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Star Trek: The Original Series: Vulcan's Soul #3: Epiphany (Star Trek Vulcan's Soul) (v. 3) Hardcover – April 17, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek Vulcan's Soul (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743463625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743463621
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 10, 2007
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The first two books got me. Read them non-stop. Imagine the origins of not only Romulans but of Remans with a hint to the Watraii! But you can guess where this book goes immediately (I won't spoil it here) and not much else gets developed. Still worth it to complete the picture but not as good as #1 & 2. This three book series could have been done in two. Guess it was a money thing to get three books worth of cash out of us. It worked.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dlanor88 on August 25, 2008
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All througout the trilogy the sorry tale of the people who eventually became the Remans and the Watraii was well chronicled. It led me to believe that eventually...there would be great resolution to their plight and sufferrings at the end. Unfortunately, while most of the trilogy and this last book in particular was pretty good...I am really let down by such a weak ending. Unless they are planning more sequels...the ending is really quite weak.

Firstly...we never find out how the Romulans eventually subdued or controlled the mutants on Remus that eventually became the modern-day Remans...intitially it seems they had lots of trouble even finding the hidden lairs of these telepathically advanced mutants.

Secondly...I don't like how Spock portrayed the Watraii and the Romulans as somehow both equally right and equally wrong during his speech to the Federation Council. It sounds too much like a convenient political solution instead of actual recognition of the sorry plight of the Watraii because of the callous betrayal of their fellow exiles from Vulcan.

Thirdly...the last chapter tells us...rather vaguely and with few details...that the Remans revolted and somehow this caused a war between the Federation, the Klingons, and the Romulans...and Remus ending as a Klingon protectorate. What's missing in all this is what of the Watraii? Did they join the war? Aid the Federation in helping the Remans? The Watraii after all have an ancient vow to help free their former fellow slaves on Remus when they were "strong enough". But we are not told what the Watraii did during this Reman Revolt. Nor are we told what the current fate of the Watraii are. All we know is a Vulcan healer was sent to their homeworld...and after that...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on August 22, 2010
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This was a good read, a well-crafted book that put the finishing touches on the story that began in "Exodus" and continued in "Exiles". But it is just a story fragment; it doesn't stand on its own. I would probably rate the entire trilogy at four stars, but individually, this book just doesn't hold up. This was very clear to me as I read it, because it had been long enough since I read the previous entry in the series that it was almost like starting from scratch with this book, and it was more than a bit confusing. Granted, the more I read, the more I remembered and the more sense it made, but still, it is clear that this book is only readable if one has read the previous books in the series. As such, it has no beginning and that is a serious flaw in terms of my review of this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mountain Artist on March 26, 2008
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I enjoyed all three books of the "Vulcan's Soul" trilogy, although I found the first book a little slow. The last book, "Epiphany," was the best of the three. I highly recommend this collection for anyone who wants to understand how the Romulan branch of the Vulcan evolutionary tree ended up on Romulus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Tucker on July 7, 2009
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Thankfully this is the third and last book in this series. The three books could have been combined into just one book if you take out the nonsense and the rambling. It was often slow and dull and it took some effort to just get through this third book. After three books the ending was anticlimactic. I have read many Star Trek books and these three are by far not the best.
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This review is about the series as a whole. I enjoyed this series, especially the "flashbacks" to the struggle of the Exiles from Vulcan. As to the sections in the series present...well let's face it, Star Trek has been done before. However, in this series we learn a great deal about Vulcans...how the followers of Surak attempt to overcome the volatile, emotional nature of their kind. As war threatens to destroy the planet, scientist Karatek and others escape in space ships hoping for a fresh start on a new world. Alas, the rivalries and enmities continue even as the exiles endure a harrowing journey across space. They find a beautiful new planet--only to have their hopes smashed by the treachery of their own fellow Vulcan exiles.

It is true that there was much extraneous material in these novels and that it all dragged out for a little too long...however, by the end of the second book, the authors had me hooked. This story of racial betrayal and vengeance became almost biblical in its intensity. As the final confrontation unfolded between the Federation, Vulcans, Romulans, Klingons and Watraii... the action was positively "glorious" (as our battle-loving Klingons would say.)

So I was all ready to give this series 5 stars... until the last 2 or 3 chapters. What a letdown! The scene shifts away from the long-suffering Watraii and people of Remus...and moves to the petty intrigues of the Romulan politicians! As if I cared about them at all! How was justice done and recompense given? Whatever happened to those left on Remus? After building up this conflict for 3 books, delving deeply into the struggles and culture of the Sundered Vulcans, why was the resolution brushed aside so hastily?
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