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Wrath of Khan (Star Trek) [Paperback]

Vonda N. McIntyre
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1 Oct 1994 Star Trek
The galaxy's ultimate future is in the hands of James Kirk, Mr Spock and the indomitable crew of the Enterprise. The galaxy's ultimate weapon is in the hands of the evil Khan and his followers. A battle that will shake the universe cannot be avoided.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852860715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852860714
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 712,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing expansion on the classic film 10 Feb 2001
By A Customer
The book may seem a little pointless, why read the book when you can watch the film, and many novelisations of films beg this question, without answering it. This is different, not only does it tell the story of the film, but adds to the narrative with Scotty's relationship to Peter preston (the cadet who dies in front of Kirk), and Saavik relationship with Kirk. Whther these were spare elements picked up from earlier script drafts, I don't know, but what the hey, I enjoyed the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not a good novel version of a great film 31 Dec 2012
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my review of the novel is not good, many things were incorrect to the film and the franchise, number one , being that the uss Excelsior was not finished until the enterprise returned from the genesis planet, when at spacedock she was about to start her trial runs under captain Styles, and number two is that Sulu did not have the rank of captain untill star trek 6 the undiscovered country, during the wrath of khan Sulu was still a commander and also to note that he remained as helmsmen of the enterprise ncc-1701-A.
i also find the back story of the crew on regulas space station very boring and also when name the planet where found khan in the book it called Alpha Ceti 5 when it is really name Ceti Alpha Five.
as a fan of star trek i was looking forward to reading this book but i was very disappointed
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2.0 out of 5 stars "Who is this Khan?" 25 May 2008
Titan Books continue their series of novels based on Classic Star Trek with #15: Star Trek II The Wrath Of Khan written by Vonda N. McIntyre.
Unlike the previous novel of Star Trek The Motion Picture, this account of the second and arguably the best Star Trek movie is somewhat lacking and contains details that not only make no sense but also don't connect with established Star Trek continuity.
For those that don't know the story (there may be some out there!) it centres on the development of a new experimental technology called Genesis which has the power to rapidly terraform a planet. However, if used on an inhabited world, it would destroy all such life.
Kirk, still an Admiral, is putting cadets through their training cruise with Captain Spock when a distress signal comes in from Spacelab Regula 1, commanded by Kirk's former partner, Carol Marcus.
Unbeknownst to Kirk the crew of the U.S.S. Reliant, while searching for a Genesis test site, have found Khan Noonian Singh and his followers. Khan uses his superior intellect and skills to take control of the Reliant and sets out to steal the Genesis device and have his revenge on James T. Kirk.
With the galaxy's ultimate weapon in his hands, Khan makes a sneak attack on the Enterprise and a game of cat and mouse begins between the two starship commanders, finally culminating in a battle in the Mutara Nebula and the ultimate sacrifice from one of Kirk's crew.
There are several references to Saavik's past which have been gleaned from the DC comics run of 1984 with issues 7 and 8 entitled `Saavik's Story'. While these try to expand the character this isn't really the time in which to do so. Saavik's past is better explored in Star Trek novel #34: The Pandora Principle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Best Film 5 Oct 2009
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This is a book based on Star Trek the Wrath of Khan the Star Trek movie most often though of as being the best. This book tells that story but it also adds to in in the characters, I rate this better than the film and a great read as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wrath of Khan 19 April 2002
By Jamy Shaffer - Published on
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This is my favorite Star Trek movie novelization. It contains so much more than a play-by-play of the movie, but it also delves into tremendous characterization.. In the novel, Peter Preston Engineer's Mate is so much more. The reader also becomes aware that the young cadet is also the son of Scotty's sister. This revelation gives so much added meaning to the scene in which the chief engineer brings in the young man's charred remains after Khan's surprise attack. The theatrical release gives little more than Bones' heart-felt apology. The network television showing (which would appear from time to time on ABC) added scenes which did bring out this important plot point, but this has not been shown for many years. Why not issue a Director's Cut of this a la the original Motion Picture DVD. It would bring so much added meaning to this already classic film.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is impossible to capture the tension of the movie in words, but reading them generated scenes from the movie in my mind 28 Nov 2009
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
This book suffers from the affliction that all novelizations of exciting and dramatic motion pictures must suffer from. It is simply not possible to put the dynamic tension of the Kirk/Khan battle and the sadness of the sacrificial death of Spock into words. In my opinion, some of the finest acting ever done was by Ricardo Montalban in this movie. Playing an intelligent lunatic has to be very hard for the region where it is done well is very narrow.
Nevertheless, McIntyre manages to capture enough of the drama to make this book worth reading and a few literary embellishments are added. It is a quick and simplistic read; my passage through it caused the involuntary recall of images from the movie to appear in my mind. Not surprisingly, shortly after I finished this book I was motivated to watch the movie once again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Companion to the Movie 28 April 2013
By Brandon Hale - Published on
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This book gives great insight into the characters that the film simply didn't have time to explore. From Saavik to Carol to the kid in Engineering, this book fleshes out the characters wonderfully. As a matter of fact, several themes and back stories established in this book carry on through the novelizations for all the TOS Trek movie novelizations. Definitely worth a read if you loved the movies.
3.0 out of 5 stars I would highly recommend this as a read for any and all die-hard TOS fans. 19 Jan 2014
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I would highly recommend this as a read for any and all die-hard TOS fans, along with all other "Trek" novels by Vonda McIntyre. She provides wonderful expansion subplots from the screenplays, and builds remarkable depth of both the major and minor characters.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well... 8 April 2013
By Brian - Published on
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So I must say as a star trek fan I have read the book now, and the book is weak sauce compared to the movie... I would leave this one alone and just stick to the tv version...
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