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Sumodad23

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Report this Jun. 11 2008, 2:17 pm

I was thinking about getting The Lost Era books, but I really don't know much about them.  Are they good?  What are they about?

krad

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Report this Jun. 11 2008, 10:00 pm

The Lost Era was the umbrella title for six novels published in late 2003 that take place during the time period between the end of the Star Trek (original series) movie era and the start of The Next Generation -- so after Kirk fell down the rabbit hole on the Enterprise-B in the Generations prelude, and before "Encounter at Farpoint."

The books aren't related, except insofar as they take place in that timeframe, though some characters appear in more than one book, and the books are consistent with each other.

The Sundered by Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels is a Captain Sulu/Excelsior novel that has them going against the Tholians and dealing with an offshoot of humanity called the Neyel.

Serpents Among the Ruins by David R. George III is a Captain Harriman/Enterprise-B novel that details the Tomed Incident with the Romulans (referenced in "The Neutral Zone").

The Art of the Impossible by Keith R.A. DeCan#### (that's me :D) covers eighteen years of history, as the Betreka Nebula Incident mentioned by Bashir and Garak in "The Way of the Warrior" is detailed, involving the Klingons and the Cardassians wrangling over a planet, with the Federation and Romulans involved as well.

Well of Souls by Ilsa J. Bick is a Captain Garret/Enterprise-C novel that deals with ancient Cardassian artifacts and criminal syndicates.

Deny Thy Father by Jeff Mariotte is a novel about the Riker family, with Will in his last year at the Academy and first year on the Pegasus while his father Kyle becomes embroiled in a conspiracy.

Catalyst of Sorrows by Margaret Wander Bonanno stars Uhura, Sisko, Selar, Tuvok, and Crusher who are trying to stop a plague in the Romulan Empire.

A few recent releases have come out billed as "a tale of the Lost Era," including Christopher L. Bennett's The Buried Age (which details Picard's life between the loss of the Stargazer and the launch of the Enterprise-D), and the three Terok Nor books.

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Report this Jun. 12 2008, 3:26 pm

^ and don't forget Forged in Fire. Well technically it counts, but it's not exactly labeled as a LE story.

krad

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Report this Jun. 12 2008, 10:26 pm

Actually, no, Forged in Fire doesn't count, as the bulk of it takes place prior to Star Trek VI.

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Report this Jun. 13 2008, 3:19 pm

:blush: oh well, still an incredible read.

Sumodad23

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Report this Jun. 14 2008, 5:41 pm

Thank you krad, that was very informative.  And thank you domo_arigato.  I might read Forged in Fire now as well.

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Report this Jun. 20 2008, 7:52 pm

I just picked up the recent Terok Nor series...actually 2 of the 3 books...Day of Vipers and Dawn of Eagles.  I need the middle book.  Anyways, has anyone read these?

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Report this Jul. 03 2008, 1:15 am

I am just finishing the TOS book Probe.  Has anyone else read this?  If so, did you find it very interesting.  I wasn't very impressed by it.

Sumodad23

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Report this Jul. 03 2008, 11:54 am

I've read Day of the Vipers and I still have to find the second book as well.  My local Wal-Mart as the first and third but not the second.  I really enjoyed Day of the Vipers.  It was very interesting and a great read.  I haven't read Probe yet though.

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Report this Jul. 03 2008, 5:18 pm

Quote (Sumodad23 @ July 03 2008, 3:54 pm)
I've read Day of the Vipers and I still have to find the second book as well.  My local Wal-Mart as the first and third but not the second.  I really enjoyed Day of the Vipers.  It was very interesting and a great read.  I haven't read Probe yet though.

IMO, Probe was medicore - however it has been well over ten years since I read it, at a time when I was not much of a fan of TOS movies.  Other novels I've read by Margaret Wander Bonanno are Catalyst of Sorrows and Burning Dreams... while decent enough reads, in both I felt were lacking a certain something - to put it in words is a tough chore.  But there is "that something" lacking...

Anyone have any thoughts on Captain's Glory?  Please, no spoilers.  But tell me it's not nearly as bad as Captain's Blood.

Sumodad23

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Report this Jul. 03 2008, 7:36 pm

Captain's Glory.  Well, I didn't think it was that great.  I tell you Roadhog, "It's not nearly as bad as Captain's Blood."  But, I'm lying.  It was pretty bad.  I've never really liked Shatner's books and his writing style I like even less.  He always makes Kirk out to be the hero and he has to do everything because everyone else can't do a thing.  I thought the plot was poor and it wasn't carried out very well and the ending was stupid.  Give it a try, maybe you'll like it.

Has anyone read the Double Helix series?  Is it good?

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