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River of Blood: Errand of Vengeance Book Three (Star Trek: The Original Series 3) Kindle Edition

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Length: 288 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Kevin Ryan is the author of Pocket Books popular Star Trek trilogy Errand of Vengeance, as well as Star Trek: The Next Generation—Requiem (with Michael Jan Friedman). He has also written the screenplay for the novel Eleven Hours and the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Resistance,” as well as two Roswell novels for Simon Pulse and thirteen various comic books published by DC Comics.

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  • File Size: 3115 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (August 14, 2002)
  • Publication Date: August 14, 2002
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FC0TJ0
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,484 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, as I did the whole series, but the editing was horrible. The first time Starbase 42 was mentioned, it was Starbase 43. It switched from Starbase 43 to Starbase 42 a mere two lines later. There were numerous problems such as the following: "Now let them they try to find us." (top of page 167 in the first paperback ed.) Thinking back there were similar problems in the entire series. Lt. West was originally called Ensign West, but in the middle of the scene it changed to Lt. with no explanation. It actually detracted from my enjoyment of the book. In addition, to beginner typo editing mistakes, the editor also failed to notice writing mistakes that any beginning editor could have corrected. Ryan did a great job letting us know that Klingons don't take prisoners and won't be taken prisoners (even though true Trek fans already knew this), but an observant editor could have corrected the fact that the reader was given this information approximately four times within 30 pages, and the repetition was unnecessary to move the plot forward. I own and have read most of the Star Trek fiction from Pocket Books, and this was, by far, the worst editing I've ever experienced.
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By A Customer on January 15, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What can I say? Mr. Ryan has done it again whith his third book in the "Errand of Vengeance" trilogy. I won't go into plot summaries or anything like that (there are plenty of those in other reviews), but I will say that if you've started the trilogy, you'll love the ending. And I'll say this again, if you're a hardcore ST fan, Mr. Ryan won't dissapoint. There are plenty of hidden gems in all three books (other than the wonderful stories themselves) to feed any Trekkie's or Trekker's appetite.
I really enjoyed these books and hope Mr. Ryan writes many more.
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After all, he gave the name of the group's leader Jon Anderson to a Klingon spy. But seriously, this trilogy as a whole is unique in terms of the Star Trek body of work as a whole. Although the characters in the other Trek settings have more depth as people, Kirk & Co tend to remain standard TV sci fi Buck Rogers types--as the old Beatles number "Bungalow Bill" lyric says: "the all-American bullet-headed Saxon mothers' sons". Necessarily so, I suppose--if you did a huge one-eighty on something around this long, you'd alienate people who are used to it. The complexity of Spock is merely the exception that proves the rule and always has been. The dogmatic "loyalty" of the TOS zealots notwithstanding, I think Star Trek reached adulthood with Picard and the TNG people, and reached its full maturity with Sisko's DS9 crew. That's what makes this trilogy so unique--it brings to the original cast even more character development than they achieved in the feature films. The main story here is of the Klingon operative Kell, aka "Jon Anderson". Raised and trained with his culture's propaganda about the "earthers", the biggest thing this guy experiences is the scales falling from his eyes about how much bull he's been fed all his life about the subklingon "vermin" of the Federation. He gets involved in an affair of the heart with a fellow officer on the Enterprise, breaks up with her to avoid getting "too close"--after all, he is a deep cover spy--then feels guilty about it. You know you've come to recognize a lady as a real person when it hurts you to break her heart. Then Kell/ Anderson starts to admire the man he's been sent to assasinate--Kirk. This dude he has the duty to whack has as much moxie as the greatest warriors he knows from his own people!Read more ›
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Great story and great writing, I am the type of person who enjoys the stories about the dramatic, and the thriiling tension between races at war with each other in star trek, and errand of vengeance is definitely one of them. Especially the starfleet crewmembers fight and protect the enterprise and the starbase from klingon infiltrators. Jon Anderson(kell) an klingon infiltrator believing the humans are cowardly, treacherous, and weak, later on see that the humans do have honour and are not really what he thought they were. In fact he starts to suspect that his own people might have some dishonour in them by fighting a war againt the federation that shouldn't be, and sending their own people to infiltrate and fight the federation by hiding behind their own enemies identities. Jon Anderson also has an interest in one of the crewman: Leslie Parrish and has a child with her, which Jon died before Leslie found out about the baby and that Jon Anderson is an klingon infiltrator. I am curious if there is a novel about Parrish and her child and how are they doing on earth if Parrish didn't go back to starfleet.
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"River of Blood" is the third installment in Kevin Ryan's trilogy dealing with Lt. Jonathan Anderson, who is a Klingon spy, surgically altered to pass as a human being and infiltrate Starfleet. His mission: to assassinate Captain Kirk. (The first two books are "Killing Blow" and "The Edge of the Sword.") I recommend reading this series in order. While each novel stands reasonably well on its own, each successive installment draws heavily on the predecessors.

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.

Like the preceding novels in the series, this is a quick and engaging read. Author Ryan does a fine job characterizing the Klingons, and his interpretation of the Klingons is rich and fascinating. In this novel the author succeeds in pretty much tying up a lot of the loose ends that inevitably exist in a trilogy of novels, and tells a ripping good story besides.

Highly recommended for Star Trek fans.
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