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Star Trek: Enterprise: The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing [Kindle Edition]

Michael A. Martin
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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At the start of the twenty-first century, unconditional war swept across the Earth. A war that engulfed the great and the small, the rich and the poor, giving no quarter. Each side strove for unconditional victory, and as battle built upon battle, the living began to envy the dead.

Chastised by the cataclysm that they had unleashed, the governments of Earth came together. Humanity vowed to put an end to war and to strive for the betterment of every living creature. A united Earth created Starfleet, an interstellar agency whose mission was to explore the cosmos, to come in peace for all mankind. It was a naïve wish that was battered by interstellar realities, yet man persists in the belief that peace is the way. Banding together with other powers to form a Coalition of Planets, humanity hopes that the strength each can offer the other will allow for peaceful exploration.

However, the rise of the Coalition strikes dread within the Romulan Star Empire. They feel its growing reach will cut them off from what is rightfully theirs. The Romulans know that the alliance is fragile, that the correct strategy could turn allies into foes. Perfecting a way of remotely controlling Coalition ships and using them as weapons against one another, the Romulans hope to drive a wedge of suspicion and mistrust between these new allies.

One Starfleet captain uncovers this insidious plot: Jonathan Archer of the Enterprise. Determined not to lose what they have gained, outmanned and outgunned, the captains of Starfleet stand tall, vowing to defend every inch of Coalition space until the tide begins to turn.

The Romulans now plan to strike at what they see as the heart of their problem. With nothing left to lose, the Romulan Star Empire engages in all-out war against humanity, determined once and for all to stop the human menace from spreading across the galaxy.

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About the Author

Michael A. Martin's solo short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He has also coauthored (with Andy Mangels) several Star Trek comics for Marvel and Wildstorm and numerous Star Trek novels and eBooks, including the USA Today bestseller Titan: Book One: Taking Wing; Titan: Book Two: The Red King; the Sy Fy Genre Award-winning Star Trek: Worlds of Deep Space 9 Book Two: Trill -- Unjoined; Star Trek: The Lost Era 2298 -- The Sundered; Star Trek: Deep Space 9 Mission: Gamma: Vol. Three: Cathedral; Star Trek: The Next Generation: Section 31 -- Rogue; Star Trek: Starfleet Corps of Engineers #30 and #31 ("Ishtar Rising" Books 1 and 2); stories in the Prophecy and Change, Tales of the Dominion War, and Tales from the Captain's Table anthologies; and three novels based on the Roswell television series. His most recent novels include Enterprise: The Romulan War and Star Trek Online: The Needs of the Many.

His work has also been published by Atlas Editions (in their Star Trek Universe subscription card series), Star Trek Monthly, Dreamwatch, Grolier Books, Visible Ink Press, The Oregonian, and Gareth Stevens, Inc., for whom he has penned several World Almanac Library of the States nonfiction books for young readers. He lives with his wife, Jenny, and their two sons in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (October 20, 2009)
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  • Language: English
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good book in the relaunch! October 27, 2009
By Luke
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Overall, very well done:

The pros:

- Excellent job continuing to bridge the gap between Enterprise and TOS. Enterprise was in a tricky place as a prequel in a strongly established universe, and this book continues to work to bridge the gaps left behind after the early cancellation of the series. It is not perfectly in line with all trek ever written, but then with hundreds of books, that is an impossible task nowadays.
- Good continuation of the Trip-T'Pol connection without making this a sappy love story where everything works out magically for the couple. I like the emphasis on the dynamic between Trip's sense of service and his love for T'Pol.
- Good nod to those of us in the fan base who like what TOS was known for, subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, social commentary. It continues well with the Enterprise series' relation to modern times.
- Good level of plot complexity.
- Overall, good character development with an interesting plot; this is exactly what I want from trek.

The cons:

- More depth into the subplots would have improved this book.
- The writer is toying a careful line between rushing the plot and keeping the story fast paced.

This is the best book in the relaunch series thus far. This is a must for anyone who likes Enterprise. I can only hope that the next book in this series comes out quicker; I get impatient waiting for the next step in Enterprise.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good "Enterprise" entertainment December 5, 2009
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This story is set in the "Enterprise" era in which Earth has only recently achieved interstellar travel and Enterprise is the first Warp 5 Earth starship. The Coalition of Planets (Earth, Vulcan, Tellar, Andoria) is faced with a deadly war with the Romulan Star Empire. This novel is the second in what I presume will eventually be a three novel set that essentially tells the story of the Earth-Romulan conflict so often referred to in all of the Star Trek series. This novel does not conclude the war, by the way, thus I assume that a third novel will be forthcoming.

