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Daedalus's Children (Star Trek Enterprise) Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2004

4.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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About the Author

Dave Stern is the author of numerous books, amongst them the novelisation of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Blair Witch Project.
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek Enterprise
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Star Trek (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743476468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743476461
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,497 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Everett on June 29, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While part one of this two part series seemed like a pursuit into the life and times of Charles Tucker III, this one was a little more balanced in its use of the crew of the Enterprise.
I liked the way Stern delved into the histories of the character by bringing up the striking differences between this stories universe and the real one. We get to see the struggle of Archer and crew to fight the ailments of this universe and obtain their freedom from the quarreling factions in this universe.
This was a very good completion to a well develop story. Having finished them both part of me would have liked to see them combined into one novel. There seemed to a little too much filler but more story then a single novel. If you enjoyed the first part, you have no choice but to pick this book up and see if the crew makes it home.
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I'm usually not a fan of parallel universe stories but this one snuck up on me and I must say this story was well done. This was a good addition to the Enterprise story vault and kept me interested. I wasn't prepared for the two part story line and grumbled at the end of the first one (Daedalus) but now I'm glad I read both. If you are a trekkie and like the Enterprise series and the characters, you will enjoy this tale.
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Daedalus's Children was entertaining and was well written overall, but I found the long-winded writing and blatent mistakes frequently frustrating. And most of the main characters from the television show, which the book is based on, took a back seat to many new minor characters.

This book seemed to have been rushed to the shelves before being adequately proof-read. For example, a character named Duel is given the rank of an Ensign in the first book, but on page 7 of this book Duel is called Lieutenant, then again called Ensign on page 25. Also, on page 234, a junior Enterprise engineer named Hess is on an alien ship with Archer before Archer is reunited with Enterprise. However, Hess was present on Enterprise on pages 211-221 at the same time as he was supposed to be with Archer. This obvious mistake of one character in two places at once cannot be explained away with parallel universes.

The story itself is smart and fun, but in an effort to be an epic two-parter, it greatly overreaches. In chapter 19, Captain Archer fights a frustrating twenty-page space battle in a little scout craft, though it can't really be called a space battle because it is only between his lone craft and three enemy ships. In page after page, nothing happens, save rediculous references to maneuvers learned at the Academy. Of course, Archer's little ship is victorious. And none of this actually matters, because it makes no sense for Archer to be on the craft anyway; his small crew's presence there was poorly explained as a need for a reconnaissance vessel that somehow couldn't be manned by any of the vast Denari crew.

But the greatest damage to the plot was having Archer direct the Denari war to an outcome of his choosing. Hasn't Stern seen any of the television shows?
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I don't much care for 2-part stories, in which the first book has no proper ending, and the second book picks up in mid-story, which is why I marked this book (and its predecessor) down to four stars. Additionally, the actual ending was somewhat abrupt and anticlimactic, after having been built up to be a major issue, but that wasn't enough of a drawback to justify marking an otherwise excellent story down to three stars. The writing itself was quite good, the characterizations well-handled, and the action gripping and intense. Mr. Stern shows an excellent touch as a writer, and I look forward to seeing more of his work -- preferably in stand-alone stories.
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What matters in a story is that it is well written, faithful to the genre, and keeps the reader occupied. This book is all of these. I read it through in two sittings, much to my wife's chagrin. Both books, of which this is part two, are well worth the time of any Star Trek fan.
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Daedalus's Children was a fine conclusion to the two-part series. Another fast paced, page-turning book, it continues a story of the Enterprise crew being drawn to the center of major political turmoil in an alien star system.

While Tucker and Hoshi continue to play an important role in the story, this book, refreshingly, broadens the plot to include the entire Enterprise crew. Additional characters - the leaders of varios factions - can be appretiated as well. I was pleased to find that Trip's romantic interest, which was barely explored in the first book, was given much more thorough treatment in this one.

As with the first book, the author's blunt, dialoug-heavy writing style is appreciated. It makes for quick reading and allows an Enterprise fan's knowledge of the show to fill in background details.

One star is missing from my review because of another poorly-done plot mechanism. Without giving too much away, there is one major predicament the crew faces (among many) which seems insurmountable. But, suddenly an easy solution is found and an entire sub-plot is retired with little fanfare.

Still, the book is a lot of fun to read. Like the first book, I recommend it to any fan of Enterprise.
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