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The Captain's Table 4 : Fire Ship Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Star Trek (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671014676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671147679
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,131,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Carey is a brilliant writer and in every series she wrote the best. In this book, I think that putting a Captain's Table in the Delta Quadrant with aliens from the alpha, was a great idea. The story had a lot of heart, and it shows Janeways continual struggle to be the best, whatever ship she is on. Overall, a great book.
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By B. Hannan on Oct. 30 2003
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For those of you who are mad that this ook doesn't feature Voyager or anyone besides Janeway: If you skim through the book, you can easily tell that this book is Janeway and nothing but Janeway.
That being said: Yes, Janeway is out of character. But guess what? It's a story that Janeway's telling. Maybe it happened, and maybe it didn't. That's what we're left to guess at. Here's another way to think about it: Chakotay making up Indian stories to prove a point to someone. Jesus coming up with a parable. Did it happen? Probably not. Or maybe not that exact way. It's a story and you just 'go with it' and enjoy the ride.
Anyway, back to the book... Basically, Janeway is exploring and comes upon this little bar where all these captains sit around telling 'war stories'. She's asked to tell a story and begins. The whole novel is her story, basically.
What did I think of the book? I loved it. It was an interesting story and I really couldn't put it down when I first read it. And get this: I've read it several times after. Now that's a good book!
So do yourself a favour and read 'outside the box...er, ship' this time. Well, unless you hate Janeway - then don't read the novel.
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By A Customer on June 12 2003
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I was expecting this book to be good, but it was more than good, it was excellent. An excelent plot that keeps the book up non stop until you are done.
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By jrmspnc on Feb. 17 2003
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I am very loathe to give any Star Trek book more than three stars. Star Trek books are almost by definition entertainment light, and mere entertainment should not, generally, receive more than three stars. But then along came Diane Carey and Fire Ship, and try as I might I cannot bring myself to give it only three stars.
Like Sulu, Picard, and Sisko before her (Kirk had been there before), Janeway stumbles into the incredibly dopey "Captain's Table", a bar exclusively for captains of ships from all times and places. Like her predecessors, Janeway must tell a story. But there the comparisons with previous Captain's Table debacles ends. Carey boldly ignores the Captain's Table conventions and lets Janeway tell her story without the constant interruptions that plagued the previous books.
And what a story it is. Janeway finds herself alone with an alien crew, forced to adapt to no longer being in charge and literally swabbing decks. Carey has found her stride as an author (see the atrocious TNG novel Ghost Ship for an earlier effort), weaving a narrative that is compelling, interesting, and evocative. There are, inevitably, some bits that do not entirely "work," but this was the first Trek novel in a long, long time that I a) didn't want to put down and b) looked forward to picking up again. It is also the first Trek book in recent memory that I actually *want* to read again.
An observation about the negative reviews. I have never been a big Voyager fan. I am familiar with the characters, of course, but, except for the Doctor, am not attached to any of them. So, the lack of other Voyager crew did not bother me in the slightest. Similarly, I am by no means a Janeway afficionado. Is "Fire Ship"'s Janeway a realistic portrayal of the original?
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This was indeed a very thrilling book because you dont know the characters and its makes it very unpredictable! However I did miss the crew, but this I have to admit is the best stand alone Janeway book next to "Mosaic" of course. I recommed this book if your a Janeway fan! :)
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It is interesting to see everything from the captain's point of view, but I noticed one fatal flaw: Captain Janeway is out of character. She is almost a raving lunatic for a few chapters instead of keeping her usual level head. The worst part is when she gives up trying to find Voyager. She doesn't know for sure if it is destroyed, doesn't go to check, and almost immediately accepts Voyager's destruction.
Another thing I didn't like was the lack of other Voyager characters. They were mentioned, but appeared only at the beginning and end of the book. Half the fun of seeing everything from the captain's point of view is watching how she deals with some of the members of her crew. Take Tom, for example. If he makes one of his characteristic remarks, does the captain mind? Does she feel annoyed?
On a more positive note, I did find the book entertaining, and the lack of Voyager made me more happy to see it in the end.
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"Fire Ship" is a particularly intriguing and well written book by one of "Trek's" best authors. In "Fire Ship" Captain Janeway tells the story of how she was once separated from Voyager. Believing Voyager was destroyed when she escaped from an alien spacestation aboard an extremely small escape pod. She's picked up by a less technologically advanced race in the middle of a war. From there she attempts to warn them that a more viscious species is coming, to no avail. In order to do something about it, she is forced to basically start off on this ship as a deckhand and work her way up to captain.
A great concept carried out extremely well by the author. Clearly one of the best Voyager books as a stand alone and a fine addition to "The Captain's Table" series. Thank you to Diane Carey for a great read.
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