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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Original edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143910798X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439107980
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dregj on 15 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
The war finally begins and the coalition is ill equipt to deal with the romulans vicious tactics.
The vulcans having under gone a reformation in season 4 have with withdrawn thier forces from the front in order to maintain thier pacifist nature.The remaining ships are still just as vunerable to the telecapture device.
The romulans seem mostly concerned with taking out earth colonies
and find a way to bypass the long range warp signature detectors deployed in coalition space.Nuclear attacks on andoria and altair are narrowly averted by starfleet and beringeria and several other earth planets are overwhelmed.
On a personel level archer is still reeling from the bad press he has recieved since abandoning the kobayshi maru to its fate.
Mayweather still grieving the loss of his families' ship finds himself unable to stay on the enterprise under captain archer . He gets a new assignment along with several other members of the crew.
Hoshi also requests a transfer stating she a translator not a combat officer and will be more use training new starfleet officers.
Archer pleads with her to stay and she acquiesces out of loyalty to her C.O.

The bad press continues as the people of earth begin to doubt starfleet's abilty to defend them ,several additional attacks are not countered by star fleet at all.

Shran rejoins the imperial guard as a general (now desperate for experienced combat officers) but his relationship with his wife suffers .He refuses to open his mind to his telepathic wife attempting to shield her from the horrors of war.

Trip attempts to sabotage a new romulan warp seven project that involves reverse engineering a tele-captured vulcan cruiser.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David G on 11 Nov 2009
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The Romulan War is probably the most mentioned yet never elaborated part of Star Trek lore; it has been referred to as Earth's first great space war, the starting point for the Federation and so on and so forth. Hence my genuine excitement that it was to finally be realized in this series of books, even with the horrific disappointment other recent prequels / back story outings have generated (such as season 1-3 of the Enterprise TV show itself). While not being a complete rabid fanboy myself (there's no point pretending I'm not a little), I still feel that if one is to take on such an important part of canon, justice should be done to it; and The Romulan War manages it... just

The good:
Even though I was not happy with the `computer hijack' plot device of the previous books, the solution presented here at least nicely papers over the more glaring continuity issues between the design of the NX series and the Kirk era Starfleet, and while doing so nods to a certain movie; both things that should please me and I'm sure will other fans too. In fact Martin appears quite adept at panel-beating the dented wreck of the Enterprise TV series into some sort of recognised timeline, effort for which he should be applauded.

He also does a fairly good job of conveying comparative technological dark age of this early war; Journeys between planets take time, sensors are primative and even the more powerful races don't have `that' many ships. Its description of the problems faced in planning an interstellar war is to be commended. Certainly sets this series in stark contrast to both the last few seasons of DS9 and the recent "Destiny" collection of novels.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim J-R on 11 Dec 2009
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To me, this is not an Enterprise novel. Yes, it's set in the continuing Enterprise timeline, has scenes set on the Enterprise, and features the crew of the Enterprise - but not in starring roles. I would class this in the category of 'Star Trek Political Thriller' - like Articles of the Federation and A Singular Destiny - with a much wider focus than just one ship.

The plot continues from Kobayashi Maru, although is confusingly set before the Enterprise era elements of the Destiny trilogy, focusing on (surprise, surprise) the war with the Romulans - from a military, civilian, press and diplomatic viewpoint. There's also a fair amount from the Romulans' viewpoint as well which mixes things up. In a way I found the lack of focus a little distracting, but the second half of the book seemed to pick up a little.

This is Martin's first Star Trek novel without regular writing partner Andy Mangels, and personally I think it suffers from his absence. It's not easy to know exactly what each author contributes to their partnership, but I felt that this lacked something that their previous two novels in this series had. I also found the format - a trade paperback - really annoying, and personally don't think there was any good reason that this could not have been released as a standard paperback. The font size is very large, and the width of the page made it feel hard to read, having to skip my eyes back and forth wildly across the page rather than flowing down it. The large format also makes the book a pain to read while standing on a train, and it's very floppy.

So three stars - it continues the storyline well, although I'm not sure you could pick it up without having read the two previous novels.
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