- Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (23 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451606257
- ISBN-13: 978-1451606256
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock (Star Trek) Mass Market Paperback – 23 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Christopher L. Bennett is a lifelong resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, with bachelor’s degrees in physics and history from the University of Cincinnati. He has written such critically acclaimed Star Trek novels as Ex Machina, The Buried Age, the Titan novels Orion’s Hounds and Over a Torrent Sea, the two Department of Temporal Investigations novels Watching the Clock and Forgotten History, and the Enterprise novels Rise of the Federation: A Choice of Futures, Tower of Babel, Uncertain Logic, and Live By the Code, as well as shorter works including stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations, The Sky’s the Limit, Prophecy and Change, and Distant Shores. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider Man: Drowned in Thunder. His original work includes the hard science fiction superhero novel Only Superhuman, as well as several novelettes in Analog and other science fiction magazines.
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The book is superbly written as one would expect from such a fine author but I found myself bored and bored in a big way. Never mind 'Watching the Clock' it's like watching paint dry.
The book features the two temporal investigators seen in the DS9 episode Trials and Tribble-ations and is esentially their life story within the Trek universe as it were.
I think the problem is that it's too far removed from what makes Star Trek Star Trek. Yes there are mentions and appearances of such characters as Picard, Janeway etc but there is a need to tie in virtually every mention or episodes that deals with time anomolies, travel and incursions which is fine in principle but it seems as if the whole book has been created just to give us a kind of fan fiction need to link them all up, it simply isn't necessary at all.
And yet the story at heart is a fascinating one and well written as I've said, I suppose it comes down to the fact that the main characters are two people with less than three minutes screen time each and are quite simply nowhere near as interesting as the more recognised characters from all the different Star Trek series and I found myself not caring one jot about either of them.
If one loses interest in the main characters then that spells disaster in attempting to enjoy a book.
I have to say that on the whole I don't like at all and it stands as this writer's first major failure with Star Trek fiction.
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