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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
For those fans who liked watching the original episode of Star Trek, which featured the acquisition of The Romulan Empire's Cloaking Device, this novel follows nicely on, and details what happened to the Enterprise and Her Crew afterwards... This Novel brings the television series to life and when you read it, you wish that this could be made into a televised...
Published on 17 Aug 2001 by angiestu@msn.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars A promising start
I recently read S.D. Perry's DS9 relaunch books and was blown away by her grasp of the characters, and the intelligent way all the threads of the story interacted. And so, I was expecting the same from this.

The characterisations of Kirk, Spock and McCoy were accurate enough - Chekov's portrayal I'm not so sure about, and Sulu was relegated to fetching...
Published on 18 July 2008 by Rory Q


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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read, 17 Aug 2001
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This review is from: Section 31: Cloak Bk.3 (Star Trek: The Original) (Mass Market Paperback)
For those fans who liked watching the original episode of Star Trek, which featured the acquisition of The Romulan Empire's Cloaking Device, this novel follows nicely on, and details what happened to the Enterprise and Her Crew afterwards... This Novel brings the television series to life and when you read it, you wish that this could be made into a televised episode...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A promising start, 18 July 2008
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This review is from: Section 31: Cloak Bk.3 (Star Trek: The Original) (Mass Market Paperback)
I recently read S.D. Perry's DS9 relaunch books and was blown away by her grasp of the characters, and the intelligent way all the threads of the story interacted. And so, I was expecting the same from this.

The characterisations of Kirk, Spock and McCoy were accurate enough - Chekov's portrayal I'm not so sure about, and Sulu was relegated to fetching coffee.

As the other reviewers have pointed out, Kirk's attraction to Suni seems a bit forced and he too quickly falls into the "This Is The One" attitude, which perplexed me.

The biggest let down of this book was Section 31's actual involvement - being practically zero (save being the only two surviving words on a garbled data chip). I was expecting a closer look at how 31 operated, how they'd managed to avoid detection since Starfleet's inception, how they subtly manipulated the quadrant's politics in the dubious interest of the Federation.

Really, what happened here was nothing more than a covert operation that some of Starfleet's top brass blundered around. And to add to it, McCoy's story throughout the book served no purpose, other than to give him a reason to visit the Lantaru Sector.

On the other side of the coin - I felt the author managed to capture the feel of the 60s series quite well, that certain charm the show has, bright colours and fun-looking environment, while hosting some very dark themes.

Also, the tie-in with later series, most notably Voyager's "The Omega Directive" and why Janeway reacted as she did, was very cleverly done. It wasn't done in a way that you felt clobbered over the head with it, and certainly didn't affect the reader's enjoyment if they haven't seen the Voyager episode. A testament to Perry's abilities.

One of the author's best strengths as a Trek writer is her ability to make you feel like you're reading a novelisation of an episode instead of reading a book that isn't considered canon, and that's what makes this book so enjoyable.

Although it's a quick and easy read, I feel this could've delved into the darker themes that DS9 introduced when Section 31 first appeared. Hopefully the rest of the quartet will get more into the gritty side of 31's existence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good begining......, 18 Dec 2003
This review is from: Section 31: Cloak Bk.3 (Star Trek: The Original) (Mass Market Paperback)
The Original Series installment of the "Section 31 " series is a good start with some good characterisation and some nice links with later series.
The best part of this novel is the link with this novel and the Star Trek:Voyager episode "The Omega Directive"
The novel let itself down with the over-play of Kirk's womanising and the very predictiable way that the affection of Kirk's attention ended up been a two-dimensional character which could have been explored more to make her more interesting.
All in all a good start with a few parts that could have been made more interesting...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Section 31: Cloak, 16 July 2002
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This review is from: Section 31: Cloak Bk.3 (Star Trek: The Original) (Mass Market Paperback)
Some authors have the ability to capture the essence of characters and some just miss the point. Unfortunately S.D Perry falls into the latter category! Dont get me wrong the book was quite and enjoyable read, but their are some problems with the characterisations.
Firstly Perry felt a need to explore and justify Kirks womanising ways. I always imagined that the whole universe accepted Kirk as a swashbuckler, you know the type, flirting with woman and danger. But Perry has portrayed his womanisng ways as an issue, that good therapy would resolve.
Anyway moving on the interaction between our usual suspects, Kirk, McCoy and Spock is non-existant and the way McCoys illness is resolved was anti-clamatic.
There are some very good aspects to this book, a nice quick start and a conspiracy, but it all too quickly unravels to become a very average novel.
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