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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1415611750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1415611753
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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I've read it two times this month, so if you loved the first book you'll love this one.
RESG93
Yet, I do feel that these authors, who do tend to include non-heterosexual characters in their works, are putting a bit too much emphasis on the character of Keru.
Antoine D. Reid
I would really love to see the Star Trek Franchise do a movie on the Star Trek Titan books or do a TV movie based on the Star Trek Titan books.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Antoine D. Reid VINE VOICE on October 12, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book of the Titan series, "Taking Wing," was great. It was a nice follow-up to Nemesis, had the Titan crew coming together, playing around with Romulans politics. Great stuff. Yet, this one takes a rather odd step away. Don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, but it's also nothing to brag about. It's a rather average read that doesn't leave an impression like the first book did.

One problem, as described in other reviews, is the extensive list of characters. Who can keep up with all of them? It's not as if the last book came out a month or so ago so if you were to pick this one up, you may find yourself struggling to remember this or that unique character. What makes it so bad is that a lot of these characters are secondary or fill-ins. We haven't been given the chance to focus on the main group. I hardly can pin-point who the main characters are because everyone who appears is given equal importance. The crew is diverse, one of the most diverse in Starfleet history. We get it! It makes the book terribly hard to get through when you vaguely can recall or keep up with the two dozen or so characters that appear.

Second, there is no "gay agenda" going on. There's a gay character, so be it. Yet, I do feel that these authors, who do tend to include non-heterosexual characters in their works, are putting a bit too much emphasis on the character of Keru. What's the big deal about him? He appeared in "Rogue Agent" and wasn't exactly a ground-breaking character. He appears in the "Worlds of DS9." He appears in the Riker-Troi honeymoon story in "The Captain's Table" anthology. Yet, he's not terribly interesting. Yet, he's given the most attention perhaps out of any of the "new characters" and it gets annoying. We barely get to know anything more about Dr.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Sullivan on September 1, 2009
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This book was something of a chore to get through. First off, the book comes hot off the heals of the first book, which wasn't terribly interesting either. Second, the story takes place in the Small Magellanic Cloud with a race apparently introduced by these authors in an obscure Lost Era novel. (I say obscure as I've read the vast majority of Trek novels, but that one was beyond my notice.) The use of this "race" left me wondering what I'd missed in their back story, but really the Neyel are wildly unimportant. Third, the Red King conflict makes little-to-no-sense. The authors borrowed an idea from a DS9 episode, but the problem was they borrowed it from a bad DS9 episode. I'm a rabid DS9 fan, so trust me when I say that wasn't their best work.

There is a conflict between Tuvok and the admiral that doesn't really make a lot of sense. How can a Vulcan have a decades-old feud? The feud also brings up some kind of advanced mental prowess that the admiral and his race apparently possess. Basically, the whole storyline feels like it's reaching too far, a few hundred thousand light years too far.

The Red King doesn't make for a good story because the Red King isn't really a character or a villian. The conflict is strained. The characters just aren't compelling. The first and second Titan books spend far too more time describing wildly non-humanoid races than telling a story. Skip and go directly to Orion's Hounds.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 19, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked the story although it seems that it was too short and too complicated. Almost as though there was meant to be a third book on the subject. I wish people would shut up on the diversity and gay issues. The "gay issue" if you could call it that is just one character and it's not like it's overbearing. It's nothing to get your panties in a bunch about. The diversity is a welcome change, it gives you a chance to learn more about other races in the Federation and how they work together. If there are supposed to be ~150 worlds in the Federation they can't all be human or human look alikes. In my honest opinion the only reason for all the humanoid characters was because the original budget and available technology just didnt allow for too much creativity.

Onto the story itself. I liked the concept and the ideas but I felt that it was rushed. I would have prefered to see more on the problems and resolutions instead of just big problems with quick solutions. I suppose the "getting lost in space" thing is old now but it could have taken them some more problem solving to get back home.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jordan Clarke on September 28, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I ordered both this book and the first, however the second book arrived before the first and I have to admit I couldn't contain myself to wait so I read Red King first. Myself not having read the first book, was a little bit confused with all the characters and how to pronounce all the characters names and in the end a lot of them just merged into one. I also found that having not encounter many gay characters in the Star Trek universe and that there where three evident in this novel, not counting Sean Hawk who was killed in ST: First Contact, was a bit startling at first. I don't have anything against gay people in star trek, but having so many in one book was quite a new experience, but I guess Titan is all about diversity. Overall I found the book slow and boring in some places with some of the dialouge a bit wooden. I still however managed to read the book in three days. The thing I did like about the book was it's re-introduction of the Neyel, which was quite enjoyable after reading "The Sundered" also by Micheal A.Martin. I would recommend this book, only if you are a big TNG fan.
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