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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476702837
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476702834
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Greg Cox is the author of several Star Trek novels including the bestselling Next Generation Q Continuum trilogy: Q-SPACE, Q-ZONE and Q-STRIKE. He has also written several novels featuring characters such as the Avengers, the X-Men and Iron Man. He has co-edited two science fiction horror stories with T.K.F. Weiskopf. Cox works as a Consulting Editor for Tor Books, based in New York.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 April 2015
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This is a really solid, classic Original Series type Star Trek novel, by an established ST author, Greg Box. On Ephrata IV, at the Ephrata Institute, the study of learning is paramount, and many and varied races live and work there. When the Institute is seemingly attacked by those who want to spread the way of ‘Truth’, the Enterprise speeds to their assistance. Kirk and Spock find themselves separate from the rest of the landing team and in the thick of the Crusade of the Truth, while Uhurua must step up to a position she never really wanted to have to fill, and Sulu has to fight the Crusade from within.

Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Sulu and the classic team are all well portrayed in the story as the teams must work in their own isolated arenas to set things right, and to save those on Ephrata IV. I like the way the author separated the groups into their own mini-adventures within the greater story. The characters are very well written and portrayed in this book, and the resulting adventure is an undemanding but very rewarding classic Original Series Star Trek novel.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Long Cat on 18 April 2015
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Fast fluid story - very easy read and a good story
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Read like it could have been a plot to an episode of the Cartoon series 11 April 2013
By SatchmoDan - Published on Amazon.com
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This wasn't good or bad...just passable. Like somebody pointed out, the idea that this alien race from another dimension would speak Federation standard was ludicrous. The zero-g one-on-one basketball game that Kirk had to go through with the "God-king" was ridiculous. There was no character development except for Sulu getting a new girl friend (Oh My!) There was a big missed opportunity in that we finally see Uhuru in the Captain's chair, and it goes no where. This was a very fast paced and superficial Trek story. It really could have been an episode of the old animated series.
While I love Star Trek, I have to admit that I've never been a big fan of the novels written by Greg Cox. They're still worth reading, as they are Trek, but I always feel that there is something left wanting in his books. I just wish Peter David would write more novels that weren't of the "New Frontier" variety. He is by far my favorite Trek author.
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kindle copy leaves much to be desired 3 May 2013
By TWalker - Published on Amazon.com
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While I'm a big Star Trek fan, having all the novels ever written, this is actually the first one I bought on my Kindle. While the story is good, I have issues with the Kindle edition. Some of the content is missing, such as sentences or words, and some of the pages repeat. Other than this, though, the story is a good read, and i as usual enjoyed it as a Star Trek fan.
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Should be renamed The Weight of Words 5 Jun. 2014
By Franusch - Published on Amazon.com
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As in very verbose, and not very unique, for someone I had come to respect from his previous ST:TOS work. The concept of a new race wanting to impose its will and philosophies on everyone else has been done to death, and it probably does not bode well for my ever reading any new stories by Mr. Cox. I think he's plain out of new ideas and is leaning too heavily on things that have been done. Hey, that's it - let's call this series Star Trek: Where Everyone Has Gone Before!
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They must want to kill this series 28 Mar. 2013
By Barbara Mcauliffe - Published on Amazon.com
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The Enterprise receives a distress call and responds to find the planet taken over by an alien race from another universe. Sulu, Kirk and Spock are in mortal peril and the Enterprise herself my plunge into the atmosphere killing all. There are the usual shenanigans and all ends well.

There are so many things wrong with this book (I wasn't aware that aliens from another universe would speak Federation Standard, but it seems they do!!) that I will only mention one: Characterization.

Uhura is in charge of the ship and has to face off against the belligerent alien leader. Yes!!! I thought. Uhura is going to bat her lovely brown eyes at this guy, charm him and before he knows what hit him the Enterprise will win the day. Well, no. She says "No dice" "Save your breath mister" and "I have your number." I've always considered Uhura a true lady with a spine of steel, not a 50's tough guy. None of this sounds like her. And at this point, although the aliens have not been friendly, it could all be a big misunderstanding. Why would she risk antagonizing these folks? The "true" Uhura only breaks through a few times and never when the things are rough.

She has to save the Enterprise, Kirk, Spock and Sulu. The outcome is foreordained. Success is inevitable; we know the future history of these people. One way to make this story work would have been to introduce another character, take the time to make us care and put that character into jeopardy. The way I would have liked the story to go would have been to make the outcome dependant on forcing Uhura to compromise her values or to have her fail--turn the ship over to whoever is next in line. Her character could have grown by accepting sometimes you have to do what you have to or understanding what she can't do. To grow you have to face challenges and risk failure. In this book, there is no risk of failure; the challenges will be overcome no matter what Uhura does. There is no growth.

In the Trek novelverse, Uhura never gets a command as far as I can recall. Why not? (This cannot be because of sexism or racism, this author is clear that such things do not exist in the Federation.) There's a story to be told there, and this book could have contributed to that story. But the author chose to take the easy, boring route.

This is written competently. No grammar or spelling issues I noticed. I assume it's set in the 4th or 5th year of the mission.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
let's call the whole thing off 20 Feb. 2014
By Paul S - Published on Amazon.com
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ya write 28 chapters and get Simon and Schuster to publish it, ya get 5 stars from me cause I can't. And Greg Cox can.
Kirk has to go to a parallel dimension and save the universe by playing a zero-gravity handball match with the god-king of the whole dimension. If he wins then this universe is safe once again. The handball game takes up 20+ pages.
In the end Spock mind-melds with the god-guy and shows the tyrant that he misinterpreted the prophesy and the god-dude says "oh,never mind" and calls the whole invasion off.
Beside that, I liked it cause I could dance to it
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