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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: Titan, Book 4 (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (November 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416526943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416526940
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

If you're a fan of Star Trek *period* then you should like this novel.
Julio Angel Ortiz
I have a library consisting of over 300 Star Trek books in their numbered series and novels and this is the first one I wish I had never read.
Clarence Micke
There were many parts of the novel that dragged on and felt unnecessary.
Antoine D. Reid

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Julio Angel Ortiz on November 21, 2007
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"Sword of Damocles' is the first STAR TREK: TITAN novel in almost 2 years, and proves to be worth the wait. A wonderful aspect of this series (chronicling the adventures of Captain Riker and his crew) is the core concept of the series as given by editor Marco Palmieri, essentially that TITAN is "the Original series for the Next Generation era." In other words, TITAN is all about outward exploration, with the Federation getting back to the core ideals of exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and knowledge after years of war and strife. The crew of TITAN are leading this endeavor as they explore a region of the Beta Quadrant called Gum Nebula.

And there are some great moments in this novel- high concepts mixed with wonderful character development. There's a central mystery, the delving into a character's past, the proverbial clock counting down- it all makes for a thrilling adventure. If you're a fan of Star Trek *period* then you should like this novel. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on February 7, 2008
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Geoffrey Thorne is a relative newcomer to the published Star Trek mythos, with just a few short stories to his name. Sword of Damocles, the latest "Titan" novel, is Thorne's first full-length novel, and he's written an exquisite one. The Titan writers seem to be excelling at not having "villains" in their novels, instead having antagonists that have conflicting points of view with our heroes, and Thorne provides us with a perfect example of that here. All of that, and Pocket Books has given us technical diagrams of the new ship too!

While the technobabble can get a little thick in Sword of Damocles, Thorne never lets it get out of control, and it helps that he has some non-technological characters for others to explain things to. Thorne has created an extremely intricate plot, dealing with some time travel, cultural contamination (and its avoidance), and how things that are not understood can assume heightened significance in those who don't know any better. Thorne puts all of his characters through the wringer, as all of them must make choices based on both the Prime Directive (the non-interference policy Starfleet has) and what's best for their ship.

What I especially liked about Sword of Damocles, though, is that the fact that the crew is extremely diversified was not used as a cudgel over the reader's head. We saw the integration of the crew, but nobody actually *mentioned* it. It was a breath of fresh air given the past three books. Thorne doesn't avoid this by not using any of the alien crew members, but by showing us how they're interacting with the crew without actually announcing it. I hope future Titan books do the same thing. I realize that this diversity is sort of a novelty, but we're four books in now, so it really should be stopped.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Blinkn on December 25, 2007
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It never cease to amaze how the similar storyline formats of these novels can and still hold your attention but when the writer is good it can happen every time. I am two chapters shy of finishing this and I must say this is fine addition to the Titan saga. You get to know characters that were somewhat neglect in other novels, they become as real to you as Riker, Deanna, and Tuvok because of stories like these. Thorne gives Jaza Najem, Christine Vale, Xin Ra-Havreii and other characters back-stories, quirks and qualities that make them come alive and take shape in your mind. I miss the unique perspective and consideration that Michael A. Martin (Author), Andy Mangels (Creator) brought to the first two novels but this story certainly does not disappoint!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane Bellomo on May 23, 2008
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I enjoy the Titan novels for the same reason I enjoyed Challenger, New Frontier, and Vanguard. That is, they are not the same old Star Trek. While it's good (and comforting) to read about familiar characters, it's *great* to read about entirely new ones. And Titan is packed with 'em.

When I first began to realize this was going to be a temporal story, I got a little nervous, thinking "oh, no, reset button." In the end, thankfully, it did not turn out quite that way. I was most impressed with the story arc about a Bajoran member of Titan's crew, Jaza Najem, who figures centrally in the temporal theme, but who also has his own demons to battle. Faith vs. science (vs. faith) comes heavily into play, and it all struck a very deep chord in me.

For those of you who enjoy space battles in your books, there were a number of those. For those of you who like the "'shipping" aspect, there was plenty of that, too, though I've gotta say the Riker/Troi conflict seemed a little out of proportion to what the conflict actually turned out to be. Still, I gotta hand it to Will and Deanna: They ain't divorced yet! Living in a closed community such as a starship, it cannot be easy separating the personal from the professional, but these two do an admirable job.

Though I'm not much into ship diagrams, it was nice having Titan's included in this book. Congrats to design competition winner, Sean Tourangeau.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 18, 2011
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This book takes place after the events of the last Star Trek The Next Generation film, and details an adventure that Will Riker has, as the Captain of the Starship Titan. This book reminded me of some of the best episodes of Star Trek, both TOS and TNG, as it had the crew truly exploring a "strange new world" with "new life, never civilizations," etc. They come to a planet whose citizens have, for centuries, been watched over by a mysterious object in the sky above them, not sure if it is friend or foe. What I noticed most about this book was Thorne's strong characterization. In addition to Riker and his wife Deanna Troi, and Tuvok, having joined the Titan, after the events of Star Trek Voyager series, there are several new characters among the crew whom I was not familiar with. I'm not certain how many, if any, were created just for this book or if they had been introduced in earlier Titan novels, but Thorne makes sure that the readers are quickly familiarized with the important characters so that by the end of the book there were as "real" to me as the characters that I already knew from TV and movies. I enjoyed this very much.
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