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What is your favorite Star Trek Novel?

ghostcaptain

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Report this Jun. 14 2009, 5:37 pm

I have read a number of Star Trek novels in my time, although not as many as the Star Wars novels (which for a number of years was the only way to experience any new Star Wars) however they often just as good, and can be just as bad.

I am starting this thread really to examine Star Trek novels as a whole and find some of the good ones that I have missed and read them.

My particular favorite Star Trek novel is "Star Trek the Next Generation: Crossover" by Michael Jan Friedman.  The insert reads;

"Once a violent, primitive race, Vulcans renounced brutality and their warlike nature for logic.  But a small faction established the Romulan Empire, where the old Vulcan way flourished.  Now, deep in Romulan territory, an underground movement to reunite two worlds of common ancestry but conflicting ideologies is underway-areunion some have waited a lifetime to see and others would give their lives to stop.

Contunuing the mission he began in "Unification," Starfleet Ambassador Spock endeavors to impart the logic of the Vulcan way to a small band of Romulans eager to unite the Romulan Empire and the planet Vulcan.  But unbeknownst to them, a Romulan spy has joined the ranks disguised as a Unification sympathizer.  Deceived by this traitor, Spock and his students are taken hostage.

Fearful that Spock's knowledge of Federation security will fall into enemy hands, Starfleet dispatcheds its best ship, the U.S.S. Enterprise 1701-D, and the most respected captain, Jean-Luc Picard, to secure the hostages' release.  Spock's former shipmate from the original Starship Enterprise™, Ambassador McCoy-more than one hundred forty years old, but still as feisty as ever-is brought in to consult on the negotiations.

Their situation is further complicated when Captain Montgomery Scott confiscates an out-of-service starship and effects his own daring rescue of Spock.  Picard must now find a way to preserve the Federation's security and prevent a war while treading a minefield of danger and deadly Romulan politics that threaten his ship, his crew, and the Federation he serves."

...This book was a good read and an easy one at that with fun moments, good characters, and familiar Star Trek themes.  The ending has a great moment that may not be a surprise but is worth waiting for while reading this book.  If you haven't read this book please go to your local library and check it out, or by the paperback at your nearest bookstore.

Other older TNG books I have read have been books like "Q-Squared," also by pocket books however I can't recal the authors name.  It also ties into TOS with a character from from the "Squire of Gothos" I believe the episode is called.  Pick this one up too if you have a chance.

So what books would you recommend to your fellow Star Trek fans? :honorable:

The_Mighty_Quark

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Report this Jun. 14 2009, 9:44 pm

Q-Squared would be my fav Trek book!  And it's by Peter David, Capt'n.  Be sure to remember that name.  ;)

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Report this Jun. 15 2009, 1:10 am

Geez, it's been so long since I've read a really good Trek novel. (And I've read a bunch.)

As for favorites? Well, a lot of this is based on memory as I haven't read some of these books in years...

- Dreadnought by Diane Carey
- Battlestations by Diane Carey
- The Final Reflection by John M. Ford
- How Much for Just the Planet? by John M. Ford
- Millennium Trilogy omnibus by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens

frimmel

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Report this Jun. 15 2009, 10:11 am

I'm rather fond of Vendetta by Peter David. Borg story before First Contact.

I'd put Imzadi, Q-Squared and Q-in-Law also by Peter David up there.

No one uses TOS events in the TNG era quite like Peter David.

Lynx677

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Report this Jun. 15 2009, 12:26 pm

The Star Trek Voyager book "The Black Shore" by Greg Cox.

Incredibly exciting. I read it from beginning to end without any break one Sunday afternoon. Exciting story where all of the characters get a piece of the action and with villains who make the Borg look like well-behaved schoolkids.

chickadee

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Report this Jun. 15 2009, 12:34 pm

My favorites are all Voyager books

The String Theory Books...the whole trilogy

The Nanotech War

Echoes

The Dark Matter Trilogy, all three are great

No Man's Land

Her Klingon Soul

Shadow

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Report this Jun. 15 2009, 4:17 pm

Not a novel per se, but "New Worlds and New Cililisations" by Michael Jan Friedman has some stunning pieces of artwork. It's listed in Voyages of Imagination, so it must class as a novel in some shape or form.

Aquila_Star

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Report this Jun. 16 2009, 2:54 am

I have many favorites, but if I had to pick just one I would pick Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. It gives me shivers. Good ones and bad ones.

Lynx677

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Report this Jun. 16 2009, 3:47 pm

Quote (chickadee @ June 14 2009, 1:34 pm)
My favorites are all Voyager books

The String Theory Books...the whole trilogy

The Nanotech War

Echoes

The Dark Matter Trilogy, all three are great

No Man's Land

Her Klingon Soul

Shadow

"Her Klingon Soul" is one of my favorites as well. Brilliant!

NuclearWessels

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Report this Jun. 16 2009, 3:47 pm

Millenium Trilogy by J & G Reeves Stevens.  
The DS9 Relaunch
The ENT Relaunch
The Destiny Trilogy

chickadee

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Report this Jun. 16 2009, 3:49 pm

Quote (Lynx677 @ June 16 2009, 3:47 pm)
Quote (chickadee @ June 14 2009, 1:34 pm)
My favorites are all Voyager books

The String Theory Books...the whole trilogy

The Nanotech War

Echoes

The Dark Matter Trilogy, all three are great

No Man's Land

Her Klingon Soul

Shadow

"Her Klingon Soul" is one of my favorites as well. Brilliant!

It is great...you know why I love it ¿;)

you should read the Nanotech War, it's very good

grigori

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Report this Jun. 17 2009, 5:57 pm

ENT relaunch. well-written and well-conceived.
Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels - The Good That Men Do & Kobayashi Maru, with Martin's Romulan War due in October.

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Report this Jun. 17 2009, 9:16 pm

Original Series

My Enemy, My Ally and The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane

Next Generation

Vendetta by Peter David

ST:TNG/Original Series

Federation by Reeves-Stephens

RIPJTK

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Report this Jun. 18 2009, 2:37 pm

Federation by the Reeves-Stevens is just wonderful.  It suffers a bit from what happened in First Contact, but still wonderful.  It is the best example of drawing an honest, debate-less difference between Kirk and Picard that is respectful to both characters.

Can't agree more with what was said for MJF's Crossover.  Reunion is wonderful insight into the Stargazer crew.  And Valiant.

Peter David hs only one miss in his Star Trek writing's.  Please check out Vendetta, Imzadi (or find the audio version read by Frakes!;), Q-In-Law (or find the audio version read by majel & de Lancie!!-laugh out loud!!;), or Q-Squared.

Vulcan's Forge is a very good 'in-between' years by Sherman & Schwartz featuring Spock, McCoy & Uhura after the death of Kirk.

Sarek gives insight into the death of Amanda and some next gen fore-shadowing.  Spock's World is a travelouge of Vulcan history & politics by Diane Duane.

Kobayashi Maru by Julia Ecklar, Doctor's Orders by Diane Duane, and AC Crispin's yeasterday's Son are also must reads.

frimmel

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Report this Jun. 19 2009, 11:45 am

Quote (RIPJTK @ June 18 2009, 2:37 pm)
Peter David hs only one miss in his Star Trek writing's.

Which novel do you think is a miss from David?

Just for curiosity's sake.  :)

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