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on 1 June 2014
This book describes itself as an epic crossover tale. I would certainly agree with the last two words but ‘epic’? I think that’s overstating it a bit. Entertaining, certainly; engrossing – yes, if you can overlook a couple of minor flaws (of which more in a moment). My definition of ‘epic’ is something more, a story or stories that have a major influence on the timeline. Something more like the "Destiny" or "Fall" series. Those were gamechangers…
Anyway, semantics aside, I did enjoy this book. Ever since Spock made an appearance in the reunification episodes of TNG, the Trek writers have been looking for ways to bring the ‘old’ and ‘new’ characters together and this is another example of this genre. It was enjoyable revisiting certain memorable episodes of TOS, albeit at different points in each timeline, with the added interest of a physically deteriorating Seven of Nine present (no Borg alcoves back then!)
Now to the first of my niggles. Without giving too much away, much of the narrative is set during Kirk’s era and involves traveling to places that TOS crew had been before, to retrieve artifacts left by another character. This person had spread a number of these all over the Alpha quadrant, but then for no obvious reason had traveled tens of thousands of light years to leave just one in the Delta quadrant, where it is happened upon by Voyager, during its original journey there. It just seems to me that if this person truly wanted to scatter the artifacts around the Galaxy (to make them harder to find and assemble together) then surely they would have included places in the Beta and Gamma quadrants as well. Perhaps I am just being pedantic.
Second niggle. Once Kirk and his senior crew have accepted Seven’s presence and her story as genuine (a bit too easily in my view) they then wholeheartedly embrace the concept of the Temporal Prime Directive and go well out of their way to avoid polluting the timeline by revealing Seven’s presence to anyone else, or using her knowledge of the future for their own era’s benefit. Whilst laudable, this seems to go against character at least so far as Kirk is concerned, as he has on a number of occasions had few qualms about time travel, or interacting with characters from another era. Had they even heard about the TPD back then???
Anyway, moans over. Ignore these and this was an entertaining read. There was a slight element of ‘press the reset button’ at the end as all the alternative timelines presumably just ‘disappeared’ (as they tend to do in such circumstances), but I guess this was to be expected given the nature of the story. Worth a read.
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on 16 October 2016
A page-turner, but for all its action and speed this book cannot disguise the fact that its fabricated to its core, with an artifact splintered into four pieces and scattered through time that must be searched for and put back together, and a plot that's padded in several places with stock situations to continue the action each time its in danger of flagging. Its told capably by Greg Cox but one gets the impression that exactly what the publishers expected of him when they asked him to write them an action-packed original Star Trek novel featuring Seven of Nine. Professionally told but lacking in any true inspiration.
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on 31 August 2014
Seven of 9, from the series Voyager finds herself back in the time of James T Kirk and his five year mission. It starts off as it means to go on. Short, separate chapters define the story, from many angles. There is a plot twist at the end which as been done, sorry about the pun, time and again. If you enjoy twists and turns I would suggest you should watch. The Flipside of Dommink Hyde. I've always wanted to read a back of a book first, then the start and then the middle. Don't with this book. As it's time travel it will do it for you and take you on a roller coaster ride. While you count how many red shirts get zapped along the way
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on 10 December 2017
The idea seems very temptin but the story seemed abit unpolished. As if had the idea of putting these two together and then just made the rest up as he went along.
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on 12 June 2014
In a journey from the Delta Quadrant to The original 5 year Mission of USE Enterprise 7Th of 9 goes on a quest to get back to the future. Adding to that are images of world's seen in the original Series and space outstretched is fantastic tale for all Star Trek Fans.
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on 21 April 2014
I had not read any of this author's work before and I have to say I loved it! The style very much fit Star Trek TOS with the snappy pace and dialogue. A combination of Seven, Kirk, Spock and Bones is a must read for any serious fan. I will definitely be looking for more by Greg Cox.
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on 21 March 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was interesting to have the old and the newer characters together in the same book. I think it worked very well.
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on 12 May 2015
I liked this more than I thought I would. Seven and Kirk were well written. For people who hadn't watched TOS, this may be a bit dull. The ending was a bit boring with no insights and this suffered from a repetitive feel to the planet hopping.
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on 8 May 2015
A very good read. Starts fast and continues that way until the end. Good use of Seven's character, and how she would appear to Kirk and his crew. A of time travel going on, and used with skill. Recommended.
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on 16 June 2015
Enjoyed the book from beginning to end.

Placing Seven in an alternate timeline wasn't an easy thing to do but it works a treat.
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