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Star Trek: Titan #5: Over a Torrent Sea [Kindle Edition]

Christopher L. Bennett
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

As the Federation recovers from the devastating events of Star Trek: Destiny, Captain William Riker and the crew of the U.S.S. Titan are ordered to resume their deep-space assignment, reaffirming Starfleet's core principles of peaceful exploration. But even far from home on a mission of hope, the scars of the recent cataclysm remain with them as they slowly rebuild their lives.

The planet Droplet is a world made mostly of water without a speck of solid ground. Life should not exist here, yet it thrives. Aili Lavena, Titan's aquatic navigator, spearheads the exploration of this mysterious world, facing the dangers of the vast, wild ocean. When one native species proves to be sentient, Lavena finds herself immersed in a delicate contact situation, and Riker is called away from Deanna Troi at a critical moment in their marriage.

But when good intentions bring calamity, Lavena and Riker are cut off from the crew and feared lost. Troi must face a life-changing event without her husband, while the crew must brave the crushing pressures of the deep to undo the global chaos they have triggered. Stranded with her injured captain, Lavena must win the trust of the beings who control their fate -- but the price for Riker's survival may be the loss of everything he holds dear.

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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. Shorter works include Star Trek: SCE #29: Aftermath and Star Trek: Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again, as well as short stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations (original series), The Sky’s The Limit (TNG), Prophecy and Change (DS9), and Distant Shores (VGR). 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: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 24, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NLL964
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss June 21, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed this Star Trek novel, but I have to admit that the mixed reviews are on target. This novel is hit and miss. I enjoyed the provocative science which underlies this book and it seems the author did his homework when it came to the water world Droplet. The aliens are fascinating and the planet's biology was believable. The miss part is where it comes to the crew of the Titan.

Tuvok's character development and behavior was treated spot on, but the whole subplot with Troi being kidnapped by the saurian doctor was stupid and implausible. Riker's helplessness and prudery was completely out of character. He's afraid to be seen naked? Really? And a crewmember has to wipe his butt for him? Really?

In the future, I hope the author sticks to what he does best-- which is the fascinating science he put forth in this novel-- and leave the soap opera to someone who is better suited to producing character driven Trek novels. Or at least step back a moment while plotting and ask himself, Is Will Riker really ashamed of his own nudity? Would Deanna Troi really be so out-of-touch with her own psyche she could subconsciously drive another crew mate to irrational behaviour with her empathic abilities?

This book would have been so much better if the characterizations had been researched as exhaustively as the science.

And why not let the drama of a human-alien birth lie in the difficulties of a hybrid birth? Why did the author feel like he had to come up with a stupid kidnapping subplot? It was a very immature development. Don't people ever get tired of "save the princess" storylines?
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Great Therapy Couch in the Sky June 7, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
STAR TREK TITAN: OVER A TORRENT SEA is the fourth novel centered on the Luna-class Starship Titan under the command of Captain William Riker. In the wake of the game-changing events of STAR TREK DESTINY, Riker receives orders to resume Titan's mission of exploration on the outer reaches of Federation space. This brings the crew to "Droplet", a world comprised entirely of water around a small rocky/icy core. When Titan discovers an asteroid on a collision course with Droplet and determines that it would kill thousands of "squales" -- members of the ocean planet's sentient "squid/whale" species -- it attempts to destroy the asteroid. These efforts, alas, go awry. In order to save the squales (!) and redeem themselves, Titan's crew must employ all of their ingenuity, courage, and compassion.

Now, the good, the bad, and the ugly:

The good: OVER A TORRENT SEA is better rooted in and oriented towards real science than most Trek novels. Not only does author Bennett draw upon recent developments in astronomy, planetary science, and xenobiology, he also includes a useful appendix. His background knowledge gives discussions of planet Droplet, its structure, weather, biology, and ecology an appreciable degree of verisimilitude.

The bad: Much of the novel is tedious filler. On one hand, OVER A TORRENT SEA continues in the footsteps of many recent Trek novels by focusing on high-school-ish crushes and furtive romances among crew members. The primary examples here are first officer Vale's unrequited love for Riker and the tentative affair between officers Ra-Havreii and Pazlar. Repeated mentions of how embarrassed Riker is to be seen naked or to be around naked female crew members are decidedly odd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ehh June 24, 2014
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Slow moving plot with poorly developed characters. If you're a trek fan then it's worth the read for future backstory, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very science-fiction science-fiction June 20, 2014
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I am a great fan of Christopher L. Bennett's work. He's one of those rare authors who attempts to take Trek technobabble seriously, which seems a bit like trying to roll Sisyphus' boulder, yet somehow manages to make things make semi-coherent sense. His Department of Temporal Investigations books incorporate a lot of RL physics to make Star Trek's "time travel runs on the power of plot" almost plausible.

Over A Torrent Sea is the first Star Trek Titan book to take place after the events of Star Trek: Destiny. Despite this, the events of the Destiny series are almost incidental to the book. They're not ignored, Captain Riker wonders why they're not rebuilding the myriad devastated worlds left behind, but the book gives an understandable reason for our heroes returning to their mission of exploration.

Actually, let me take that back, the events of Destiny are very important to the plot but reflects on the more personal losses of the crew as opposed to the widespread destruction the Borg inflicted. Members of the crew aren't thinking about the annihilation of Risa but people they knew who were killed, such as Tuvok's son or a family pet.

Over A Torrent Sea has a definite "old time" science fiction feel to it. Part of what has made Star Trek: Titan so interesting is the series has focused on developing new and unique cultures for our heroes to interact with. Care and attention is taken to develop the alien's culture, technology, as well as how they interact with their biosphere. Nods are even made to how their world may have evolved. The science is unlikely, but it doesn't mean it's impossible. Combined with the in-depth character study, I really liked it.

In conclusion, Over A Torrent Sea is a great book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy of being a Star Trek Novel.
One of the better Star Trek: Titan novels thus far. Better than average character development with most of the book focusing on the character of the helmsman, Lieutenant j.g. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dryice
4.0 out of 5 stars Word of Caution
There are some significant changes that take place in the time between the end of book #4, and the beginning of #5. Read more
Published 4 months ago by joe vigil
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story, top-tier Star Trek book.
Some reviewers seem to feel that there was either too much exploration of the emotions of the Titan's crew in this novel, or that those emotions didn't ring true for them, or that... Read more
Published 6 months ago by James Yanni
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't care who is doing who.
Way too much casual sex. Doesn't match with the righteous world of Star Trek. Characters act more like HS teens than educated explorers.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh.....
I've found the whole Titan series to be a bit too politically correct. It's not really staying true to how I would compare it to the Star Trek we've all watched on TV and in the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Trek Titan #5
This book was great one I have looked forward to for some time. Chris Bennett did it up right. I have read it at least 3 times. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jimmie D. Burnett
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This novel was TEDIOUS to slog through. The overall storyline of an ocean world was just boring. Chapter after chapter about a nonverbal species and their biology was just too... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Annlynnmarie
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but a little weird
Very readable and kind of a new take on our vaulted heroes. Perhaps too much information in some instances - like Riker reliving his past sexual affairs with a creature with three... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Donn Bohde
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Different Trek Book
I am biased about aquatic stories. I work in the aquatics industry so this book particularly appealed to me. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Aggro Sky
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Star trek books
Star trek books are great 'palate cleansers' because no matter what you read before, or what you read afterward, they fit perfectly. Read more
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