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From the Depths Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1993


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek; First Edition edition (Aug. 1 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671869116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671869113
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,198,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okeanos, a water world settled centuries ago by a group of Federation separatists, is now rocked by a power struggle between the natives and the ex-Federation colony. When the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM is sent beyond the Federation's boundaries to the planet to act as mediators, they are surprised to find a group of Klingons already serving as the natives' advisors.

The volatile situation rapidly deteriorates when one of Okeanos's great floating cities is completely destroyed, and Captain Kirk is arrested for sabotage. Now at the center of a deadly civil war, Mr. Spock and the crew must race to free their captain as they face the deadly secret hidden beneath Okeanos's murky depths.

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This is one of the most really SF-like Star Trek books in the series. I say this because in this books, next to the normal first contact episodes, the ever present klingon warriors, the torpedo's, the bantering between the 3 leading characters, in this book two interesting alien societies are sketched. Esspecially the strongly individualistic culture of geneticly manipulated humans, that have adopted themselfs to their tasks, their waterful environnement and their own wishes is fascinating.
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By Yavar Moradi on March 28 2000
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the point in the Star Trek series where the books start getting better. Some older ones by Lee Correy and Marshak and Culbreath were terrible.
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It may be an average Kirk vs. Klingons novel but It's no average. It's great.
This book has humor and has more action.
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By A Customer on March 29 2000
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This book was fun to read and is now proudly part of my growing collection of star trek books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Almost five stars. Dec 24 2004
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very good story about the dangers of fanatacism, even in a good cause. It is well told, with good pacing, excellent action, fine characterization, and only a few places (fewer than the average mass-market paperback) where it could have used a bit more proofreading to eliminate sloppy errors in language. The only thing that keeps it from a five-star rating is that, as far as I'm concerned, the ending was a bit too easy; it's difficult to explain why I feel that way without giving away too much of a spoiler, but I feel that it was never sufficiently explained how Kirk solved ONE of the problems he was faced with. It was just assumed that once the other problem was solved, that one would go away too, which seems to me highly unlikely.
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genetic manipulated society Nov. 1 2000
By mathilde de gardin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the most really SF-like Star Trek books in the series. I say this because in this books, next to the normal first contact episodes, the ever present klingon warriors, the torpedo's, the bantering between the 3 leading characters, in this book two interesting alien societies are sketched. Esspecially the strongly individualistic culture of geneticly manipulated humans, that have adopted themselfs to their tasks, their waterful environnement and their own wishes is fascinating.
Star Trek sociology June 7 2010
By talkaboutquality - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Star Trek plots are rarely very deep or detailed. Kirk falls for all the women, shares some when he can; all manage to be scantily clothed (sorry no pictures -- use your imagination). The Klingons are two-dimensional revenge-seekers. The societies the Enterprise helps (or interferes with) are sprinkled with "aliens". In this case, though, let's remember that when Star Trek first played, a multi-racial team was unusual. From The Depths updates that topic to a far future where The Federation sees itself in the forefront of multi-species tolerance. But as with all good science fiction, the unreal future is a metaphor for the commonplace present. Are mutations -- read handicaps, differing abilities, different ways of organizing society -- are some better than others? Should we be proud of ours and denigrate those of others? The plot, which starts with a war of attrition and only one side humanized, twists and turns to a surprising and humbling outcome. As always, a good Star Trek episode makes you think, while being fun to read.
Fascinating World, Story line falls apart at times March 31 2010
By Natasha Reeves - Published on Amazon.com
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This book, to me, was fantastic until the very end just falls apart and everything is suddenly fine again. The world created was very beautiful and diverse and described in great detail. I enjoyed that part.

But there's no action. None. It's basically a lot of romantic tension for Kirk and then in the last 40 or so pages of the book the action happens... and then passes. Like that. I like to expect more action than that in my Star Trek books.

However, I am giving it four stars because the world created and the characterization was better than average. I fell in love with the world and there are decent roles for Kirk and Spock. Not much McCoy. It was like reading a fantastic novel, and then having the last half of the book chopped up and summarized into less than two chapters. That wasn't a HUGE deterrent to the book itself, but if you are looking for loads of action, you might want to find another book. If you are a huge science geek like myself, the book redeems itself with the planet.
"I'm a doctor not a diplomat" March 25 2014
By Paul S - Published on Amazon.com
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Half way through the book McCoy says "I'm a doctor not a diplomat" and I know I'm in the right book. In the heat of interstellar battle Kirk orders "Scotty give me more power" and Scotty says "I don't know if I have it but I'll find it".
A straightforward star trek adventure: Klingon bad guy manipulates a war-weary planet to attract enterprise and Kirk so that he can take his revenge upon Kirk for past grievances.
An interesting side story too where a woman (the commissioner) who is the product of a dysfunctional family has risen to a position of high authority ends up being driven by her repressed internal conflicts and acts out her self-destructive drives to near interstellar catastrophe.
Good star trek and an interesting read.


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