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Star Trek: Titan: Absent Enemies (Star Trek: The Next Generation) by [Miller, John Jackson]
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A longtime Trek fan, I'm delighted to get to beam into the Star Trek sandbox with this novella -- a sequel, in some ways, to one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. (You'll figure out which one as the story goes along!)

William Riker is now a rear admiral, as a result of the events of last year's "The Fall" novel storyline -- and we've confronted him immediately with the sort of diplomatic mission that we often saw driving Captain Picard to distraction. Riker knows well how these kinds of missions go -- and makes every effort to not have his own attempt go the same way. But sinister forces are at work, drawing upon the legacy of the past -- and Riker finds himself confronted with a much different kind of challenge. How do you settle a dispute between warring parties -- when one of them has simply disappeared?

A fun story to write, in advance of my own 2015 full-length Star Trek novel from Simon & Schuster. Enjoy!

About the Author

John Jackson Miller is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Kenobi; Star Wars: Knight Errant; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith—The Collected Stories; and fifteen Star Wars graphic novels, as well as Overdraft: The Orion Offensive. A comics industry historian and analyst, he has written for franchises including Conan, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Mass Effect, and The Simpsons. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 3847 KB
  • Publisher: Pocket Books/Star Trek (February 24, 2014)
  • Publication Date: February 24, 2014
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F8KUJ7Q
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Star Trek: Titan – Absent Enemies is the perfect way to spend an evening lost in the realm of sci-fi. Author John Jackson Miller weaves a fun little tale involving Admiral William T. Riker and the crew of the starship Titan as they deal with a situation on Garadius IV. There’s action, mystery, science, flashbacks and humor, providing readers with a little bit of everything. Even if you’re not familiar with The Next Generation or Titan eras, this is a story you can still dive into and enjoy.

Set in the year 2385 after the recall of Titan and the election of the new Federation president, Admiral Riker is sent to put out fires in the Beta Quadrant. Using Titan as his flagship, he’s tasked with a peace mission on Garadius IV. It’s a planet that’s been waging an eternal war between its two species for decades. On one side there’s the diminutive Ekorr with their outrageous demands. On the other, there’s the Baladonians who refuse to even acknowledge the existence of their enemies. It’s a deadlock all previous delegations have failed to resolve. And now it’s Riker’s job to end it.

Along the way, Riker gets a lot of help from his fellow crew mates. There’s his wife, Deanna Troi, Commander Tuvak, Captain Christine Vale, and even cryptolinguist Y’lira Modan. All of them pitch in with the crisis and have moments to shine. As someone who’s not familiar with the characters, I didn’t have any trouble following along. The relationships between the crew all felt natural and fell into place easily. It also helped that the story had a flashback toward the beginning that set the stage for what was to come.

Without spoiling anything, the story has plenty of twists and turns. From one mess to another, the Titan crew stays busy, and transitions keep the adventure fresh.
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Whether you've been keeping up with the various Star Trek books and television shows or not, John Jackson Miller does a great job of introducing the characters to new readers while not boring longtime Trek fans. Just a few explanatory paragraphs do a great job of bringing everyone up to date on what's going on in the Star Trek universe and the respective characters. A few references might elude newbies, but they'll catch them with just a bit more reading and research.

The aliens speak with distinct "voices" that you can almost hear as you go along. The action is easy to follow and exciting. I found myself engrossed and almost unable to tear myself away from the story as I wanted to see what happened next.

Here's to more Star Trek stories from this accomplished author!
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An anti-war fable in the best Star Trek tradition, enlivened by humor and a nifty pseudo-scientific premise derived from a couple of Next Generation episodes. A fun and fast read. Also gives added depth to the Riker character as he adjusts to the demands of his new rank of Admiral. Highly recommended.
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It has been a long time between drinks for me when it comes to reading fiction set in the glorious star trek universe. This novella, as it turns out, is a perfect re-entry point. Whisked away from a potential conflict with the Breen, the crew of the Titan are sent on a diplomatic mission to resolve an issue between two warring, and, dare I say it, immature races. The story from here on gains in entertainment value withe each page turn and the reader will be pleasantly surprised by the plot twists that attack their senses faster than a stray photon missile. Of course in a Star Trek novel, nothing is irrelevant so you will find yourself glued to your kindle screen and grunting in satisfaction as you progress through the book and learn how the story ends.

As I said earlier, this novella is a great way to jump back onboard the Starship Titan and become re-acquainted with old friends that have been waiting for you to rejoin their party. It almost makes me wonder what fun I have been missing out on...

BFN Greggorio!
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Absent Enemies is the first new book in the Star Trek Titan lineup in two years. Set in the year 2385 the story follows after the events of the "Star Trek: The Fall" miniseries, thankfully the details of that series are largely unimportant to this story. The only detail that needs to be mentioned is that Riker has been promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral, with USS Titan serving as his flagship.

The story is a basic short story, with a level of depth about on par with what one might expect from an hour long episode of The Next Generation. Riker and crew have been called upon to help negotiate for peace on a world where all previous attempts have failed. For the most part the story cuts to the chase and doesn't waste to much time on unnecessary details. Given the nature of the plot the short length of the book feels about right, as the story just didn't have the weight to carry anything much longer.

The story has a lighter tone through most of it, with the antagonists generally coming across like comic relief. The protagonists are quite able to handle the situation at hand and things rarely feel outside of their control. Some might be turned off by this lighter tone, but I personally was in just the right mood for this type of story after all the doom and gloom of the Typhon Pact and The Fall miniseries. The plot does leave some room to be expanded upon later in the future, with the an old TNG technology being revived and explored more deeply.

If this had been a longer full priced book I probably would have been disappointed, but as it stands the book feels about right for the price.
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