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The Rift (Star Trek #57) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1991


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Every 33 years, a rift in space connects the Federation with a mysterious race called the Calligar who live on a planet hundreds of light years away, much too far to travel in a Starship. Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM are dispatched to transport a Federation delegation of diplomats, scholars and scientists who will travel to Calligar directly during the brief period of time that the rift will be open.

Mr. Spock leads the Federation party as they travel by shuttle through the rift just as a group of the aliens arrive in Federation space. The meetings go smoothly until the Calligar take Spock's party hostage and Kirk discovers that the aliens are keeping a deadly secret. With angry Tellarite and Andorain fleets ready to attack the Calligar, Kirk must save Spock and the others before war breaks out and the rift closes for another 50 years.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (November 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671747967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671747961
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,321,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including his acclaimed original novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, and its sequel, The Woad to Wuin. David is also well known for his comic book work, particularly his award-winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He recently authored the novelizations of both the Spider-Man and Hulk motion pictures.He lives in New York.

Customer Reviews

It's a great story of love, discovery, the ties that bind cultures together, and The Rifts that can sometimes drive them apart.
Stephen A Fender
I can look past it a couple of times but they must have thirty to fourty times were this was mentioned in the novel, it was just a bit much.
Thom
I am not one of those readers who demands everything be "canon" or whatever, but I'm not sure the author has actually watched Star Trek.
hurtsdonut

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thom on May 28, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Peter David is certainly one of my favorite Star Trek authors. I love his storytelling and the way he captures the characters thru the pages and they always seem to be familar to you. He has hit several Homeruns... Q-squared and Q-in-Law were both hit out of the park. However, The Rift was just a solid single. If you are not a baseball fan I will put it another way. While Q-Squared and Q-in-Law were incredible 5 star books this book was just good which explains the 3 stars.

The positives of the book all center around the story. It is a lot of fun and you won't be bored for one moment. It isn't a save the universe story but then again they can't all be that. This is simply first contact with a new species running into a small problem and trying to work things out. Nothing wrong with that. The story involves the Enterprise under command of Captain Pike and then later Captain Kirk. Lt. Jose Tyler who you might remember from the original series episode "The Cage" takes a very important role in this book, as he along with Spock make two trips thru the Rift. One in the Captain Pike time period and then again with Kirk and company. These two time periods tie in very well and the story is a lot of fun and will keep your interest.

The Negative aspect of the story are the characters. I never thought I would say that about a Peter David novel. The Alien race which is known as the Calligarians a very interesting and written very well. It is relationship with Kirk, Spock and McCoy that I had a problem with. I think it is safe to say that it is the chemistry between those three characters that was and is the strength of the series. However in this novel the chemistry just isn't quite right.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on January 8, 2004
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As is usually the case with Peter David, the writing style is excellent; as usual, he manages to tell an exciting action-based story without losing his sense of humor, which is rare. As an added bonus, this story has its beginning in the time of Captain Pike, just after the events in "The Menagerie"; after a chapter or two, we move forward to a standard original-series story, set at some point after the fourth movie. ("The Voyage Home")
But while the story is exciting, a good read, with action, pacing, and characterization that is all one could ask for, it is, ultimately, a lightweight novel. Which is not necessarily a bad thing; that's going to be true of most stories in any protracted series. They can't ALL be world-beaters; this one is a good light-reading episode with just a hint of the deeper thought-provoking concepts that make some Star Trek stories great. Not enough to be great itself, but just enough to be very good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1998
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It makes a change to have Captain Pike in a startrek novel. You get to know what he is like as a starship captain. The crossover to captain Kirk is smooth and the aliens are not as hostile as most startrek aliens.
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The novel opens with Captain Pike's Enterprise, and this section takes place just after the event of 'The Cage'. Pike and his crew is well written, and I feel that it is a direct extension of what has been established as canon about them.

Fast forward thirty-some odd years and now you're on the 'new' Enterprise. I say 'new', because the novel really never explaines what Enterprise you are on. From the cover of the novel (Kirk's insignia is that of an Admiral) you may be thinking that this takes place on the updated Enteprise from 'The Motion Picture/Star Trek II/Star Trek III), but you are not. The fact that Kirk rehashes the death of his son, and that fact that McCoy brings up a stint about 'climbing mountains', the reader can (eventually) deduce that the stroy takes place on the Enterprise 1701-A. There is very little description about the bridge layout of the ship, so it's anyone's guess when this book actually takes place (sometime between the end of Star Trek IV and the events of Star Trek VI).

There is some good cameos by some old 'friends' from TOS, noteably Doctor Richard Daystom and Ambassador Robert Fox. If this novel takes place just prior to the events of Star Trek VI, then that would put Daystom at about 74 and Fox at about 77 years old. I was concerned when I first read the book, becuase I felt the characters were far too old to have appeared at this time, but I was proven wrong when I did the math. That being said, however, they seemed to be inserted mearly for the sake of the plot, and were only touched upon when thier respective talents were called into play (not unlike a red shirt who is about to die in the call of duty). They could have been better used or, at least, used more often. It would have made the novel longer and, thus, a much better book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Maida on September 20, 2000
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This was definitely not one of Peter David's best, but I can't help but feel if it had been authored by anyone else - except maybe Michael Jan Friedman, who I also admire - I would have probably enjoyed it more because my expectations would not have been as high. It was humorous in parts and was still better than a lot of the material being churned out today, but still doesn't touch his Q books or even his DC Comics work.
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