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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Trek adventure without the usual clichés
Pocket's Star Trek publishing program seems to have shifted in focus over the past several months: rather than publishing stand-alone novels, we've seen a number of multi-book series ranging from the excellent ("Millennium" for Deep Space Nine) to the, mmm, not-quite so-excellent (not mentioning any names!). I'll frequently pick up a Trek book based on the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, fast pace but leaves a loose end.
This book sorts out some of the confusing character profiles given in book 1 and starts into the plot very quickly. Spock seems to be the only person that has problem solving skills but he keeps coming up with ideas and scotty miraculously keeps the ships running. There is a large detour in the plot concerning a character named Sunn, his crew and ship. The detour is...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Trek adventure without the usual clichés, 15 Aug 2000
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This review is from: New Earth: Belle Terre Bk. 2 (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
Pocket's Star Trek publishing program seems to have shifted in focus over the past several months: rather than publishing stand-alone novels, we've seen a number of multi-book series ranging from the excellent ("Millennium" for Deep Space Nine) to the, mmm, not-quite so-excellent (not mentioning any names!). I'll frequently pick up a Trek book based on the author ("Millennium" was written by the always-entertaining Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens), but in the case of "Belle Terre" I bought it mainly because of the intriguing concept of this multi-book series: Kirk and company are assigned to escort a group of colonists to a deep-space planet for colonization. I haven't had a chance yet to pick up the first book in the series "Wagon Train to the Stars" (I will, because it's written by another of my fave Trek authors, Diane Carey), but #2, "Belle Terre", is a fun read and intriguing enough to make me look at the rest in the series as well. When the idyllic world the colonists land on threatens to be destroyed, Kirk and the Enterprise crew must race against time and exceptionally long odds to save the planet. Characterization is dead-on, always a plus when dealing with characters based on real actors (the grumpy, argumentative, but humanist McCoy is so authentic you can hear the late De Kelley in your head as you read). I've also got to commend Smith and Carey for the character of the colony's governor...it's a long-running Trek cliché that colony governors are thick-skulled, selfish diplomats, butting heads with Kirk and endangering themselves and others. This character rises above that cliché with a much more interesting personality--he's an individual with different ideas and goals than Starfleet, but he's willing to do everything to help Kirk and Spock's dangerous plan to stop the planet's moon from exploding. In short, a decent Trek novel, nothing exceptional, but very good suspense, characterization, and an intriguing plot that's different enough from the usual Trek storylines to make me check out "Star Trek: New Earth #3: Rough Trails" next month.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Set Phasers to Dull, 2 Sep 2008
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This review is from: New Earth: Belle Terre Bk. 2 (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
The original Star Trek's quest was to boldly go were no-one has gone before, but over countless episodes and hundreds of books the different variations of Trek have pretty much been every where. The New Earth series tried to alter this by sending Kirk and company to an uncharted area of Space with a mission to populate a new planet. In book 2 of the series `Belle Terre' they have arrived only to discover that their new paradise if under threat from an exploding moon. Can Spock come up with a plan to release the pressure before the moon is destroyed taking the planet with it? They only have just over a week to save everyone and added to this pressure is a group of children going missing on the planet's surface.

I was not too impressed with `Belle Terre' due to the repetitive nature of the story. The wider arc of populating a new planet proved intriguing, the issue was with this particular story. Over and over again the various space ships try to use tractor beams to alter the moon. After the third or fourth time this happens you seriously begin to get bored with the story. Kirk and co. are all present, but none of them are given anything particularly new or interesting to do. If the book had not been such a short length I would have given up before finishing. As it is I was glad it finished and I hope that the rest in the series fulfils the potential that is obviously there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, fast pace but leaves a loose end., 27 Aug 2000
This review is from: New Earth: Belle Terre Bk. 2 (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
This book sorts out some of the confusing character profiles given in book 1 and starts into the plot very quickly. Spock seems to be the only person that has problem solving skills but he keeps coming up with ideas and scotty miraculously keeps the ships running. There is a large detour in the plot concerning a character named Sunn, his crew and ship. The detour is gripping and is a mini story in itself about his exploration of another planet, however Sunn gets himself into some difficulty... This is disappointing, I feel sure that Kirk could manage to save a planet at the same time as one more little ship. I have read books 3 and 4 and there is no further mention of Sunn I hope someone rectifys this before the end of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 15 Jan 2004
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This review is from: New Earth: Belle Terre Bk. 2 (Star Trek: The Original Series) (Mass Market Paperback)
this book goes to show how brave and hounourable starfleet really is,there is a lot of sacrafice in this book ,its compelling reading.
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