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Rules of Engagement (Star Trek, Book 48) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1990

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A sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the U.S.S. EnterpriseTM running to evacuate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear: the U.S.S. Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired.

Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimental Klingon warship sets forth on a mission of its own, a warship with hidden -- and heretofore undreamed of -- capabilities, commanded by a warrior who will stop at nothing to bring glory to his Empire -- and restore his own lost honor. The destination of the Klingon ship is Dekkanar.

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Product Details

  • Series: Star Trek (Numbered Paperback) (Book 48)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st Printing edition (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671661299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671661298
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really wanted to like this book, but it just fell very flat. There were numerous things that kept poping up that REALLY bothered me.

First off was the familiarity the author tried to establish with the characters. No other ST author I've read always refers to James T. Kirk as "Jim". As in "Jim said..." or "Jim acknowledged." or "Bones told Jim." It was the same for all the characters. It was if the author took the friendly names/nicknames and threw out everything else. Very not-Trek. The relationship between Kirk, McCoy and Spock (Or Jim, Bones, and the Vulcan, as the author constantly refers to them) was not at all Star Trek. McCoy sounded more like Spock, and Spock sounded like someone else entirely. Kirk was by far the worst.

Secondly, all the data in the book about the Klingon's comes from John Ford's FASA RPG material. That, if used sparingly, is actually good. The author, however, slapped it on like a coat of latex paint, then went a step further and didn't explain any of the subtle quirks of Ford's work. The author makes several references to "The black fleet", which he never explains. Or why Klingons in this novel have really long names. Or (Lord knows why) the author kept repeating the phrase "the naked stars". Or what the hell a "Thought Admiral" is. It's all in the FASA books, but far from common knowledge for the average TOS fan. I'm a big fan of the FASA RPG, but this novel beat it to death. Very un-cool.

Third, this novel was written in 1990. The author tried (poorly) to write a novel that took place just after V'Ger (ST:TMP), yet constantly eluded to details that wouldn't be revealed until Star Trek II, III, and IV (and probably VI, but I was zoning out at that point). Stick with your time frame, author, and forget "future speculation".

Forth was the plot. It was like the Hunt for Red October, except less believable (if thats possible).
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By Joe155 on August 16, 2013
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Great Trek read, brings a realism to a Starship that even a movie couldn't bring.
I am very compelled to keep reading every time I pic it up, if you Love Star Trek
and you read lots of Trek, you will love this read!!
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I use this book in my organizational behavior class called "Task Group Dynamics." The stark contrast between leadership styles, use of power, ethics, and motivational tactics between the Federation crew and the Klingon crews make it a great vehicle for application of organizational behavior concepts. It's a brief enough book that students don't object too much, even if they don't particularly appreciate science fiction. I find it useful to recommend seeing the first Star Trek movie if they are unfamiliar with the characters.
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I enjoyed the book How Much is for Just the Planet, another of John M. Ford's books.
But Rules of Engagement is a bit better than the Mr. Ford's sequel to the wonderful book Final Reflection. Mr. Morwood's Rules of Engagement proves to be a truly inspirational sequel to the Final Reflection.
Perhaps it is proof that Ford's legacy will not be forgotten.
If you already read Final Reflection, you'll want to buy this book.
May the Black Fleet commend John M. Ford and Peter Morwood. They shall be remembered with honor.
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This book is tolerably well-written, and I can't really say that the characters are badly handled. But the plot is not really very interesting, (a study in how the conflict between the Federation and the Klingons played out under the Organian Peace Treaty -- basically, the Klingons are reduced to behaving like unruly children on the schoolyard, trying to goad their opponents into attacking first, so that they can get them in trouble with the teachers, or in this case, the Organians).
If you're one of those fans of the Klingons who absolutely must read anything that allegedly illuminates the alleged working of the alleged Klingon mind, then this is a must. Otherewise, it's definitely a mid-range Star Trek book; better than many, but not at all high on the list of Star Trek books to read.
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Morwood has the Trek novel mastered--it's just too bad more of the series' writers can't learn from his style.
He puts the reader in the scene without preamble for exposition. Does the reader of a Trek novel need to know who Kirk or Bones is? Of course not. So Morewood just gets the story rolling along. He also gets within the skin and minds of these characters expertly.
The story is a good old-fashioned showdown--almost like a Western--as the Enterprise and Klingons engage in a game of brinksmanship over a world caught up in revolution. Throw in an old enemy of Kirk's with a prototype battleship, and you've got the makings of a knock-down, drag-out fight.
If you're a fan of TOS, you can't miss this book.
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