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4.0 out of 5 stars not bad, 4 Dec 2003
Mr. P. Brown "peter" (cleethorpes) - See all my reviews
i really enjoyed this book,it had everthing,i especailly like the way they cover the side seen from a civillians point of view,the enterprise crew prove yet again that where ther is a will there is a way,my only regret is the ending which im sure back then was new,but since then we have seen the voyager pilot and it becomes a little predictible,however it still is a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Several thousand parsecs, surely that's impossible!", 23 Dec 2007
TK-1308 - See all my reviews
Titan start their line of novels based upon the original Star Trek series with Chain Of Attack by Gene DeWeese.
The Enterprise is sent on a mission to the edge of the galaxy to chart a series of gravitational anomalies. When their probes seem to be deposited at random vectors across the area, the anomaly disappears and the ship finds itself hurled light years away into another galaxy.
Trapped there, with no way to find the 'gate' that sent them there, Kirk orders the Enterprise to begin investigating the surrounding area. The space is packed with stars and planets and each system tells the same story, worlds ravaged by orbital bombardment ranging from 6 to 30 thousand years ago.
They encounter strange hexagonal cylinders which appear to be primitive weapons and then, after weeks of searching, they come into contact with a small ship that immediately tries to destroy them. They discover two separate alien species, the Hoshan and the Zeator, both of whom warn them about the Destroyers / World Killers.
The books reads like a well crafted episode of classic Trek and it's a tribute to DeWeese that you can actually hear the characters voices in your head as you read. The pace is rapid, keeping the reader interested and the book itself can be done cover to cover in a few hours. The supporting characters are well drawn, especially the Federation civilian scientist Jason Crandall, whose sparring with Kirk reminds you of similar clashes with the likes of Robert Fox and Commissioner Ferris.
The only criticism is that the ending feels a little rushed, much like the end to any season 3 episode and an epilogue would've given a little closure. However, DeWeese continues the big story ideas from this book in Star Trek #18: The Final Nexus, so check that one out too.
A good start to the series and well worth a read.
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