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The Case of the Colonist's Corpse: A Sam Cogley Mystery (Star Trek)
The Case of the Colonist's Corpse: A Sam Cogley Mystery (Star Trek)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corps, Dec 30 2003
Star Trek: The Case of the Colonist's Corps written by Bob Ingersoll and Tony Isabella is a worderful who-done-it and is liken to a Perry Mason mystery.
The main character in this book after the first 100 page setup is Samuel T. Cogley a lawyer who has in the past worked successfully for Captain James T. Kirk and defended him from court marshall in the Ben Finney incident. Here, the book sets the scene with some background information and we get the usual suspects on who killed Administrator Daniel Latham on the planet Aneher II which sits in the middle of the Neutral Zone between the Federation and the Klingon Empire.
Aneher II is under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty and is a contested world settled by both the Federation and the Klingons. As both sides are trying to prove to the Organians that they alone can best settle this world, there is mistrust and spying going on making for an interesting story. The character development could be a little stronger but it was adequate for this story as you got the general idea about who didn't like Latham and ahad a grudge to settle. Commander Mak'Tor the head of the Klingon colony is found in Latham's office with a phaser in his hand kneeling over latham's body.
Ah, so it seems that we have the murder suspect caught red-handed, but the cranky odd old lawyer Samuel T. Cogley is called into the picture to defend Mak'Tor. But there are twists and turns as Starfleet has assigned Areel Shaw to the prosecution, who has already lost once to Cogley and doesn't want to repeat of the same outcome.
There are clever scenes within this book and you can see the deductive reasoning of Cogley coming through and his courtroom antics seem to backfire, but is that what seems to happen or is it planned. Cogley is clever, but will he get to the bottom of this case? The answer is in the book.
I gave this book a 5 star review for its originality and for using seldom seen characters in a unusual setting for a Star Trek book. With a little more writing this could have been as good a Perry Mason novel. Sam Cogley for the Defense! Makes sense and is a very good read... pay attention and you'll figure out who-done-it.

Star Trek: Enterprise: Daedalus
Star Trek: Enterprise: Daedalus
by Dave Stern
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4.0 out of 5 stars ST-Enterprise: Daedalus Part 1 of 2, Dec 27 2003
Star Trek - Enterprise: Daedalus part 1 of 2 written by Dave Stern is a well-wrtten storyline where the main characters in this book that are known to us are Charles (Trip) Tucker, III and Hoshi chief engineer and communications respectively. After the first fifty pages Trip becomes the primary character, as Hoshi plays a minor role.
The book is full of Trip's memories of the Daedalus Project man's first attempt at warp drive... a cascading ion drive a full ten years ahead of the matter-anitmatter warp drive. This project was headed by Professor Victor Brodesser a rather forward thinker and hard working man. But, the cascading ion drive propulsion system has some problems... Trip was a working engineer on this project and he has discovered a fatal flaw in the cascading design. Trip gets some concessions from the Professor but the Daedalus is lost on its maiden voyage.
Now, thirteen years have past and the Enterprise is investigating an anomaly when it is attacked and lost to a rather human-like race called the Denari. The Denari are in the middle of a civil war as one side has better technology than the other, but, how did they obtain such an advantage. That is one of the questions answered within the pages of this wonderfull story. There are twists and turns throughout this book and it moves right along keeping your interest till the end... well the end of part one. There is a leadin chapter to the second book Daedalus' Children.
The author does a good job of character development and piques your interest. The villian in this book is just hearsay untill the end and the Denari Doctor Trant has a liking for Trip as we find out in the book.
This is a solid 4 Star Trek novel and I hope that the second tome in this series is as well-written. It is finally refreshing to read a ST-Enterprise novel where there is good writing and character development. I just hope this trend will continue for some badly needed solid storylines for ST-Enterprise.

