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The U.S.S. EnterpriseTM is summoned to transport a dangerous criminal from Starbase prison to a rehabilitation center, the brilliant physicist Dr. Georges Mordreaux, accused of promising to send people back in time, and then killing them instead.

But there's more at stake than just a few lives. For Mordreaux's experiments have somehow thrown the entire universe into a deadly time warp. All of existence is closing in on itself, and only Spock can stop the Entropy Effect. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Series: Star Trek
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451607539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451607536
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,886,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Khemprof TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Entropy Effect by Vonda N. McIntyre is a classic TREK adventure with time travel the main theme as it folds back and the time line begins to get corupt and the entire universe is caught in a time warp.
The villian is Dr. Georges Mordreaux and he is being transported to a prison rehabilitaion center by the U.S.S. Enterprise. You'll find action, adventure and some onboard quixotics as Spock goes back in time to search for Captain James T. Kirk.
You'll find that there is a lot of originality and this book will keep your interest. If you can find it, by it you will not be disappointed. This is classic TREK at its best.
This is early TREK too as this is set shortly after Star Trek: The Motion Picture. If by chance you have bought this book and have NOT read it, dig it out and give it a perusal... you'll be glad you did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darby on August 21, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
[Review written Nov 2004]

This is one of the earliest Star Trek novels, and still ranks among the best in the genre. It's a fast no-frills read, weighing in at only around 225 pages, and the story involves murder, intrigue, theoretical physics and a classic time travel & save-the-universe type plot ... a theme that has since been mined nearly to death by a host of imitators over the past 20+ years.

By today's standards, it's a bit short, and I wished the authoress had spent more time exploring some of the interesting new characters she introduces, and not rushed the plot along quite so quickly ... but it's still an enjoyable read.

It's one of the few books in my Star Trek collection that's on my periodic rereading rotation.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Weaver on January 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first all-new novel published by Pocket in the Star Trek franchise was written by an accomplished science fiction novelist, with a background in her own fiction, and a winner of a Hugo and a Nebula. One of the dangers of this type of author is a tendency to view the characters independently, rather than to use them as established in series continuity. Every author will play favorites with the characters, writing up the ones they like and assigning secondary roles, or completely ignoring, those they do not like. This is evident in McIntyre's first outing with the Star Trek characters.
The Enterprise is dispatched to observe a singularity, and discover the reason for its appearence. None like it, with no apparent explanation for its existence, has been observed previously. Spock is the closest qualified observer, and so he conducts the measurements, as the Enterprise spends six weeks in close proximity to the dangerous gravity well and radiation output. As Spock is working on the confirming observations, the Enterprise receives a top-priority call to a nearby starbase. The starbase personnel are confused, but they do have one duty that must be carried out: the ferrying of a dangerous prisoner to a maximum-security facility. The prisoner turns out to be a former physics teacher of Spock's, and the Vulcan cannot understand the danger posed. All records of the trial have been sealed and/or expunged.
Soon after the prisoner is taken on board, he breaks onto the bridge and shoots Captain Kirk with a spiderweb bullet, a terrorist device which causes prolonged death with great pain. The crew is horrified. The new security chief, Commander Flynn, is also killed in the assault.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on September 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first Star Trek book that I read and I was completely amazed. With splits in the space-time continuum, fate rests on Spock's shoulders. There is also some great personal and romantic sub plots that give a deeper meaning to life on the Enterprise. Find this book and buy it!
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As Spock is preparing to complete some critical experiments, the Enterprise is ordered to transport a rogue scientist to a rehabilitation colony. En route, the prisoner escapes from the brig and fatally shoots Kirk! Now Spock must go back in time to prevent Kirk's death---or die trying.
The audio version of this book is an hour and a half long, and performed by George Takei (Sulu) with Leonard Nimoy as Spock. I must mention that Nimoy's performance is one of the best I have ever heard in the Simon & Schuster Audio Star Trek series. His depiction of Spock's intellectual and emotional struggle with having been a witness to Kirk's murder, figuring out that it never should have happened at all, and finally secretly building the Time Changer, with McCoy's help, are all incredibly believable, even painfully so. I could actually call this one of the spookiest Trek audio novels I've ever heard, since it soon become very difficult to figure out what's real and what's not.
Takei also shines on this tape, using French accents for Dr. Mordreax (the scientist), and Ian Brathwaite, the Aleph Prime district attorney.
My favorite lines: "Captain, you don't understand the problem! We're isolated! Official ships are rare! I haven't got the facilities to detain anyone so ruthless and charismatic.....and...intelligent. If he escapes, he could drop out of sight! He could begin again elsewhere! He's dangerous! Georges Mordreax makes people believe he can fulfill their dreams!"
Hearing Takei-as-Brathwaite say that never ceases to send chills up my spine.
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