Trek franchise the best it can be. Creating original characters and using them in various times and periods, thus connecting everything like a delicate tapestry, is just something we've been missing in Trek.
I can't wait for the next M&M work, and the next M&M Excelsior novel. Here's hoping that the next novel cements the Excelsior chain of books, and M&M as their architects.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Read 14 Aug 2003
By David Toney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this novel. It was thick - that was the first bonus. It has a great story - and a great story within a story. Yes, there is obvious foreshadowing in the book. But I'm not convinced that it isn't on purpose. I don't think this book was written as a mystery, where you are shocked when something is revealed to you. Instead, I think you get to see outside the auction, and see our heroes make it all come together.
This book left me wanting...wanting to read more adventures of Capt Sulu, the Excelsior, and this crew. I hope we see a series of books centered around this cast. I would welcome it. I could hear all our favorites in our head: Sulu, Chekov, Tuvok, Chapel, Rand - they are there. It's nice to see them leading the charge.
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