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Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: To Brave the Storm Mass Market Paperback – 10 Nov 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (10 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607154
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Book Two: Trill -- Unjoined; Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 -- The Sundered; Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Mission: Gamma: Vol. Three: Cathedral; Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31 -- Rogue; Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers #30 and #31 ("Ishtar Rising" Books 1 and 2); stories in the Prophecy and Change, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table anthologies; and three novels based on the Roswell television series. His most recent novels include Enterprise: The Romulan War and Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many.

His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their Star Trek Universe subscription card series), Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch, Grolier Books, Visible Ink Press, The Oregonian, and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several World Almanac Library of the States nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in Portland, Oregon.


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It is with a heavy heart I have to say this was probably one of the worst and most disappointing novels I have ever read, and this is from someone who will occasionally by a book because the cover is shiny. There's is very little to recommend it on other than to say that it didn't take me long to read and at least it completes the story arc begun in the previous books of this series.

The main reason for the `worst' opinion is I'm not entirely sure one could class it as a novel in the conventional sense. It's structured like the storyboard to a novel, the notes an author might leave for his more talented co-writer to flesh out. I have a strong suspicion this series was meant to be far larger, as nothing else would justify the release was is essentially the cliff notes for potential books one would send to an editor or at least stick to an 'ideas' board in an office. There's nothing one normally associates with a novel, no character development, few action sequences, no overriding central plot (apart a vague "we're at war") and indeed no real feeling of the context (a gritty interstellar war) within whith the book is set. There are hints of such things, Archer dealing with his reputation following the events of "Kobayashi Maru", loss of various colonies and battles etc, but these are not elaborated on in-text. Any development happens `off screen' as it were, with the reader being rather clumsily informed about them through pieces of dialogue. I was disappointed with the previous books as Martin seems to avoid writing action sequences; for this book he has included coherent plots and character development to his aversions.

The book is also perhaps even more disappointing as a piece of Star Trek canon.
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What have Those Who Make The Decisions got against Star Trek: Enterprise? As a general fan of all things Trek I, like many others I suspect, felt that the TV series, having started off rather slowly, was just building up nicely to its obvious climax, namely the war with The Romulans and the subsequent founding of The Federation. Then the TV execs pulled the plug resulting in the deeply unsatisfactory mess that were the last episodes, leaving us thinking "Was that it?"

So I was heartened when the subsequent novels came out and once we got past the need to somehow reincarnate one of the central characters, the storyline picked itself up again, existing characters were re-fleshed out and new ones introduced. The Trek universe of the early 22nd century was enlarged and I looked forward to an on-going series of novels providing much more detail about the various "historical" facts that we already knew about. To be fair to Michael Martin, I realise that unlike pretty much every other Trek storyline (Titan, Typhon Pact, "New" Voyager etc..) which are open ended both in timescale and scope, Enterprise has a clearly defined end point which must be a bit restricting from the writers perspective. A good author should be able to adapt their narrative however and still provide exciting, believable stories about a period of Trek history that has a fundamental impact on all that came after it. Regrettably this is not the case with this novel.

Overall the impression left is of a hasty hotch-potch of a story, far below the standard of the other Enterprise novels and Mr Martin's other works in the Trek genre.
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---- MAJOR SPOILER ALERT----
I think it's only fair I give warning that this review will contain spoilers, as I feel it's the only way to give a proper review of this book. Please do not read any further if you do not wish to learn anything which cannot be unlearned.
---- MAJOR SPOILER ALERT----

Well... what can I say about this book except "what went wrong?!" I've had a few days since finishing the book to mull over the experience, and while I came out of it more positive originally, I am now feeling less favourable towards the whole thing.

To Brave the Storm pales in comparison to Beneath the Raptor's Wing in just about every sense, bar one - the crew of Enterprise do get a lot more time in the limelight. Unfortunately, this is not a good a thing as you might imagine.

While I did see complaints about the main characters' spotlight time being minimal in part I, their presence in part II is actually fairly inconsequential. Beyond learning that the characters are older and have mostly received promotions, absolutely nothing new is learned about any of them.

Reed, Hoshi and Mayweather are relegated to an almost peripheral role as they were in the TV series. Indeed, Mayweather's return to Enterprise, and any kind of conflict between him and his replacement are totally glossed over. A main member of the original crew swallows his pride and matures beyond his prejudices for Archer's perceived mistake regarding the Kobayashi Maru and returns to his original ship all in the blink of an eye, with no fanfare, just a sentence to explain his presence away.
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