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4.0 out of 5 stars "Avenger" is a good, fast-paced sequel to "The Return"!
Shatner did it again! "Avenger" is a good book, but is isn't as good as "The Return". (But if you want to split hairs, I think you would be hard pressed to find a Star Trek novel better than "The Return") Although it features the Next Generation cast, this story is mainly about Kirk and Spock on their respective missions. Kirk to find the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Its "to be continued"
The story isn't bad, a little disjointed at times, but when you near the end you realize the end is not near! I saw no indication on the cover or Amazon's info. to indicate the story was incomplete. I would think there should be some indication that this is one of a series, and where in the sequence it lies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Avenger" is a good, fast-paced sequel to "The Return"!, 22 July 1998
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This review is from: Avenger (Star Trek) (Mass Market Paperback)
Shatner did it again! "Avenger" is a good book, but is isn't as good as "The Return". (But if you want to split hairs, I think you would be hard pressed to find a Star Trek novel better than "The Return") Although it features the Next Generation cast, this story is mainly about Kirk and Spock on their respective missions. Kirk to find the cure to the virus that has Starfleet placing entire star systems under quarantine. Spock searching for proof that his father Sarek was murdered. They intertwine with the Enterprise-E crew to make a story that will have you guessing until the end. It also does one heck of a job explaining Kirk's survival from the Borg Homeworld. "Avenger" also sets up the next novel in the series, "Spectre". A must read if you love Star Trek!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the best of the Star Trek books written by Wm.Shatner, 26 July 1998
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The sub-plots are well thought out and the character development for Kirk and Spock and McCoy made them 3-dimensional rather than the flat personalities seen in most Star Trek novels. The personalities of the Enterprise crew were accurate as well although not in as much depth. I thought Shatner did a good job of presenting the dilemma of how to develop the use of resources and how to manage our use of the environment. Of course no answer was presented. Perhaps in future novels possibilities could be investigated. How to manage the environment is second only to how to treat your neighbor. I am a teacher and a biologist and could not help but note some glaring errors in the biology as it was presented. Here are my observations:
p. 47: RNA is single-stranded so we do not speak of pairs of things with RNA. There are absolutely no amino acid pairs in either RNA or DNA. p. 47-48: The virogen resides within cells and divides when cells divide. That would not ! explain why it is spread by exhalation and secretions. In mammals, rapidly dividing cells line the digestive tract and more slowly dividing cells underlie the epidermis. Other adult somatic cells divide only upon injury. p. 89: The word epiphytic refers to plants that grow on other plants. If it floats in the air it is simply air-borne or free-living. p. 172: -357 degrees Celsius is way below absolute zero, which is -273 degrees C. p. 349: Algae as well as plant cells have a cell membrane and a cell wall. The cell wall does not prevent the passage of molecules while the cell membrane is selective. Large molecules and ions and charged molecules are restricted through the cell membrane. Structures such as organelles (mitochondria and chloroplasts) could never pass through the cell membrane or the cell wall.
All of these instances could be written accurately and should be used. Star Trek novels are an important form of public education. My suggestion is that so! meone knowledgeable in these matters be consulted before th! e information is printed and delivered to the public.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Its "to be continued", 14 July 1999
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The story isn't bad, a little disjointed at times, but when you near the end you realize the end is not near! I saw no indication on the cover or Amazon's info. to indicate the story was incomplete. I would think there should be some indication that this is one of a series, and where in the sequence it lies.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Return was good but flawed - this is one big flaw, 15 May 1998
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How many times can one man be brought back to life? Even Jesus Christ only managed that feat once.
I had thought that the "pull this lever to destroy the Borg" was a contrived ending, but this takes the biscuit...
And how can the EMH, which is programmed with all the knowledge of all major Starfleet personnel be inferior to any one major Starfleet Doctor? Did McCoy hold back some vital knowledge from Zimmerman - just so he could prove he was better if the opportunity arose?
And as for Vulcan terroists...
And holodecks you can "jump" out of... (And if Vulcans never commit crime, then why build prison cells unless they are for non-Vulcans, in which case why are they specifically designed to hold Vulcans?)
Basically this book was one big mess, from beginning to end.
And one last thing:
Oberth Class rams Soverign Class...
me thinks not...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kirk lives - and that's a fact!, 5 Jun 1998
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Picard is fantastic, Sisko is great and Janeway gets better and better in every episode, but face it, Kirk is the original, the real one. And I'm glad there are people left who care about Kirk. Well, in my opinion no one cares more about Kirk than Shatner. That Shatner is a science fiction author who is able to tell a story - you can see that in his TekEtc series. His Star Trek books are good stuff and a good read and it's relieving to see that Kirk, Spock and even McCoy are still around and not dead to the creators of Star Trek. The books of Shatner tell good stories which fit into the Star Trek universe neatly; to me the most important part is that Kirk is back - to kill Kirk would mean to kill a valid part of Star Trek. Let Kirk be dead for the movie-goers. For the rest of us who where there in the seventies or even the sixties: Kirk is alive - and that's a fact!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly weak offering in the series., 20 April 1999
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Avenger is the kind of book that I both liked and didn't like at the same time. The virogen crisis and the intrigue surrounding Sarek's supposed murder kept me reading it, but a few other things made me want to stop. First, Mr. Shatner way overglorified James Kirk. Kirk was basically described as being the greatest hero the Federation had ever known, especially evident in the thoughts of a certain female officer he meets up with. Second, Kirk's philosophy concerning the balance of nature was more than a little hard for me to swallow, especially considering that it was coming from James Kirk of all people. And third, the subplot that gave the book its name was just too weird for me to accept. Overall, I think this book was well-written with some nice character development, but the things I listed above kept me from rating it any higher than three stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the Return, 12 Dec 1998
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In Avenger Shatner finally invents his own characters instead of relying on regular Trek characters from tv and film. I like the relationship btwn Cmdr. MacDonald and Dr. M'Benga but MacDonald calling M'Benga "Bones" was too corny and uninventive. Shatner should try to create more of his own Starfleet characters more often instead of relying on characters from DS9, Voyager, and Next Generation. Shatner also should work on using less narration and more dialogue between the characters in his story. Too much narration makes for a boring read. I have to say this is the best one even though I am currently reading Spectre by Shatner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great action and suspence, 22 July 1998
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William Shatner has done an excellent job yet again. This book was fabulous! I especially liked the part where Kirk and the escaped from the Vulcan space dock\prison. There was also some great action such as the battle between the Tobias and the enemy ships in the atmosphere of Teilani's home planet.(I forgot what it was called, thought it had something to do with the children of heaven or something.) I myself am a fan of Mr. Shatner and have read Avenger, Return, Ashes of Eden, and am currently reading Spectre. This happens to be one of my most favorite Star Trek books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK story, but where do Kirk and Teilani fit in?, 2 Aug 1999
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This novel is all right, but it's a story that would have been fine for Picard and crew to handle. True, it gives us a chance to learn that Kirk was not killed at the end of "The Return", but there just isn't the excitement and suspense as there was in "The Return". However, if you are going to continue with the other reads after this one, such as "Spectre" and "Dark Victory", then you'll need to read this one to understand how Kirk is resurrected again.
Otherwise, a rather weak entry into Shatner's trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You can't keep a good man down., 18 Jun 1998
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You can't keep a good man down. In Star Trek, they don't even stay dead. First Spock, and now Captain Kirk. Although the idea is completly contrived, I can't stay away. Kirk is alive and well. And yes I will read Spectre also. As much I enjoy seeing the Next Gen crew on the big screen, I never wanted to see Kirk die anyway. Did any Star Trek fan?
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