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Star Trek: DTI: Forgotten History (Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher L. Bennett
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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The agents of the Department of Temporal Investigations are assigned to look into an anomaly that has appeared deep in Federation territory. It’s difficult to get clear readings, but a mysterious inactive vessel lies at the heart of the anomaly, one outfitted with some sort of temporal drive disrupting space-time and subspace. To the agents’ shock, the ship bears a striking resemblance to a Constitution-class starship, and its warp signature matches that of the original Federation starship Enterprise NCC-1701—the ship of James T. Kirk, that infamous bogeyman of temporal investigators, whose record of violations is held up by DTI agents as a cautionary tale for Starfleet recklessness toward history. But the vessel’s hull markings identify it as Timeship Two, belonging to none other than the DTI itself. At first, Agents Lucsly and Dulmur assume the ship is from some other timeline . . . but its quantum signature confirms that it came from their own past, despite the fact that the DTI never possessed such a timeship. While the anomaly is closely monitored, Lucsly and Dulmur must search for answers in the history of Kirk’s Enterprise and its many encounters with time travel—a series of events with direct ties to the origins of the DTI itself. . . .


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About the Author

Christopher L. Bennett is the author of two previous works of Titan fiction, the novel Star Trek: Titan: Orion's Hounds and the short story “Empathy” in the Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows anthology. He has also authored such critically acclaimed novels as Star Trek: Ex Machina, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater Than the Sum, as well as the alternate Voyager tale Places of Exile in Myriad Universes: Infinity's Prism. Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder and is also developing original science fiction novel concepts.

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  • File Size: 3166 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (April 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GG0KLM
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A dry read but a satisfying Star Trek experience April 26, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm left with mixed feelings regarding Forgotten History. As a Star Trek fan, I enjoyed how well this book made sense of Original Series and Animated Series episodes just as Watching the Clock made sense of Enterprise's Temporal Cold War and time travel in general. However, as a trek literature reader, I found the book a little dry and the characters not very engaging.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I have enjoyed all of Christopher Bennett's novels, especially how well he handles complex science fiction subjects, but with regards to the Department of Temporal Investigations as a series, I was afraid it would be a one trick pony. Through the entire read of Forgotten History, I was never able to get into the DTI characters like I did with Watching the Clock. The new characters Grey and Delgado were interesting original characters but for some reason, they weren't as engaging as Garcia and Ranjea were in Watching the Clock. I also had a problem getting hooked with the Original Series characters largely because their story often jumped through spans of months or years.

Even though I wasn't gripped by the story or characters, Forgotten History was still interesting because of what it took from and added to the Star Trek saga. What significantly impressed me was how well The Animated Series episodes and elements were incorporated into the novel. Often TAS stories are ignored but Bennett did a great job making some of the strange TAS stories fit into a modern novel targeted to adults. For example, the Animated Series life support belts are mentioned as is why what appeared to be a great technology would have been discarded by Starfleet.

Though these details are of interest to a Star Trek fan, they tended to bog down the flow of the story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Star Trek novel about time travel April 24, 2012
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This is not the novel I was expecting. From my interpretation of the blurb, I expected to read about Kirk and company galavanting across the ages in the timeship Enterprise. This is not what happens. Forgotten History is a story about time travel, and it certainly contains time travel, but it is not a time travel story. Those who have read the earlier DTI novel Watching the Clock (or possibly just seen 300 Days of Summer) should have a good idea about what I mean.

Forgotten History works very well as a Trek novel. The scenes and characterization feel spot on. The story takes place across ten years of TOS history. It involves many episodes (including several from the animated series) and references several other novels, but is definitely capable of standing on it's own. Similarly, it serves as a follow up to both Ex Machina and The Darkness Drops Again, and it builds upon them without requiring the reader to be familiar with either. Best of all in my opinion though, is the material linked less directly to previous works. There is a scene that takes place after TOS but manages to capture the same feel, it's like watching an episode from season 5. There is also some excellent material regarding Spock's personal relationships. Finally, the original characters, both antagonists and TOS era DTI personal managed to feel real and true to period while subverting my expectations.