Star Trek enthusiasts will note that this novel follows the "Enterprise" version of the Romulans and Earth's contact with them, which is significantly different from the story told in The Original Series. In the "Enterprise" version the Romulans seem to lead Earth in technology, including Warp Drive technology. By contrast, in the Original Series, the Romulans still do not have Warp Drive although they do have other advances over Earth, mainly the plasma weapon and of course cloaking technology. (My understanding of The Original Series is that the Romulans acquire warp drive from the Klingons, perhaps as a trade for cloaking technology.)

Despite the inconsistency, this story is great fun, and ably continues the "Enterprise" saga from where it left off at the end of that series. In this novel the Earth-Romulan war is in full swing, and Earth is getting the worst of it. More would be telling (no spoilers here).

The characterizations are excellent and ring true with the roles that were developed in the Enterprise series, particularly Trip and T'Pol. We also learn a great deal about the young T'Pau, who was featured in The Original Series in the Amok Time episode. (First episode, second season).
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars To Brave the Mediocrity November 3, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Michael Martin has managed to butcher Enterprise's potential and leave me feeling as let down with this series as I was after watching the show's television finale. The failings of this book begin on the cover where you see multiple NX class ships in a battle with "War" in the title. This is extremely misleading as the Enterprise is the only NX ship in the book and all the major battles and incursions in this war are skipped over save the final one with Enterprise rarely supporting the war effort. Reading this novel is like tuning into a football game only to have the reporters focus completely on what's happening with the players on the bench.

Granted, the editors at Pocket Books cut the series down to two books, but rather than make the most of this with an action packed and morally provocative story with rich character development, Martin skips over the meaningful parts in a careless way that leaves the book without depth or emotion. So I'm glad I know how the war went but I am left feeling like I would if my entire knowledge of WW2 came from its Wikipedia entry.

I'm glad the overabundance of side stories involving forgettable characters and the author's philosophical musings about warfare that plagued "Beneath the Raptor's Wings" are not in this book. Even though this was largely done, the book still hops around a lot with large gaps between chapters with every chapter seeming more like its own individual short story than part of a singular and unraveling plot.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the wait November 3, 2011
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First, I would like to thank Amazon for lowering the price of the Kindle edition after I pre-ordered and paid the regular price. Nice to know the company appreciates customer loyalty.

I thoroughly enjoyed "Beneath the Raptor's Wing" and the books leading up to the Romulan War saga. Unfortunately, "To Brave the Storm" does not live up to the quality and excitement of its predecessors. The story feels rushed and disjointed. Months pass where nothing happens. And when something finally does happen, the story picks up after the incident, unlike Raptor's Wing were we are taken into the heart of the conflict. This book should have been filled with exciting space battles and undercover intrigue. Instead, it felt like a 600 page novel trimmed down to 300 pages with the most exciting chapters left out.

A perfect example is how the author and editors decided to deal with Trip. I'm about to give away a major spoiler here, so stop reading if you want to be surprised. In the prior novels we were always show how Trip escaped death defying cliffhangers, like his escape pod heading for a gravitic mine at the end of "Kobayashi Maru". Not so in this novel. During the final confrontation between the Coalition and Romulan fleets Trip escapes from the Romulan flagship in an escape pod. He is given a device that he believes to be a homing beacon. Once activated, it counts down to zero and that last thing Trip sees is a blinding flash of light. We later discover his escape pod has been destroyed during the battle. Twenty-five years later we discover Trip is alive and well living on Vulcan with T'Pol. No mention is given as to how he escaped. This is typical of the "let's pull a rabbit out of the hat" mentality of this novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
A good read. Continuing in the process of filling the years between "Enterprise" and TOS, this book is enjoyable and worth a look. Not great literature, but fun.
Published 3 days ago by John W. Faulconbridge
5.0 out of 5 stars 500+ pages Good Story
This book exceeded my expectations. I read STOS first, then Voyager, then Enterprise. Quality of the stories varies, but this one was complex, well thought out, presented the... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lizzie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really up to the Star Trek standard
While I felt that the overall story was good, it seemed hard to read, it felt disjointed. The author spent far to much time using Vulcan and Romulan language and then translating... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Leo C. Arnone
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted potential
To Brave The Storm had so much potential from the previous novels leading up to it. That potential was wasted with rushed story lines and lazy writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Freeman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series, good book
Good author and so far a good series. If you are a big Trek fan you will notice a few factual inconsistencies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad storyline
This was a hard book to read. I never knew you could make war so boring but they managed to do it in this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Book Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
The only inconsistency I found was a lack of ships bearing down on Romulus, causing the Praetor to request a cease fire. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Angelic
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Dan Boes
2.0 out of 5 stars Sigh. Just sigh. Oh, and yawn. Don't forget the yawns.
Ah, I had such hopes. I saw Shran on the cover and, although the Andorians usually bore me, I like the stories with Shran. Forget about it. He is in about 20 pages of the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by derrick
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable and worthy follow-up
Okay, since Amazon can't seem to separate this book from the previous one, here's an updated review for both of them:

BENEATH THE RAPTOR'S WING: This book continues the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glenn E. Smith
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