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Orion's Hounds (Star Trek: Titan, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2005
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This was by far my favorite Titan book. (No slight to Misters Mangels and Martin is intended. I thoroughly enjoyed those books also.)
I liked the beginnings of Mr. Bennett's development of the dynamics among Riker-Vale-Troi. They're reminiscent of the Kirk-Spock-McCoy triad, yet totally unique as well. I hope that particular element carries over to the next installment.
I'm glad to see that some of the crew, both those who are already familiar to us and those who have been recently introduced, are getting a little more character development. I'm anxious to see more of the same. Hopefully, Mr. Bennett will be asked to write for this series again. I would certainly purchase it without a moment's hesitation.
In my opinion it has three major points, that are reflecting it's strength:
1) crew diversity
In the first two books it was constantly mentioned, that this ship features the most biodiverse crew in whole Starfleet and the characters became intoduced, but apart from discribing differences in species appearances, the authors did not make clear, what such diversity means for a ship's crew.
This book makes the difference!
The alien key characters are portrayed beyond body characteristics. One really gets the feeling, that they are aliens and not just strangely looking humans from another planet. Even more noticable is, that the author lets these aliens express their cultural and biological distinctivness without succumbing to Federation standards (which are pretty much human standards), like usually shown in ST. From this arises conflict among the crew, but also strength. The characters have to adjust themselves to oneanother and have to overcome prejudice, cliches and fears in order to function as a crew - fascinating!
2) no moral highground for the Federation
The author manages to portray the Titan crew as well as their opponents as complex societies with complex ethics and moral, that are not necessarily superior to one another. Christopher L. Bennett dares to take a second, unbiased look - bravo!
3) a strong Deanna Troi
Finally Deanna experiences a character developement, that logically reflects her past. She is one of, if not THE main character of this book and has the chance to show how fine an officer, how skilled a telepath and how passionate a wife she is. She's written strong without having to take on characteristics, that are traditionally associated with males - refreshing!
Titan Book Three is a terrific completion to the three part series depicting Captain Riker's first missions. The characters are well thought out and this book further defines all characters. This book is much better than Book Two in that you learn more about the characters. This book is very upbeat and well-worth reading; much more reminiscent of what made Star Trek so great. This book is well worth reading.
I hope that the Star Trek franchise will produce more Titan books and possibly a movie or series with Titan. These books are really terrific and so reminiscent of the plots that made Star Trek so great!
When the strategy worked, books such as True Q or Vendetta were produced. The conversations were brief, but the action was ongoing. When the strategy failed no one asked about Nightshade or Boogeyman. Regarding the protection of the franchise, this lead to stagnated characters. While Picard, Data, and Worf were given almost every opportunity to grow and explore on film and in books, Riker, Troi, Geordi and Crusher were allowed to basically languish, leaving them in an eternal time warp that stunted their development. For almost twenty years, this has been the pattern for TNG until now.
What makes Orion's Hounds so special is the ability of its characters to mentally and physically evolve and communicate with each other. Personal growth and development appear to be prerequisites that each character carries with him or her. This is done using dialogue, which has often been sacrificed in Star Trek lore in order to please the objectives of TPTB.Read more ›
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This was a unique story with really cool space fairing creatures. I loved the ultimate solution to the long term problems.Published 17 days ago by Bailey Bits
As a long time fan of Will Riker and Deana Troi, and seeing the cast of the Titan in their third book, this was a great read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy Jacob Jones
I'm enjoying meeting new species from the Federation and getting to see Will & Troi receive the spotlight for a change.Published 5 months ago by W. Lewis
Nicely made use of TNG introduced life forms. The conculsion was a bit too thin to my likings.Published 9 months ago by Anko
I read this book a long time ago but I remember giving it a 4 star ratingPublished 11 months ago by thb
Probably the best book of the series. The writer gave a good account of Deanna's struggle after the Shinzon incident. I very good read.Published 11 months ago by Tommy
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