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Killing Blow: Errand of Vengeance Book Two: Killing Blow Bk. 2 (Star Trek) [Kindle Edition]

Kevin Ryan
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There are more than four hundred sagas aboard the Starship Enterprise™, one for each of the unique men and women serving under the command of Capt. James T. Kirk. For years their personal adventures, their individual struggles and successes, have gone largely untold...until now.
The U.S.S. Enterprise™ is patrolling the Klingon border when sensors detect a massive power source on a planet supposedly populated only by a race of primitive humanoids. Suspecting some sort of Klingon plot, Captain Kirk decides to investigate the matter personally, beaming down to the planet with Dr. McCoy and a team of security officers.
But Kirk is in more danger than he knows. Among the landing party is Lt. Jon Anderson, a Klingon infiltrator on an undercover mission aboard the Enterprise. Anderson does not know if the Empire is at work on the unnamed planet, but if it is, then his duty demands that Kirk be stopped -- by all means necessary.

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  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (August 14, 2002)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0QLG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and again... January 15, 2003
By Jumbo
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Ryan has continued his fine saga in this book. A very good read, and if you're a hardcore Trek fan (and I can't stress this enough) the entire series is a MUST READ. Mr. Ryan masterfully ties in many stories from many original series episodes and characters. Trek fans always love a familiar reference, and Mr. Ryan passes out plenty. But more importanly, they're neatly giftwrapped in an extremely well-written book and finely crafted story lines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ST-TOS: Killing Blow: Errand of Vengeance September 16, 2002
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Star Trek-The Original Series, Killing Blow: Errand of Vengeance written by Kevin Ryan is the second installment of a trilogy called the "Errand of Vengeance." This is a Klingon story, but what a "Klingon Story" indeed, one filled with a plot to kill Captain Jasmes T. Kirk.
This book is filled with action and below decks workings of the crew of the Enterprise as they prepare to set things right in the STAR TREK UNIVERSE. As from the first book in the trilogy, "The Edge of the Sword," we found out about the plot to kill Captain Kirk and the inflitration of security on the Enterprise by cosmetically changed Klingons. If this wasn't enough we also learned of a Klingon plan to start a war with the Federation. To accomplish this, the Klingons needed starship grade dilithium crystals to power the ships for the invasion, thus a mining operation commenced on the thrid planet in System 7348, even though in has a pre-warp civilization of humanoids, which is close to the Klingon-Federation boarder.
Of course, Kirk and company is now sent to investigate and as suspected the Orions are doing the Klingon Empires bidding here and mining the dilithium crystals and shaking the planet in doing so. But remember, Kell (the Klingon) posing as Jon Anderson, sent to kill Kirk and who worked in Klingon intelligence, still has a mission to accomplish.
With all of the twists, turns, convolutions and surprises found in this book... well you get the picture... you are engrossed in the story to find out what happens next. Keven Ryan writes a compelling and artful story that keeps your interest.
I found that most, not all, but most second books are not as good as the first and third of the trilogy... well...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A ripping second installment in the series August 14, 2008
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This is the second in the series (a trilogy) dealing with Lt. Jon Anderson, a security officer aboard the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. Lt. Anderson is a Klingon spy, surgically altered to pass as a human (or, in Klingon parlance, an "Earther"). His mission: to assassinate Captain Kirk.

This story, like the first novel in the series, is told largely from the perspective of Lt. Anderson. Anderson shows the reader the Klingons from the Klingons' own perspective. Even more interesting, he shows us the Federation from the Klingon's perspective. And even more interesting, this novel succeeds in showing the reader the Klingons as Lt. Anderson comes to perceive them. For Anderson is undergoing a cathartic transformation in this story well beyond the intention of his Klingon masters. While he was indoctrinated to believe that humans and other Federation races are honorless scum, he comes to understand human beings from the perspective of a human being. While somewhat predictable, author Ryan handles this transformation very well.

I bought this series via my Kindle. It was great being able to finish one novel, and instantaneously download the next installment thereby continuing through the series uninterrupted.

This is a pretty well-written novel, and an engaging, quick, and enjoyable read. Perfect for a beer and chips afternoon, which is precisely what I intended it for. For those of us who love the "Star Trek" universe, it does not get any better than this.

Recommended for all Star Trek fans.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blade of Bat'leth September 24, 2002
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Disguised through surgery as a human Starfleet security officer on board USS ENTERPRISE, Kell maintains the secrecy of his true Klingon nature. However, he is conflicted about his covert mission. Captain James T. Kirk has long been a foe of the Klingon Empire, marked for death on more than one occasion, yet somehow surviving through-what the Klingon Empire has insisted-cowardly ways. During his tenure aboard ENTERPRISE, though, Kell has found the abrasive young captain to be anything but cowardly. In fact, Kirk embodies the teachings of honor of Kahless the Warrior. Striking such a man down from behind, as the Klingon Empire has charged Kell to do, would be a supreme act of cowardice and leave the young Klingon warrior bereft of honor himself. In addition to the unsettling realization about Kirk, Kell has also fallen in love with Leslie Parrish, a human security officer also assigned to ENTERPRISE. Kell's friendship with Benitez, another starship security officer, also pulls at him. Even as he's struggling with what he's supposed to do, Kell goes on a mission that reveals some of the underhanded play the Klingon Empire has been promoting. Meanwhile, on the Klingon battle cruiser D'K TAHG, Kell's brother Karel has his own problems with promoting from within and getting caught up in a major bid for captaincy aboardship. Back on Earth, Lieutenant West pursues his research for some way to settle the coming war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, a war which all resources say the Federation may well lose and that will definitely see a huge number of losses.
Kevin Ryan had co-authored two Star Trek novels before the ERRAND OF VENGEANCE trilogy for the original Star Trek series. In addition, he was an editor on the line for a number of years.
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