Three (Star Trek: Stargazer, Book 3)
Three (Star Trek: Stargazer, Book 3)
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3.0 out of 5 stars ST-STARGAZER: Three, Dec 26 2003
Star Trek Stargazer: Three by Michael Jan Friedman is a book that continues the storyline of the Stargazer series of books created by Friedman...The Valliant, Double Helix #6: The First Virtue, Gauntlet, and Progenitor. This series is not only about the Stargazer and her crew but also a very young twenty-eight year old captain... Jean-Luc Picard.
While this book continues the storyline, Picard sort of takes a backseat in this novel as the book fills in the characters of the identical twins Gerda and Idun Asmund. The book contains two storylines as do must of Friedman's works... this could become a little disturbing as you jump from one scene to the next, but Friedman has kept the scenes short and the dialog between the characters simple.
Storyline A is about a mysterious transporter mishap that brings a visitor to the Stargazer... not only just a visitor but an exact duplicate from another universe of one of the Asmund twins called Gerda Idun. As the story progresses Gerda becomes suspicious of the woman and her Klingon senses become heightened as she suspects the worst. Idun befriends Gerda Idun and is upset with her twin which makes for a good bantor between the two and the third Asmund tries to complete her secret agenda.
Storyline B is about Vigo the Pandrilite crew member as he gets to attend a weapons conference in the Mara Zenaya system where they testing the new Type Nine Phaser. As things go this mission should have been a piese of cake, but things go wrong as there is a Pandrilite consperacy trying to change things on Pandril and Vigo and his mentor Ejanix get into the the middle of the fray.
As the storylines interplay with each other you get greater character development and there is a nice recap in the first chapter about who the characters of the Stargazer are. Which is nice since you begin to forget who they are since there are just a handful of books about the Stargazer and her crew.
As Vigo is fighting on the planet, the Stargazer is on its way to explore an anomoly which is on the outskirts of Balduk Star Empire and, of course, the Balduk are not a friendly lot and defend their territory with zeal making for a space battle, but with a typical Picard twist.
All in all, this book is a fast read and has references to Kirk and his exploites with a mirror universe and brings you along a little further in the early career of Jean-Luc Picard. This is a solid Three Star book full of action intrigue but the plots were a little see through as you can figure out what happens as you read on before it happens. A good fast read light read.

No Surrender (Star Trek: S.C.E., Book Four)
No Surrender (Star Trek: S.C.E., Book Four)
by Mike;Greenberger, Robert;Edginton, Ian;Mariotte, Jeff;Hauman, Glenn Collins
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5.0 out of 5 stars ST-SCE Book #4 No Surrender, July 18 2003
Star Trek - Starfleet Corps of Engineers Book #4 No Surrender is a collection of 4 short stories about the further adventures of Captain David Gold, Commander Sonya Gomez, and the intrepid crew of the U.S.S. da Vinci as they solve problems around the galaxy. These stories are part of the e-book series by the same name and are stories 13 thru 16. Which are "No Surrender" by Jeff Mariotte; "Caveat Emptor" by Ian Edington and Mike Collins; "Past Life" by Robert Greenberger; and "Oaths" by Glenn Hauman.
These are quick and to the point stories with action-adventure and are easily read prior to bedtime so you can get that quick fix of TREK.
"No Surrender" starts this series of four as is about a prison platform going out of control. An old space station is used to house a prison population that is not wanted on the planet's surface. One of the prisoners is an old friend of Captain Gold's who is now a political prisoner for speaking out against joining the UPF. When the SCE arrives and gets things back to order they find that Captain Gold's friend and his daughter and grandchild are missing along with an ambassador.
"Caveat Emptor" is the next story and just when you thought that Landru super-computer was gone... well it shows up on a Ferengi Mercantile ship and starts to take over trying to make the Ferengi honest. I found this story to be a very quick read with under tones of humor to it.
"Past Life" is the third story and it is about an ancient artifact that predates the existing inhabitants existance. They are rather xenophobic and the story goes on from there. This is a well-written story that will keep your interest.
"Oaths" is the final story and it involves the da Vinci's CMO Dr. Elizabeth Lense as she trys to figure out a cure for a plague on Sherman's Planet before the entire population is surmounted. As ehtics being debated, the doctor must find a cure, but at what cost.
These are all well-written and to the point stories. You'll find that they do NOT linger and you'll be through the story before you know it.