The one major weakness of the novel in my mind is the "modern" TNG era section.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten History April 30, 2012
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As with the first book in this DTI series, this book spent quite a bit of time pulling in all the other examples of time travel already used in the Star Trek universe. This lead to a fairly dry first half where it was more of a reunion episode than a new story line. It was somewhat interesting to see some events explained and fit into the overall ST universe; it was illuminating but not exciting.

The story itself doesn't get going until the second half of the book where different time periods and timelines meet and bleed into one another. A 'new' parallel timeline is introduced that is interesting enough I'd like to see it fleshed out a bit further in future visits. But, that may also count as a minus; by the time the story started, there wasn't enough time for detail. The story line developed, reached a critical point and was resolved fairly quickly.

Overall, I liked the book but I'm not sure how much longer I'll keep reading this series
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Let me start by saying that I don't often read Star Trek books, not because they aren't good but because without a handy timeline map like the one provided for Star Wars licensed books it's often more work than it is worth for me to figure out where a particular Star Trek book fits in continuity. However I was a big admirer of Peter David's New Frontier and have always liked Star Trek books that take place on the fringe of the overall storyline and focus upon lesser known characters or brand new characters, so I decided to give this one a try.

Let me start by saying that I was blown away by Mr. Bennett's research (I mean I really thought I was a Star Trek nerd, but he makes me look like a light weight) and I loved the journey through so much of Star Trek History, especially the 3 or 4 page post script where he explained where each segment of the book took place in continuity. This was very helpful for me because I was unaware of some of the story elements that came from the books.

Unfortunately despite his wonderful research this story has little or no characterization and it was impossible for me to get into it. I need to care about what happens to the characters and this book reads like a movie or TV show which is all action, nothing else really happens other than the primary storyline.

Still I read this book rapidly in one sitting and it might serve to fill a lazy afternoon if you aren't looking to work too hard and want something familiar (Kind of like comfort food).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars What happens next is a bit confusing & almost unnecessary for half a...
The 2nd book in the DTI series by Christopher L. Bennett is a book that almost tries to do too much with what it has & ends up as 2 stories in one. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Paul L.
5.0 out of 5 stars best forgotten !!!
The very agents that demonize Capt J T Kirk, are in fact his unknown sponsors. The plot kept me entrenched in the book cover to coverloved it and waiting for more....
Published 29 days ago by Waaka Nene Jnr Rountree
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Deep, Interesting, thought provoking.
If time travel interests you, and you are a Star Trek fan, and you can keep track of different timelines, you will love this book.
Keeps to cannon. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mari B
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
Its time travel. Not just time travel but time travel with all the technobabble, time paradoxes, predestination causal events, altered timelines, parallel timelines, convergences,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that does not insult you intelligence
A good adventure, and even with a different spin on the Onlies, it was a great story. Smart sci is is fun.
Published 4 months ago by Egbert Fielder
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Good job. But a little predictable since it basically strung all of the time stories from the original series together
Published 8 months ago by Kevin Stubbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed more DTI, less Kirk but still good.
I was a big fan of C.L Bennet's Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock. It was a new kind of Star Trek novel, depicting a fascinating mixture of bureaucrats... Read more
Published 10 months ago by CT Phipps
5.0 out of 5 stars Right On Q
Do not fall into the trap of stripping this novel of its intellectual heft. The early chapters, although indusive of anxiety, are neither drab historic accounts nor time-consuming... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Michael Comstock
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story tying together many original series plots.
This book does an excellent job of filling in some of the blanks in the backstory of the Star Trek universe from the time of the original series and the movies, from the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James Yanni
4.0 out of 5 stars good read.
I had just got the book and still read it right now. I am caught up in the story line. Can' t wait to finish.
Published 15 months ago by thomas Scates
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