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Titan: Absent Enemies (Star Trek) (English Edition) di [Miller, John Jackson]
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14 di 15 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Great Star Trek Adventure 25 febbraio 2014
Di Skuldren - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Star Trek: Titan – Absent Enemies is the perfect way to spend an evening lost in the realm of sci-fi. Author John Jackson Miller weaves a fun little tale involving Admiral William T. Riker and the crew of the starship Titan as they deal with a situation on Garadius IV. There’s action, mystery, science, flashbacks and humor, providing readers with a little bit of everything. Even if you’re not familiar with The Next Generation or Titan eras, this is a story you can still dive into and enjoy.

Set in the year 2385 after the recall of Titan and the election of the new Federation president, Admiral Riker is sent to put out fires in the Beta Quadrant. Using Titan as his flagship, he’s tasked with a peace mission on Garadius IV. It’s a planet that’s been waging an eternal war between its two species for decades. On one side there’s the diminutive Ekorr with their outrageous demands. On the other, there’s the Baladonians who refuse to even acknowledge the existence of their enemies. It’s a deadlock all previous delegations have failed to resolve. And now it’s Riker’s job to end it.

Along the way, Riker gets a lot of help from his fellow crew mates. There’s his wife, Deanna Troi, Commander Tuvak, Captain Christine Vale, and even cryptolinguist Y’lira Modan. All of them pitch in with the crisis and have moments to shine. As someone who’s not familiar with the characters, I didn’t have any trouble following along. The relationships between the crew all felt natural and fell into place easily. It also helped that the story had a flashback toward the beginning that set the stage for what was to come.

Without spoiling anything, the story has plenty of twists and turns. From one mess to another, the Titan crew stays busy, and transitions keep the adventure fresh. There are moments of action on both the ground and in space. At several points, the storytelling dives into avenues of science, and ties back into existing Star Trek material. But most appreciative of all is the solid through-line of humor that is weaved into the story. It keeps things enjoyable and provides a few good laughs. Altogether, the story has all the elements you would expect to find in a great Star Trek episode.

For readers who aren’t well versed in Star Trek: The Next Generation, be it books, films or television, have no fear, this story stands on its own. I’ve only seen a couple Next Generation films and television shows. On top of that, I’ve never read a Star Trek novel. This being my first Star Trek story I’ve ever dived into, I really liked it, and never felt overwhelmed by the subject matter. John nailed the familiar themes of show and delivered an entertaining story that anyone can pick up and enjoy. I highly recommend it and give Star Trek: Titan – Absent Enemies a five out of five.
3.0 su 5 stelle Absent Characters and a silly story 8 febbraio 2015
Di PraxJarvin - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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It should be noted upfront that this is John Jackson Miller's first foray into Star Trek writing. And the tale he tells isn't bad, but it misses a lot of the Star Trek feeling. The biggest issue with this story is that almost all of the usual characters of the TITAN series feel off. None more so than the main character, William Riker. When he isn't outright sarcastic, he's xenophobic and something not becoming the character. Tuvok feels very... cardboard, lacking the nuance of character. There's even a sequence where he chuckles along with a crowd. Christine Vale and Ranul Keru are more or less on character but then they haven't had much in the way of character over the last few TITAN novels - James Swallow's installments excepted. However, by the end of the story some of the representations do level out.

The story itself is a little silly. It concerned Riker being called away from a tense political standoff to deal with a minor diplomatic mission. The reason being that Riker previously dealt with the two cultures living on the planet. We get a brief flashback to the Enterprise-D's visit before continuing on in the present. Two small enclaves of two different species sharing a single landmass on an acidic ocean world. The premise is decent but it ends up couched in a pretty unnecessary reveal. As is common with the worst Trek installments, this one is brought down by being overly reliant on a past episode's premise. Characters are both way too knowledgable about the past and then weirdly ignorant of it as suits the story without it really feeling necessary. (The Titan's Engineer doesn't know what's going on or what to look for. But Tuvok knows many intimate details of the situation despite only having been briefed on an adjacent mission.)

There are also any number of minor continuity gaffes. Most of them are excusable or possibly just typos. However, there is a rather major one in which the character of Ensign Dakal is confused with Ravel Dygan of the TNG novels. Dakal's name and rank are basically the only things that are right about the character. None of them are dealbreakers, but taken as a whole this feels like it was rushed through editorial without a chance to fix the character issues.

On a final note, this story feels slightly odd because the motivating factor - Riker being pulled off a mission for a diplomatic mission - would seem to direct conflict with the reorientation of Starfleet's mission introduced at the end of THE FALL: PEACEABLE KINGDOMS. The latter book more or less tells us civilian diplomats would do their work and Starfleet would do its duty as exploration. It doesn't rule out diplomatic missions, but the first book out of the gate after THE FALL is a chapter which basically repudiates that claim. It tells me that ramifications of THE FALL are not far reaching and may not even be something that come to fruition.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Absent Enemies has thrills, explores scientific theory and broadens on an old ST:TNG episode. 11 maggio 2014
Di Captain Rhetoric - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Absent Enemies is a quick paced novella of part action and part political thriller that delivers. This is a shorter piece that does not develop any of the characters, but shows them interact together to solve a problem in an enjoyable manner that even Picard had failed to do. We are even treated to a Next Gen flashback that expands on an episode from the series. The center is about the hows and whys of phasing technology. Should it be developed? How do you guard against it? It's a great topic that I've always felt the federation have handcuffed themselves about. How many lives would be saved if no one could destroy your ship? It's a great defensive tool. We are also treated to some good Riker swagger. This probably could have been expounded upon, with more espionage scenes, battles or even a subplot utilizing one of the many interesting peoples onboard Titan to make it a full novel. A fun read!
2 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle A short light hearted adventure that feels like it could have been a TV episode. 15 settembre 2014
Di Richard - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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Absent Enemies is the first new book in the Star Trek Titan lineup in two years. Set in the year 2385 the story follows after the events of the "Star Trek: The Fall" miniseries, thankfully the details of that series are largely unimportant to this story. The only detail that needs to be mentioned is that Riker has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, with USS Titan serving as his flagship.

The story is a basic short story, with a level of depth about on par with what one might expect from an hour long episode of The Next Generation. Riker and crew have been called upon to help negotiate for peace on a world where all previous attempts have failed. For the most part the story cuts to the chase and doesn't waste to much time on unnecessary details. Given the nature of the plot the short length of the book feels about right, as the story just didn't have the weight to carry anything much longer.

The story has a lighter tone through most of it, with the antagonists generally coming across like comic relief. The protagonists are quite able to handle the situation at hand and things rarely feel outside of their control. Some might be turned off by this lighter tone, but I personally was in just the right mood for this type of story after all the doom and gloom of the Typhon Pact and The Fall miniseries. The plot does leave some room to be expanded upon later in the future, with the an old TNG technology being revived and explored more deeply.

If this had been a longer full priced book I probably would have been disappointed, but as it stands the book feels about right for the price.
8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
4.0 su 5 stelle A nice little novella 2 marzo 2014
Di Kindle Customer - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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An anti-war fable in the best Star Trek tradition, enlivened by humor and a nifty pseudo-scientific premise derived from a couple of Next Generation episodes. A fun and fast read. Also gives added depth to the Riker character as he adjusts to the demands of his new rank of Admiral. Highly recommended.
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