The Farther Shore (Star Trek Voyager, Book Two of Two)
The Farther Shore (Star Trek Voyager, Book Two of Two)
by Christie Golden
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5.0 out of 5 stars ST-Voyager: The Farther Shore Book Two, July 9 2003
Star Trek - Voyager: The Father Shore book two is the conclusion to Homecoming of a two part series about the return of the Voyager and her crew to Earth. I must say this, the author will make you think as you enjoy this latest adventure to the relaunch of the Voyager series.
As "The Father Shore" begins right where "Homecoming" left off we are in the middle of a conspiracy, the Voyager crew is being questioned, some of the crew are in prison (the Doctor, Seven and Icheb) and there is a hologram strike as the people of Earth try to cope with a cut in services. But, that is only half of the adventure as B'Lanna Torres is searching for her mother on Boreth a highly religious planet in the Klingon Empire, there is also a Borg virus spreading on Earth.
There is suspense, intrigue, and mystery in this book as the Voyager crew trys its best to solve these trials by fire that have erupted since their return. I found the story to be very engrossing and entertaining as I read through the book... I didn't want to put it down as the adventure kept my interest and I wanted to find out what happens next.
If you're a TREK fan, Christie Golden's two part series will keep you very well entertained. I just hope that this relaunch of Voyager will continue as the members of the Voyager crew lead their lives on Earth, Vulcan and Boreth. The book leaves some very interesting possibilities opened for the author or others to explore.
The character development and the plot were excellent... there are some real good twists in this book and I'm not going to ruin it for you. "The Farther Shore" is a solid 5 star book as it will shake the reader up, just like the author intended, and make you think along the read. Being an avid Star Trek reader, I must say, "Homecoming and The Farther Shore" are a welcome addition to the Star Trek genre known as Voyager.

Homecoming (Star Trek Voyager Book One of Two) (Pt.1)
Homecoming (Star Trek Voyager Book One of Two) (Pt.1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars ST-Voyager: Homecoming Book One, July 6 2003
Star Trek - Voyager Homecoming Book One written by Christie Golden is an excellent read. "Homecoming" begins where "Engame" left off and it is a well-written story as it kept my interest and I finished it in one afternoon.
As we read on in the book, U.S.S. Voyager has come home, but the welcoming mat is not what it is supposed to be. Yes, Golden has put some twist and turns into the story as we get to meet the major character's families. There is good character development as the author fills us in on the details of their respective families.
As the crew gets acquainted with their families things get heated up in Starfleet... Starfleet is more dark in attitude and after the Dominion War things have changed. Now, distrust seems to more of the norm as things begin to fall apart as the crew of the Voyager are gathered up and questioned as to a Borg virus outbreak on planet Earth. The Doctor is kept prisioner for his tangental part in a hologram revolt and is scheduled for reprogramming equivalent to a lobotomy. Seven and Icheb are getting weaker by the day as they no longer have a regeneration chamber.
This book has very descriptive writing and you can picture the characters in your mind as they go through their trials. B'Elanna is on Boreth searching for her long lost mother in the nude with some awful smelling ointment spread all over her body. And there is major posturing by the admirals within Starfleet itself.
Interestingly enough Harry Kim's love life is... well, it's normal for Harry as Libby Webber is an undercover agent with Starfleet Intelligence and is trying to find a mole within Starfleet. There is a lot going on in this book as it does a very good job of setting up the conclusion for book 2 "The Farther Shore."
For telling a really good engrossing story with a well developed plot, mystery, and intrigue I gave it a solid 5 star rating. Others may think it is a weak story but I really don't think they've read the complete book. This book piques my interest to read the next book "The Farther Shore." Time is running out and Captain oops, Admiral Kathryn Janeway and her crew seek the help of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Will they be able to save Earth from complete Borg infestation? The answer to that question is... To Be Continued.

Do Comets Dream?
Do Comets Dream?
by S. P. Somtow
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars ST-TNG: Do Comets Dream, July 2 2003
Star Trek - The Next Generation: Do Coments Dream? written by S.P. Somtow is a quick fast paced book that gets right to the point. As the trailer states this book is about a comet that threatens the planet Thanet every five thousand years. Where life begins awew now, as Thanet has achieved space flight and warp capacity they call upon the Federation for help.
This is an interesting story. I read it in one afternoon and enjoyed it. As I mentioned, this is a fast paced story. The book is divided into for distinct segments or parts:
Part One: The Reluctant Ambassador
Part Two: The Machine that was Mortal
Part Three: The Mortal that was a Michine
Part Four: The Planet that Waited for Death
Each of these parts are divided into chapters that have names of the subject of that chapter. This makes the reading fly by and there is interdispersed parts from the planet Thanet's Holy Panvivlion.
The character development was very descriptive and you could picture the character in your mind as you read on in the book. The principle Star Trek characters are Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Data and Deanna Troi with some minor characters thrown in for spice, like Simon Tarses which I could see his character come to life in the book.
All in all, you'll find the book an easy enjoyable read the action-adventure is not high, but the charater interplay was highly enjoyable making this a good change-of-pace book.
The ending is a suprise, so I'm not going to say anything but... interesting. This is a solid 5 star story with real life scenarios making for a very believable story and the character dialog was very descriptive.

