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Orion's Hounds (Star Trek: Titan, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 27, 2005

4.0 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
Book 3 of 7 in the Star Trek: Titan Series

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About the Author

Christopher L. Bennett is the author of two previous works of Titan fiction, the novel Star Trek: Titan: Orion’s Hounds and the short story "Empathy" in the Star Trek: Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows anthology. He has also authored such critically acclaimed novels as Star Trek: Ex Machina, Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Buried Age, and Star Trek: The Next Generation: Greater Than the Sum, as well as the alternate Voyager tale Places of Exile in Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism. Shorter works include Star Trek: SCE #29: Aftermath and Star Trek: Mere Anarchy: The Darkness Drops Again, as well as short stories in the anniversary anthologies Constellations (original series), The Sky’s The Limit (TNG), Prophecy and Change (DS9), and Distant Shores (VGR). Beyond Star Trek, he has penned the novels X-Men: Watchers on the Walls and Spider-Man: Drowned in Thunder, and is also developing original science fiction novel concepts
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek: Titan, Book 3 (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (December 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141650950X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416509509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
FINALLY! A book where Counselor Troi shows her true value. I always thought she got short changed on the air, and in the books written while the series aired. Up to now, I always considered her part-Betazoid empathic skills to be more of a gimmick than an asset. This book easily dispels that notion.

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.
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By Wannabe on February 15, 2006
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Finally a Titan book that completely convinced me!
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!
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I agree with the previous reviewer. This book is a 5 star; I don't know why someone would give it a 1 star.

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!
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Readers of Trek!!! Did it ever bother you that in TNG Riker and Picard would be speaking to each other only to be disturbed by the communicator, never finishing the conversation?! Riker couldn't kiss Troi-or for that matter, Troi couldn't kiss Worf-without the twerp of the intercom! The viewer understood the reason for the interruptions: Too much dialogue or character development curtailed the plot development. This same technique was taken from the small screen and put into the books; however, the reason was different. Paramount wanted to keep watch over the Star Trek characters, fearing outside writers would go too far or better said, the company wanted to protect its copyright priviledges. The results were mixed.

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.
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