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Taking Wing (Star Trek: Titan) Mass Market Paperback – 3 May 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Pocket Books Pbk. Ed edition (3 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743496272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743496278
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Mangels is the USA Today best-selling author and co-author of over a dozen novels cowritten with Michael A. Martin. He is also the best-selling author of several nonfiction books, including Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Characters and Animation on DVD: The Ultimate Guide. Michael A. Martin has written numerous Star Trek books and e-books, including The Romulan War and (with Andy Mangels) the first two bestselling novels in the Titan series, the Enterprise novels The Last Full Measure, The Good That Men Do, and Kobayashi Maru, and the Sy Fy Portal Genre Award-winning Star Trek: The Worlds of Deep Space 9, Vol. Two. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pocket Books has decided to start a new series of Star Trek books, this one about Captain Riker's new ship, the Titan. As you may remember from the movie Nemesis, William Riker, first officer of the Enterprise, married his long-time love, Deanna Troi, and was all set to take command of the USS Titan before the battle with Shinzon occurred. Now, in Taking Wing, he has taken command, and they are ready to go on their first mission. Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels do a great job of both introducing an almost totally new crew as well as getting the ship off on its maiden voyage. While it does take a bit of time to get started and not all of the characterization is that great, the book is definitely a great read, and I look forward to future Titan books.
Captain Riker has a lot to deal with on his first mission. His choice for first officer has reservations about Riker's wife being on the command staff (Troi is the ship's counselor as well as its Chief Diplomatic Officer). The Titan is the most culturally and biologically diverse ship in Starfleet, so a lot of accommodation has to be given, both physically and socially. Some ship's quarters have to be refit for its crew, such as a low-gravity berth for Lt. Melora Pazlar, from a planet with very low gravity. The new Chief Medical Officer unintentionally frightens some of the crew, or at least makes them uncomfortable. Still, this is his first command, and they are going on a mission of exploration, a great change from all of the military work that Starfleet has been carrying out the last four years since the Dominion War. Unfortunately, that mission is put on hold as the Titan is assigned to escort a relief convoy to the Romulan homeworld as unrest from Shinzon's abortive coup in Nemesis threatens to explode into civil war.
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What a stunning start. Couldn't put the thing down. Would certainly make for a good TV series if Paramount ever decide to bring back Star Trek. The only problem I has with it, is that because such a huge number of the characters are new it is difficult to get a mental image of them with characters that we already recognise. The same could be said for the amount of new species, unfamiliar to even the most seasoned Star Trek watcher. However, Andy Mangels and Michael A. Martin do a stunning job of describing them in the text, especially the Dinosaur-like doctor. The storyline itself is fascinating, and goes in the direction that most fans are wanting, that of the political developments, throwing in Federation, Romulan, and Klingon interests into the melting pot. A stunning piece of work, that ST: Fan-Fiction writers should also take care to read.
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It was the first Star Trek tie-in novel I had given any thought to read, and I really liked it! It's rather long winded when it comes to the underlying moral messages, which are incredibly unsubtle. The set up is rather stretched, introducing so many new characters is hard in any novel, never mind when the whole Star Trek franchise has always been an ensemble cast. The author is imaginative, and seems to stick to the lore as far as I know. I love star Trek but wouldnt class myself as a die hard fan. I can't pick out silly little nuances that refer to 30 year old references, that's for someone far more involved.

The characters are fleshed out, for the most part, i felt myself caring for some, while others I could take or leave. The main cast, especially those from Star Trek series of yesteryear are well represented for the most part. The story, while needlessly long in some areas, still has enough action and character development to keep me interested.

If you like sci fi reads that aren't too taxing, or you are a fan of Star Trek and need your fix, give this book a try. You could do worse.
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Taking Wing has a couple of things going for it, including a story that weaves together several strands of Trek history (from the TOS and TNG to Voyager and the latest movie Nemesis), as well as a clever plot twist.

Unfortunately, the bad - and the ugly - is an awfully heavy counterweight. The writing is turgid and cliché-ridden, and at times the authors' conceptions of the characters seem a bit off, such as Troi realizing (after more than a decade aboard starships) that counseling and diplomacy involve similar skills. The story is a bit schizophrenic, with the first third of the book being an introduction to the ship and its crew, and the longer second part involving a visit to the Romulan home world to mediate the formation of a new government.

There are far too many characters for a series opener, so many that you are left wanting a glossary of names and alien races. Of the new characters, Titan's doctor is particularly ridiculous and seems to have been clumsily crafted to make a point about intolerance. Dr Ree is a sentient tyrannosaurus rex that rips and gnaws plates of raw meat in the ship's cafeteria. Crew members are scolded or shamed for feeling a sense of disgust or fear at the flesh-eating dinosaur.

The biggest problem with this novel, one that others have noted, is the ham-handed moralizing on the subject of bigotry. The pretense is that the Titan has the most species-diverse crew roster of any previous Federation ship (which brings up the question of why the two highest ranking officers on the ship are human). The Trek universe was one of the places I used to be able to go where respect and tolerance were taken for granted.

This was my first Star Trek book in more than 10 years. If Taking Wing is typical of contemporary Trek lit, then perhaps I won't be reading much more.
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