Grounded
Grounded
by David Bischoff
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars ST-TNG: Grounded, June 29 2003
This review is from: Grounded (Mass Market Paperback)
Star Trek - The Next Generation: Grounded written by David Bichoff is a mildly adventurous book that could have been written better. There are errors throughout the book and others on this review page have pointed them out. But as for the general overall story, it could have been better.
The alien in this novel is a clay-based life form that takes over the Enterprise and transforms inorganic materials to it's own form as it spreads thoughout the Enterprise endangering the crew. All of this happens in a remote part of the galaxy as the clay entity makes it's way piggy-back on the Enterprise.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard has a feeling that something isn't quite right with his ship and does a level one diagnostic as the crew is involved they begin to find the extent of the problem. This book has a subplot that mixes with the primary plot as Data is the dance partner to an autistic child that part of the story drags on as the real problem seems to get worse by the minute for the Enterprise and her crew.
The ending to this story is the confrontation with this malevolent alien force and there is a clever way of making this alien compliable. The book, as mentioned before, could have been written better. The story was clever but it fell flat.
This book is a 3 star book and that was generous... the editing had a lot to do with it. Whomever was the editor, needed to be more familuar with TREK cannon and the book would have flowed better and would have been a more pleasant read.

The Left Hand of Destiny Book 1
The Left Hand of Destiny Book 1
by J. G. Hertzler
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5.0 out of 5 stars ST-DS9: The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One, June 29 2003
Star Trek - Deep Space Nine: The Left Hand of Destiny: Book One written by J.G. Hertzler and Jeffrey Lang is a book about Klingons and their vengence. This book is a very well-written novel giving the reader a good look into one character known as General Martok. The character development is excellent starting out with a dream sequence and working its way to the set-up for book two.
I found this book to be an enjoyable read with plenty of action-adventure, mystery and intrigue... only Klingon style to keep the readers interest engrossed to the ending. If you like books about Klingons and their ways of life this is the book for you will love this book. As Martok returns to the Klingon homeworld things aren't as they should be and this is where the adventure kicks into full throttle and doesn't disappoint the reader.
There is great character development with General Martok and his life as a Klingon soldier, also we get a glimpse into Martok's family both present and past. This is where the revenge takes off and doesn't end as Martok seeks to rectify the situation the only way he can... by himself. But, Martok has an ally on the planet in Lieutenant Commander Worf and together they take on Martok's bastard son who is in temporary control of the government and wants to see his father fail.
This is solid 5 star TREK adventure albeit Klingon style but nevertheless, this is a great look into one of the greatest war heros of the Klingon Empire... General Martok. Action-adventure is high, mystery and intrigue is high readability excellent... this is an adventure that is told well, a must enjoyable read.

To Storm Heaven
To Storm Heaven
by Esther Friesner
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars ST-TNG: To Storm Heaven, June 28 2003
Star Trek - The Next Generation: TO Storm Heaven written by Esther Friesner is really a well-written book contrary to what has been said here in these reviews. If your looking for action-adventure there isn't much in this story as the main character is Geordi LaForge in this book.
If you're looking for a story with imagination and a good storyline this is the book for you... no blood and guts. As this is well trodden path, a planet with a plague, the way the author puts a few twists and turns along the way into the story to keep you interested. There are Prime Directive issues in this book and there is a union of Skerrian daughterworlds along with planet-wide intrigue.
All in all, I found this book to be a good fast read and it was a refreshing that we didn't have to read about space battles, but battles of a different kind as the search for the cure for a plague is found underfoot. If you want to read an intriguingly different type of story this book will be for you. I gave this book a solid 4 stars just for that reason. As interesting as the tapestry of TREK is, this book adds to the TREK universe in a positive way.

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