The Sundered (Star Trek: The Lost Era, 2298) Mass Market Paperback – 2003
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As stated in the book, this story is set in the year 2298, five years after the presumed death of Captain James T. Kirk aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise-B in Star Trek Generations, and sixty-six years before the launch of the Enterprise-D in "Encounter at Farpoint." Now, we get to see what happens after Kirk and prior to Picard as Captain Hikaru Sulu takes command of U.S.S. Excelsior in an action character driven book that keeps the readers interest piqued.
The book is divided into ten sections giving the reader background to the characters within the story and it further carries the reader through the whole of the book. Making for an easy transition. There are space battles as the Tholians weave a web of vengence against the Neyel that have been approacing Tholian space via an interspacial rift, a tear in the fabric of space that allows great distances to be traveled in relatively short periods of times. This is the same rift in space that has trapped the Defiant from ST: TOS and later recovered by the ST Corps of Engineers.
We read about some of our favorites from the older Trek novelizations including Chekov, Janice Rand, Christine Chapel, Tuvok and Akaar as they interact with the story. Interlaced within the pages of this book are flashbacks to scenes of past adventures spicing up the story and jogging the reader's memory. The Tholians and the Neyel are the featured aliens in this novel.Read more ›
I thought it would be interesting to read a novel about Sulu as a captain, but in this one he is simply a cardboard cutout who smiles or grins at everything. No characterization worth reading.
Also, the story is told in third-person 'removed'. The only way to appreciate this annoyance is to watch an episode of the PBS kids show Calliou before reading this book. In the cartoon the narrator says things like "Calliou didn't want to take his medicine, but he didn't want to feel bad either." This is exactly how this novel is written. You don't read the story directly as it happens, no, you read a narration of the story (e.g. "Sulu didn't want to go to do something, but he felt he had to.") I felt like I was reading a book written for grade schoolers.
The big problem, however, is the stories logic and flow. At one point Sulu 'figures out' who the aliens are. How does he do this? Who knows, the narrator doesn't really explain but somehow he puts a couple of obscure facts together and amazes the reader with a warp-leap of logic. The whole story is like this, and it disappoints greatly.
In a nutshell, you feel like you are reading a loose translation of a story outline without actually being allowed to get into the story. Sulu does smile though.
Read any of the Shatner Trek novels, or New Frontiers novels for a much more enjoyable reading experience.
Having said that you may think I hate this book but I don't. It does have some potential and I liked the way the authors brought the Tholians to life. They were probably one of the most unusual aliens from the original series and yet with all the resources of modern Star Trek, and all the rehashed material floating around, few have seen fit to give them anything other than a passing mention. Though many fans will find the interpretation of the Tholians as a crystalline insect type species debatable, I enjoyed it and feel it is possible within the established Star Trek framework.
The real problem with this novel as I said is one of weak plot and poor characters.Read more ›
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The authors give us a fine story, set in the time between the apparent death of Captain Kirk and the beginning of the "Next Generation" series, with Hikaru Sulu as... Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by James Yanni
I loved how Captain Sulu performed in "The Undiscovered Country" and now this book carries on with this very intense and believable incarnation of former Lieutenant Sulu... Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by Eric
A decent story detailing both Captain Sulu & Co. efforts to make peace with the Tholians and a "Space 1999" story of a pre-warp, Zeframe Cochrane-era asteroid outpost... Read morePublished on March 2 2004 by T. J. Doss
This is an old-fashioned Star Trek story, of a type too rare now: the crew gets caught between two hostile groups, learns about them and the nature of their conflict, and then... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by R. Spottiswood
I'm no longer much of a fan of "Star Trek" yet this book did a fine job in keeping my interest. Authors Michael A. Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by John Kwok
'The Sundered' by Martin and Mangels is the opening book of the new 'Lost Era' series, exploring all those historical incidents that were only ever hinted at during the various... Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003
The first book in the Lost Era series, The Sundered features Captain Hikaru Sulu and the starship Excelsior. Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by David Roy
Well with Paramount being kind of in a slump right now about what to do next with the Star Trek movies, various Trek writers have started the "Lost Era" in the Star Trek... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by D.W. Smith
I know this is going to be one of those '0 out of 11 found this review helpful' reviews, but I'm going to do it anyway. Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by Christian Thoma