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Star Trek:The Next Generation: Genesis Force (Star Trek Next Generation) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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Tim Russ (Voyager's Tuvok) does an excellent job of portraying the full gauntlet of characters ranging from the out-of-favor scientist turned savior to the planet's genetically-perfect ruler to Worf and the Klingons.
The story brings back a few now-older characters like Worf's son Alexander and Jeremy (the kid that Worf took under his wing because he lead the away team that resulted in his mother's death). Both have ended up serving under Worf on the Klingon ship (Jeremy apparently through some sort of Federation exchange program). Unfortunately, the rest of the enterprise crew play a very minor role in the whole saga.
The story begins to pick up when the now-destroyed and supposedly lifeless planet appears to have life on it; moreover this life form seems to be able to shape-shift and nearly convinces the colonists to begin coming down in droves before the Klingons discover that the life forms are not what they appear.
The Klingons want to put everything on hold until they can figure out the mystery of the planet. In the interim, however, another mystery (which becomes Alexander's challenge) is formed when the planet's leader is killed and the heir-apparent and scientist-savior are the two leading suspects.
The colonists are not willing to wait (with the transporter systems failing and afraid of loosing lives) and begin a process that is supposed to re-terraform the planet. However, what they don't know apparently can hurt them and does.
It started out interestingly enough. The author explores in depth a number of characters on an non-Federation planet. We see a new culture, and new people. But even here there are a lot of missed opportunities. The culture is not delved into; we see few differences in culture other than what you might find on earth. Indeed, this culture is about as different from 20th century American culture as 20th century England is. It is written like a TOS episode, without a great deal of imagination.
The book goes downhill from there. There are few explanations for the events which follow. Characters are not believable, and amazingly flat. I have no idea why most of them did what they did. The Enterprise shows up at the last second, and I think saves the day, but there was no point to include them, other than that this is a Star Trek novel. There are scenes of amazing gruesomeness, which one does not usually find in a Trek novel or show- and there is no point to their inclusion. Except perhaps to claim to be cutting edge by being gruesome. I'm reading this novel, thinking that there are only about ten pages left- how are they going to satisfactorily resolve everything? Sure enough, they resolve everything- and it's anything but satisfactory. It's like there was a page limit, and the author realized that there were only ten pages to finish up the story, so lets come up with any old way to fix things.
The first half of the novel is in-depth; the second half rushed and confusing. I feel like I wasted an evening.
The Federation is looking into putting a stop to the Genesis Force doing any more damage while the Klingons go to the planet to try to help. In attempting to do so, they come up against a race whose scientific community wants to change the way their planet is ruled. So along with trying to reestablish life on the planet, they are up against a governmental overthrow.
The characters are very colorful from the ruling family to the Klingons and right down to the young scoundrel that ends up being the ruler of the new world as the story comes to an end. It tells of the murder of the ruler and the creatures created by the Genesis Force as well as the atmospheric conditions that must be fought in order to regain control of the planet and make it habitable again. There is even time in the book for a bit of a love interest between Geordi and Lea Brahms who we have seen in earlier stories of Star Trek. In the final attempt by the scientific community to create the same wonderful place they had before Genesis Force, they unleash a new force into the atmosphere on their devastated planet. The result is anything but what they wanted to create.
Tim Russ is the reader of this audio book. He reads the story with the fervor that only a person who has actually been a part of the Star Trek Series could give the book. He is able to inflect the words almost as perfectly as the character that played the original role. This is a must have for any Star Trek fan.
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Haven't had a chance reading it yet. Like all STTNG and original, they keep you guessing as I'm sure this book will once I am able to read the first three in the collection. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Rimillia
I have to call this book out for what it is: false advertising. There is a picture of the Enterprise-E on the cover, but I got two thirds of the way through listening to this book... Read morePublished 16 months ago by James R ONeil
WOW pulls you in and wont let you go. Fantastic, entertaining read. Makes you want to read the whole series.Published on December 27, 2012 by Robert Powell
Although I am a fan of all the Star Trek TV series, I only read the occasional Trek book. If this book is typical or considered fine, I'm glad I haven't read more. Read morePublished on August 17, 2010 by Amazon Customer
If you are a Star Trek fan, this is worth a listen. Personally, the best Star Trek Book to listen to is the New Frontier Anvil, however this is a good travel listen also.Published on April 11, 2009 by M. Hall
Frankly, I would have been glad to see the whole "Genesis Device" concept die with "Star Trek III: The Search For Spock". Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by James Yanni
Well,it's my OWN opinion...and nobody must agree with me...but why the writters almost always must(?)do strange or sometimes just stupid things with Alexander?? Read morePublished on July 24, 2006 by Welsper