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Rosetta (Star Trek : Enterprise) [Mass Market Paperback]

Dave Stern
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On the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, on the edge of uncharted space, Captain Jonathan Archer tensed in his command chair. Read the first page
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1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS BOOK! March 10 2006
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I usually love all the Enterprise books and I LOVE anything by Dave Stern, but this book is poorly written. The first part of the book it says that "the events of this book are between 2255 and.." But when I was reading the book, the date was more like 2155. Much of the book has typos or doesn't make any sense. Instead of buying this book, take the $11 and burn it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ST: Enterprise Rosetta July 13 2006
By Joe Zika - Published on
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Star Trek: Enterprise, Rosetta written by Dave Stern is a book about tranlations and the origins of the universal translator.

The main plot is about confrontation and understanding as Captain Jonathan Archer and the Starship Enterprise crew are traveling in uncharted space and run across a race of beings called the Antianna. The Antianna have complicated language and it falls upon Ensign Hoshi Sato to translate this language and find out whether they are friend or foe. As Archer stears clear of the Antianna and gives Hoshi some extra time to translate the Antianna language they run into the Thelasian Trading Conferderacy headed by Governor Maxim Sen who is all but going to war with the Antianna. The events in this book take place between December 27, 2154 - while the Orion womem were passangers on the Enterprise ("Bound") and January 19, 2155 - when a xenophobic group tries to stop the formation of an alliance between Earth and several alien governments ("Demons").

Jonathan Archer and Ensign Hoshi Sato are the main characters in this book, but Hoshi's character could have been written better as she didn't shine that well throughout this book. The book is wordy in places and get bogged down a little in the plot. Although I found that it was a fast read but the substance wasn't there and left me with a hollow taste. This book could have been written much better, but with most of the Star Trek: Enterprise series, could use a rewrite to make it more interesting.

There was action-adventure, mild as it was. There was dialog and character interaction making up most of the book, but as to deep insight this book was lacking.

I gave this book 4 out 5 stars as it was better than most in the Star Trek: Enterprise series, but it missed the mark as to the standard in the other series in the Star Trek universe. It is worth reading as you get a feel for why spacefarers need a universal translator.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Halfway Decent June 25 2006
By David J. Waxman - Published on
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I still have not finished reading it yet - I only just started it 2 days ago.

My main problem with it is the "Historian's Note".

They say that it takes place between December 27th, 2254 and January 19th, 2255.

That is highly unlikely since this series takes place in the 22nd Century and not the 23rd.

If this really takes place during the dates indicated, then they should meet up with Kirk and crew.

Where are they?!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Origins of the Universal Translator... April 23 2006
By Picardfan007 - Published on
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In this novel we get to see how the universal translator started. While one reviewer did mention how a major character was killed and later is revealed to be alive..that is true. However it's what I expected from this show so it's nothing new. Dave Stern is better than most in writing Enterprise Trek so I'd have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because of the plot device we all know is standard Trek.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed reading this. Feb. 27 2006
By Lynn B. - Published on
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I genuinely enjoyed reading the book. The story line was entertaining and well thought through. It grasped my attention, meaning I did not have to push myself to finish the book. It's certainly worth your purchase.
3.0 out of 5 stars Great promise, a bit disappointing Aug. 12 2006
By Michael Le Houllier - Published on
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I love the premise of this novel, the notion of translating a previously unknown language. As a history buff, it parallels with the notion of the early explorers meeting peoples they had never before had contact with and had to find a way of communicating with them although they had no conception of their language.

Unfortunately, this novel got bogged down with a disappearance and political intrigue (which I would normally like, but I would have liked to see more focus on the alleged premise of the novel.)

Also, the quality of writing was not as good as could have been hoped for either. The first half of the book was chock full of cliches and other tired and worn phrases that almost made me lose interest. The area of writing I DID like was the accurate citation and application of Chomsky's theory of "universal grammar" and its application to humans.

I haven't seen as many of the Enterprise shows as I would have liked, though when I did, I really liked the Hoshi Sato character. She is in an interesting field, and as someone who is multilingual, admire that she seeks to expand linguistic knowledge. Not to mention that she is by no means unpleasant to look at. I really learned a lot about Sato in this novel, and I hope more novels are focused on her character in the future.
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