- 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)
Taking Wing (Star Trek: Titan) Mass Market Paperback – 3 May 2005
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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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loved this book , basically set straight after Nemesis (film) and takes on the role of Captain William T Riker. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2014 by Tealyboy
A gripping story, it was nice to see the journey begin for Riker and Troi and both new and old faces from a vast trek series, I can only imagine where the story will take us next... Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Gruff.
Riker assumes control of his first command, USS Titan, hoping for an exploratory mission of the Orion arm but ends up dealing with the Romulan political fallout from the film... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Well that's the first of the star trek titan books read. I wasn't sure to start with but I really enjoyed itPublished on 6 Feb. 2013 by Jamie
Alot of political intrigue. What little plot there is is predicatable chapters before it happens. Good intial starting point, the assasination of romulan senate but goes slowly... Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2012 by Martin
this book should have been a triumph. it's authors have obviously researched the histories of the cannon characters/events featured well. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2011 by the gman
Read this as a follow on to the panned "Nemesis" movie and it's an enjoyable read and a good way to launch the series. Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2010 by Stuart Millard